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Review of sustainable resource opportunities - Univerexport



Business sector:

Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

Funding source:

Central European Initiative

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

25 Nov 2015

Closing date:

16 Dec 2015   at  15:00   London

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Project Description

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is considering providing financing to the retailer Univerexport Group (the Client) for an upgrade of their existing network of 126 retail stores and the creation of centralised distribution centre in Novi Sad (the Project) in order to optimize logistics and inventory management.

Assignment Description

As a precursor to the Project, the Bank now intends to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to identify the related potential energy and resource efficiency opportunities and assess the Sustainable Resource Investment (the SRI) within the Client’s retail chain (the Assignment).

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to provide the EBRD with sufficient information to decide whether to proceed with financing the Project.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:


· Review the investment plan of the Project and select a reference stores and distribution centres to be assessed;
· Assess the energy performance of the selected outlets, including calculation of energy demand, including heat losses, energy use for space heating, ventilation, hot water, air-conditioning, refrigeration and lighting;
· Review the energy efficiency opportunities planned for new distribution centre and assess the predicted performance as compared with national and international benchmarks; and
· Identify those investments which go beyond the common practice in Serbia and are leading to reduction of resource use (energy, water, fuels, materials).


· Identify any further practical and feasible energy/resource efficiency techniques which are additional to the existing investment plan;
· Present and discuss any suggestions with the Client’s representatives and take into account any suggestions and recommendations;
· Investigate opportunities for any Best Available Techniques in the context of common practice in the country;
· Conduct a cost benefits analysis for the recommended energy efficiency opportunities; and
· Review the health and safety aspects related to energy/resource efficiency opportunities and ensure they will not affect existing health and safety levels.


Develop a product sustainability tool which will consist of the following:
- Assessment of selected products of Univerexport.
- Development of a toolkit for products sustainability assessment
- Guidance on Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in February 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 50,000.00 (exclusive of VAT).

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:
It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by Central European Initiative (CEI). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Participation of consultants is restricted to individual experts of Italian nationality and consultancy firms or entities registered in Italy (using their employees of any nationality and/or non-employees of Italian nationality).

Eligible consulting firms however, can subcontract, associate with or join forces with external experts or consulting firms from other CEI Member Countries (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine) up to a maximum of 30% of the budget for the Assignment.

Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
1. energy efficiency and resource efficiency opportunities in the retail sector;
2. good knowledge of the local and regional business environment in the retail sector; and
3. knowledge of standards of operations in the retail sector and region.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:

a) Key Expert No 1: Team Leader with preferably 10 years relevant commercial expertise in leading the implementation of energy efficiency projects in retail industry;

b) Key Expert No 2: Commercial expert with preferably 5 years relevant expertise in the implementation of energy efficiency projects in retail industry;

c) Key Experts No 3: Technical energy efficiency expert with preferably 5 years relevant expertise in buildings energy efficiency and low carbon design and, in particular, experience in the Serbian market;

d) Key Experts No 4: Technical modelling expert with preferably 5 years relevant expertise in carbon accounting and sustainable supply chain analysis.

Submission Requirements:
In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, 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 particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. In addition, CVs must indicate the nationality(ies) of the Key Expert.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

5. A copy of company registration certificates (or equivalent) for the lead firm and any subcontractors confirming valid registration in Italy or a CEI Member Country (as the case may be). If the proposed subcontractor is not registered in either Italy or a CEI Member Country, it must submit a statement confirming that its proposed experts will be nationals of Italy or a CEI Member Country.

The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:
Giulia Di Pierro
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7338 7136
e-mail: (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in the successful implementation of assignments of a comparable nature, scale and complexity, particularly related to energy and resource efficiency and knowledge of standards of operations in the retail sector and region (40%);

(b) Firm’s previous project experience in the local and regional business environment in the retail sector (40%); and

(c) CVs of Key Experts proposed (20%).

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