Did you know: 1 University, 2 Housing Associations and 3 Councils are installing up to 15k Solar Panels over the next 3 years. And that is just the tenders for one week! Someone out there must be predicting a scorcher this summer!

It is so nice to see the Public Sector looking for alternative means of energy, after all it was in 1997 (Kyoto Protocol) the UK Government promised to reduce greenhouse gases by 12.5% by 2008 to 2012. Last year the UK Government vowed its ‘greenest year ever’ and promised central government would reduce its carbon emissions by 10% within 12 months  60.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases are created by the UK each year and the Public Sector is only responsible for 3%. That is any easy enough target to reduce, only 5.7 million tonnes!

So what can suppliers do to help this cause and win the contracts? Think for the future.

It is not just up to the Public Sector to cut down carbon emissions, it is up to everyone. Sit down and think really hard about how much you are really doing as an organisation to help cut down your carbon footprint, because I believe all public contracts will be expecting more from suppliers. Recycling your can of Diet Coke after lunch is not enough any more, do more, and think to the future.

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