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February 2023

ChemClimCircle - experiences with GPP

13 February 2023, 11:00 - 13:00


In the context of the ChemClimCircle project, municipalities are presenting their experiences with Green Public Procurement (GPP). On 13 February, Environmental Economist Ann Faber Ginness will give a presentation on behalf of the Municipality of Gentofte (Denmark).

Ginness will focus on:

  • Criteria and implementation of Green Public Procurement in Denmark and Gentofte
  • Criteria related to ChemClimCircle aspects
  • Actual effects from certain sustainability criteria or political decisions, what impact do purchasing choices have?

After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. The meeting will be moderated by Anne Lagerqvist from Stockholm municipality and can be followed via the Zoom link below.

ChemClimCircle is a SEED project that wants to address the important gap in policy integration that must be tackled but which is not yet on the European, national, and regional policy agendas: the linkage between Chemicals, Climate and Circularity issues. the consortium will conduct an analysis of the cause-and-effect chains linking chemicals, climate, and circularity, including “no-regret solutions” avoiding undesirable outcomes. It is planned to find pilot cases about successful approaches to connecting the three dimensions and organize think tank seminars.

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

Recovery, Open Strategic Autonomy and Resilience
27 - 28 February 2023


On 27 and 28 February 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission will host the 2023 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference in hybrid mode. The sixth Conference will bring together Europe's biggest circular economy stakeholders to focus on the role of the circular economy in driving sustainable recovery, open strategic autonomy and resilience. The two-day event will be an opportunity to present the circular economy as a key factor in building resource independence and resilience while ensuring that policy objectives are linked to sustainable consumption and production.

Circular economy principles allow for sustainable development by decoupling economic growth from resource use and environmental impact. The principles of ‘do no harm’ and ‘build back better’ couldn’t be more in line with the circular economy, which contributes to economic and social resilience as well as to the green and digital transition. EU initiatives on circularity, ecodesign and waste prevention will also bolster efforts to achieve the zero pollution, biodiversity protection and restoration, and climate goals.

The European Commission will host Day 1 of the Conference (27 February 2023). The event will include a focus on the main issues at the heart of the negotiations taking place in 2023 and look back at the initiatives adopted in 2022 by the Commission. The plenaries will present innovative regulations and initiatives, showcase best practices of EU-funded projects and schemes and explore future developments in circular economy policies in the EU. To conclude the European Year of Youth, a youth representative will provide a perspective from a different generational angle.

The afternoon's technical parallel sessions will discuss the transition to safe-and-sustainable chemicals, the European automotive industry driving towards circularity and the environmental and social impacts of global textiles value chains. Participants will be able to follow the plenary sessions and parallel sessions, broadcast live from the Commission’s Charlemagne building in Brussels (with speakers and moderators on stage).

The EESC will host Day 2 of the Conference (28 February 2023). The event will focus on stakeholders' views in a series of sessions and two interactive workshops. The sessions and workshops will be grouped under two main topics: Biodiversity and climate and Resilience for Europe. Day 2 also hosts the Networking Village, online and onsite. The Networking Village is an exhibition space where a selection of Circular Economy stakeholders can highlight their good practices and pitch their projects to a broad audience.

The Big Buyers Project: Webinar on How to Procure a ''Zero Emission Construction Site''

28 February 2023, 11:00 - 12:00


DG GROW is organizing a series of webinars entitled ''Driving Markets through Public Procurement: the Big Buyers Project''. The first of these webinars, taking place on 28 February, will focus on the Working Group that learnt how to procure a ''Zero Emission Construction Site''.

During the webinar representatives of the group on ''Zero Emission Construction Sites'' will present the state of play of the seven pilot projects that were launched in different cities, among which Berlin, Eindhoven and Barcelona, as well as the Joint Statement of Demand asking for a green shift in the construction market. The statement is currently signed by five cities: Bodø, Oslo, Copenhagen Helsinki and Vantaa.

The objective of the Big Buyers project was to promote collaboration between public buyers across the EU in implementing strategic procurement for sustainable solutions. A bottom-up needs assessment of participants resulted in the creation of four working groups, dealing with Zero Emission Construction Sites, Circular Construction, Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles, and Digital Solutions in the Healthcare Sector. Webinars focusing on the achievements of the rest of these working groups will be announced soon.

For more information on the first webinar, and to register (EU login required), click here.


March 2023

World Sustainable Procurement Day

21 March - 21 February 2023


On March 21, 2023, the second World Sustainable Procurement Day will take place, covering the full range of important and current sustainable procurement challenges, ranging from Child Labor & Forced Labor, to Supplier Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Living Wages, Human Rights, Conflict Minerals & Mining, Human Trafficking, Scope 3 GHG Emissions, SME suppliers, Supply Chain Transparency & Traceability, Social Procurement, and many more.

The event will provide a multitude of different online sessions, presented by the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) Team, SPP Chapters & Champions, partners, and friends with only one goal – to empower and equip Procurement Practitioners with knowledge, best practice approaches, and practical solutions to sustainability challenges.

More information about the event, the organisers and World Sustainable Procurement Day 2022, can be found here