Best Net Zero Initiative Award

The public sector and its supply chain will play a major role in achieving the Scottish Government’s ambition of a Net Zero Economy by 2045, and the UK Government’s target of 2050. This Award recognises those organisations that are leading the way in addressing climate change through their procurement activity and the many suppliers who also contribute to achieving success in this area.

Initiatives can cover all types of activity – for example, sustainable construction, the development of alternative fuel sources or innovations that reduce our carbon footprint in areas such as transport. The focus is on innovation, creativity and evidence of genuine progress. Examples of collaboration, for example with communities, industry, academia or other institutions and bodies associated with the climate change agenda, are welcomed.

Open to: Scottish public sector organisations and private/voluntary organisations from within or outside Scotland with documented support from a sponsoring authority ‒ for example, a written statement with the name and position of the sponsor, either within the submission or as an attachment.

Timescale: A GO Awards submission in this category must cover activity during the period January 2021 to June 2022.

Entry Questions

Background
Please describe the initiative undertaken by the organisation to address the issue of tackling climate change through sustainable procurement. Please include details of why the procurement was undertaken, the aims and deliverables that were desired and the critical success factors to successful delivery. (This answer will not be scored)

Please explain what aspects of the initiative were particularly ground-breaking or cutting-edge and how did this impact on the delivery of the project, particularly in determining the best route to market and the outcomes that were achievable.

What level of engagement was undertaken with parties both within and out with the organisation to ensure that the initiative was thoroughly scoped and designed to address the Net Zero Economy target?

Please describe any barriers to success that you encountered, whether at pre-market engagement, during the procurement exercise or at implementation of the contract and explain how these were overcome.

Please explain what outcomes have been achieved to date, since the commencement of the contract and whether these match the deliverables anticipated at the outset. (Please include empirical evidence to support your answer).

In what areas has the contract exceeded the expectations of the authority, stakeholders and/or end users, delivering over and above the core requirement? (Please provide evidence to support this)

As a result of this procurement, how have these outcomes/benefits been shared both internally, across your organisation and with other organisations to help shape future procurement?