Circular procurement explained

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Circular procurement has a significant impact on procurement and on the overall business operations of government bodies. It presupposes a different, more functional view of demand - one in which performance is often of pivotal importance. As a result, the concept of "ownership" is seen in an entirely different light. Alternative revenue models such as product-as-a-service offers (e.g. Greenwheels) or sale-repurchase agreements can be useful here.

Additional aspects include conditions placed on the raw materials used, design factors, measures to extend products' service life and securing high-quality reuse.

The opportunities offered by a circular economy to the Netherlands are becoming increasingly apparent. Recent research by The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and other institutions has shown that in the Netherlands this equates to annual earnings of at least € 7 billion, the creation of more than 50,000 jobs, and a substantially reduced environmental impact. 

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