In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to adopt a legal commitment to achieve ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions by 2050. To support this, the Government Commercial Function has developed a new commercial policy measure for all central government departments and arm’s length bodies. This measure requires suppliers bidding for major government contracts to commit to achieving Net Zero by 2050 and publish a ‘Carbon Reduction Plan’.

In September 2021 the Procurement Policy Note 06/21 (PPN 06/21) came into force, requiring all suppliers who bid for government contracts, with a value exceeding £5m, to demonstrate that they are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions, in line with UK 2050 Net Zero targets. Insight Direct (UK) Limited’s Carbon Reduction Plan can be viewed in full here.