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Tackling the climate emergency with the first public procurement route to net zero building

Scape Scotland
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We are pleased to announce that an industry-first organisational guide has been launched by SCAPE Scotland and our partners today, offering the UK’s first public procurement route to net zero building.

The guide has been produced in collaboration with some of the largest contractors operating in Scotland including McLaughlin & Harvey, Kier and Morgan Sindall. It will be an invaluable resource in demonstrating how local authorities can achieve the Net Zero Public Building Standard when delivering new build and refurbishment projects.

The guide marks an exciting period for SCAPE Scotland. Our new life cycle procurement solution, which is detailed within the guide, has been hailed as the first in the UK to offer a procurement and delivery vehicle for public sector construction projects to meet net zero standards.

The procurement route is available across all of our construction procurement frameworks, covering £2bn worth of projects being delivered in the next five years.

The guide follows the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Buildings Framework definition which SCAPE Scotland intends to use within its frameworks to robustly verify that built assets have achieved net zero carbon status.

With the built environment contributing 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions, our new guide creates the UK’s first clear route for local authorities and other parts of the public sector to pursue the greenest standards possible as part of their ongoing investment in local communities.

Chris Clarke
Performance and Improvement Director at SCAPE

At SCAPE Scotland, we are committed to achieving net zero by 2045 and helping our partners and clients reduce their environmental impact where possible. Recently, we became a champion of the Cambridge Carbon Reduction Code and we are the only public sector procurement authority to have obtained this status.

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