The project Sustainable procurement for the regular building projects develops a groundbreaking new dialogue-driven method for a safe transition towards more sustainable procurement for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
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The construction industry represents 16% of CO2e-emissions and 29% of waste generation in Norway, and is considered the industry with the highest potential, and need, for a circular transition. Whilst the large projects and large national and multinational contractors are making great headway with some fantastic examples of pilots and flagship projects, the SMEs are not seeing the same demand for climate and environmentally oriented services.
One of the main reasons, we found, is that many buyers don’t know how to develop the correct criteria, which on one side will challenge the SMEs to make a change, whilst not excluding the relevant suppliers.
The project «Sustainable procurement for the regular building projects» will attack this issue specifically. We will create an arena for dialogue so that the buyers, together with businesses from the whole supply chain, together can develop the right criteria, and from the get-go start testing these in real procurements and building projects. And because SMEs more often work on the smaller projects, small to medium sized maintenance and building projects (est. 1-50 million NOK/100.000 – 5 million USD) will be the focus.
The activities of the project’s phase 1 are:
The project is a collaboration between Mid-Norway Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trøndelag County Council, Trondheim Municipality, Håndverkerforeningen i Trondheim, EBA Trøndelag, Rådgivende Ingeniørers Forening, Prosjekt Norge, SINTEF and NTNU.
The project has a steering committee and a work group, in addition to an informal resource group. Here is an overview of the members in the formalised groups:
Do you want to get in touch about the project and/or get involved? Contact Torstein Langeland, Head of Sustainability/Business Developer at the Mid-Norway Chamber of Commerce and Industry.