Monday, November 16, 2020

Major Port Joins City Wide Scheme to Ensure Construction Emissions are Cut

Project Targets Financial Against Environmental Costs
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SWEDEN – According to the Port of Gothenburg as much as 20% of carbon emissions from the transport sector currently derive from construction equipment. The Port says this figure is expected to rise to 50% as the development of emission-free road transport gathers momentum, making now a good time to deal with the problem.

To mitigate emissions in the construction sector, the City of Gothenburg has initiated a program, the Emission-Free Construction Sites project, together with the trade and industry development company Business Region Göteborg. The Gothenburg Port Authority is also involved and will be the first to introduce a procurement system that includes the new stipulations.

The project has resulted in the formulation of five stipulations, each of which could be suitable for different projects and which could be made stricter as the market matures. This would mean, for example, that the authorities could demand that a certain proportion of the equipment, work process, or energy consumption should be emission free.

A further option being discussed would be to design the valuation model in a way that any prospective contractor is required to set out the measures they intend to take to reduce emissions for a specific contract, which could then give them quality points. The higher the assured carbon reduction, the more quality points they are awarded. The points would then be weighted to bring down their price, making it more competitive.

There is also the possibility of receiving alternative tenders from the same contractor in which they calculate construction costs in the conventional way and in the emission-free way. The emission-free alternative would be awarded quality points to calculate a price deduction and it would allow a comparison to be made with conventional construction. Different tenders from the same contractor would give a clear indication of the true cost of emission-free construction.

As the largest port in the Nordic region Gothenburg naturally has a part to play in the new initiative, a point taken up by Dirk Wallem, Procurement Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority purchasing department, who said:

“Being a forerunner in this project is entirely in line with our ambition to be the most competitive port in the world. In our endeavour to achieve this position, we strongly support the ground breaking initiatives that are being implemented in many areas. We are proud to act as the driving force in this process even if it demands more resources from us as the client.

“We are currently working with our infrastructure department to examine upcoming projects in an effort to identify one that would be suitable for inclusion in our pilot project. As soon as we find a suitable project we will immediately incorporate the stipulations into the procurement process.”

Photo: As with any busy port Gothenburg has development and maintenance projects constantly underway, both in water and on land. The new program means in future work will be able to be carried out in a more climate-friendly way. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority.