PROCEED: Public Procurement with a Circular Economy EDge

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Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - RISE Viktoria, Göteborg
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 000 000
Project duration December 2018 - February 2020
Status Completed
Venture Circular and biobased economy
Call Policy and behavioral issues for a biobased circular economy

Purpose and goal

The project goal was to contribute to the shift to a CE in Sweden by developing a Circular Public Procurement (CPP) process that includes circularity metrics & management standards. No participant could implement ”true” circular procurement as hoped for various reasons: 1) Project time was too short to test CPP; 2) Suppliers were adverse to the suggested circularity metric C; 3) The C metric was only suitable in some cases and no other CE metrics were available; 4) There are practical issues in and outside the organisations that must be addressed in order for CPP to be tested in full.

Expected results and effects

The project was successful as all the parties increased knowledge on CPP and its complexity. Also, it has enables the participants to approach CPP with the support of an innovative methodology that was the result of a co-creative approach. Moreover, the opinion paper that was published on Svenska Dagbladet attracted the interest of the Delegation for Circular Economy resulting in a request for collaboration on the need to measuring circularity and its standardisation.

Planned approach and implementation

The project was structured in five work packages, of which one was for project management and the other four included several activities. The project partners took part in individual coaching sessions and collective workshops in order to learn circularity principles and to test the CPP process. The research team was responsible for completion of the project according the set criteria of budget, time and quality. The team developed and refined working documents (e.g. managerial toolbox) with observations and input from partners, disseminated results and finalised reporting.

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Last updated 26 June 2020

Reference number 2018-04696

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