Deep Dive

Purchasing Decisions Can Rock the World! (2.5 CEUs)

Wednesday, August 22
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Canal AB

Purchasing practices can be used strategically to stimulate the circular economy. In this session, you will learn how to drive budget decisions that emphasize the importance of what you buy and from whom, so you can “practice what you preach” in your organization. You’ll get real-life examples of strategic procurement, identify pitfalls to avoid and use your purchasing decisions to influence the entire supply chain. Take home an action plan that you can start tomorrow!


Joan Prummel, Strategic Advisor Circular Procurement, Rijkswaterstaat—Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Joan Prummel

Joan Prummel works as international Strategic Advisor on Circular Procurement for the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat. To improve the circularity of any organisation, circular procurement is the way to implement it. Just because procurement is the only way in. Together with international colleagues Mr. Prummel helps and guides organisations to set their ambitions, policies and operations, aiming at a more circular organisation. Circularity connects resource efficiency and sustainability to economic benefits. The strength lies in collaboration: through the supply chain (with the market) and within the organisation. Rijkswaterstaat advises, stimulates and supports public bodies (and private companies) in Europe about circular procurement: using their procurement as a lever to stimulate circular economy. Enjoy the benefits of circular business models, ‘produce’ useful resource flows instead of waste and diminish the total volume of waste.

Mervyn Jones, CEO, Sustainable Global Resources, Ltd.

Mervyn Jones

Dr. Mervyn Jones is a circular economy and sustainable procurement specialist. He is currently working on EU Interreg and Horizon 2020 projects and has provided technical support to the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat on the 10YFP Working Group 4c for the circular economy and business models. He is also provides policy and implementation support to Welsh public sector bodies including newbuild construction and infrastructure projects. Dr. Jones previously worked for UK WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) over 12 years to 2015, heading up the Construction Waste Minimisation programme, Products & Materials and International Development programmes. Dr. Jones has a background in climate modelling and has worked on UK Building Regulations and the UK Partners in Innovation in Construction scheme.