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Invitation to Tender: Nordic Circular Baseline Mapping

Tender Instrument Deadline 07.05.2022

A transition from a linear economy to a circular economy has the potential to improve and reduce material flows, reduce CO2 emissions, and enable a sustainable future. At the same time, there is an increasing awareness around the world that the use of data and digitalisation are central for enabling a sustainable future and key for the acceleration of a transition to a green and circular economy.

As a first activity under the new Circular Business Models program we are now looking for a consultant that can deliver a baseline mapping.

The purpose is to deliver a baseline of the Nordic region on potentials and challenges for a circular data-driven transition within key Nordic industries and material flows in the region – as well as on the potential and understanding among the industries of combining circular economy and data, and how widely companies thereby actually are creating added value with data sharing and data driven business models, refining and sharing the data that they and other companies have in their ecosystem.

Tender and application info

Budget: Up to NOK 600.000 (excl. VAT)

Deadline for applications: 7 May 2021 at 12.00 CET

The tender shall be delivered by e-mail to, and labelled “A baseline mapping to promote a circular, data-driven, CO2-neutral, and cost-effective transition in the Nordics.

List of important dates:

Publishing of the tender20 April 2021
Deadline for asking questions regarding the tender29 April 2021 at 15.00 CET
Answers published online3 May 2021
Deadline for tender7 May 2021 at 12.00 CET
Selection of supplier18 May 2021
Contract signing27 May 2021
Deadline for validity of tender60 days from submission deadline
Deadline of submission/completion of the assignment30 August 2021

Please note that the dates can be subject to change.

Download full tender document

Questions and answers:

The scope of the report includes key Nordic industries and material flows in the region. Are these already defined or should this be a part of the project? 

No, they are not defined. The baseline should explore which sectors in the Nordics that could benefit most from sharing data or to define low hanging fruits/sectors where there would be a Nordic advantage or value added in taking joint action.  

What is the target start date of the assignment? 

The target start date is 27 May.  

Is the deadline for the assignment 20th or 30th August? Two different dates were mentioned in the tender.  

The deadline for the assignment is 30 August.   

Should the tender document be developed in PowerPoint or Word? 

The tender document should preferably be developed in Word format. 

INCEPTION REPORT: Could you clarify what is expected of the first deliverable, the inception report? I.e. how it differs from the initial project proposal that is submitted May 7. 

The inception report is a more detailed methodological proposal, including an updated timetable for the project based on discussions and feedback from us after the evaluation of the proposal.  

AWARD CRITERIA: Could you elaborate on what is meant by the sentence ‘Examples of questions to the objective of the baseline’? (p. 7) 

Please provide examples of key questions that you plan to use in solving the assignment/project.  

TIMEFRAME: How set are you on the August 30 deadline and has there been any considerations around the timing of the project executions in relation to this? While the deliverables can be completed within the timeframe the majority of the surveying, interview and/or table discussions will be conducted over the summer where less people are available. For example, it is our experience that a survey usually would need min 3 weeks submission deadline and then ideally, we would qualify the findings through more in-depth interviews or workshops. Hence, the timing of the project and deadline might put restrictions on the amount or quality of data that is possible to gather.  

If the timeframe is too tight to deliver quality data, it should be explained in the offer.  

The core focus appears to be primarily on data-driven CE business models rather than mapping of material flows; is the baseline mapping expected to include a material flow analysis of the Nordics? 

The aim is not to map the material flows, but to map the current status and opportunities.  

In what layout should the report be?  

The final report and other material provided should follow the guidelines in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ design manual (InDesign templates are available for download).  


Portrait Marthe Haugland

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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