Norwegian roads authority Statens Vegvesen has joined forces with the Norwegian Construction and Property Management Department and the country’s rail infrastructure operator Bane Nor to look at how climate gas emissions from ground work can be reduced.
Statens Vegvesen has issued a prior information notice through the Official Journal of the European Union to start discussions with suppliers and draw on their knowledge to tackle the issue.
According to the roads authority, there are large climate gas emissions from the construction of new infrastructure and buildings and challenging soil types, such as highly sensitive quick clays, often lead to a need for comprehensive ground improvement and landslide mitigation measures. Staten Vegvesen has said that landslide mitigation measures often cause major terrain interventions and climate gas emissions and that vast amount of public resources are used to ensure existing buildings and infrastructure.
Staten Vegvesen has said that the aim of the initiative is to look at how can the industry can do this better.
The group is aiming to hold its first meeting on 26 November to look at the challenge and involve both the supplier market and the research and development environment.
In 2019, the group will jointly launch a competition in which tenderers will compete for one or more innovative partnerships, with the aim of developing a climate-friendly “total package”, in which climate gas emissions are reduced from material production to the installation of ground improvement.