The webinar introduces the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme and gives the examples of circular economy initiatives, such as the European Union Circular Economy Package.
3 March 2016
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Sustainable Public Procurement and the Circular Economy

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DATE: 3 February 2016

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) hosted a webinar on the "Sustainable Public Procurement and the Circular Economy". The webinar was co-organized with GPP2020, SPP Regions and REBus, in the framework of the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.

Official Launch of the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

The Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI) officially became the 10YFP SPP Programme on April 1st at an event in New York, at the margins of the 10th Session of the Open Working Groups on Sustainable Development Goals. As such, the 10YFP SPP Programme officially adopted the Goals, Work Plan, Structure, MAC, and Modus Operandi of the SPPI. 

Objectives of the SPP Programme

  • Build the case for SPP: improve the knowledge on SPP and its effectiveness as a tool to promote greener economies and sustainable development;

  • Support the implementation of SPP on the ground through increased collaboration and improved coordination between SPP stakeholders.


The webinar was co-organized with GPP2020, SPP Regions and REBus

REBus: Pioneering resource efficient business models (REBMs)

Precious resources are diminishing at a rapid rate globally. REBus, an EU Life+ funded partnership project, is pioneering and testing a methodology that enables companies to transform their strategies to profitable, resilient and more resource efficient business models (REBMs).

REBM’s will enable businesses and procurers to contribute to a more circular economy. However, businesses are unlikely to change unless they can clearly understand the share of the value they can access. There needs to be a clear opportunity and REBus has helped companies and organisations recognise that opportunity through delivering REBM’s.

GPP 2020 - procurement for a low-carbon economy

GPP 2020 aimed to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU’s goals to achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. 

To this end, GPP 2020 implemented more than 100 low-carbon tenders, which directly resulted in substantial CO₂ savings. Moreover, GPP 2020 ran a capacity building programme that included trainings and exchange.

SPP Regions

SPP Regions was aimed at promoting the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The 7 networks involved in the project regional networks collaborated directly on tendering for eco-innovative solutions, whilst building capacities and transferring skills and knowledge through their SPP and PPI activities. 40 eco-innovative tenders were published, achieving savings of nearly 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions/year, and primary energy savings of 1423 GWh/year, as well as purchasing 1015 GWh/year of renewable electricity. 

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