Sustainability and circularity in public procurement

What is a sustainable and circular procurement?

A sustainable and circular procurement ...

... meets a concrete need

✔ Consider the need rather than the product

✔ Consider the actual quantity required

✔ Do not buy if not necessary

... considers a smart use

✔ Focus on the service rather than ownership (e.g. through new business models such as Product as a Service (PaaS))

✔ Efficient and intensive use of products (e.g., sharing economy)

... prevents waste

✔ Rely on used materials and existing products (e.g. second hand, sharing economy

✔ Responsible management and efficient use of resources

✔ Avoiding packaging or choosing reusable or recyclable packaging

... extends the lifespan of products and parts

✔ Reuse
✔ Repair and refurbish
✔Repurpose e.g., through upcycling

... recycles materials at the end of their life

✔ Respecting the biological cycle
✔ Ensuring the recycling of products, parts or fragments (e.g., through take-back schemes).

... limits emissions throughout its entire life cycle

✔ Energy efficiency and renewable energies
✔ Short transport routes (e.g., through local materials and products)

... takes into account the protection of the environment

✔ Avoiding the pollution of water, air and soil
✔ Preservation of biodiversity

... respects the human rights of people in production and consumption

✔ Decent working conditions and wages
✔  Transparency of the production chain
✔ Commitment to gender equality
✔  Respect for the safety and health of workers as well as  users

The concepts of sustainable and circular public procurement. What are the differences?
What is circular procurement?
What is Green Public Procurement?
Sustainable public procurement