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Circular Procurement: Using Buying Power to Drive Environmental and Economic Results

Complimentary and custom workshop for municipalities
Friday, March 23, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Bloor Street - 227 Bloor St. E., Toronto
Room: The Great Hall
Day 1: Open to City of Toronto representatives
Day 2: Open to all Ontario municipalities
Capacity: 50 people
Registration Deadline: March 19
The circular economy aims to keep products and materials at their highest value at all times by efficient resource management, eliminating waste, reducing energy use, and lowering greenhouse emissions.
It also goes beyond simply recycling-from production to end-of-life and along the entire supply chain-by improving product design and business models, and promoting ideas of how we purchase and consume services and products.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries spend 12 per cent of their GDP on public procurement. With a $1.9 trillion GDP Canada spends $230 billion on procurement alone, and Ontario spends $89 billion.
Governments have unrealized potential to advance circular economy models and principles through purchasing and procurement that can meet a series of sustainability targets. Municipal governments are fast becoming the champions of Ontario’s transition to Circular Economy adopting policies and practices that linking buying power and sustainability objectives.
Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is dedicated to advancing the circular economy, and is working with a variety of organizations to move concepts into practice.
To help accelerate Ontario's ongoing transition, we are co-hosting a pair of workshops with the City of Toronto designed to showcase how municipalities can leverage procurement as a mechanism to address waste reduction, greenhouse gas emissions, and the associated costs savings.
About the Workshop
Over the course of the day, attendees will see first- hand on how procurement links with the circular economy and waste reduction through engaging presentations and sector case studies, as well as other opportunities: 
  • take part in a series of different workshop exercises on procurement
  • view roadmaps that integrate circular economy principles into procurement
  • see evidence of benefits and learn how to quantify them in economic, social and environmental terms
  • learn how resource efficiency and circularity can be delivered in practice

City of Toronto and RCO Partnership 

In July 2016 the City of Toronto adopted a Long-Term Waste Strategy that includes several recommendations related to waste reduction and advancing the circular economy. RCO was invited to be part of the Stakeholder Advisory Group, and offered feedback and comment on its composition and priorities. A component of the strategy addresses the importance of procurement to fulfill waste reduction goals.
In November 2017 Councillor Michael Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) recommended the Director of Purchasing & Material Management, in consultation with Toronto Solid Waste Management and relevant stakeholders, including RCO, develop a strategy for city procurement (PDF) to drive waste diversion and the circular economy, and report back to Government Management Committee in June 2018.
In doing so, the city will take on a leadership role in waste diversion by updating the Responsible Procurement Policy (PDF) , which is almost two decades old. This policy will be examined through the lens of current environmental goals, and a strategy will be developed for procurement to drive waste diversion through the circular economy.
About the Workshop Facilitator 
Dr. Mervyn Jones is an independent sustainable procurement specialist who has provided technical support on the development and implementation of the 10YFP : Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in developed and developing countries.
He has also contributed to the EU LIFE REBus, a pioneering and testing a methodology that enables companies to transform their strategies to profitable, resilient, and more resource efficient business models (REBMs); and European Clothing Action Plan , which helps public procurers reach their environmental goals by using their buying power to stimulate a circular approach to workwear, and focuses on the clothing supply chain specifically to reduce waste and bring about effective waste recovery.
He previously worked for WRAP , where he led the Construction Waste Prevention programme, Sustainable Procurement, Manufacturing, and Products & Materials Programmes; and has a proven and independently audited track record in initiating and delivering projects that have demonstrated the business case for adopting and embedding more sustainable procurement policies and criteria into tenders and contracts.  


227 Bloor St. E.


Categories: General Events, RCO Events


Starts: 2018-03-23 09:00:00
Ends: 2018-03-23 13:30:00

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