Green public procurement strategies for reduced emissions and smarter resource use in Norwegian road construction

 

Green public procurement strategies for reduced emissions and smarter resource use in Norwegian road construction

by: Reyn O’Born 1 (presenting author), Karl Sigurd Fredriksen 1, 2

1: University of Agder, Norway; 2: Norwegian Public Roads Administration

 

The Norwegian government has set ambitious climate reduction targets to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals. Public procurement in Norway accounts for approximately 12 million tons of CO2-equivalent emissions annually while direct emissions from the transport and construction sector is 22% of this total. 10% of the total government expenditure is used on the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, thus utilizing green public procurement strategies in this sector will be important for meeting emissions targets. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has been developing a program for including climate emissions in the tender phase and contracts of new road construction. The KRAKK program is in the early stages of implementation and is designed to incentivize construction firms to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions when building new roads. The KRAKK program introduces economic incentives and emissions caps for materials and construction processes that are designed to spur innovation in the Norwegian market. The KRAKK program is intended to help the Norwegian government meet ambitious emissions reductions targets in transport infrastructure. This paper explores the procurement strategies and policies of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to reduce emissions and resource use in road construction and evaluates the early results of these strategies via the KRAKK program. The results of this paper can help to form future sustainable public procurement strategies in infrastructure, especially road construction, for industries and other regions globally.