The deadline for submission of proposals has been extended until 26 November 2018; 17:00 GMT
Responses to Requests for Clarification can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/environment/request-for-clarification-75645.docx
Single stage open competitive selection
Plastics production has surged over the past 50 years, reaching 311 million tonnes in 2014, and is expected to double again over the next 20 years. Plastic packaging is and will remain the largest application – it represents 26% of the total volume of plastics used. While delivering many benefits, plastic packaging also generates negative externalities due to low collection rate of plastics for recycling and reuse, as well as low rates of the actual reprocessing of the collected plastics. Every year at least 8 million tonnes of plastics end up in the ocean (whereby plastic packaging represents the major share of this leakage), with EU responsible for between 150-500 k tonnes.
Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce its environmental impact.
In recent years, global retail has found itself in the forefront of tackling, and in some cases leading, the efforts to reduce plastic footprint along its value chains. Looking at the entire value chain, rather than at a company’s own operations only, allows for coordinated and compounding action and innovation, thus creating significant potential to capture more material value and improve circularity of plastics packaging.
Understanding the role and impact that the global retail plays in addressing the above environmental challenges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (”EBRD” or the “Bank”) will undertake a market study on current plastic packaging market status and trends (the “Assignment”). The Bank wishes to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to undertake the activities described in the following sections, in line with these stated objectives.
The objectives of this Assignment are to provide information and analysis for the benefit of the EBRD to better understand current trends in plastic packaging in different types of EBRD regions (EU Member States, EU Accession countries and Non-EU) and selected Countries of Operation (COOs): Serbia, Poland, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Lebanon.
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
- Define the current status of plastic packaging use and specification in the context of retail value chains, from regulatory as well as market perspective;
- Define the current status of plastic packaging after-use pathways: collection, reuse, recycling and types of final treatment;
- Identify best practice solutions for reduction, elimination, final treatment and safe disposal of plastic packaging;
- Identify opportunities to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic across plastic packaging value chains and identify key barriers to implementation of such solutions. Prepare a list of priority actions which could trigger higher uptake of more environmentally friendly packaging solutions. Priority action recommendations should be differentiated according to target group:
- For retailers;
- For suppliers of food/ beverage, personal care, and home care products;
- For packaging suppliers;
- For policy-makers;
- Any other stakeholder group the Consultant may suggest.
A detailed description of the scope of work and deliverables can be found here: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/admin/regional-plastic-packaging-value-chains-barriers-and-opportunities-to-introduce-principles-of-circularity.docx
Consultant Selection Procedure: Single stage open competitive selection. Interested firms or groups of firms are invited to submit a Technical and Financial Proposal.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in December 2018 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 150,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Contract award is subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the business needs, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (SSF). Selection and contracting are subject to the availability of funding.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions based on the consultant's nationality.
Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions: Via e-mail to the Bank Contact Person by 14 November 2018 at 17:00 hours.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
- plastics packaging; technical and economic analysis of plastic packaging solutions;
- retail sector and relevant supply chains;
- environmental and waste management;
- regulatory assessment and benchmarking with best-case policy frameworks covering the plastics sector;
- convening of events with local and international stakeholders.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include the following key experts (the 'Key Experts'):
Key Expert 1: Sector Expert/Team Leader, with preferably 7 years of relevant professional experience in the plastics packaging sector, preferably in EBRD Countries of Operation.
Key Expert 2: Engineering Expert, with preferably 7 years of relevant professional experience in the plastics packaging sector, from design to end-of-life-disposal.
Key Expert 3: Policy Expert, with preferably 7 years of relevant professional experience in the development and implementation of policies in the waste management and plastics sectors.
Key Expert 4: Local Experts with good communication skills and demonstrable technical in the plastics packaging sector with knowledge of the regional and local retail markets, and relevant supply chains in the above-listed EBRD Countries of Operation and/or associated regions.
All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.
Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are now invited to submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available at this link http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/single-stage-package.docx.
Interested Consultants should make themselves familiar with these Standard Templates, Standard Instructions and Conditions of Contract in preparation of their proposals.
1. The Technical Proposal shall be submitted in English electronically via eSelection not later than the Closing Date, as one single PDF file. The technical proposal should not exceed 20 pages excluding the Declaration Form and CVs (Form 1- TP 1 and Form 1 – TP 6).
2. The Financial Proposal (Form 2 – FP 1 and FP2) shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the Bank Contact Person. Consultants are reminded of the requirement to ensure the confidentiality of the Financial Proposals. A Technical Proposal that contains elements of a financial proposal shall be declared non-responsive.
Bank Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
e-mail: email@example.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
For the avoidance of doubt, technical proposals should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address. Financial proposals should be sent to this email address and NOT through eSelection.
Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria:
1. Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria
(a) Firm's previous project experience in conducting similar assignments preferably in EBRD countries of operation (35%)
(b) Quality of the methodology and work plan proposed for the Assignment (30 %)
(c) CVs of the Key Experts 1-4 (35 %)
The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is 70
2. Opening of Financial Proposals
After the technical evaluation is completed, only the submissions which score 70 or above of the total marks available for the technical criteria will be eligible to have their financial proposals opened.
3. Combined Technical and Financial Evaluation
The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100. The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as follows:
Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest evaluated Financial Proposal, and “F” the price of the Proposal under consideration.
Proposals are then ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = 80; F = 20) T + F = 100 as follows: S = St x T% + Sf x F%.
1. The proposal validity period is 120 days from the deadline date for the receipt of submissions. During this period, the Consultant shall maintain its original Proposal without any change, including the availability of the Experts, the proposed rates and the total price.
2. The selection will be made from the Proposals received in response to this notification only, on the basis of the submission requirements and selection criteria set out in this Procurement Notice. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected and invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
3. Any updates of and clarifications on this procurement notice shall be announced as updates on this notice, without any other notification. In the event of changes consultants will need to download the updated versions. Consultants are required to periodically check the notice for updates. Failure to take the updates into account while preparing the Proposal may result in disqualification or penalties to the scores in the evaluation.