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The Use of Economic Instruments in Nordic Environmental Policy 2018-2021

24.06.22 | Fjármögnunarmöguleiki
The Nordic Working Group for Environment and Economy (NME) under the Nordic Council of Ministers calls for tenders for a project on the Use of Economic Instruments in Nordic Environmental Policy 2018-2021. Deadline for the applications is June 9th, 2022.


Opinber innkaup
Fim, 09/06/2022 - 15:00
440 000 DDK

Background & Objective

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) has since the early 1990’s published quadrennial reports listing the use of economic instruments in environmental policy in the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. These reports serve as a detailed catalogue of previous practice and have been published with the aim of generating knowledge and inspiring future policymaking.

This year’s report on economic instruments (2018-2021) should have a similar structure and content as the previous reports divided in two parts. Part I should include a brief overview of the economic instruments used to address climate and environmental issues by country. Part II should address issues related to economic instruments to promote clean technology. Focus of the report should be on part II, since the first part is only a matter of updating previous reports.

In part I focus is on the development in use of economic instruments in each of the five Nordic countries, and the Nordic as a region, as well as cross-country comparisons. More specifically, the reports present:

• An overview and description of economic instruments applied to climate and environmental issues by country, including new economic instruments and major changes to existing instruments implemented since the previous report.

• The revenue from the use of economic instruments (environmental taxes or fees) by country and by sector.

• A more in-depth treatment of a particular theme related to economic instruments.

Part II of the report is, as usual, a complementary analysis on a specific theme. For the report 2018-2021, the NME wishes to have a more in-depth analysis of the economic instruments that the Nordic countries have implemented to promote clean technologies.

The report should in part II address the following issues on economic instruments to promote clean technology:

  • Which instruments have the Nordic countries chosen to enhance the development of clean technology?
  • How cost-effective are the current economic instruments to promote clean technologies in the Nordic countries?
  • How does the EU Emissions Trading System and the funding instruments included in the scheme affect the effectiveness of different national polices to promote clean technologies?
  • How can the choice of instruments influence the conditions for implementing a green industrial policy that is fit for purpose?
  • How do the actual policies correspond to the main features of the academic literature?
  • To which extent can small countries like the Nordic ones affect the global environment by promoting clean technology and shifting to a fossil free production?

The report should provide suggestions and recommendations to policy makers on how to further develop and strengthen existing measures to promote clean technology.


The budget for the project is DKK 440 000 (VAT is included in the budget). The budget shall cover all ordinary expenses for carrying out the project as well as all travel expenses related to communication.


The tender must be received by the Nordic Council of Ministers' working group NME no later than 9 June 2022, at 15:00 CET. All documents need to be delivered by this time. Any material that has arrived after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. The decision will be taken in June 2022. All tenderers will be informed of the results. Reporting deadlines will be further defined in the contract.


The call for tender is also found on: https://www.norden.org/en/funding-opportunities

It is recommended to send additional appendices that describe in more detail the factors we consider in the evaluation, e.g. a project description and time plan. CVs are sent collectively in a separate file. Tenders can be submitted in one of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish) or in English.

When evaluating the tenders, the following aspects will be assessed:

  • Design and plan of work and choice of methods.
  • Timeframe.
  • General competence and qualifications of project workers.
  • Previous experience in the field.
  • Which Nordic contacts and networks that will be used in the project.
  • Scheduled time and costs, salary per hour and other expenses.
  • Planned communication of the project results.

More information about NCM's funding requirements.

NME will select contractors based on the group members' assessment of the tenders. The working group reserve the right to reject all tenders.

For further details see appendix: Invitation to tender for project on Economic Instruments_2018-2021.docx