Accelerating the Transition to Emission-Free Construction Machines Through Public Procurement
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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of an ever-increasing importance. This requires an energy transition from fossil fuels to emission-free alternatives in a wide range of industries and vehicles. One of these is construction machines. The objective of this thesis was to investigate the potential to accelerate the transition to emission-free construction machines through public procurement. The basis for the thesis is a pilot project in Olav Vs gate in Oslo, Norway, where electrical construction machines were tested out. By being a major customer to the construction industry, the public entities could potentially force change by setting requirements and criteria in public tenders. However, based on a selection of interviews with key stakeholders conducted in this thesis, there are several obstacles standing in the way this transition. The obstacles – ranging from policy, via economics, to communication – is discussed in this thesis. In a wider context, these findings are discussed based on analytical frameworks related to transition theory. In conclusion, there is need for collaboration between actors in the private and public sector to secure an efficient transition to emission-free construction machines.