Green shipping in public procurements

Public authorities, such as the Norwegian Public Road Administration, are both direct and indirect purchasers of transport services for masses, building materials and asphalt. There is a big potential for reducing emissions from this type of transport. This can be accomplished both by transferring goods from road to sea, and by reducing emissions from transport that already operates at sea.

Increased focus on green transport in general and requirements for green transport from shippers and customers will increase the need for innovation and accelerate the move towards green transport with lower emissions. This has several positive effects, for example will increased demand for newer and greener tonnage contribute to necessary fleet renewal and scrapping of older, polluting ships. Furthermore, a reduction of heavy traffic on the roads can be expected. The Norwegian Public Road Administration has already implemented a climate framework in its asphalt contracts. The contractors are rewarded with an allotment amount per kg of CO2 saved – compared with the average of the bids. However, there is a need for more targeted measures and further focus on emissions reduction, if the contracts are to contribute to greener shipping.

Goal of pilot project

The goal with this pilot is to further develop the Norwegian Public Road Administration’s existing climate framework for asphalt contracts. An example is reduced emissions of CO2 is rewarded with an additional sum in the tender process for transport of building material. By implementing such a measure, one will stimulate increased use of green transport and hence achieve the overall goal of reduced CO2 emissions.

Another goal is that the same climate framework shall be implemented for other goods in the entire building and contracting industry. The project shall develop a roadmap that shall create the direction for a reduced climate footprint related to sea transport for the building and contracting industry. Based on experience and analysis, roadmaps shall suggest measures for the sector to achieve a reduction of climate emissions.

Additional participants

Veidekke and EBA.


December 2021

Weighting of CO2 is included in the contract template, testing and improvement of this is ongoing. Development of a “Roadmap for Maritime Transport in Building and Construction” has started.

March 2022

The pilot is working with a roadmap for greener sea transport in the building and contracting industry.

May 2022

A draft for Roadmap for green sea transport in the building and contracting industry is ready and work is being carried out to anchor it with the Norwegian Public Road Administration and other actors in the building and constructing industry.

September 2022

A draft roadmap has been prepared. The roadmap, which has been approved by the road director’s management team and signed by the road director herself, has now been sent out for consultation to a large number of stakeholders: municipalities and county authorities, public and private businesses, ministries and shipping associations.

January 2023

The roadmap for green maritime transport in the building and construction sector was completed in December 2022. On the way to a final result, the map underwent a number of consultations. Both internally in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and an open external consultation. A detailed list of those who support this roadmap is presented on page 5 of the report. The final roadmap was presented to the Ministry of Climate and Environment by political advisor Maria Varteressian on January 9th, 2023.


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