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Call for expression of interest: Consultant - EU fit for 55% policy briefing for CLG Europe

Apply by Wednesday 23 June.

Call for expression of interest: Consultant - EU fit for 55% policy briefing for CLG Europe

Fit for 55: Business recommendations on achieving an effective and ambitious European policy package (Working title)

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 or team of consultants to support CLG Europe in drafting a briefing in response to the European Commission’s upcoming Fit for 55 package of legislation, due on July 14. Once the package is presented it will be discussed by Member States and the European Parliament before its adoption.

The Fit for 55 package due in July is expected to include:

  • Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), including maritime, aviation and CORSIA
  • Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)
  • Effort Sharing Regulation
  • Amendment to the Renewable Energy Directive to implement the ambition of the new 2030 climate target (tbc)
  • Amendment of the Energy Efficiency Directive to implement the ambition of the new 2030 climate target (tbc)
  • Revision of the Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry
  • Revision of the Energy Tax Directive
  • Revision of the Directive on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure
  • Amendment of the Regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles
  • ReFuelEU Aviation – sustainable aviation fuels
  • FuelEU Maritime – green European maritime space

Subsequently, in the autumn of 2021 the Commission is expected to propose:

  • Revision of the energy performance of Buildings Directive
  • Revision of the Third Energy Package for gas (Directive 2009/73/EU and Regulation 715/2009/EU) to regulate competitive decarbonised gas markets

The consultant(s) are expected to work in collaboration the CLG Europe team to provide a thought-provoking analysis of the package of proposals due in July and draft a briefing outlining the key business recommendations on achieving an effective and ambitious policy package. The content will build on previous analysis and messaging on the topic by CLG Europe and key stakeholders, while also drawing on additional engagement with CLG Europe businesses.

About CLG Europe

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:

Project objective, scope and description

To facilitate a successful transition to a climate neutral economy, the EU will need to deliver an effective package of legislation aimed at their 2030 target, unlocking the necessary changes to transform the EU into a climate neutral economy by 2050. The Fit for 55 package will tackle a broad set of energy and climate legislation which will have a series of implications for business but also on the EU’s ability to deliver on its climate leadership.

At CLG Europe, we believe that leading businesses should be present in the debate to support ambition and to highlight the key policy areas that can support the necessary transformation.

The aim of the briefing will be to support business engagement with policy makers for the delivery of an ambitious package, fit to achieve Europe’s climate policy goals and transition to a net zero economy and enable businesses to deliver on their own climate commitments. It will seek to (1) to inform a broad range of businesses on the potential policies that would influence their operations, and the scale and nature of opportunities these policies could make available to them and (2) to communicate the business perspective to politicians and policymakers, providing them with information and confidence to accelerate action.

The briefing will need to provide an accessible overview of the critical elements under discussion in the key pieces of legislation under the ‘fit for 55’ package and a topline summary of the key business recommendations to policy makers.

The policy review will be supplemented by business case studies or quotes where relevant to highlight the potential of climate policies to unlock economic transformation and opportunities. The consultant(s) would be expected to support the drafting and integration of these business case studies into the briefing, but the outreach to the companies will be carried out by the CISL / CLG Europe team.

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. It will be presented in a similar format and style to CLG Europe’s previous policy briefings, such as the Green Deal and Europe's Recovery and A new agenda for Europe: Business priorities to deliver a prosperous, climate neutral economy.

While the exact scope of the report is still under development (and will most likely depend on the content of the 14 July announcement), it will most likely be structured along the following lines:

  • A short overview (1 – 2 pages) summarising the toplines of the package and its coherence as a whole. This could also cover the overall political context of the proposal and interlinkages with other key policy issues, including the economic recovery, sustainable finance and the industry policy.
  • The brief should be split into sections tackling:
    • The EU ETS & CBAM
    • The Renewables Directive
    • The Energy Efficiency Directive
    • The ESR and LULUCF
    • Other pieces that may come with the package, including energy taxation
    • The accompanying analysis should briefly outline the impacts that the changes in these regulations may have for specific sectors, such as buildings, transport, industry etc.

We would then consider a short “part two” or update of the briefing to be delivered later in the year after the second part of the package is presented. We would welcome a proposal from the consultant(s) which would include this as an optional extra to the project.

We do not expect the policy analysis to cover all aspects of the legislation but more to focus on key identified areas of relevance. The CLG / CISL team will provide briefings to the consultants on the areas that we envisage could be most relevant for a constructive discussion, although the consultant(s) are also expected to provide their views.

The end product for the July 2021 package will be a brief but well organised policy brief with good referencing, and no longer than 15 pages of text (excluding references).

Target audience: a broad range of politicians, policymakers and businesses.


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

  • Suitability of proposed approach (25%)
  • Demonstrate understanding of brief (25%)
  • Relevant experience, including demonstrated familiarity of EU policy landscape (25%) 
  • Value of quotation (25%)

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in applying, please submit the following information to by close of business on 23 June 2021:

  • CV(s) (max 4 pages per person)
  • Quotation (including staff cost breakdown, excluding VAT)
  • Description of the approach you would take (max 2 pages)
  • Proposed structure for the policy brief (max 1 page)
  • Examples of relevant work experience (max 1 page)

The University expects to decide award of contract by 28th June 2021.

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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