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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10988: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the potential circular economic and financial benefits of leased and bought service provision options, and what steps it is taking to support their inclusion in public sector procurement contracts.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 13 September 2017

The Scottish Government uses procurement and climate change policy, law and practice to achieve circular economy outcomes in public contracts and frameworks. ‘Making Things Last – A circular economy strategy for Scotland’ commits us to working with public organisations to identify the products and services where innovation and best practice in public procurement can have the greatest benefit in promoting circular approaches such as leasing, repair and remanufacture, while delivering value for money. Using the national sustainable procurement training framework, selected projects across Scotland are receiving support to embed circular economy outcomes and to test Zero Waste Scotland guidance on ‘Procuring for reuse, repair & remanufacturing’. Frameworks already in place include the national Office Equipment Framework, Scotland Excel’s framework for Outdoor Play Equipment and Artificial Surfaces and their framework for domestic furniture and furnishings.

The sustainable procurement training framework is also being used to develop training that specifically addresses ways to identify and to achieve circular economy outcomes through procurement. Over 700 people have received training on the Scottish Government’s approach to sustainable procurement and a further range of tailored courses are available.

A range of case studies relating to sustainable procurement have already been published, (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Government/Procurement/casestudies) and more will be developed as this work continues.

Individual financing decisions should be made on the basis of Best Value.