Environmental strategies will support health service in its journey to carbon zero
The National Health Executive has revealed that, from April this year, NHS organisations will require all suppliers with an anticipated contract value above £5m to publish a Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP).
This requirement will be used in tandem with the Government’s Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 06/21 and will pertain to the commissioning and purchasing of goods, services, and works by in-scope organisations –those acting on behalf of the NHS, or organisations that are directly part of the NHS itself.
While a goal of 2050 would still meet the CRP’s minimum requirements, the NHS has encouraged suppliers to set their net zero targets for 2045 to ‘best prepare for future NHS roadmap milestones’.
The health service has also stated that it will require suppliers to have their CRPs publicly accessible via their websites, as well as an expectation that it will be shared during the procurement process.
In order to align with PPN 06/21 and the NHS’s stipulations, a supplier’s CRP must:
- Upstream transportation and distribution
- Downstream transportation and distribution
- Waste generated in operations
- Business travel
- Employee commuting
- Carbon dioxide
- Nitrous oxide
- Sulphur hexafluoride
- Nitrogen trifluoride
The NHS also highlights that, when organisations are developing their CRPs, they should adhere to the Government’s Technical standard for Completion of CRPs and the plans should follow the length and structure of the Government’s PPN 06/21 CRP template – though stylistic discrepancies will be accepted.
Such CRPs should also be specific to the bidding company, but can cover the bidding organisations and its parent entity if:
The parent company owns the bidding organisation in full
Subcontractors are not in scope of the CRP requirements and do not need to provide a CRP. However, suppliers are encouraged to engage with their subcontractors to ensure they are taking actions to reduce emissions.