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Carbon

The Council has committed to being “A Carbon Neutral Council by 2030” which is 20 years earlier than the recommendation of the UK Committee on Climate Change.  

In the financial year 2021/22, emissions from purchased goods and services (supply chain) accounted for 67% of RCTCBC’s total carbon footprint.

Supply chain emissions arise from all activities associated with the goods and services the Council purchases, and the construction of new capital assets like roads and buildings. These purchases contain ‘embedded carbon’ – the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the whole production process and life cycle of a product.  This includes upstream activities like the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing and distribution of products, as well as downstream activities like the emissions associated with the use of a good or service and the end-of-life disposal of that product.

The Council has produced a Tackling Climate Change Strategy 2022-25

When we procure goods and services the carbon footprint of the organisations and of the goods or services we procure will now need to be considered both in the specification and the evaluation. Suppliers and contractors are asked these standard questions as part of all tenders:

Carbon Net Zero - 1

Is your organisation able to calculate its carbon footprint in accordance with the Green House Gas Corporate Accounting Protocol?

Carbon Net Zero - 2

If you have answered yes to Question Carbon Net Zero 1, please state your current annual footprint.  If not state NA.

Carbon Net Zero - 3

Would you be able to calculate the carbon footprint in accordance with the Green House Gas Corporate Accounting Protocol of this specific contract?

Carbon Net Zero - 4

What is your organisation doing to reduce its carbon footprint?

Carbon Net Zero - 5

What proposals would you put in place to reduce the carbon emissions from this contract? 

 

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is also following the guidance provided by the Welsh Government in the Welsh Procurement Policy Note (WPPN) 12/21, focusing on decarbonisation through procurement. The WPPN 12/21 advises the Welsh public sector on the actions that can be taken to address CO2e emissions in supply chains or purchased goods and services to help them meet the 2030 target for a net zero public sector.

 In response to this WPPN 12/21, the Council has developed a Carbon Footprint Calculator to address Scope 3 emissions produced by the Council’s purchased goods and services. The Calculator uses Tier 1 spend-base data, to calculate the CO2e emissions from individual suppliers, and provides businesses with a breakdown of their emissions for Scope 1,2 & 3, along with their total carbon footprint.