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Consultant required to produce a literature review for CLG Europe

The deadline for applications is 11 December 2020

Consultant required to produce a literature review for CLG Europe

Tomorrow’s markets today: accelerating the development of new markets for climate neutral materials and products (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 help produce a literature review that will feed into a discussion-provoking report on policy measures that could be used to incentivise demand and to create markets for climate neutral materials and products. We welcome expressions of interest from consultants to draft a review of literature on policies and other mechanisms that are in use or being proposed to develop markets for the key materials used in the manufacturing of electric vehicles, near-zero carbon buildings and building energy efficiency retrofits, and packaging.

The purpose of the final report will be to move forward the discussion on how demand-side measures can be utilised at various stages of the value chain to improve the market conditions for climate neutral materials and products and to facilitate the transition to net zero carbon economy. The final report to which this literature review contributes will provide an interesting and accessible overview on the different types of demand-side measures that could be implemented, the strengths and limitations of different types of demand-side measures, and opportunities and challenges to their implementation. The literature review will be supplemented by business case studies and further analysis of the role that demand-side policies can play to incentivise the transformation of the prevailing practices at various stages of the supply chains. The business case studies and further analysis will be carried out separately of the literature review.

About the CLGs

CLG Europe brings 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

To facilitate a successful transition to a climate neutral economy, consumption and production practices will need to change across all sectors of the economy and at all stages of the value chains. As a part of this transition, it will be necessary to ensure that markets for climate neutral materials, products and services emerge within the next decade to ensure a supply-side response. The creation of such markets will be essential to reduce the risk of investing in emissions-reducing technologies and innovation of new types of products that have a lower carbon footprint and that are more recyclable. Once sufficient level of demand is created, climate neutral products will become the ‘new normal’, offering best value for money and pushing out competitors through the regular market mechanisms.

Policy measures will be needed to incentivise demand for climate neutral products and materials in all different stages of the value chain, including among the end consumers and at the end of life. The purpose of the literature review will be to outline the different policy options that could be used to create demand at strategic points along the value chain in the production of electric vehicles, near-zero carbon buildings and building retrofits, and packaging.

The purpose of the report will be to inform politicians and policymakers, providing them with information and confidence to accelerate action in this area. It will also 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.

The report 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: a broad range of politicians, policymakers and businesses.


  • Deadline for applicants: 11th December 2020
  • Shortlisting deadline: 16th December 2020
  • Appointment deadline: 18th December 2020
  • Contract start date: 06th January 2021
  • Deadline for delivery of final product: 10h February 2021

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

First draft to be completed by 27th January 2020 and final text to be submitted by 10th February 2021. A briefing meeting is provisionally scheduled for Wednesday 6th January, 2021.

Scope and description

The exact scope of the report is under development and will likely include contributions from parties other than the contractors delivering the literature review.

The literature review should consider the subject of demand-side measures holistically, covering the following elements:

  • A short overview (1 page) defining what demand side measures are and why they are needed
  • An overview of available literature covering a range of demand-side measures that have been either implemented or proposed, and which could be applied in the supply chains that are relevant for electric vehicles, buildings and packaging
  • A review of existing analysis of the potential benefits and limitations of different types of policies, or their suitability to certain sectors or materials that are relevant for this study
  • Assessment of the extent to which specific policies could be implemented in specific stages of the value chains relevant for this study, including why they may work better in some circumstances than others

The literature review should divide the policies into different ‘types’, and assess their advantages and disadvantages, illustrating specific points with examples.

We do not expect the literature review to cover all materials or products that are relevant for the three sectors (electric vehicles, buildings and packaging), nor do we expect the review to cover the applicability of specific policies to every single stage of the value chain. We would welcome the contractors to propose which materials or products, and which stages of the value chain, would be most useful to include for the analysis and why. The specific coverage of the literature review will be agreed in collaboration with the CISL project team during the inception meeting on 6th January 2021.

The literature review is expected to cover all or most of the following topics:

  • Overview of potential policies that could be used to incentivise demand for climate neutral materials and products, including policies that have been implemented and policies that have been proposed
  • Analysis of benefits and shortcomings of these policies, including evidence of what has worked and why, and what has not worked and why (based on evidence available in existing literature)
  • Analysis of how unsuccessful policies could be improved (based on evidence available in existing literature)
  • Suggestions for how successful or promising policies applied to other sectors or scaled up (based on evidence available in existing literature)

The literature would cover a selection of materials and products that are used in:

  • Electric vehicles
  • Buildings and building energy efficiency retrofits
  • Packaging

The end product will be a brief but well organised overview of the available literature with good referencing, and no longer than 15 pages of text (excluding references).


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 (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 11th December 2020:

  • 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 literature review (max 1 page)
  • Examples of relevant work experience (max 1 page)

The University expects to decide award of contract by 18st December 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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