Public Procurement and Property

Helping to address the Climate Emergency through sustainable public procurement

September 26, 2023 by No Comments | Category climate change, Sustainability

To celebrate Scot Climate Week 2023, in this blog we want to remind you of the eLearning available to help you to embed climate action in your procurement activity.

Embedding sustainability into procurement can support organisations’ wider economic, social and environmental objectives as set out in relevant policies and/or strategies and can be adapted to reflect the nature of the contract.

We know that procurement professionals have an appreciation of how public procurement activity can support net-zero aims for their organisation and Scotland as a whole. eLearning is available from the Sustainable Procurement Tools platform.

Introduction to Sustainable Public Procurement

This eLearning is intended for all those involved in commissioning and procurement, for example: internal customers; budget holders; specifiers; procurers; subject matter experts; and contract managers, etc.

It introduces the user to the strategic role of procurement in addressing policy and legislative priorities. It summarises the key outcomes and benefits that can come from a focus on sustainable procurement, and outlines the key principles, tools, techniques and guidance available to support sustainable public procurement.

Climate Literacy

This eLearning comprises of 3 modules: The Climate Challenge; Responding to the Challenge; and Taking Action.

It is a unique, demand led product and will help to encourage and assist public bodies to take account of climate and circular economy in their procurement activity.

Circular Procurement and Supply eLearning

This eLearning was developed by Zero Waste Scotland. It supports the transition to net zero and comprises of 9 modules: Welcome; Circular Economy; Circular Procurement & Supply; Early Collaboration; Sourcing & Supplying; Identifying and Improving Outcomes; Circular Examples; Top Tips for Buyers and Suppliers; and Call to Action.

About the eLearning:

  • Users will need to be registered on the platform, and login to access it. This enables users to generate and download a certificate to confirm that they have completed the training.
  • The training is largely interactive
  • Users can complete the training all at once, or exit and return at a later date to the point from where they left off.
  • Each eLearning package will take approximately one and a half hours to complete.

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