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Framework Agreements: Catalysing Near Zero Waste Investments in Turkey



Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure, Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

Funding source:

Enhancement of the Turkish Energy Sector in line with EU Energy Strategies

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

22 Jan 2015

Closing date:

23 Feb 2015   at  23:59   London

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) gives high priority to the development of sustainable energy resources and energy efficiency. The Bank is actively engaged in both market development and in lending/investment activities to support the public and private sectors in implementing energy efficiency strategies contributing to energy production and greenhouse gas emissions abatement. Currently averaging about 5% globally, the waste sector’s share in global GHG emissions is expected to rise. The causes of high and increasing emissions from waste in Turkey are numerous amongst major ones are emissions of CH4 from landfills, and both CH4 and N2O from wastewater, are related to the infrastructural challenges of coping with population growth and rapid urbanisation, as well as the increasing levels of per capita consumption associated with rising standards of living. Waste-related emissions in Turkey comprise up to 8.5% of total GHG emissions.

Transferring resource efficient and renewable energy technologies has been recognised as a key component in the global strategy to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change challenges. However, there are barriers to improving the Solid Waste Management (SWM) and waste minimisation strategies which mainly relate to legal and regulatory gaps, technical, institutional and infrastructure capacity, financial challenges, and a lack of knowledge and awareness.

The Bank’s Near Zero Waste Project (NØW) aims to catalyse a transformational change in Turkey’s waste minimisation and management. It will accomplish this by developing financing mechanisms to encourage early movers to develop waste minimisation investments in best available techniques (“BATs”) in different waste streams and value chain links. The NØW Project will provide technical assistance to support the implementation of Turkey’s integrated waste management action plan, to identify and develop waste minimisation initiatives by the private sector, promote the concept of circular economy and life-cycle assessment, and to develop awareness and knowledge initiatives supporting waste minimisation and SWM expansion throughout Turkey.

Programme Description:
The Bank is seeking to engage between three (3) and five (5) competent and qualified consultants (the Consultant(s)) to support stakeholders in assessing the technical and financial viability of waste minimisation projects in Turkey facilitate access to finance and to promote technological innovation.

The main objective of the Programme is to help to promote the market for waste minimisation investments in Turkey by addressing existing market barriers through a package of assignments that include:
(i) a comprehensive technical assistance provided to potential sub-borrowers;
(ii) development and peer review of methodologies needed for the assessment of the feasibility of waste management projects;
(iii) dissemination of information and awareness raising activities;
(iv) support policy dialogue by assisting the Government of Turkey and relevant municipalities and public agencies to improve the existing legislative framework and infrastructure as well as monitoring, verification and enforcement (“MVE”) practices; and
(v) incentives to encourage early movers in developing waste minimisation investments through projects with high impact, high transaction costs and strong replicability potential.

By providing the technical assistance and long-term funding the EBRD enables investments in projects that would otherwise be postponed or not implemented, thereby helping to unlock the potential for waste minimisation, recycling and/or waste value extraction, including waste-to-energy.

The Programme will comprise several assignments (the “Activities”) to be undertaken by the Consultants who will be awarded Framework Agreements upon completion of this selection process.
Performance of each Activity will be determined by the results of the secondary competition governed by the Bank’s Procurement Policies and Rules (PP&R).

The main Activities will include the following:

1. Assistance in Investment Project Preparation
• business development and pipeline preparation
• resource audits
• review resource efficiency vs. appropriate benchmarks
• review technologies and processes against best practice (e.g. EU BREF notes)
• assisting the Bank in reviewing/developing bankable investment programmes
• helping to appraise carbon credits opportunities
• perform pre-feasibility studies for waste management and resource efficiency projects, including life-cycle assessments
• review project management plans and capabilities.

2. Assistance in Investment Project Implementation

• providing training to ensure clients are able to implement and manage efficient production systems on a sustainable basis
• “value-engineering assessment”: review of basic implementation strategy (e.g. procurement procedures, type of contracts, etc.)
• Principles of project management
• assisting clients in the preparation of the preliminary documentation for Certified and Voluntary Carbon Markets under Gold Standard (GS) or similar.

3. Knowledge Sharing, Market and Technical Studies
• workshops/knowledge exchange activities and communication material for specific sectors
• specific studies on a topic or market related to waste minimisation or waste-to-energy technologies or systems of interest to the Bank (e.g. legal and/or logistic issues associated to waste utilisation; market potential in the region for certain technologies/approaches)
• support the Bank in assessing technical and economic potential of sustainable waste management technologies across different sectors of the economy
• analysis of the carbon market options for the region and potential synergies with EBRD’s activities identification of existing barriers for the expansion of sustainable waste investments in the country (e.g. institutional barriers, capacity development needs, legal limitations) and strategies to address these barriers and reduce investment risks.

