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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18013: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of procurements through its frameworks in each of the last five years incorporated whole-life (i) carbon footprinting and (ii) costing.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 29 August 2018

The Scottish Government does not hold information in relation to requirements for whole-life carbon footprinting or costing that are included in call off contracts from its framework agreements. The framework public body calling off from the framework agreement is responsible for setting any specific requirements in relation to environmental issues.

The Sustainable Procurement Duty requires public bodies to consider how they can improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing. To support this, Scottish Government has developed a number of tools that have been adopted for use by public bodies when developing their commodity/sourcing strategies. One of these tools is the Sustainability Test , which is designed to help embed relevant and proportionate sustainability requirements in the development of frameworks and contracts.

Scottish Procurement uses the Sustainability Test in all regulated procurements to assess whether environmental requirements are relevant and proportionate to the procurement. Some examples of where environmental requirements have been included are as follows:

1. General Stationery and Office Paper Framework – The supplier produces a yearly Environmental and Sustainability Report and has introduced a new system called “sign it, track it” which provides complete visibility of overall cost of deliveries and times (cost and quality of service) but also measures CO2 implications on deliveries. The supplier also reports on products that are environmentally friendly. Scottish Government includes a minimum order value to discourage low value orders that affect the environment.

2. Desktop and Mobile Devices Framework - All devices supplied under the framework meet or exceed minimum energy efficiency levels based on the latest Energy Star standards. Devices are also required to meet or exceed the Green Electronics Council’s EPEAT Gold compliance standard which requires devices to be manufactured to meet specific sustainability criteria that address the the full product lifecycle, from design and production to energy use and recycling.