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, EBA, KLD and DNV.


Status 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.

Status March 2022: The pilot is working with a roadmap for greener sea transport in the building and contracting industry.

Status 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.

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