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Scope 3 influenceable procurement expenditure (excluding transport and travel) is largely dominated by estates and facilities, information technology, laboratories and other operating expenditure.
The University is reliant upon the HESCET tool which translates financial expenditure into equivalent emissions. The tool is a blunt instrument, as it looks at category of expenditure rather than the individual supplier. Via the Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA) sub-group for Responsible Procurement, there should be some improvement in the tool in the next few years.
This plan is lead by:
Nigel Peake, Head of Strategic Sustainable Procurement
This plan is enabled by:
All procurement processes consider the sustainability of the supply chain and favour more sustainable solutions, and working with local businesses, specifically SMEs. The University engages with local suppliers to reduce ‘purchasing miles’, especially for food. The University engages with existing suppliers to understand their supply chains and to encourage development and setting Carbon Net Zero targets. Procurement processes for new contracts favour suppliers who are committed to sustainable development and have set a Carbon Net Zero target. All consumables come from sustainable sources.
Increasing value of impactable spend (as %) with SMEs to 54% in 2023/24
Increasing value of impactable spend (as %) with organisations with ST postcodes to 13% by 2023/24 and 20% by 2026/27 (this is a University strategic KPI)
Reducing the emissions associated with influenceable activity (including estates and facilities, information technology’ laboratories and professional services)
Progress status: AMBER
The value of impactable spend (as %) with SMEs was 52% in 2021/2, a 7% improvement over 2020/21
The value of impactable spend (as %) with organisations with ST postcodes was 15% compared to a target of 12% for 2022-23. The prior year was 11%.
A baseline has been established for non-influenceable scope 3 activity (excluding transport and travel) of 24,600 tCO2e. The comparable results for 2022/23 will be analysed to identify the areas for targeting.
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