Best Net Zero Initiative Award

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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 July 2022 to January 2024.

Entry Questions


Please describe the sustainable approach that your organisation has undertaken through procurement, including, where appropriate, within the procurement process itself. Please include details of why this approach was chosen, the aims and deliverables that were desired and the critical success factors to successful delivery.

1. Please describe the benefits your organisation’s sustainable approach was intended to deliver through the procurement process and the measurable benefits it has both created and achieved.

2. What aspects of the approach have been particularly innovative, creative or ground-breaking (while remaining within the bounds of procurement legislation)?

3. What level of engagement was undertaken with parties, both within and outwith your organisation, to ensure that the approach was thoroughly scoped and designed with improving sustainable outcomes through this procurement?

4. What specific challenges have been faced in the procurement approach taken and how were these overcome?

5. What were the expected outcomes of the procurement initiative and what success has been achieved to date? Please provide evidence of specific targets set, feedback received and performance or other measurable benefits achieved.

6. Has your organisation spread the benefit of this initiative to other organisations or stakeholders and with what effect? What lessons have been learnt, that can be shared, as a result of the exercise?