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REBus Newsletter: May 2016
                  
In this issue
  • Feature: Circular Procurement Congress
  • Lessons from our pilot projects
  • Keeping up to date
  • Partner profiles: The University of Northampton
  • For your diaries

Feature: Circular Procurement Congress

Last month, Rijkswaterstaat convened the first ever international congress on circular procurement. REBus was one of the event partners. The Congress brought together 120 experts from around the world who shared case studies and explored how circular procurement could become a standard practice globally. Recommendations emerging from these discussions will be shared in a report to the European Commission.

Reflections: The first in a series…
The latest thought piece for REBus comes from Joan Prummel, Circular Procurement Advisor at Rijkswaterstaat. He reflects on the development of the Congress and how circular procurement will be a key driver to stimulate the circular economy and bring it to scale.

Relive the Congress
For those unable to attend or those who wish to revisit it, the Rijkswaterstaat team has produced a video report that highlights the key takeaway messages and moments from the Congress. Photos and presentations are also available online.
             

Lessons from our pilot projects

Textiles: Ministry of Defence
Our Dutch partners have partnered with their Ministry of Defence on a textiles project that is already proving economical feasible whilst shrinking the environmental footprint of the Dutch government. Watch their video report showing the process of recycling workwear and uniforms.

ICT: Progress on the Dutch pilots
Rijkswaterstaat is supporting REBMs through government procurement which will generate demand for more circular products and services in the marketplace. Their Policy Adviser, Klaas van der Sterren, shares the latest in a blog on their work with the ICT sector.

ProRail: Gaining market insight
Dutch procurement project, ProRail, looked at performance requirements and total cost of ownership for flooring and furniture. Engaging with the market early on was vital for the success of this business model.

Keeping up to date

New business models: Making ideas reality
At edie Live 2016, Dr Liz Goodwin explained why ‘business as usual can take a running jump’ during her last UK public speech as CEO of WRAP.  Read the full speech to find out why Dr Goodwin believes that ‘change can bring about extraordinary results’.

Towards a more Circular Economy
A new paper "Towards a more Circular Economy” has been published in the Resources, Conservation & Recycling journal, which addresses the link between procurement and supply practices. It also proposes changing from a traditional public procurement process, based on product-selling business models, to a more service-oriented system.

Buying Green! Handbook
Last month the European Commission published the third edition of its handbook on green public procurement (GPP). The handbook identifies strategies for GPP, and explains in detail how these can be implemented at each stage of the procurement process.

European capitals unite on circular economy
The cities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and London have launched a new joint initiative to pioneer circular economy projects, the first of which is designed to improve plastic collection.
 
Revving up resource efficiency in Europe
Following the publication of the EU Circular Economy Package, the Aldersgate Group hosted a debate to explore the progress achieved by the latest draft, the implications for the UK business community and where the package could be made stronger. A report is available on the Aldersgate Group website.
 
Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s latest report explores how smart devices can help maximize the utility of materials and the amount that can be looped back in as part of a circular economy.
 
Link to link: Driving resource efficiency across supply chains
The UK's All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group has published a new report on how each stage of the supply chain can become more resource-efficient and cut waste. Featuring contributions from three REBus partners, the report spotlights Argos’ Gadget Trade-in services, one of the first pilots developed through REBus.

Partner profiles: The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton has an international reputation in waste management and behaviour change.

Their recent projects include working with the informal sector in Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt, in partnership with Basel Convention, and also advising on policy development and implementation in the UK and overseas including in Nigeria and the Netherlands Antilles. 

The University’s role in REBus involves reviewing the evidence base and using this to develop the metrics to assess success of the REBM in the UK and Netherlands.

For your diaries

European Business Summit
1 - 2 June 2016 in Brussels
The European Business Summit is an annual conference of business leaders and policymakers convened by the Confederation of European Business. This year’s summit includes a session on circular thinking in established business models.
 
International Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation Brokerage Event
22 June 2016 in Liverpool
KTN is organising a one day brokerage event, focusing on Horizon 2020, technology transfer and commercial opportunities for businesses making the transition to a circular economy. The event is part of this year’s International Festival for Business.
 
Electronics Goes Green
7 - 9 September 2016 in Berlin
Join us at this event where WRAP will be sharing insights from the collective learning gathered from the REBus projects. These projects are testing the methodology in practical, real-life situations. The learning will be supported by examples from the electricals industry.
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