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Businesses must now commit to net zero to bid for government contracts

The UK government has announced new measures requiring businesses to ‘commit to net zero by 2050 and publish clear and credible carbon reduction plans’ before they can bid for government contracts.

This new rule will come into force in September 2021, and only applies to large contracts of above £5million a year.

The government spends more than £290 billion on procurement every year, so it’s important we use this purchasing power to help transform our economy to net-zero.

Requiring companies to report and commit to reducing their carbon emissions before bidding for public work is a key part of our world leading approach.

Lord Agnew, Minister for Efficiency and Transformation

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