New framework will allow public sector to cut carbon emission and reduce heat costs by up to 50%
It’s fair to say there’s been a bit of a buzz generated around the release of the Scottish Government’s new public sector procurement framework last week, which has led to us being mentioned in a number of national newspapers and receiving airtime on BBC Radio Scotland! For those of you who missed it, the big news for us is that we’ve been ranked number one on The Biomass Energy Supply Framework
, receiving the highest score of all submissions after a rigorous rating system looking at all areas of a company’s operations and ability to deliver biomass projects.
What is the framework?
The new framework has been developed to help Scottish public sector bodies realise the environmental and cost benefits of using biomass heating systems through streamlining the procurement process and reducing risk. Historically in the public sector a number of parties would be involved in the design, installation, fuel supply and maintenance of biomass systems. Following a comprehensive consultation process, the new procurement framework will offer a centralised service provision ensuring a single point of accountability and leading to performance guarantees.
The three Energy Supply Agreement options under the framework are:
Option 1: Design, build, finance and operate
Option 2: Design, build and operate
Option 3: Operate
These options range from client owned boiler systems through to fully financed models. We have experience of delivering successful projects across each of these areas. In fact, we view the news that we’ve been rated top of the framework as testament to the knowledge and expertise we have built up in the company over the past decade. In that time we have provided wood energy solutions to over 170 clients across the rural, commercial and public sectors.
Who can use the framework?
A wide range of Scottish public sector bodies are entitled to use the new framework, including central and local government, universities and colleges, fire, health and police services and third sector organisations. Please contact us to discuss whether this applies to your organisation.
Speaking on the release of the new framework and the anticipated surge in biomass projects, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This will reduce costs to the public sector saving millions of taxpayers’ money over the next four years.
“It is important for companies like HWEnergy because it encourages further growth and investment in Scotland’s renewable energy sector.”
“The initiative supports the delivery of the ‘A Low Carbon Scotland’ by reducing CO2 output. It will also contribute to the Scottish Government’s target of 11% of total heat demand from renewable energy by 2020.”
Here’s looking forward to many more exciting public sector projects in 2013!
Finding out more
For an informal chat about how the framework can help your organisation please contact a member of our marketing team on 01397 706412.
We regularly hold free events explaining biomass, RHI and how to procure projects. Our next Biomass Heat Trail event will be held at our Fort William HQ on Friday the 22nd
March and will involve showcasing a range of biomass solution types in action in public and community buildings around the Lochaber area.
If you would like to attend or be kept informed of future events then please contact our Marketing and Sales Coordinator, Alasdair Miles, on Alasdair.email@example.com