SPL are supporting clients develop their approach to ‘Climate Change and Procurement’, enabling practical measures to support the transition to net zero.
Understanding why this is critical, what net zero means and the consequences of doing nothing is vital.
The EU Climate Action video highlights the changes already taking place in the climate and the stark reality facing Europe if we do nothing. It also emphasises what is possible if we keep temperature rise below 2 degrees C.
Direct risks facing procurement and supply are substantial; let alone the moral and economic imperative of taking action. We know what to do, but we need to do it now.
Are you geared up to help the NHS reach net zero emissions in its wider supply chain by 2045?
The NHS ambitions set out this week are very welcome - they will need hard work by those within the NHS and its supply chain. New technology, yes – but also new ways of thinking and doing – it’s not about doing what you have always done but considering optimum alternatives, as well as looking forward. There are many climate health risks this goal seeks to manage but it also presents represents opportunities for proactive and forward thinking businesses, large or small.
Yet another reason to be proud of our NHS. The UK NHS is the world's first national health service to commit to working to achieve 'Carbon Net Zero'. The commitment has been made in response to the growing evidence of the health impacts of climate change and air pollution.
Earlier today the UK Government announced it has introduced new measures that will ensure the social impact of suppliers is assessed through the public procurement process. From 1st January 2021 suppliers looking to win public procurement contracts must set out how they will deliver on a variety of social value priorities.
Read more on the planned changes here.
The law would prohibit larger UK operating businesses from using products grown on land that was deforested illegally, and impose fines if due diligence on supply chains had not been carried out, including the publishing of the source and legality of key commodities.
Read more here...
Made with input from SPL, Zero Waste Scotland has launched an animation on #CircularProcurement. Highlighting climate emergency challenges and issues around linear procurement, the video shows how embedding circularity benefits buyers, suppliers communities and the environment:
WRAP has released advice on building a stronger economy post COVID, harnessing the circular economy, which has the potential to create up to half a million new jobs.
Read more here.
Living within the means of the Earth's resources is a global concern, leading to a focus on the circular economy, reducing the reliance on virgin raw materials. A study by the European Commission quantifies the amount of material that is not being recycled but could be — known as the ‘Circularity Gap’.
Read more here.