Procurement requirements to reduce emissions in infrastructure projects

Created: May 2, 2019. Updated: May 2, 2019.

To reach Sweden’s national climate reduction goals the Swedish Transport Administration has implemented them into the procurement of all new construction projects.

Sweden has a national goal to be climate neutral by 2045. To be able to reach that the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) has set up intermediate goals, which include a 15 percent reduction in 2020 and a 30 percent reduction in 2025.

“We needed to know what this means for cost and our findings are that having a reduction of 30 percent didn’t mean any increased cost. And even a 50 percent reduction probably doesn’t mean any higher cost either,” says Håkan Johansson, Coordinator Climate Mitigation, Swedish Transport Administration.

After getting these insights the STA implemented these goals into the procurement of new construction projects. In larger projects a baseline is set for the level of emissions. To do this the STA developed a tool called ‘Klimatkalkyl’. It is a climate calculation tool that forms the baseline for the emissions in a project.

“You can calculate the emissions for the whole lifecycle of the project including embedded carbon,” adds Håkan Johansson.

At the end of a project the contractor has to show a climate declaration proving that they achieved the requirements in the procurement. If they exceed the targets, they get a bonus.

“I think that it is very important to involve the industry very early in the process and to use the procurement as a way of implementing strict requirements to reduce emissions,” says Håkan Johansson.

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