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Circular PP Final Newsletter, Feb 2021

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the seventh and final issue of the Circular PP project newsletter. This newsletter presents an ovrview of the most vital activites during the entire project duration. Enjoy!

Over the past three years, public authorities in Denmark, Sweden, and Latvia have been piloting innovative new approaches to buying circular goods and services as part of the Circular PP project, funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The project ran between 2017 and 2020.

In this final newsletter, we want to share the projects main results, including lessons learnt from the pilot procurements, the research and resulting recommendations developed during the project, and other activities conducted by the project to support capacity building and communication.






During Circular PP, a range of circular procurement activities were piloted in Aalborg (Denmark), Malmö (Sweden), Smiltene and Pļaviņas (Latvia). Several sectors were covered, including furniture, ICT, catering, playgrounds, and waste management. A full overview of pilot activities and lessons learnt can be found here. A Summary Version is also available. 

In addition, a number of case studies and videos have been prepared.


Circular PP conducted research, including an analysis Circular Procurement Policy in the Baltic Sea Region (1), an overview of Alternative Business Models Available for Circular Procurement (2), and a study of the Institutional Set-Up of Bodies Relevant to Circular Procurement (3). Several scientific papers will now be published. The first is already available - Exploring Paradoxical Tensions in Circular Business Models – Cases from North Europe (Morales, 2020) (4). A scientific paper from Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences is also available – Are you ready for a circular economy? Society’s needs and policy development toward a circular economy as a driver for scientific research (5).

In addition, the role of clusters in promoting circular transition among SMEs was explored via two publications:

Recommendations were also developed to boost future circular procurement at the local-level, national-level, and European level. Recommendations for SMEs were also made (6).



Circular PP has trained circular procurement champions, organised seminars and market dialogue events, provided lectures on circular procurement at universities, and delivered workshops for companies on product design. Several resources have been developed, which can be used by others interested in building circular procurement capacities. A range of communication products to help spread the word about Circular PP have also been developed.

Capacity Building Resources

Communication Products

Image copyrights: Pilots 1CC Unsplash, 2 CC Unsplash and 3 C Unsplash, Recommendations 2 CC0 Unsplash , 3 CCO Unsplash - Capacity Building 1 C Cooper8, 2 RWS, 3 Circular PP, Communications Productcts 1 CC Circular PP, 2 CC Circular PP, and 3 Circular PP

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