We are pleased to announce that the second edition of the

    Circular Procurement Congress
    'Mainstreaming Circular Procurement’
    will take place on 

    18 & 19 October 2017 
    The congress will be live-streamed on Tuesday 19 October from 09.00 to 13.00h Tallinn time. 

    18 & 19 October 2017

    Circular Procurement Congress 'Mainstreaming Circular Procurement’

    The second Circular Procurement Congress will be held on 18 & 19 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Congress will provide a unique opportunity to explore the latest developments and thinking on circular procurement and on mainstreaming circular procurement.

    In April 2016 the first international congress on circular procurement was held in Amsterdam. 120 experts attended from over 20 countries in Europe and around the world. The purpose of the 2016 congress was to raise awareness for the concept of circular procurement, highlight good practices and to share experiences on how circular procurement could be mainstreamed.


    Next steps

    Purchasers within governments and companies are discovering the potential of circular procurement and are exploring ways in which life-cycle impacts can be taken into account. As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2017, the Estonian government is emphasising the importance of both eco-innovation and circular procurement and will be hosting the Second Circular Procurement Congress in Tallinn. The event is co-organised by the European Commission, Estonia, Rijkswaterstaat and ICLEI and will be preceded by the Annual EU Innovation Procurement event organised by DG CNECT of the European Commission.

    Why participate?

    The limitations of the current linear economy model of extract-produce-use-dispose are becoming clearer every day. To be able to live within the limits of our planet, a profound shift of the modes of consumption and production is required.

    In response to this challenge, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the EU action plan for the Circular Economy and the world’s governments committed to new Sustainable Development Goals. As a concrete contribution to these broad objectives, increasing attention is being given to the concept of circular procurement.

    A number of public and private organisations have been exploring how public procurement policies and practices can better embed circular economy concepts (e.g. reduce, recycle, re-use, repair, re-design) to improve the efficiency of both materials use and the sectors that rely on them, while at the same time, reducing adverse social and environmental impacts.

    At the heart of the CP concept is the recognition that organisations that embed materials efficiency based circular thinking in their business models will enjoy a range of economic and other benefits.

    The Tallinn Circular Procurement Congress will act as a platform for purchasers and policy makers to exchange knowledge and experiences and to explore how circular procurement can be mainstreamed in the coming years.


    Who should attend?

    • Policy makers at national and local levels, and public bodies responsible for procurement and advancement of sustainable development through the use of circular economy and public procurement concepts;

    • Public purchasers and budget holders;

    • Private sector actors involved in public procurement.

    What to expect?

    Participants can expect to take home from the Congress:

    • A deeper knowledge on and new impetus for the implementation of circular procurement;

    • First-hand knowledge of best practices, latest research and tools;

    • An opportunity to discuss the role of circular procurement in innovation and meeting policy goals with peers from other countries;

    • A chance to network with leading players on circular procurement.


    English will be the working language for all sessions.


    The congress is jointly organized by the following partners:

    Location 19 October:

    House of the Blackheads Pikk 26 Tallinn, Estonia

    Hosted and organised by:

    Co-organised by the Estonian Presidency of the EU, the European Commission (Directorate-General for the Environment), Rijkswaterstaat from the Netherlands and ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability

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