Climate Emergency

Scotland is committed to addressing climate change by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2045 or sooner (with interim emission reduction targets of 75% by 2030 and 90% by 2040 respectively).

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 for Public Sector Contracts?

Public procurement in Scotland is expected to contribute to Scotland’s climate change targets. 

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 reuse instead of buying new.

Public sector buyers are expected to consider climate change in:

  • whether to buy at all
  • what to buy
  • how to buy
  • how much to buy
  • end of life/recycle/reuse options

This means that you are increasingly expected to ask bidders and suppliers to provide low carbon goods, services and works, and deliver circular solutions.

More information can be found at SPPN 3/2022 Public procurement - taking account of climate and circular economy considerations and Public sector procurement and climate change.

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

The above diagram shows a continuous cycle of circular economy.

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