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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02059: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 19 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what incentives there are in public procurement frameworks that encourage waste minimisation and reuse.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 8 September 2016

The Scottish Government uses procurement and climate change policy, law and practice to drive waste minimisation and reuse in public contracts and frameworks.

Techniques such as Life Cycle Impact Mapping are outlined in the statutory guidance on the Sustainable Procurement Duty that is a core part of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. Products and services specifications routinely include environmental standards, while environmental evaluation criteria contribute to contract award decisions.

Making Things Last – A circular economy strategy for Scotland’ commits to working with public organisations to identify the products and services where innovation and best practice in public procurement can have the greatest benefit in promoting circular approaches such as leasing, repair and remanufacture, while delivering value for money. It also addresses how to expand that best practice, e.g. through collaborative procurement, guidance or regulation.

While the Scottish Government does not hold details of resource efficiency incentives in public procurement frameworks in the wider public sector, the Scottish Government’s Facilities Management contract is an example of environmental impact reduction. Since 2012, this has led to significant improvements in recycling rates, with a consequent reduction in tonnage to landfill sites of over 11%.