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Public procurement – taking account of climate and circular economy considerations: SPPN 3/2022

June 20, 2022 by No Comments | Category circular economy, climate change, Environment, Scottish Procurement Policy Note, Sustainability

We have published ‘Public procurement – taking account of climate and circular economy considerations: SPPN 3/2022’.

This supersedes the original version, SPPN 1/2021 – Taking account of climate and circular economy considerations in public procurement, providing additional sources of support and advice to enable climate action. It includes new sections on adaptation, Climate Literacy eLearning and updated standardised statements and guidance encouraging climate consideration at the selection stage of the procurement process.

The policy note is intended to consolidate Climate and Procurement policy rather than set out new requirements. Updated content reflects how understanding in this space is evolving.

Sources of support

Based on the National Performance Framework, our Sustainable Procurement Tools are available to all public bodies and include:

New Climate Emergency pages and Standardised Statements on the Procurement Journey provide guidance on using updated standardised statements to include climate change criteria at the selection stage of procurements.

Nikki Archer, Co-Chair of the national Climate and Procurement Forum explained. “Through the forum, we’re continuing to benchmark, develop and signpost sources of support and guidance to aid local action.”

“If we’re to gain traction on meeting critical climate commitments and milestones, we need to influence key decisions on whether we buy, what we buy, how we buy and how much we buy and we need to actively enable innovation in our supply chains. This requires cross-functional leadership and collective accountability earlier in the project definition and planning stages.”

Fellow Co-Chair, Angus Warren, elaborated,

“We need to understand our priority areas of spend from an overall climate impact perspective and work with stakeholders to develop From now to 2030 roadmaps, engaging with suppliers and their supply chains to maximise our impact through procurement. This updated guidance provides valuable additional support for buyers.”

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