Authorities contracts to demand zero-carbon waste plans from bidders

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Companies seeking large government contracts will soon have to come up with zero carbon plans that include waste management.

As of September, new rules of the Cabinet Office will apply to contracts with a value of more than 5 million.

These plans must detail how the company deals with some Scope 3 emissions, which include waste, business travel, employee commuting, transportation and distribution.

There are several other sources of Scope 3 emissions that are not included. Scope 1 and Scope 2 relate to the direct and indirect emissions of companies.

The measures were created for British tenders but have yet to be implemented by the decentralized governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Under the new rules, bidders must commit to a net zero value by 2050 and “publish clear and credible plans to reduce CO2 before they can bid on large government contracts”. Companies that do not do so will be excluded from the tender.

The Cabinet Office said the UK was the first country to introduce this requirement, underscoring its stance on tackling climate change.

The Minister for Efficiency and Transformation, Lord Agnew, said: “The government gives more than $ 290 billion each year.

“Requiring companies to report their carbon emissions and commit to reducing their carbon emissions before applying for public works is an important part of our world-leading approach.”

Agnew said the government believes the new measures are not “unduly burdensome” [for] Companies ”and would not exclude small and medium-sized companies from the tender.

Tom Thackray, director of infrastructure and energy at the business lobby group CBI, said: “The CBI has a long history of supporting procurement policies to ensure that public spending supports the UK’s environmental goals. These changes will encourage more companies across the country to demonstrate their own commitment to net zero when applying for government contracts. “

MRW’s sister title, Construction News, reported that Alasdair Reisner, executive director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, believed the new rules would “create a level playing field with uniform requirements from all public customers rather than a patchwork of inquiries on supplier difficulties have to respond ”. to”.