Firms bidding for major UK public sector contracts must sign net zero pledge

Posted: June 5, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, government, net zero
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CO2 is not pollution

Yet another absurdity dreamed up from the foolish demonisation of a harmless trace gas essential to nature’s survival.
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Businesses bidding for major UK Government contracts will have to pledge to work towards a net zero carbon output by 2050 in order to be considered, in what is being touted as a world-first move, reports the Evening Standard.

The Cabinet Office said firms will have to publish “clear and credible carbon reduction” plans before seeking to become public sector contractors.

Officials said the measures, announced to coincide with World Environment Day on Saturday and coming before the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, makes the UK Government the first in the world to put such a requirement in place.

Under the new measures, by September prospective suppliers bidding for contracts worth more than £5 million a year will need to have committed to the Government’s target of being net zero by 2050 and have published a carbon reduction plan.

Requiring companies to report and commit to reducing their carbon emissions before bidding for public work is a key part of our world-leading approach

Firms which fail to do so will be excluded from bidding for work.

Cabinet Office minister Lord Agnew said: “The Government spends more than £290 billion on procurement every year, so it’s important we use this purchasing power to help transform our economy to net zero.

“Requiring companies to report and commit to reducing their carbon emissions before bidding for public work is a key part of our world-leading approach.

“These measures will help green our economy, while not overly burdening businesses, particularly SMEs.”

The measures will apply to all central Government departments and arms-length bodies.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. saighdear says:

    Aye, the CBI & the BSA…. etc etc. Blind leading the blind. – or the hopeless. So I go out to re-surface the roads, build new bridges ( Concrete !! ) Maintain the verges, weed control ( burn down hedges aka houses -last weeks news -Germany) without chemicals, and then all the rest of it. All with electrical vehicles on a good day – Sunshine and wind like since 24th May – check it out to power our vehicles and then only work when JoePublic also wants to travel …. that’s how things will get done….. Oh mann! -can’ even get anotherr Aspirin nowadays for fear of euthanising myself …. O but there’s plenty of Whisky ( Pay As You Euthanise ) – and that’s OK.

  2. ilma630 says:

    As saighdear intimates, I would love to know how you resurface a road or make concrete with ‘zero-carbon’, or even ‘net-zero’. Utter lunacy.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Perfidious Albion.

  4. pochas94 says:

    Climate change is like fashion. You spend money in order to look good.

  5. JB says:

    The lure for gov’ment pillaged money never ceases. Even after the system reaches criticality and collapses.

  6. dennisambler says:

    I thought the only way to get a government contract was to know someone in the government.

  7. Gamecock says:

    I don’t know about the UK, but I have a brother who ran a company for a few years here in U.S. He absolutely refused to do any business with the federal government. He said they were capriciously unreliable to deal with.

    Sounds like The Cabinet Office are a similar bunch of people.

  8. pochas94 says:

    Expect more of the same until we become rational beings.

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘These measures will help green our economy’.

    No they won’t. Carbon dioxide aids greenery so reducing it has the opposite effect. These people are dangerously clueless.

  10. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Standing on one leg while singing God save the Queen, too?

  11. Graeme No.3 says:

    Chaswarnertoo:
    While in the bath holding an electric radiator and hoping if it comes in contact with the water that the supply of electricity from renewables is as reliable as usual?

  12. Coeur de Lion says:

    How many Cabinet Office people have held down a real job or have an engineering or scientific education?

  13. Phoenix44 says:

    Since the UK is a very small emitter of CO2 in the whole, it is literally mad to be a “world leader” in this. There is no advantage to be had, nothing to be gained and we we can only make ourselves relatively poorer as a consequence.

    That is simple logic, basic fact.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Lack of rain and government policies combine, then…

    Power shortage: Chinese factories forced to shut down

    Date: 05/06/21 Financial Times

    China’s runaway economic recovery has been so successful that it has caused power shortages across dozens of its manufacturing and industrial hubs in the south of the country.
    . . .
    Factories across cities such as Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan, known for producing global consumer and high-tech products, have been ordered to use less power and even close for between one to three days a week to mitigate the shortfall…

    As other economies struggle to return to growth, record demand for power from factories and industry has outstripped supply in Guangdong province, where the cities are located. The problem has been exacerbated by high temperatures as well as low rainfall in Yunnan, which Guangdong partly relies on for hydropower.

    Analysts said the central government’s carbon emissions targets had also made local governments reluctant to expand their reliance on coal-fired power, forcing officials to ration electricity instead. [bold added]

    https://www.thegwpf.com/not-enough-coal-power-chinese-factories-forced-to-shut-down/
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    It’s those ‘targets’ again 🙄

  15. stewgreen says:

    What as if people won’t use front companies etc. ?
    The same way they did in Philadelphia in 1980s when to get a government contract every company made sure it was nominally fronted by a black woman.

  16. It doesn't add up... says:

    I suspect the armed forces will soon be immobile for lack of fuel.

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