Climate Action Plan Technical Support Required

Climate Action Plan Technical Support Required

Seeking experienced technical support to assist with the review process during 2015/16.

LIT0458 SRS technical consultancy support


1 Authority Details


Authority Name and Address

University Of Edinburgh

Charles Stewart House, 9-16 Chambers Street,




Billy Hislop

+44 1316514380


Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1


Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details



LIT0458 SRS technical consultancy support


Description of the goods or services required

The University is proposing to review its existing Climate Action Plan and is seeking experienced technical support to assist with the review process during 2015/16.

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Notice Coding and Classification

151300 Environmental Consultancy
271600 Software

160 Edinburgh & Lothians


Total quantity or scope of tender

In response to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 as well as other significant drivers, the University of Edinburgh’s Climate Action Plan 2010 proposed a reduction in University carbon emissions of 29% by 2020, against a 2007 baseline. An interim reduction target of 20% by 2015 was also set. The University is required to comply with the Public Bodies’ Duties, under Section 44 of the Act (see Appendix 1). Section 44 states that public bodies must contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation and must act sustainably. Targets set by the University matched Scotland-wide obligations to reduce carbon emissions.

A recent review of the University of Edinburgh’s progress against the Climate Action Plan 2010-20 has noted an increase in absolute carbon emissions since 2010, so that the University has fallen short of the original target of a 3% reduction in emissions per year. The size of the estate has increased due to merger and energy-intensive new build, and student numbers have grown substantially since the targets were set.

The University recognises the need to review the Climate Action Plan. Adequate review and revision require the use of a carbon modelling and scenarios tool, a deeper understanding of best practice in the sector and development of business cases for renewables and energy reduction options. The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh is tasked with coordinating and facilitating the review of climate change strategy.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) are also funding this work to assist the sector in taking forward its climate change strategies, and the outputs from the awards should be developed to ensure relevance to the wider Scottish sector.

Statement of Requirements

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) at the University of Edinburgh wishes to appoint a consultant or consultants for 3 elements:

Lot 1) Develop a carbon modelling and scenarios tool

Lot 2) Provide a review of best practice in the University sector and provide subsequent recommendations to the University of Edinburgh and the wider sector in Scotland

Lot 3) Develop business cases to support investment in renewables, micro-renewables and energy reduction

Full details for each lot are provided in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire, available from PCS-T.

3 Conditions for Participation


Minimum standards and qualification required

Work will need to begin in June to meet our deadline of August / September 2015.

Suppliers will need to provide information on the experience, qualification, capability and capacity to complete this work in these time-scales.

Full details are in the pre qualification questionnaire.

4 Administrative Information


Type of Procedure

Dual stage – Candidates must first pass a selection procedure before being invited to tender or negotiate.


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Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation 27-04-2015

b) Deadline for requests to participate
28-04-2015  Time  12:00

c) Dispatch of invitations to tender 04-05-2015

d) Estimated award date 29-05-2015


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5 Other Information


Additional Information

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Additional Documentation


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