Transport for the delivery of tablets to bigger cities

  • Tablets
  • Environmentally friendly delivery


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Contract Terms

Main Objective: 

The main objective is to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport of ICT equipment to locations where there are specific goals for the reduction of emissions, such as larger cities. 

Requirement Specification: 

The supplier shall adapt the mode of transport to the scope of the delivery.

Heavy vehicles (total permitted weight above 3500 kg) that are used for the delivery of ICT equipment to [contracting authority/ those who perform the order’s] location shall at least meet the Euro VI standard. [The contracting authority will attach a list of locations].

Light vehicles (total permitted weight equal or under 3500 kg) such as delivery vans that are used for the delivery of ICT equipment to the contracting authority’s location shall have zero emission technology.

The contract terms cover the last transport leg to final location, the co-called “last mile”.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

The supplier should be prepared to provide a list of vehicles used in the contract with registration number on request or at regular contract follow-up meetings.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

The contracting authority should, in addition to the contract terms, take responsibility to reduce transportation by planning and coordinating its orders, rather than placing an order every time a need arises, which leads to more transport. Enough time should also be allowed for the delivery of ICT equipment. Very short delivery times may result in ICT equipment having to be flown rather than using more environmentally friendly modes of transport.

Air pollution (especially NOx) can be a challenge in big cities. It is therefore smart to set strict requirements for vehicle emissions when delivering goods. Heavy vehicles that meet the Euro VI standard have significantly lower NOx emissions than older Euro classes, so it may be advisable to exclude the latter by setting requiring minimum VI vehicles. Heavy vehicles registered for the first time in Norway from 1 January 2014 must satisfy the Euro VI standard but many transporters also have older vehicles in their fleet, which make the contract terms relevant.

The Euro standard regulates emissions of NOx and particles, but not the greenhouse gas CO2. Market dialogue will reveal what the market can deliver. In urban areas one could require that biogas or other biofuels be filled in the heavy vehicles to be used, in order to also reduce CO2 emissions from the heavy vehicles.

There are currently a limited number of electric heavy vehicles on the market, but there are a number of electric vans. In the Norwegian Public Roads Administration new car selector you will find an overview of the number of models approved in Norway (see "related links").

Difi has considered the use of award criteria for transport, but considers it more appropriate that contracting authorities who wish to do so prepare their own award criterion so that it is adapted to local conditions (charging and filling infrastructure etc.) and which is possible to follow-up in the contract period. Difis’s evaluation matrix for heavy vehicles could be used as inspiration, but it does not cover light vehicles, which would also have to be covered by an award criterion.

Difi would like to get in touch with contraction authorities that want to use transport as a requirement or award criterion. Contact Info:


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Published: 23. Sep 2019, Last modified: 25. Sep 2019