Rijkswaterstaat

Circular Procurement Academy

The assignment

In early 2018, a delegation from Latvia, Sweden and Denmark visited the Netherlands to learn more about circular procurement. In Europe, the Netherlands is often referred to as a leader in the field of circular procurement. The Netherlands is home to various iconic circular projects, and government organizations such as PIANOo and Rijkswaterstaat are sought-after international experts. So a project to support other countries in their ambitions for circular procurement has been developed out of the CircularPP European Interreg project; we contributed to this process.

Context

The European Commission is strongly committed to procurement and tendering as an instrument to drive the circular economy – a movement in which the Netherlands is often referred to as a leader. Because of this, a project to support other countries in their ambitions for circular procurement has been developed out of the CircularPP European Interreg project. The international version of the Circular Procurement Academy was set up in early 2018 to train a delegation of ‘Circular Procurement Champions’ from the Baltic region.

The question

Develop an English-language Circular Procurement training program, for international parties that want to work with circular procurement.

The requirements

The training program must be given by external trainers in two-and-a-half days. The program should consist of (i) presentations; (ii) didactic material and (iii) teacher guidance. The program must be suitable for organizations that have limited experience with circular procurement, as well as those with more experience.

The process

The program consisted of five interactive half-day modules. In the modules, the participants were taken through the theory and practice of circular procurement. In each module, the participants were challenged to apply the theory they had learned to their own cases. The modules were presented alternately by employees of Rijkswaterstaat, colleagues from Copper8 and international experts.

The result

Twelve participants from three countries completed the training, and got involved interactively in the success factors of circular procurement and circular tendering.

“The new Interreg CircularPP project is a continuation of the European REBUS project, which contributed to more than 40 pilots in 2013-2017. Within this project, Copper8 has been able to translate the experiences of the Circular Procurement Academy in the Netherlands into a compact and interactive European masterclass in a short timeframe. Realizing that circularity does not stop at the national border, they are open to sharing their knowledge in order to accelerate change at the European level.” Cuno van Geet Senior advisor Resource Efficiency

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