In April 2016, the first international Congress on Circular Procurement was held in Amsterdam. 120 experts attended from over countries from Europe and around the world. The purpose of the 2016 congress was to raise awareness for the concept of circular procurement, highlight good practices, share experiences how circular procurement could be mainstreamed.
The next steps are now being taken. Purchasers within governments and companies are discovering the possibilities of circular procurement and are exploring ways in which lifecycle impacts can be taken into account. The congress acts as a platform for purchasers and policy makers to share knowledge and experiences. As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU the Estonian government has emphasised the importance of both eco-innovation and circular procurement and is hosting the Second Circular Procurement Congress in Tallinn.
The objectives of this congress are to:
- deepen knowledge and encourage implementation of circular procurement;
- showcase good practices, latest research and tools;
- stimulate unexperienced organisations to start with circular procurement;
- discuss the role of circular procurement in innovation and meeting policy goals;
- encourage networking on circular procurement.
The Congress is organised in a way that ensures a maximum level of interaction between participants, with several break-out sessions and a market lounge in which specific ideas can be discussed in smaller groups.
The event is directly preceded by the Conference on Innovation Procurement, co-organised by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission (EC) on 17 and 18 October 2017. The events are organised in the same week, in order to facilitate participation in both events in view of the strong link between innovation and circular procurement.
House of Black Heads
House of Black Heads, Pikk 26, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia