Circ-Pro meeting in Portugal

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On 16-17 October was held in the beautiful city of Evora in the Region of Aletejo the third inter-regional partner meeting for the project.

-The two day meeting was opened by the President of CCDR Alentejo who welcomed the Partners and Stakeholders with a dynamic presentation of CircPro and an introduction to meeting.

The meeting was focused on the building sector. It is important to recall two presentations among the others:

  • Multilevel and Multisector Circular Procurement
  • Circular Procurement in the Building Sector

A site visit to IBERA, Industria de Betao S.A., a company producing concrete with different kinds of recycled materials, as well as cork instead of polystirene, completed the technical part of the meeting. Bruno Marabotto ETRA Vice President, who is one of Project Stakeholders, participated to the event making a presentation about the use of Recycled Tyre Materials in many various applications, mainly in the building sector.Marabotto brought into the discussion his long experience as the responsible technician for the Municipality of Turin, and offered some suggestions about how to foster the implementation of GPP.

More about the project

CircPro (Smart Circular Procurement) is a five year Interreg project which started on 1st June 2018 with a budget of Euro 2.208.675. The project aims at promoting the transition to a more circular economy based uponnational and regional decision-making by increasing the implementation of circular procurement.

The Project consists of two phases: Phase 1 from June 2018 to May 2021 and Phase 2 from June 2021 to May 2023. Phase 1 is devoted toan inter-regional learning process – identifying, analyzing and exchanging knowledge and practices on circular procurement. Phase 2 is dedicated to implementing the Action Plans and evaluating their impact.

CircPro’smain objectiveis to increase the implementation of circular procurement under the targeted policy instruments so that circular economy principles and criteria are incorporated or taken into account as a horizontal principle. CircPro targets circular procurement from different complex approaches all of which facilitate closed loops, but where the focus shifts from better quality products to new and innovative products and new business concepts.

The CircPro partnership consistsof 11 partners from 10 regions, andhas identified critical barriers that hinder systematic implementation of the circular procurement in their regions. These include the general lack of knowledge and expertise related to circular procurement, procedural and legal barriers, and the procurers´ preconceptions about usingthem, as well asthe lack of recycled materials currently for offer.

Contributing to the selected policy instruments by incorporating the circular economy principles and criteria on the strategic level, the ultimate goal after the project is to implement circular procurement as an established practice of the procurement procedures within the partnership regions’ municipalities and towns.

For more information see the flyer in attachment.

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