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Protect Net Zero from shoddy procurement practices

We can’t let the drive for Net Zero become another place for secretive closed-door procurement practices. We challenged an enormous contract awarded to a suspiciously small company. After our legal action, the contract was dropped.

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Case overview

That’s why we launched judicial review proceedings against the East of England Broadband Network (E2BN) for their decision to, we believed, unlawfully award a £70 billion ‘Everything Net Zero’ Framework Agreement to the Place Group, a company with scant emissions reduction expertise.

This agreement offers the Place Group a way of controlling how the entire public sector, from the NHS to local government offices, would award contracts even loosely connected to ‘climate’ issues, without having to comply with the usual public procurement rules.