Carbon reduction measures to be considered

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Businesses bidding for major contracts will have to prove they are reducing their carbon footprint under plans set to be introduced by the county council.

Councillors will be discussing the changes to the tendering process at this week's cabinet meeting on Thursday 7 October.

The new requirement would mean that carbon reduction plans would have to be submitted as part of bids for individual contracts worth £5m per year or more.

Lancashire County Council has contracts with many organizations who deliver some of its services and carry out works, including major construction and highway improvement schemes. The plans would ensure that organisations it works with are reducing their impact on the environment.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: "It's absolutely crucial that we work together to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle climate change.

"We're putting plans in place to make the county council more environmentally friendly. These measures would also ensure that organisations providing our larger contracts will take steps to become more environmentally friendly.

"The government has already altered its tendering processes to ensure businesses have to submit carbon reduction plans and, because of this, many businesses we deal with will be familiar with what to do to put a plan together.

"This proposal would form part of our plans to move towards a greener future and will be considered at the cabinet meeting this week."

For more information, see item seven at our cabinet page

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