Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

OVERVIEW

SPP AT SEPA

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is a public body of the Scottish Government, whose role it is to make sure that the environment and human health are protected, to ensure that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

SEPA 1300 employees are based across Scotland, from where they regulate and advise on a wide range of environmental activities. Part of its tasks is to assess the quality of the environment by monitoring air, land and water. SEPA uses their findings to advise government, industry and the public on environmental best practice.

As an organisation with a strong environmental mission, SEPA wants to promote sustainability through its own activities, which is why it puts an emphasis on effective sustainable public procurement.

SEPA has set an ambitious target to be a “Regenerative Organisation” by 2030. This means going beyond net zero greenhouse gas emissions, waste, materials and water.


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

    • New Sustainable Procurement approach to launch in 2020
    • Prioritisation undertaken to focus SPP efforts
    • Working towards a fully electric vehicle fleet by 2022/23
    • Working towards net zero Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025
    • Working towards net zero supply chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030
    • Innovation procurement undertaken to improve the waste industry
    • Invested in renewable energy
    • 42% CO2 emission reduction since 2006

       

      42%

      CO2 saved since 2006

      2019

      Date joined

      CONTACT

      David Morgan

      Sustainable Procurement Manager

       

      WEBSITE

       

      More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

      IN ACTION

      SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

      SEPAs goal is to protect and improve the environment, in ways that, as far as possible also help create health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable economic growth. SEPA’s procurement strategy is geared towards supporting this goal and underpins the delivery of SEPA’s key strategies.

      Therefore, SEPA’s procurement activities are undertaken following the organisational characteristics:

      • Procurement decisions are based on evidence, promote the delivery of value for money and improve SEPA’s environmental impact
      • Procurement options include innovative and collaborative ways of working wherever possible
      • SEPA undertakes its procurement activities in ways that make them accessible for SMEs and local business, to promote economic sustainability

      The Scottish Government has announced the objective of mobilising the £11bn of public sector procurement spend to support tackling the climate emergency. SEPA represent non-departmental public bodies on the Scottish Government Procurement and Climate Change Forum.

      SEPA is also looking to build capacity internally to implement SPP more broadly.

       


      SPP TARGETS

      • SPP included in a relevant and proportionate way across all procurement activity
      • Works projects procured include the requirement for use of sustainable materials and construction technique
      • Capital purchases include whole life costing
      • Net zero Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025
      • Net zero supply chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030
      • Net zero supply chain waste, water and materials by 2030

      SUPPLIER ENGAGEMENT AND JOINT PROCUREMENT

      SEPA uses various forms of supplier engagement for major procurement projects including Market Information Questionnaires & Supplier Information Days.

      SEPA works with public bodies across Scotland to drive best value in procurement. Significant work is currently underway with public bodies in the north of Scotland to encourage competition in key markets.

       


      ENCOURAGING SMEs AND INNOVATION

      SEPA is a member of the Scottish Supplier Development Programme and actively encourages SMEs to tender for contract opportunities.

      SEPA also uses public procurement of innovation and pre-commercial procurement to purchase some of the specialised equipment needed for conducting measurements and for purchasing other equipment.

       

       

      SPP SECTORS

      CORE SECTORS

      SEPA's SPP work focuses on a couple of key sectors:

      • Facilities management
      • Fleets
      • Construction and civil engineering
      • IT
      • Laboratories

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      KEY DOCUMENTS

      FURTHER INFORMATION

      For further information on the activities of SEPA visit their website:

      Website

      or email procurement@iclei.org