Sustainable Public Procurement

The global demand for raw materials such as food, electrical devices and clothes is on the rise. In an effort to manage raw materials more intelligently, the government is working together with the business community, research institutes and other institutions specialised in various disciplines.

The aim for the Netherlands is to have circular-economy measures in place by 2050.

Circular economy

In a circular economy, the concept of waste ceases to exist. Products and materials are re-used and raw materials retain their value. Sustainable Public Procurement is the deployment of the procurement instrument to stimulate production and use (including re-use) of circular products and services, with the aim of accelerating the circular economy.

Bringing people together

Rijkswaterstaat encourages and helps organisations interested in sustainable Public Procurement by bringing people together, drafting sample criteria, writing manuals or sharing knowledge. In that respect, we work together with other countries. Not just within the European Union, but also within the United Nations.



7 European cities are piloting a series of demonstration actions and over 30 new tools and processes across construction and demolition waste and organic waste.


ProCirc is a transnational project in the North Sea region set up to experiment, implement and learn how circular economy and procurement can benefit the region.


The Circular & Fair ICT Pact (CFIT) is an international procurement-led partnership to accelerate circularity, fairness and sustainability in the ICT sector.

SPP Criteria

Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) means utilising your procurement to achieve greater sustainability and avoid a negative environmental and social impact.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority.