Climate Emergency

Scotland is committed to addressing climate change by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2045 or sooner.

Quickfire Guide

Quickfire Guide

Net zero means achieving a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere, and the carbon removed from it.

This means that by 2045, Scotland intends to add no more carbon into the atmosphere than the amount we are removing.

The Scottish Public Sector is committed that the transition to a net zero and climate resilient economy will be delivered fairly, and tackle inequality and justice.  This is referred to as a Just Transition.

What Does this Mean When Bidding for Public Sector Contracts?

How we procure goods, services and works is a key way to achieve net zero carbon emissions and respond to the Climate Emergency e.g. by reducing the use of fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) and/or resuse instead of buying new.

This means that public sector buyers will now increasingly expect their suppliers to provide low carbon goods, services and works, and deliver circular solutions.

 

Quickfire Guide

Quickfire Guide

Circular solutions are where:

  • resources are kept in use for as long as possible
  • the maximum value is extracted from these resources whilst in use, and
  • products and materials are recovered and regenerated at the end of a product’s viable life cycle
  • waste and emissions are reduced

Circular Economy Diagram

To find out more go to What Do I Need to Do on Climate?