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.
-The main goal of the conference was to get feedback on what kind of solutions the marked could deliver today to help reduce emissions, and what solutions could be developed in the near future to eliminate emissions from building sites. The response from the suppliers was clear, there are available solutions on the market today that will reduce emissions, some has a higher price than traditional solutions, but some don’t. They are, however, not widely used because traditional solutions tend to dominate the marked unless it is specified in the requirements specification. Other solutions, like fully electrical construction machinery are not readily available and will require further development. However, this too can be developed if only requested by the market, says Johansen.
Oslo is the fastest growing capital in Europe and the city has a goal to reduce climate gas emissions by 95 percent by 2030 and to reduce the use of fossil fuel to zero by that same year. Omsorgsbygg is now working on transforming the information from the suppliers on the existing solutions into requirements in public procurements for new projects. Omsorgsbygg is organizing one-to-one meetings with the suppliers in June this year. The goal is that all new construction projects will include requirements to use existing solutions to reduce emissions. Omsorgsbygg aims to implement at least one pilot project requesting fossil free building sites in 2016.