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May 04 2017
RCO Knowledge Sessions Procurement: Advancing the Circular Economy through Buying...
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Procurement: Advancing the Circular Economy through Buying Power

RCO Knowledge Sessions

Procurement: Advancing the Circular Economy through Buying Power 
Beyond Policy and into Practice

Environmental outcomes can be effectively driven through buying specifications for products and services. Commercial relationships provide a direct and sustainable way to shift markets to require product designers and service providers to innovate and meet environmental requirements. Circular economy advancements have found new ways to transition markets: buying light instead of lamps; leasing floor cover instead of buying carpet; ride sharing instead of car buying. New and innovative market responses yield economic, social, and environmental gains while influencing how we buy and consume goods and services. 

Governments and businesses also have unrestricted abilities to support and advance circular economy models and principles through purchasing and procurement. As part of the Waste-Free Ontario Act the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, which includes government commitment to lead by example in sustainable procurement.  

In September 2016 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a summary from its recently hosted G7 Alliance: Advancing Resource Efficiency and the Supply Chain. The report highlights abilities for private and public organizations to stimulate the development of products and services that are more resource efficient over their lifecycles. 

Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator in EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), has been invited to elaborate on this report and discuss how we can take immediate action to support greater circularity in Ontario’s production and consumption behaviours. 

Topics to be explored: 

  • Leveraging environmental and economic gains through buying power  
  • What governments are and could be doing 
  • Role of the private sector and collective buying groups 
  • Product and service providers shifting business models to respond
  • Tools and resources to help define and score performance to ensure environmental and social benefits and economic costs are at par
  • Champions: case studies that bring concepts to life

RCO Member Rate: $300

Non-Member Rate (early bird to April 20): $375
Non-Member Rate (April 21 - May 2): $425

Add to your calendar: Thursday, May 4, 2017

(Full day event - lunch included)


105 Princes' Boulevard


Categories: Member Events, RCO Events


2017-05-04 00:00:00 (All day event)

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