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Cabinet to consider new procurement strategy to tackle climate emergency

Date published: 2021-09-01 | Category: Climate Emergency


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Bath & North East Somerset Council is to consider a fundamental review of its buying practices as part of its commitment to tackle the climate emergency.

A report, to be considered by cabinet on Thursday 9  September, outlines how the council plans to adopt an environmentally sustainable approach to the purchase of goods and services and harness its purchasing power to help combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

Councillor Richard Samuel, deputy leader and cabinet member for Resources and Economic Development said: “We spend more than £200m each year commissioning goods and services and are committed to delivering value for money while responding to the needs of our community, but we must also ensure our procurement practices deliver on our ambitions.

“If we are to meet our net zero targets it is vital we consider the environmental impact of all our decisions and show leadership. I therefore welcome this report which recommends that consideration of the Climate Emergency becomes a golden thread in our purchasing decisions.”

The proposed new Climate Emergency Procurement & Commissioning Strategy also responds to new national procurement regulations, due to be introduced next year in response to Brexit and Covid-19, which make it mandatory for public sector organisations to create new businesses, jobs and skills and improve supplier diversity, innovation and resilience. 

The strategy is therefore built on three principles, “Think Climate, Think Local, Think Innovation”, and has four key objectives:

  • to consider the carbon footprint and environmental impact of all products and services bought by the council over their lifetime.
  • to consider suppliers’ capability to address these environmental impacts throughout the supply chain when awarding contracts.
  • to encourage the use of local suppliers to further reduce the council’s carbon footprint.
  • to encourage innovation by emphasising the council’s needs and desired outcomes to allow suppliers to come up with the most cost effective and sustainable solutions

If adopted the council will take a phased and flexible approach to implementing the new procurement strategy and review existing contracts.

To view the report to cabinet visit: https://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=5520&x=1

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