How to use this framework

This is a guide to help practitioners in your city government to adopt a more circular approach to public procurement. Public procurement processes differ from one city to another and therefore this guide is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it provides an overarching framework that should be adapted to your local context and the realities of your city. The intention is not for you to read this guide in full from beginning to end but rather, once you have read the framework overview in the next section, to jump to the section you need using the menu bar on the left.

For each step, you will find:

  • Questions to consider to help you and your colleagues reflect on the different actions that your city or organisation might need to take throughout the procurement process. Not all questions will be relevant to every city and these questions are not exhaustive.

  • Examples illustrating how other city governments from around the world have implemented certain elements of circular economy procurement activities and links to explore further. While some examples are not specifically on circular public procurement, they showcase relevant best practices.

  • Resources, such as reports and guides produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and by many other organisations, to further explore the topic.

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