Cities and regions boosting innovation with ACR+
The Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+) is an international network of cities and regions that has been facilitating the exchange of information and best practices on material resource management, following the multi-R approach (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and more), and this since 1994. The network gathers almost 90 members, representing more than 1000 municipalities, including cities and regions with the most active waste and resource policies. In an innovative and transparent way, ACR+ encourages the evolution of material resource management to increase the adoption of more circular methods.
For the LIFE FUTURE project, ACR+ is supporting and monitoring dissemination activities, as well as producing a guide on good networking practices between different projects dealing with green public procurement.
ACR+ and its members are also working on the topic of public procurement through other aspects. Being committed to push for more innovation in the waste sector and knowing that public procurement is a key tool for this, ACR+ was involved (and took the lead towards the end of the project) in the PPI4Waste project. This project explored mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector through networking, capacity building, and dissemination.
In addition and to encourage a broader use of circular public procurement, ACR+ has been working on some guidance material and produced several factsheets of the Circular Europe Network (CEN) on this topic. Indeed, The CEN compiles an inventory of policy initiatives (at national, regional and local levels) for circular economy, including about the strategic use of public procurement as one of the tools that can be used by cities and regions to foster circular economy on their territory. Among others, factsheets are dedicated to the greening of buildings in the Basque Country (Spain) and to the sustainable public procurement strategy of the city of Ghent (Belgium).
» Author: LIFE FUTURE newsletter
» Publication Date: 12/03/2018
» Source: LIFE FUTURE newsletter
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