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Gothenburg increases the pace towards zero-emission construction sites

12 March 2020
Machinery accounts for 20% of the transport sector's emissions in the country, and this percentage will continue to increase if nothing is done. For Gothenburg, which will grow by about a third by 2035, this is therefore a very important issue. After a well-attended meeting with the industry, the City of Gothenburg is now working on tougher procurement requirements to accelerate the transition.

"We want to work with the industry to formulate functional procurement requirements that can be followed up," says Anastazia Kronberg, director of the Gothenburg Climate Partnership, which is run by Business Region Göteborg.

Growing rapidly and at the same time sustainably is a major challenge for many Swedish cities. Electrified work vehicles and machinery with zero emissions contribute to meeting the climate goals, and with a quieter and more attractive urban environment.

Here Gothenburg has unique opportunities to be a pioneer city with world-leading companies in important industries, not the least in the construction sector. In addition, cities, in their role as clients, can help drive development of zero-emissions solutions. Through the Act on Public Procurement (LOU), demands can be placed on the industry, thus accelerating the transition. 


Completely zero-emission construction sites by 2030

A project is therefore presently underway in which the City of Gothenburg's construction administrations and companies have come together to develop common procurement requirements in order to accelerate the construction sector's transition to electrified and quiet machinery. The goal is for the City of Gothenburg's construction sites to be completely emission-free by 2030. 

"This is unique. No other city in Sweden is taking it as far as us," says Anastazia Kronberg, director of the Gothenburg Climate Partnership.



90+ stakeholders meet for market dialogue

On Tuesday, March 10, some 90 stakeholders from the industry and the City of Gothenburg met at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre to discuss the establishment of procurement requirements that will guide development towards zero-emission construction sites. 

"There is a lack of knowledge about how the requirements should be formulated," says Anastazia Kronberg. "We also need more information about how and when requirements should be set for different types of machines, different types of projects, and how incentives and follow-up should be arranged. We therefore want to work with the industry to formulate functional procurement requirements that can be followed up."


"Gothenburg will be a progressive role model"

Emmyly Bönfors, Centre Party councillor and chairman of the environment and climate board, was involved in Tuesday's market discussions.

"Work is now well underway and in 2021, we will test the procurement requirements in practice," she says. "Gothenburg will be a progressive role model and we have major opportunities to become leaders in these issues. For the city's business community to remain globally competitive, the city also needs to continue to be a driving force in these issues and act in conjunction with industry."

Two of the companies present at the meeting and that participated in the subsequent roundtable discussions were NCC and the machinery leasing company Cramo.  

"It was positive to see so many stakeholders showing interest in this and it really feels like everyone wants to go in the same direction," says Jonas Albo, specialist in excavation and transport procurement at NCC. "Many of us must be involved if we are to reduce emissions, ranging from those who set requirements, clients, contractors, suppliers to machinery leasing companies and so forth. The fact that so many people are involved is important for us being able to succeed."

"I think it was a good meeting and the discussions were interesting," says Maria Karlsson, sustainability manager at Cramo. "To move forward on this issue, we need to have a dialogue with both customers and manufacturers, and initiatives like this are thus important. It'll be interesting to see which concrete requirements will be produced. There are many dimensions to consider."

The project Emission-Free Construction Sites is headed by Business Region Göteborg’s Gothenburg Climate Partnership and is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.  

Partners in the project are the City of Gothenburg's municipal administrations Trafikkontoret, Förvaltningen för Inköp och Upphandling, Kretslopp och vatten, Lokalförvaltningen, Park- och naturförvaltningen and Kretslopp och vatten; as well as the companies Göteborg Leasing AB, Göteborgs Hamn AB, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Älvstranden Utveckling AB, and Göteborg Energi AB.

The Gothenburg Climate Partnership (GCP) is a long-term partnership between trade and industry in the Gothenburg region and the City of Gothenburg that aims to actively reduce our climate impact. GCP is led by Business Region Göteborg.


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