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S5W-23280: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether private sector organisations that supply goods and services to the public sector will be required to demonstrate, as a contract condition, that their policies and actions will support making a positive and progressively larger contribution to addressing the climate emergency declared by the First Minister.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 May 2019

We will continue to use procurement to encourage private and third sectors suppliers to make a positive contribution to addressing climate change. Due to the variety in value and nature of our procurements the best route for achieving a positive contribution to addressing climate change will be defined on a case by case basis.

The stationery contract has saved public bodies 75,000,000 kWh of electricity and 6,200 tonnes of CO2, and the public bodies’ carbon footprint has been reduced by over 5,700 tonnes.

We are an internationally recognised leader in the field of procurement of sustainable IT products and ensure that only the most energy efficient devices are available via our Frameworks. These products also minimise environmental impact across their lifecycle as they are manufactured to conserve energy, minimise the use of environmentally sensitive materials, and increase recyclability. For example, over their lifetime, products purchased in 2017 will save 58,000,000 kWh of electricity and 9,400 metric tonnes of CO2.

Examples of where benefits are already being seen include the Scottish Government’s IT frameworks and stationery contract.

Our sustainable procurement tools, available to all public bodies, include indicators and guidance to support Scottish public sector buyers to consider and act on a number of climate change considerations, including carbon in production, carbon and energy consumption, climate change adaptation and vehicle emissions where they can be relevant to that particular procurement exercise.

The Scottish Government already has a track record of addressing climate change through it procurement activity. We are required to consider and act on opportunities to achieve environmental benefits in our contracts.