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.
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.
Develop an English-language Circular Procurement training program, for international parties that want to work with circular procurement.
Current situation and future
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 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.
Twelve participants from three countries completed the training, and got involved interactively in the success factors of circular procurement and circular tendering.