Scottish public sector may be forced to buy sustainably

Scotland has opened a consultation on making sustainability a legal requirement for public sector procurement

The Scottish government is proposing to make consideration of sustainability a legal requirement for public sector procurement.

It is currently consulting on how best to reform public spending on goods and services to help ensure sustainable economic growth.

The Scottish government wants a new Procurement Reform Bill to place a general duty on public sector bodies to indicate how procurement will promote or improve economic, social and environmental well-being. This would include measures taken to minimise waste and use energy and materials more efficiently.

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