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Organisations now required to make net zero pledge by 2050 to be considered for government contracts

16th June 2021

Liz Wood (PIEMA, PhD)

Announced on World Environment Day, and only a few weeks after the strengthening of the carbon emissions reduction target for the UK, the government has announced that all suppliers with the intent to bid for major government contracts, must commit to a Net Zero by 2050 target.

There is also a requirement to report not only emissions directly from the bidding organisation, but also emissions across sources such as business travel, employee commuting, outsourced transportation and waste.

By 30 September 2021, organisations tending for contracts in excess of £5m will be required to produce a clear and credible carbon reduction plan before they can tender for contracts.

The move further highlights the intention of the current government to “build back greener” following the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In addition, this presents an opportunity for businesses who are acting on carbon management to gain an advantage in the marketplace, and access to contracts.

All companies bidding for major government contracts will need to comply with the measure by the end of September 2021 and this does not just apply to those who are successful in winning contracts.

Comply Direct can support companies with their commitment to Net Zero and emissions reduction strategy working towards a Net Zero plan, including delivery of quality carbon offsets for your business as part of a rounded management and reduction strategy. Comply Direct have already supported many companies progress with their journey to achieving Net Zero Emissions, receiving positive testimonials.

We are currently working to support organisations to gain advantage in government tender applications by improving their environmental and carbon reduction strategy. 

Read our case study here from our member Hi-Tec Europe Ltd, who Comply Direct supported in working towards their target of reaching Net Zero by 2025. The project included a carbon footprint, suggestions for making reductions, as well plans to track their progress.

Contact our sustainability team now and gain an advantage in the bid for government contracts - email our expert team here.

Free Webinar - ‘Roadmap to Net Zero – How to achieve your carbon reduction goals’

Alternatively join our upcoming webinar ‘Roadmap to Net Zero – How to achieve your carbon reduction goals’ on Wednesday 14 July at 2pm, hosted by our Sustainability Leader, Dr Liz Wood (PIEMA, PhD) and our Sustainability Co-ordinator, Susanna Jackson (AIEMA).

During this webinar we will provide a comprehensive overview of what net zero means, as well as the importance and benefits for businesses of committing to a net zero carbon target. In addition, we will share the roadmap of essential actions an organisation wanting to achieve net zero will need to address - including, carbon footprint measurement, carbon reduction planning, target setting and carbon offsetting.

Register your free place here.