To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help achieve net zero through procurement in the Department for Education.
24 November 2021
This year, the Government has put in place a new procurement policy which underlines the UK’s global leadership in tackling climate change.
Prospective suppliers bidding for contracts above £5million a year must now have committed to the government’s target of net zero by 2050 and have published a carbon reduction plan. Firms which fail to do so may be deselected from the procurement.
This policy supports the Government’s plan to build back greener, by ensuring that potential government suppliers publish plans to reduce carbon emissions across their operations in order to bid for major government contracts.
In addition, ‘Fighting Climate Change’ is one of the priority themes of the government’s Social Value Model, launched earlier this year. This enables departments to take environmental considerations, such as a reduction in carbon emissions, into account in the award of government contracts, where relevant.