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If you are bidding for a government contract after September 30th 2021 you must submit a "clear and credible" Carbon Reduction Plan that details your commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
We provide an affordable and accessible solution to create a compliant carbon reduction plan with a minimum of fuss, from as little as £39+VAT per month, depending on the size of your business.
A compliant carbon reduction plan consists of 6 elements:
Carbon Reduction Projects that have been completed and that you plan do to in the future (including environmental management measures, certification schemes or specific carbon reduction measures that will be in effect during the performance of the contract)
Declaration and Sign Off (a director must sign off the plan)
The procurement note applies to any organisation wishing to bid for all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies when procuring goods and/or services and/or works with an anticipated contract value above £5million per annum (excluding VAT) averaged over the life of the contract from September 2021.
It is important to realise that the requirement to supply a carbon reduction plan is at the time the bid is submitted. So, if a compliant plan is not submitted the bid will not go forward into the procurement process.
There is a "related and proportionate" clause but the guidance makes it clear that most contracts over £5m are expected to comply.
The guidelines are clear that the bidding organisation will not be scored based on the emissions reported or on the quality of the measures planned. It is simply a PASS/FAIL based on providing the information required.
The first thing you need to do in preparing to write your plan is to calculate the carbon emissions, not only of your energy use, but also of some elements of your value chain. If you have not done this before, or if you have only reported your Scope 1 and 2 emissions (the emissions from your energy use as required by SECR) don't worry, we will guide you through the process and make sure that calculation is done properly. All you need to do is provide information on:
If this is the first time you have calculated your emissions, your Current year will be the same as your Baseline year.
The next things to do are to set the target date to achieve net zero emissions and set reduction targets for the next 5 years.
We will help you set targets that are consistent with the UK government's targets for the country whilst being practically achievable for you.
Finally, you need to declare any significant carbon reduction projects already completed and identify the key projects you intend to complete in the future.
We will help you identify suitable projects that will help you reach your targets and, where possible, put you in touch with organisations who can help you implement your projects.
Achieving net zero emissions is a long-term project that will need a consistent focus on making year-on-year reductions. You need to embed a carbon management system into your operations so that carbon reduction becomes part of the way you do things, just like growing your profits.
The good news is that the Go Climate Positive process is perfect for this purpose. Not only that, you get a certificate that you can use in your marketing to demonstrate that you have done the job properly. Joining our certification programme will also count as a reduction project for your first plan. Our process is illustrated below:
If you join the Go Climate Positive programme we will complete your plan in a compliant format at no extra cost and publish it on your certification page. All you need to do is link to the page we create for you from the homepage of your website.
The Go Climate Positive programme is designed to be affordable for businesses of all sizes, whatever sector you operate in. We have a fixed fee on a sliding scale, from as little as £39+VAT per month. depending on the size of your business, with both annual and monthly payment options.
To some extent that depends how how quickly you can send us the information we need, but as a guide the whole process typically takes 8-12 weeks from start to finish.