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Buying power can move the needle towards circularity

10 September 2019

Nowadays, 7.6 billion people live on earth, according to forecasts, this is expected to grow to 10 billion people by 2050. If we don’t change our approach to natural resources use, and don’t reduce the level of our consumption, we will need the equivalent of 2.5 to 3.5 globes worth of natural resources by 2050! It is clear that cities need to take action to avoid such exploitation of natural resources, and one solution may be the use of circular procurement.

Circular procurement is known as a different way of acquiring goods and services that promotes consideration of the whole lifecycle of products throughout their supply chain. A focus on the use and services provided by a product instead of the ownership catalyses the development of new business models, which are expected to be necessary to promote a circular economy.

Circular Public Procurement (Circular PP) is a 3 year project supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme with the main goal to develop an adequate framework for circular procurement in the countries belonging to the Baltic Sea Region. Learn more about the project's activities and outcomes such as infographics about circular procurement.