Incentivising carbon reduction in the tender process

Discover how to deliver carbon reduction through procurement at this informative webinar.

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Achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) in the construction sector is a significant challenge and one which requires collectively exploring the issues and collaborating to find solutions. To facilitate this, CIRIA has launched a new Community of Practice: Driving Net Zero Carbon . This new CIRIA initiative brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050.

The community will hold a series of events and provide integrated resources within what will become a dynamic and useful forum. This new community of practice will examine some of the challenges related to NZC, be responsive to member needs, and aim to catalyse work to provide guidance and embed knowledge. For more information and to get involved, please contact Andy Moores.

Incentivising carbon reduction in the tender process
Construction bids are traditionally evaluated against time, cost, quality (TCQ) metrics.Whilst carbon has featured explicitly, or as a subset of quality measures in the tendering process, typically environment and sustainability measures comprise only ca 10% of the overall score. This means that innovative approaches to reducing carbon account for only minor incremental gains within bids and are dwarfed by other TCQ factors. This webinar will explore current difficulties and consider how procurement processes can be configured to encourage carbon reduction proportionately.

Why attend
Find out how the challenge of Net Zero is being addressed via an updated approach
to procurement.
Hear from a policy, client, consultant and contractor perspective on how they are
tackling the NZC challenge.
Hear about the tools, support and training that is available to help you face the
challenge in your own organisation.
Benefit from established industry experts who are helping to redefine the
procurement approach to meet critical targets.
Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Environment, Sustainability and Carbon leads within the infrastructure sector
(transport, housing, development, energy etc)
Policy makers and regulators leading on NZC
Bid managers looking to understand how to respond to tender opportunities
Procurement specialists looking to enable NZC through tender evaluation weightings
and understanding how frameworks can enable carbon reduction
Research community looking to understand where research gaps exist within the

Tuesday 1 February 2022
10:00 - 11:45 GMT

10:00 Welcome and introduction
Dr Andy Moores, Research Director, CIRIA
Dr Kat Ibbotson, Director, Strategic Advisory, WSP

10:15 How Defra group are approaching NZC procurement Action Note PPN06/21
Clare Marsden, Head of Supplier Relationship Management, Defra Commercial

10:30 The Environment Agency Framework Approach – incentivising carbon in
call off contracts
Veronica Flint Williams, Contract and Risk Manager, Environment Agency

10:45 Partnering from a supplier perspective
Jon Kelly, Director Strategic Growth, WSP

11:00 Embedding carbon considerations into design and procurement
Dr James Cadman, Head of Consultancy and Carbon,
Supply Chain Sustainability School

11:15 Interactive discussion and Q&A

11:45 Closing remarks


 Community of Practice: Founding members*
 (AECOM, BEIS, Environment Agency, National Highways, Thames Water,  VolkerStevin, WSP, Zero Waste Scotland) 
 Free to attend 
 CIRIA members**
 £40 + VAT
 £45 + VAT

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