Net-Zero Procurement Toolkit

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The free, open-source Net-Zero Procurement (NZP) Toolkit toolkit contains templates and tools that enable the rapid and smooth integration of a net-zero procurement system into an existing procurement process.

The Net Zero Procurement (NZP) Toolkit toolkit contains:

* NZP Bid Appraisal Template: This template heavily weights (i.e., 10%-30% of the points) 1) supplier commitment to net zero targets and 2) product climate-friendly / circular features. The weightings in the appraisal makes product climate-friendly attributes and supplier commitment to net-zero targets matter. This is the signature feature of a net-zero procurement system.

* NZP Supplier Assessment Tool: This Net-Zero Assessment Tool enables a supplier to assess its commitment to science-based net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) targets. In an NZP system, all suppliers ‒ regardless of sector or size ‒ voluntarily disclose their commitment to science-based net-zero targets. If a supplier chooses not to disclose, they simply score zero and will not earn any of the points allotted to supplier commitment to net-zero (see above). The scores become part of the supplier’s profile and can be updated at any time. New suppliers complete the assessment as part of their bids.

* NZP Product Specifications Checklist: Net-zero procurement is about purchasing the most climate-friendly goods and services. This is a checklist of net-zero / circular specifications that can be used in RFPs to ensure goods and services are climate-friendly and circular economy-friendly. These specifications are in addition to the normal quality and performance specifications required by the user.

* NZP Sample Terms & Conditions (Ts & Cs): Contracts with winning suppliers stipulate an appropriate combination of incentives, penalties and conditions that reinforce supplier commitment to net-zero targets.

* Bonus: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Tool: This tool monetizes all ongoing direct and indirect costs, benefits and value associated with an acquisition. That is, it helps determine if initially paying more for the goods and services is the best long-term financial decision. It is used when appraising bids for large capital goods / assets. It can be used with any purchase, not just sustainability-related or climate-related acquisitions. It is also helpful when comparing lease vs. purchase options.

Contributed by Bob Willard
Net-Zero Procurement Toolkit