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Carbon Net Zero and its impact on UK Procurement

As businesses strive to reduce their carbon footprint, many are turning to the concept of Carbon Net Zero. Carbon Net Zero refers to achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gases emitted and the amount removed from the atmosphere. This is done by reducing emissions as much as possible and then offsetting any remaining emissions through the use of carbon capture technologies or planting trees.


The Paris Agreement, which was adopted by 195 countries in 2015, aims to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. To achieve this goal, many countries, including the UK, have set ambitious targets for reaching Carbon Net Zero.


In the UK, the government has set a target of achieving Carbon Net Zero by 2050, and many businesses are following suit. This is having a significant impact on procurement, as businesses are increasingly prioritising suppliers that use sustainable practices and materials, or those that have a lower carbon footprint.


Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions are all being considered in the procurement process. Scope 1 emissions are those that are directly generated by the business, such as emissions from vehicles or on-site machinery. Scope 2 emissions are those that are generated by the production of the electricity or energy that the business consumes. Scope 3 emissions are those that are generated by the entire supply chain, including raw materials, transportation, and disposal.


To achieve Carbon Net Zero in procurement, businesses may need to prioritise suppliers that have lower Scope 3 emissions, and work collaboratively with suppliers to reduce emissions throughout the supply chain. This could include using sustainable materials, reducing transportation emissions, and adopting circular economy practices.


The UK is doing well in relation to other countries in the world, with many businesses and government agencies committing to reaching Carbon Net Zero by 2050. By prioritising sustainable procurement practices, businesses can play a key role in achieving this goal, while also reducing costs and improving their brand reputation.


At IMAS we can connect you to organisations that can help you on your way to Net Zero, finding out what you emissions are and what you need to do to get to Net Zero. Please feel free to talk to me regarding this.



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