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Consultant required to produce a short briefing for CLG Europe

The deadline for applications is 22 January 2021

Consultant required to produce a short briefing for CLG Europe

The climate neutral and nature positive future for Europe’s landscape

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We are inviting submissions for a competitive proposal for the supply and delivery to the University of Cambridge of the services set out in the below specification.

Request for a consultant to help produce a short discussion-provoking briefing that would highlight the benefits (economic, as well as on climate and biodiversity) of increased climate action in food and land use systems and present high-level EU policy recommendations on how to transition the EU food system to climate neutrality by mid-century.

The purpose of the proposed briefing will be to contribute to the debate on the impact of food system value chains on both climate change and biodiversity loss, to illustrate how leading businesses are developing best practices which align carbon and nature-positive objectives, and how policy tools can help bring about significant improvements in the environment, emissions reductions and the food ecosystem. Most of the content will draw on existing literature, although some additional qualitative research and analysis may be required to complete a small number of the case studies.

About the CLGs

CLG Europe bring together European business leaders to accelerate progress towards a low carbon, sustainable economy. Through exchange of ideas, experience, and a dialogue with policymakers, CLG Europe facilitates solutions that support a resilient and prosperous future. CLG Europe is convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Find out more:

Context and project objective

Land use and food systems are one of the key drivers of climate change and environmental degradation. At the same time, the interdependent climate and nature crises constitute imminent and lasting threats to food security and livelihoods. To enable Europe to achieve its goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent, food production will need to change at all stages of the value chain to ensure the sustainable production and consumption of healthy food, alongside the restoration of vital ecosystems. A ‘regenerative’ approach to land use is needed.

In May 2020, the European Commission presented its Farm to Fork Strategy that sets the ambition of positioning European food as the global standard for sustainability. It is based on the idea that “a shift to a sustainable food system can bring environmental, health and social benefits, offer economic gains and ensure that the recovery from the crisis puts us onto a sustainable path.” The Farm to Fork Strategy offers a positive vision of how Europe can move towards more sustainable land use and protect and restore its natural systems. However, central to its success will be the development of an EU legal framework for a ‘sustainable food system’ by the end of 2023. In addition, the revision of the European Commission’s EU 2030 climate legislation on Effort Sharing and LULUCF, it’s Food 2030 research and innovation policy, as well as member state Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs), should all support sustainable land management. This briefing should contribute to the debate on what a sustainable food system should look like.

Alongside European policy tools, business has a crucial role to play in driving solutions. Progressive European businesses are increasingly recognising the impacts they have on nature, and are investing in innovations to progress nature restoration and sustainable land use to reach their own net zero commitments. These need to be brought forward to share best practice and accelerate business action.

This briefing aims to inform European policymakers providing them with information and confidence to develop enabling legislation which will drive action in this area. It should also inform a broad range of businesses on the opportunities available to them.

The briefing will be published in the name of CLG Europe and will represent insights from a business group supporting ambition on climate change and the transition to a sustainable economy.

Target audience

European policymakers (European Commission, MEPs, member state representatives) and business.


  • Deadline for applicants: 22 January 2021
  • Shortlisting deadline: 27 January 2021
  • Appointment deadline: 3 February 2021
  • Contract start date: 8 February 2021
  • Contract end date and deadline for final design: 19 March 2021

The service provider(s) will also be expected to be available to participate in structured discussions over the phone/ face-to-face meetings with the CISL team over the period of the contract. Specific time and dates are to be confirmed.

First draft to be completed by mid-February 2021 and final briefing text to be signed off by mid-March 2021 to enable publication in late March 2020.

Scope and description

The exact scope of the briefing is under development and can be refined in discussion with the successful contractor. However, the briefing could include the following elements and use the following structure:

  • Introduction (1 page): A short overview defining the case for climate action in the land use and food systems, both from an emissions reductions and environmental perspective
  • Overview of best practice approaches to reducing emissions and environmental degradation in the land use and food sector (2-4 pages)
    • Role of business in the transition of the food system in Europe: case studies from across the food value chain including suppliers (i.e. close to farm), buyers/manufacturers, retailers/hospitality
    • Policies for a net-zero land use and food sector: a review of existing analysis of the potential benefits of relevant policies
  • Conclusions (1 page):
    • How to align land use and food related policies with the Green Deal’s objectives
    • Recommendations on the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy
    • Recommendations on other related policy developments

The briefing will draw on the experience of CLG Europe members and case studies provided by other companies.

The end product will be a brief, high-level policy briefing that is accessible to non-technical audiences and should aim to be no longer than 4-6 pages of text.

This is an initial briefing on land use and food systems for CLG Europe, in the region of 10 days of work.

Additional materials that the briefing should draw on include:

Activities will include:

  • Participation in an initial briefing with CISL
  • Contributing to the conceptualisation of the briefing
  • Conducting desk research and analysis, including a review of the outputs above-mentioned
  • Working with the CLG Europe Secretariat to incorporate case studies from CLG Europe member companies and other companies
  • Drafting the briefing paper and revising it based on comments provided by CLG Europe and its partners


The University intends to award to the most economically advantageous offer or offers in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Suitability of proposed approach (30%)
  • Demonstrate understanding of brief (30%)
  • Commitment to minimising waste and environmental processes in production (10%)
  • Value of quotation (30%)

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in applying, please submit the following information to by close of business on 20 January 2021

  • CV(s)
  • Quotation (including staff cost breakdown, excluding VAT)
  • Description of the approach you would take to produce the briefing (max 2 pages)
  • Proposed structure for the briefing (max 1 page)
  • Examples of relevant work experience

The University expects to decide award of contract by 3 February 2020.

Please note

Do not supply any goods or services until you have received confirmation that your proposal has been successful.  Acceptance of the proposal by the University will be in writing. A purchase order will normally be issued.

The University will not reimburse any bidding costs.

This invitation is confidential. Do not discuss with any third parties the bid you intend to make (except professional advisers or joint bidders who need to be consulted) nor canvass your bid for acceptance.

The University will regard submissions as confidential until award.  Information you believe would be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 after award must be individually identified in your submission together with the reason for the exemption and for the non-disclosure period claimed.

Variant bids may be submitted but must clearly identify all variants from the University’s specification and state all cost implications.

Proposals and supporting documents shall be in English.  Any contract subsequently entered into will be subject to English law and jurisdiction. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, proposals and orders are issued subject to the University’s Standard Terms, a copy of which is available on request. 

Proposals shall comprise a response to the specification and a pricing schedule.

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