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9 lessons learned from the Green Deal Circular Procurement

  1. Make sure the useful life of equipment depends on the performance required for the specific user, rather than the period in which it is amortised or average useful life. The useful life can be extended by making agreements about repair and maintenance.

  2. Specify needs in terms of the software required (functionality), rather than the processor, RAM, etc. (technical). You can create user profiles for this.

  3. Choose devices with universal parts that are easy to disassemble or replace, as this can significantly extend the service life.

  4. Next stage in the loop after end-of-use. There are lots of options for reusing, refurbishing or properly recycling IT material, where data security guarantees can be requested. Circularity only effectively exists if the loop can be closed.

  5. When purchasing refurbished equipment, quality guarantees can be requested that are comparable to those for new material. The idea that the quality of this material is inferior is incorrect. By choosing refurbished, buyers can boost this market.

  6. Leasing ICT equipment or as-a-service contracts are not necessarily circular. To be circular, there has to be transparency about what happens to the equipment after it’s taken back by the supplier. Even so, extending the lifespan, for example through repairs and maintenance guarantees, can also have a positive impact.

  7. Besides circularity, the IT chain also faces a whole range of sustainability challenges. Transparency throughout the chain is important for both aspects. Fair ICT Flanders, TCO-certified and Electronics Watch, among others, can help here. Obtaining labels is often expensive for refurbishers, although you can get round this making by requiring a label, but exempting refurbishment.

  8. It’s important that your contract documents state whether this is an eligibility criterion (pass or fail) or a descriptive criterion. You can also include an introduction to the contract documents in which you explain your organisation’s circular ambitions.

  9. Don’t forget to make agreements about the packaging material and transport. For example, this could be done by delivering in backpacks or bags to avoid waste, making the take-back and recycling of the packaging material obligatory, or requesting minimum recycled content.

Circular Procurement Cases - ICT

 

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Winner of the first Fair ICT Flanders Award On December 15, KU Leuven received the Fair ICT Award 2020. A reward for a process that already started in 2009. Step by step, KU Leuven is implementing…

 

Tuesday 17 December 2019

TV decoders are an important product for Proximus and its customers.  The first TV decoders were launched in 2005, and have already been supplied to more than 2 million customers. In the context of t…

 

Monday 16 December 2019

Flanders wants to have a circular economy by 2050, in which raw material loops are closed. But how do you achieve such a circular economy in practice? The role of government authorities in this is cl…

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Publications about Circular ICT

 

Within the Interreg NSR project ProCirc a webinar was organised about circular ICT.

 

This report is part of NGI Forward, the strategy and policy arm of the European Commission’s flagship Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which seeks to build a more democratic, inclusive, res…

 

This Fair ICT Flanders infographic provides an overview of the various risks within the ICT supply chain. The route from raw material to final product is long and complex. Many actors are involved in…

 

If your organization is prepared to work on a fair ICT policy, it is important to consider a few questions in order to arrive at a concrete action plan. Why does your organization want to take on a p…

 

Between 60 and 85% of the CO2 emissions from ICT devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets… come from the production phase. Purchasing organizations can drastically limit the impact of this phase…

 

This infographic from Fair ICT Flanders shows the decision-making process for the purchase of ICT hardware in a few steps. It allows buyers to reflect on their needs and also offers alternatives to n…

 

Building on the experience from organising market engagement as part of the Make ICT Fair project, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and Electronics Watch recommend to procurers a dialogue…

 

This website is the Flemish reference for Fair & Circular IT. FiF is a 3 year long project run by CATAPA vzw, Bond Beter Leefmilieu and Ondernemers voor Ondernemers and financed by the Flemisch Gover…

 

This report examines the current sustainability landscape of the tech sector. It provides a detailed framework for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to analyze sustainability and outlines s…

 

This is an English translation of short case descriptions that are part of a larger report on Circular Procurement and Strategies among Norwegian Municipalities, developed by Inventura AS on behalf o…

 

This report presents the findings of work which estimates the value of a range of consumer electronics products following their first sale, alongside the estimated cost of recovering those products a…

 

ARCTIC is the Alliance for Responsible, Circular and Transparent procurement of ICT (ARCTIC). This One Planet Network on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) programme is a voluntary global multi-sta…

 

The EU LIFE REBus (Resource Efficient Business Models) project1 aims to reduce the use of raw materials or extend the lifetime of products by demonstrating the commercial case for European businesses…

 

The criteria document aims to support experienced procurers in leveraging public purchases of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hardware to positively impact working conditions across th…

 

The European Commission has developped a series of sector specific LCC calculation tools which aim to facilitate the use of LCC amongst public procurers. This is the user guide for the LCC tool for G…

 

The European Commission has developped a series of sector specific LCC calculation tools which aim to facilitate the use of LCC amongst public procurers. This is the LCC tool for GPP of computers and…

 

The European Commission have developped a series of sector specific LCC calculation tools which aim to facilitate the use of LCC amongst public procurers. This is the users guide for the LCC tool for…

 

The European Commission have developped a series of sector specific LCC calculation tools which aim to facilitate the use of LCC amongst public procurers. This the LCC tool for GPP of Imaging Equipme…

 

The EU GPP criteria are developed to facilitate the inclusion of green requirements in public tender documents. While the adopted EU GPP criteria aim to reach a good balance between environmental per…

 

The EU GPP criteria are developed to facilitate the inclusion of green requirements in public tender documents. While the adopted EU GPP criteria aim to reach a good balance between environmental per…

 

The project objectives were to map out the extent to which more circular business models are being adopted in the mobile phone and service industry, and identify how this adoption can be accelerated.…

 

Legal, operational and financial solutions to unlock the potential of the ‘Fairphone-as-a-Service’ model

Overview of product categories

Information about circular procument and example cases per specific product category.

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Infrastructure

kantoorinrichting
Office Furnishings

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VERLICHTING
Lighting

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Packaging

WERKKLEDIJ
Textiles

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