The Use of Public Procurement for Climate and Social Benefits

Join RREUSE, Europe’s largest network of social enterprises active in reuse, repair and recycling, for a deep dive into the opportunities and challenges of public procurement as a way to advance climate and social goals. 

The half-day conference followed by a networking cocktail will bring together EU policy makers, public procurement practitioners and experts, representatives of social enterprises, their networks and Brussels-based NGOs, among others.

We will examine the opportunities and challenges of public procurement as a way to advance climate and social goals. We will hold two interactive panels and launch our research report on the central topic of the event that is funded by the European Climate Foundation.

The first panel will focus on the upcoming Olympic Games as an example of how social enterprises and public authorities can collaboratively and innovatively work toward reducing carbon footprints and promoting circularity. The Paris 2024 Olympics aim to be a landmark athletic event in their commitment to social inclusion, and reuse was rightfully seen as a major strategy to improve the Olympic Games’ carbon performance. 

Together with experts on public procurement and public policy we will then delve into how the EU currently promotes socially responsible and green public procurement practices, and how this could be improved in the future. The EU’s core legislative instrument in this area makes it clear that social and green provisions can be considered at all stages of the procurement process. However, it is widely recognised that these voluntary measures to advance socially responsible and green procurement have been insufficiently used in practice.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain new insights, take part in this important discussion and expand your professional network.

This conference has been supported by the European Climate Foundation. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this conference lie(s) with the author(s). The European Climate Foundation cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained or expressed therein.


Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the European Commission can be held responsible for them.

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