Understanding PPN 06/21: Play It Green’s Guide

Understanding PPN 06/21: Introduction

At Play It Green, we are committed to making sustainability simple and accessible for our business members and this week, we take a look at helping with understanding PPN 06/21. We understand that navigating through various sustainability regulations and practices can seem daunting. That’s why we focus on simplifying these concepts, empowering businesses to not only understand but also effectively implement sustainable changes. Our goal is to help your business stay up-to-date and future-proof in an ever-changing market.

This week, we will discuss the Carbon Reduction Plan, a crucial element under the Procurement Policy Notice 06/21 (PPN 06/21). We will explain what PPN 06/21 entails, why it’s essential for your business, and how you can use this regulation to promote a more sustainable future. With Play It Green, you will be equipped to convert compliance into a strategic advantage, paving the way for a greener and more sustainable business model.

Understanding PPN 06/21: What is it?

The UK government has brought a change in the way public sector bodies purchase goods and services with the introduction of Procurement Policy Note 06/21 (PPN 06/21). According to this policy, suppliers who want to secure large government contracts are required to submit a detailed Carbon Reduction Plan. This plan must include their current carbon emissions and specific measures they will take to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

Understanding PPN 06/21: The Importance of a Carbon Reduction Plan

A Carbon Reduction Plan shows a company’s commitment to sustainability. It’s more than just following rules; it shows care for the environment and responsible business practices. Making a detailed plan can help with:

  • Competing better in public procurement.
  • Leading in corporate sustainability.
  • Lowering environmental risks.
  • Finding ways to save money and improve operations.

Understanding PPN 06/21: Key Components of a Compliant Carbon Reduction Plan

A good plan under PPN 06/21 needs to be specific, measurable, and actionable. 


It should include:


Organisational Boundary: Define what parts of your company the plan covers. This should match the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s scopes 1, 2, and possibly 3.

Emissions Reporting: List current carbon emissions. Include direct emissions from your facilities, indirect emissions from purchased electricity, and other indirect emissions if relevant.

Reduction Targets: Set clear, timed goals for cutting emissions. These should be challenging but possible, showing ongoing environmental progress.

Reduction Initiatives: Describe how you’ll meet these targets. This might involve using more renewable energy, reducing waste, or buying sustainable products.

Monitoring and Reporting: Explain how you’ll track and report progress. Include how often you’ll report and how you’ll check your data.

Declaration: Add a signed statement from a senior leader confirming the plan’s accuracy and the company’s dedication to cut emissions.

Understanding PPN 06/21: A Guide to Achieving Compliance

There are a number of steps that you should take to make sure your plan and actions are compliant.


Conduct a Baseline Assessment: Start by figuring out your current emissions. Tools and experts can help measure this.

Set Realistic Targets: After assessing, set clear emission reduction goals for the short and long term, aiming for Net Zero by 2050.

Identify Reduction Strategies: Make a list of ways to lower emissions. Get ideas and support from within your company.

Implement and Monitor: Start your plan and keep an eye on progress. Adjust as needed to stay on track.

Report Transparently: Keep everyone informed about your sustainability work. Regular updates build trust and encourage improvements.

Review and Revise: Check your plan yearly. Celebrate success, learn from issues, and update your approach to include new technologies and regulations.

Understanding PPN 06/2: How Play It Green Can Help

At Play It Green, we’re proud to partner with EaaSi Carbon, a company with over a decade of experience supporting global corporations and now small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). EaaSi Carbon specialises in calculating emissions and crafting robust, legislation-compliant reduction plans for businesses.

A number of Play It Green community members are already working with EaaSi Carbon to either meet legislation or future-proof themselves. The transparency of the reduction plan and the data provided are excellent tools for building positive engagement with stakeholders and customers.

Understanding PPN 06/2: Wrap Up

Developing a Carbon Reduction Plan that adheres to PPN 06/21 standards is crucial for any business involved in public procurement. Our partnership with EaaSi Carbon enables us to provide unparalleled guidance to companies that wish to adopt such a plan. We can accurately measure your emissions, establish practical targets, and devise effective reduction strategies. Our commitment to transparent reporting and personalised support ensures that your business not only fulfils regulatory requirements but also takes the necessary steps to create a sustainable future.

By taking measures to address the environmental impacts of your operations, you can improve your market reputation, showcase your commitment to the environment, and identify new efficiencies. This proactive approach not only elevates your brand value but also involves consumers and stakeholders meaningfully and transparently. Ultimately, it’s about doing what’s best for your profits, your people, and the planet. Whether you are developing or refining your plan, Play It Green is dedicated to helping you future-proof your business.

Play It Green: Empowering Your Sustainability Journey

Ready to take your commitment to sustainability to the next level? Play It Green stands as your partner in creating positive environmental change. From educational resources on sustainable practices and signposting to sustainable services to initiatives like tree planting and social giving, Play It Green offers a holistic approach to environmental stewardship. 

Join us in the journey toward sustainability—embrace eco-conscious practices and be a force for positive change in our world. All whilst staying relevant, meeting legislation and aligning with the values of today’s consumers and employees.

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