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4. Unable to reduce City Council Scope 3 other indirect emissions

Risk Title and Description

Unable to reduce City Council Scope 3 other indirect emissions (supply chain, assets, investment, waste disposal, employee commuting).

Service: Net Zero & Business

Date identified: 13 June 2022

Owner: Net Zero Project Manager

Target implementation date: 2030

Potential Causes:

  • Insufficient data capture to provide meaningful incentive for reduction
  • Procurement Policy unable to support carbon reduction measures in our supply chain e.g contactors do not/unable to reduce emissions
  • High financial cost of using contractors with low associated GHG emissions (Procuring a 'green' alternative is prohibitively more expensive)
  • City Council purchase of new assets and increased carbon outputs
  • City Council build new residential and commercial property increases carbon outputs
  • Lower cost options when carrying out building maintenance repairs can increase carbon emissions and spend in the longer term
  • Supply chain do not implement changes to their business

Potential Impacts:

  • Scope 3 emissions increase on an annual basis
  • City Council unable to achieve net zero by 2030
  • Reputational damage & risk


Existing Mitigations & Control

What has been done to control the risk?

  • Procurement Policy is amended to support a reduction in Scope 3 emissions
  • Net Zero Ambassadors influence procurement decisions within their own service area - spend less
  • Green Accord is re-launched to support supply chain and use of contractors with commitments to mitigate climate change
  • Regular internal and external communications to introduce better methodology to capture accurate meaningful data to incentivise reduction, "you can't manage what you don't measure"
  • LEVI bid to support further EV charging infrastructure to include staff EV charging
  • New technology and agile working facilities reduction in staff travel emissions
  • Regular 1-2-1's with Portfolio Holder for Climate and Ecological Crisis
  • New Environmental Requirements have been established and to be introduced for all contracts over £100k and high impact contracts over £25k
  • Planned regular discussions with Procurement and service leads on spend and how to best tackle Scope 3 emissions


Further Mitigations & Controls to be put into place

  • Seek requirement that all contracts over £50kshould be required to state GHG emissions for that contract
  • Embodied emission evaluation needed for new developments and acquisitions to assess whole life impact of carbon emissions. This includes assessment of building new versus use of existing assets and building efficiently
  • Review of Green Travel Plan to support reduced staff transport related activities and lower emission alternatives and other modes of transport, including reduction of unnecessary journeys
  • Relaunch of Green Accord scheme to better engage with Council's supply chain and reduce emissions throughout supply chain



Procurement Task and Finish (T&F) group established, focusing on supplier engagement and improved accuracy of Scope 3 data.


Risk scores

Inherent risk
Risk Score
Likelihood 4
Impact 4
Risk score 16


Residual risk
Risk Score
Likelihood 3
Impact 4
Risk score 12


Risk scores explained