Public Procurement and Property

Saving carbon in Glasgow Kelvin College’s recent ICT upgrade

February 10, 2022 by No Comments | Category climate change, Environment, net zero, Scottish Procurement, Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Procurement Tools, Useful tools

The Scottish public sector has the power to use their procurement activity to reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint. In Glasgow Kelvin College’s recent ICT upgrade, they show that procurement is often not just about buying, but about making early decisions on whether to buy, what to buy, and how much to buy.

By using life cycle impact mapping in their procurement process, the Glasgow Kelvin College procurement team chose to invest in software upgrades and new solid state hard drives to upgrade their computer equipment rather than buying new computers.

This upgrade has resulted in faster, more energy efficient computers, happier students, and a substantial saving in carbon emissions. You can read more about their procurement process over on the new Case Studies section of the Sustainable Procurement Tools website, which can be accessed both by registered and unregistered users of the Tools.

Our Sustainable Procurement Tools have been designed to help public sector organisations identify and address how they can optimise the economic, social and environmental outcomes of their procurement activity. You can access these tools for free by registering here.

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