CircularProcurement.caFull Site Launch Fall 2020
Advancing the Circular Economy
Putting Concepts into Action
Leveraging public buying power presents an enormous and virtually untapped opportunity to disrupt existing linear consumption patterns to advance and support a circular economy in cities, regions, and First Nations across Canada.
The circular economy is a system designed to eliminate waste and circulate resources so they are continually in use through a variety of means: reuse, share, repair, refurbish, remanufacture, and recycle in a closed-loops system; minimize inputs derived from virgin resources to maximize low-carbon efficiency; and keep products, equipment, and infrastructure in use for longer to increase productivity.
Circular Procurement Virtual Series 2020
To advance circular economy in Canada we can focus on collaboration with the public sector organizations, their suppliers and service providers – as well as the private sector and their supply chains – to put circular economy concepts into action.
We are committed to build on the momentum generated at Canada’s inaugural Circular Procurement Summit 2019. In concert with the World Circular Economy Forum we are pleased to host our next engagement activity.
Circular Procurement Virtual Series 2020 is a four-part webinar presentation for professionals in public and private procurement functions, facility management, finance, legal, and sustainability, along with vendors and suppliers. It aims to expand knowledge of the circular economy and its benefits; and showcase critical insights and steps to consider along the journey to implementing circular procurement. Circular Procurement Virtual Series 2020 will feature guest experts from around the globe bridging knowledge to Canada who will share their experience putting circular economy concepts into action through procurement. The series will include dedicated Canadian content to offer a new platform for continued collaboration.
A primary benefit of the circular economy is the ability to advance environmental, economic, and social outcomes simultaneously.
This session will speak directly to those key performance indicators; measure if they have been prioritized and offer fulsome evaluation; and how to monitor and report implementation results against outcomes.
An exploration of how procurement can be used to advance the circular economy, and in particular, its use as a tool to build greater resiliency for a COVID-19 recovery. This session will feature lessons that COVID-19 has taught and how smart fiscal recovery packages can simultaneously deliver on environmental, economic, and social objectives.
showcase of circular business models in action with examples of innovative products and services that deliver circularity, as well as an examination of how the current linear economic model of consumption – take-make-waste – and traditional procurement practices continue to be an ongoing barrier to deliver on our collective environmental, economic, and social objectives.
Through the lens of organizational change management, we showcase how to leverage opportunity and advance circular ambitions by way of circular procurement. In the spirit of progress and achievements this session provides step-by-step implementation guidance from local government leaders from Europe and Canada that have identified and advanced circular ambitions.
Why Circular Procurement?
Circular procurement is a process by which public authorities purchase works, goods, or services that seek to contribute to closed energy and material loops within supply chains while minimizing and avoiding negative environmental impacts and waste creation across their whole lifecycle.
When effectively carried out circular procurement benefits the triple bottom line and supports important public policy outcomes:
Circular Procurement in Canada and Beyond
Public sector procurement in Canada is valued at $200 billion annually with 80 per cent taking place at local government levels. Federal, provincial, and municipal interests are beginning to recognize purchasing influence and opportunity for collaboration to that supports their objectives.
Our cities continue to operate in the unsustainable linear economy where resources and assets are managed inefficiently. However, with their population densities, they are well positioned to be cradles and catalysts for circularity as hubs for citizens and businesses, and have capacity to lead and support social and economic transitions in their communities using procurement as a tool.
Globally, circular procurement has the potential to deliver on the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.
Strengthen means and implementation; revitalize Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.