Fossil free construction sites through public procurements –Implementation of the PAPIRUS methodology in Oslo
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Local air pollution is a severe problem in many cities around the world. On cold days the dust and emissions from traffic and other activities puts a lid on Oslo and makes the air quality so poor that people with asthma or other respiratory problems are advised to stay inside. Traffic is the main source for local air pollution. In Oslo 24 percent of the emissions from traffic comes from construction machinery. In addition to that buildings sites today are to a large extent heated up by burning fossil fuels like diesel, contributing to the local emissions.
Analyzing the market
Omsorgsbygg is a public building owner, owned by the city of Oslo, and a partner in the PAPIRUS project. – When we prepared the PAIPRUS tender we invited the market to give feedback before we launched the tender. This was a new experience for us and we have used that approach in tender processes later on, however our first experience was through the PAPIRUS project, says project manager in Omsorgsbygg Lene Lad Johansen.
In March 2016 Omsorgsbygg and Bellona organized a dialogue conference to address the topic fossil free construction sites, inviting suppliers that provided; heating and drying solutions, construction machinery and means of transport to and from the building sites. The event was organized in cooperation with the national program for supplier development.The program is a driver and facilitator for increasing state and municipality's ability to implement innovative public procurement.
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One of the tasks of the PAPIRUS project is the training activities in the area of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI). The main objective of these activities is awareness raising about the benefits of Public Procurement of Innovation and training of procurement and contracting staff across Europe on proper implementation of PPI.
The training takes the form of face to face workshops to be held in Spain (Bilbao), Norway (Oslo), Germany (Enzkreis) and Italy (Turin). During the workshops the participating public procurers will have a chance to learn from live cases - the public procurements of innovative solutions implemented within PAPIRUS project.
Tecnalia, PAPIRUS project Coordinator, participates in the launching of the Andalusian GPP network in the framework of GreenS project
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Tecnalia as PAPIRUS project coordinator participated in the meeting organized last 19th of April in Seville by the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP) and the Energy Agency of the Province of Cadiz in the framework of the Greens Project.
Tecnalia signed the Memorandum of Cooperation for the GPP network between public authorities and suppliers, to institutionalize GPP process in the framework of the GreenS project.