Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
New framework for sourcing renewable energy
The Crown Commercial Service is making it easier for public bodies to reduce their carbon footprint, by launching a new agreement which makes renewable energy easier to source.
The OJEU contract notice for the Heat Networks and Electricity Generation Assets Dynamic Purchasing System is now live for suppliers, and will help public bodies and the wider public sector to find the right suppliers for solar panels, wind turbines, heat networks and battery storage.
The public sector currently accounts for around two per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions but the government is committed to reducing this figure. With a projected spend of £800 million over the lifetime of the agreement, the new agreement offers a great opportunity for suppliers to be involved in the forefront of the public sector’s drive to reduce their impact on the environment.
Adam Garbutt, category lead for Utilities and Fuels at Crown Commercial Service said: “This is a brand new agreement and is unlike anything else we have produced before. It will allow energy companies, both large and small, to assist in providing the new types of energy sources needed to make UK public services cleaner, greener and more secure.”