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Replacing single-use water containers with glass in the Basque Country

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Mutualia, a social services and medical care provider in the Basque Country, Spain, has installed water fountains connected to the public water network to use tap water instead of buying bottled water.

Green public procurement: successful example of increasing brick recovery in demolition services

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In 2018, Hjørring Municipality decided to embark on a pilot project to increase the recovery and recycling of bricks when procuring demolition services for two buildings at the end of their functional life. Once cleared, the sites were destinated to be a part of a new climate adaptation project including a new rainwater collection basin and a recreational area.

Reducing packaging through procurement criteria

Cursa de la Mercè

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Spain

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See how circular procurement can help reduce waste in the Catalan La Mercè Race.

All public services in Ludwigsburg enjoy “Cradle to Cradle” office material thanks to green public procurement

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The city of Ludwigsburg in Germany has a sustainable development strategy that  includes the use of procurement to achieve its sustainability  goals, instructing all public procurement departments to follow “Cradle  to  Cradle” principles in their procurement and awarding criteria.

Refurbishing a kindergarten building with minimal environmental impact in Koprivnica

Green Public Procurement in practice

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In 2018, the Croatian city of Koprivnica needed to replace a prefabricated kindergarten. Instead of demolishing the building entirely, Koprivnica opted for Green Public Procurement (GPP) and aimed to maintain as much of the physical structure as possible, while refurbishing and improving it.

FOREWEAR - inclusive social enterprise reusing and recycling clothing

FOREWEAR

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Czech Republic

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FOREWEAR is a project based in the Czech Republic. It collects unwanted clothing from company employees and donates them to charity organisations. Part of the material is recycled and, together with surpluses from textile industrial productions, is then used to produce recycled products printed with companies' branding.

EcoProtech Oy: turning waste organic material into biogas

EPAD

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Finland

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EcoProtech has developed the EPAD (EcoProtech Advanced Digestion) technology. EPAD is based on a continuous, industrial scale, anaerobic digestion process.

eChiller - highly energy-efficient cooler with minimal global warming impact

eChiller

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Germany

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eChiller is a refrigerator system developed and manufactured by the German company Efficient Energy which uses only water. 

Machiels Group: closing materials loops through enhanced landfill mining

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Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) of historic (and future) landfills is a key part of the solution for closing material loops. It addresses major societal challenges by recovering materials, energy and land. Machiels' ‘Closing the Circle’ project will be the first to put ELFM into practice.

Ateliere Fără Frontiere: refurbishing computers so children can keep learning

Ateliere Fara Frontiere

Ateliere Fără Frontiere is a social enterprise fighting against the exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination of the most disadvantaged categories of people, and acting for their social and professional integration.

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