Sustainable and Circular Procurement: Putting it into Practice

Sustainable and Circular Procurement: Putting it into Practice

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About this course

– Intermediate/Specialist Course –

This course takes you beyond the theory of green procurement and focuses on how to implement it. Participants will be taken through the following steps for two specific categories (choice of facilities management, ICT, furniture, transport, cleaning and catering):

  • Identifying the key environmental impacts
  • Market analysis and engagement
  • Drafting specifications
  • Selection and award criteria
  • Evaluation and verification
  • Life-cycle costing
  • Contract management

Each topic is illustrated with examples and case studies from Ireland and abroad. Tools, notes and resources to help with implementation will be provided. Participants will gain confidence in setting and evaluating a range of sustainability criteria in tenders.

Dates & Duration

Next dates: • tbc
One day course which can be delivered in two half-day sessions

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

i) Understand the implications of the circular economy for public procurement, including key sectors such as the built environment, facilities and waste management, textiles and ICT);
ii) Identify specific techniques and procedures to implement circular procurement, including service level agreements, take-back schemes, design for repair/disassembly, innovation partnerships and pre-commercial procurement);
iii) Develop strategies for implementation of circular procurement in their organisations;
iv) Access useful online tools and resources for circular procurement.

Target Audience

Procurement practitioners, managers and sustainability professionals working in or with the public sector. This course is aimed at those with some knowledge/experience of public procurement. Prior experience with GPP or circular procurement is not required.


€675 per participant. All training costs are VAT exempt.
There is a 10% discount when 3 or more places are booked on this course.


What background knowledge is necessary?

Staff experienced in using eTenders at a basic level and also experienced in the basics of national and EU procurement.

What is the refund policy?

All cancellations must be received in writing or the full course fee is payable. Where delegates cancel more than 5 days prior to the course 50% of the course fee is payable. Cancellations received within 5 days will be liable for the full fee.

Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the event.

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?

Ideally the Introduction to eTenders 1/2 day and Understanding Public Procurement.