Programme Start Date and Duration: The Programme is expected to start in the second quarter of 2015 and will have an estimated overall duration of 5 years.

Cost Estimate for the Programme: EUR 2.1 million
(exclusive of VAT), subject to availability of funding.

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the Consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the Consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: The Project is expected to be implemented with funding by the European Union under "EBRD – EU Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programme for Turkey".

There are no eligibility restrictions

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with experience and a strong track record in international project advisory works in the field of waste minimisation, resource and energy efficiency, working with public administrations in providing key policy recommendations.

It is expected that at least the following key experts are to be included in the Consultant’s team:

• At least one SWM international expert, who has specific expertise in all activities along the waste hierarchy and circular economy, likely to be an industry expert with several years of international experience in this area;
• A packaging minimisation expert to focus on the minimisation of packaging waste, including relevant market structures, financial characteristics of firms in the different waste streams, and related EU directives;
• An industry/sector expert for each key industry/sector, i.e. non-ferrous mineral processing (e.g. cement), municipal waste/waste water, chemical/petrochemical, consumer goods and energy.
• A recycling expert, to focus on the technical, financial and institutional requirements for the establishment/upgrading of corporate (private-sector) waste recycling systems;
• A alternative fuels expert, with specific knowledge of the specific technical processes associated with utilisation of alternative/refuse-derived fuels;
• At least two local waste experts, who have strong knowledge of and links to the local SWM market, including existing models, regulations and market players;
• A labour expert, specialising in gender and informal sector issues;
• A legal expert, with experience in performing regulatory gap analysis (including knowledge of EU legislation) and designing MVE systems for waste minimisation activities.
• A Programme Manager with excellent project management and organisational skills as well as ability to produce/edit highly technical reports in English (Turkish would also be an advantage).
The experts’ previous experience in the field of their expertise in the EBRD countries of operations would be an advantage.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consultants seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages);
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on the contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives, percentage of work undertaken (if subcontractors)
3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Programme;
4. Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Consultant Declaration/Contact Sheet) shall be submitted in English, as one file (pdf or Word) not exceeding 4MB to be uploaded to eSelection. It is recommended that Internet Explorer is used to access eSelection.

Expressions of Interest shall reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications which are administratively non-compliant.

Link to eSelection:

The evaluation criteria for the Expressions of Interest will be as follows:

1. Consultant’s previous experience of Investment Project Preparation activities in the waste minimisation and SWM sector, preferably working with the IFI’s (or equivalent). Previous similar projects in Turkey would be considered an advantage - 30%
2. Consultant’s previous experience of Investment Project Implementation in the sector– 20%
3. Consultant’s previous experience in conducting Market and Technical Studies as well as Knowledge Sharing activities - 20%
4. CVs of key experts – 30%

EBRD Contact Person:

Yvonne Wilkinson
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7123
(submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


Selection process: following the invitation for Expressions of Interest, a shortlist of qualified and competent consultants will be formally invited to submit proposals. All EOIs will be evaluated based on the criteria specified in this Notice. The Request for Proposal package will be issued to shortlisted consultants through eSelection. Following evaluation of proposals and contract negotiations, the Bank intends to award Framework Agreements to the minimum of three and the maximum of five firms

Framework Agreements for the Programme

The objective of these Framework Agreements is to facilitate efficient implementation of the Programme and enable the Bank to call upon a shortlist of pre-qualified firms from which it can quickly and efficiently obtain reliable services at competitive prices. Under these Framework Agreements, the Bank will have the option, but not an obligation, to place individual assignments (Call-off Notices) with the selected Framework Consultants. In addition, the Framework Agreements will not limit the Bank's ability to contract other firms outside the Framework Agreements if it so chooses. The Framework Agreements will establish, in advance, the contract terms and agreements, fee structure, and procedures that will govern individual assignments, as described in this Procurement Notice.

Call-Off Notice award mechanism (governed by the Bank’s PP&R):
The Bank will send to the Consultant(s) and may also send to the other consultant(s) with which the Bank has similar Framework Agreements, specific terms of reference for an assignment (Specific Terms of Reference). The Specific Terms of Reference will include a description of the tasks to be performed, time-schedules and reporting instructions. The Framework Consultant(s) shall respond by sending to the Bank a financial proposal for the assignment together with details of the expert(s) proposed to carry out the work. The Bank will then assess the response(s), agree on the Specific Terms of Reference, budget and expert(s) for the assignment(s) with the selected Framework Consultant and issue a call-off notice (Call-Off Notice) to the successful Framework Consultant.

The cost estimate for individual assignments (Call-Off Notices) will vary depending on their specific scope.

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