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29 February 2016  

Market dialogue for bio-based disposable care and catering items

The Dutch procurement expertise agency PIANOo is organising a market dialogue for bio-based disposable care items and catering on 19 April at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). The meeting is open to all interested parties, including producers of bio-based materials and products, potential suppliers, waste processors, buyers and researchers.

The purpose of the market dialogue is to exchange knowledge between the different stakeholders involved in the procurement of these items in order to increase the market knowledge of the procurement practitioners and to improve suppliers’ understanding of procurers’ needs and constraints. Market dialogue helps to prepare a successful tender that includes functional requirements.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ) is looking to stimulate the market for bio-based products and wants to set an example by using bio-based disposables in catering. Recycling of products is an important precondition. EZ therefore wants to engage with both producers and recyclers. Bio-based products can have unique added value in comparison to traditional products, for instance, improved material properties and biodegradability. Bio-based products and services can contribute positively to green growth and sustainability, innovation, and employment. They have the potential to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

Registration to this market dialogue event is free and will be available through PIANOo website.

1 February 2016  

Turin shares new sustainable catering policy

INNOCAT partner Turin (Italy) is sharing details of its new sustainable catering policy at a national event to be held in the city on 18 February 2016. The free event will present the project's results and new scenarios for PPI in the catering sector, with reference to the circular economy.

The event will kick off with the official launch of guidelines by the City of Turin for a low-carbon catering service, as well as the presentation of proven approaches and best practices for sustainable catering procurement in Europe. Finally, a roundtable will examine the trends and challenges in the EU for the circular economy and circular procurement.

The event will conclude with a networking lunch and translation in English and Italian will be available. The event is free to attend.

For more information, download the agenda or visit the registration page.