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Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Copernicus CAMS2_71 Products in Support of Users in the Domain of Air Quality Policies
The ITT is about activities to deliver a range of products of the CAMS portfolio especially relevant for policy users.
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The ITT is about activities to deliver a range of products of the CAMS portfolio especially relevant for policy users. These products are:
• IAAR based on the Interim annual European air quality reanalyses and material in support of national reporting duties on air quality and threshold exceedances;
• AAR based on the annual European air quality reanalyses which make use of validated data, to serve as a reference document on the status of air quality in Europe;
• an ‘air control toolbox’ that offers alternative forecasts of European air quality with reduced level of emissions, which allow assessing the effectiveness of possible temporary mitigation measures or of candidate measures as part of future policy developments;
• daily source-receptor calculations, which allow tracking the pollutants according to the geographical origin and chemical composition of their (or their precursors) sources;
• reports about major air pollution episodes in Europe produced within one month after the event in support of the concerned member states’ a posteriori analysis.
It also includes work in the area of design and implementation of European air quality policies, by supporting directly the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment (DG-ENV) and Joint Research Centre (JRC), as well as the European Environment Agency (EEA) and ensuring a close liaison with them. This work will build on all the relevant products and services in the CAMS portfolio in order to bring most relevant information to these stakeholders. It will also interface with the CAMS national collaboration programme, involving all the EU Member States and Copernicus cooperating states, which aims to facilitate further the elaboration and implementation of air quality and emissions policies.
Finally, the work comprises the organisation of annual workshops to gather the community of air quality policy users of CAMS in order to discuss and gather feedback on the products delivered under this ITT as well as more generally on other CAMS Regional and Global Products that are relevant for EU, national and local policies.
Copernicus — the European Earth Observation Programme (http://www.copernicus.eu/).
Tenderers should note that the value specified under sections II.1.5) and II.2.6) is the indicative maximum budget for the whole framework contract and price is one of the evaluation criteria.
Please also note the important additional information in section VI.3) regarding funding and eligibility.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Procedure to be applied:
The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's eProcurement Portal (http://procurement.ecmwf.int/) and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an intergovernmental organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction. Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.
ECMWF will only enter into a contract with a single legal person/entity. Due to the need to include performance and compliance obligations in the contract, ECMWF will contract only with a single legal person or entity which is competent to undertake and commit to these obligations. ECMWF recognises that some bids will involve a number of organisations which may wish to work together to deliver the contract requirements. In such cases, these organisations must identify a lead contractor who will sign the contract with ECMWF and who will be responsible for putting in place legal arrangements to ensure that it can guarantee that all other organisations will also meet the contract obligations. ECMWF will not enter into multiple contracts with individual members of consortia or groups of service providers.
Availability of funds:
The basis for ECMWF’s ability to implement the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change Monitoring Services on behalf of the European Commission is the conclusion of a ‘Contribution Agreement’ between the European Union and ECMWF. The negotiations are currently ongoing. They can only be concluded once the EU Space Regulation has been enacted by the European Union. Suppliers should note that the award of a contract as a result of this procurement procedure will therefore be conditional on the availability of funds following the signature and subsequent formal approval of the ‘Contribution Agreement’ by the ECMWF Council. This approval is currently expected for Q1 or Q2 2021.
Presently, ECMWF will consider all tenders submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF. However, it is presently uncertain which of ECMWF’s member states, that are not also EU Member States, will eventually be eligible under the EU Space Regulation. This may affect the ability of persons based or registered in such states to participate further in tenders, be it as prime or subcontractor. ECMWF is therefore required to reserve the right to exclude ineligible persons or entities from tenders at any point in time. All tenderers must meet all eligibility criteria throughout the whole duration of the procurement exercise as well as their prospective contracts.
Eligibility of UK entities:
The United Kingdom and the European Union agreed — in principle — that the United Kingdom may continue participating in, among others, the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme as a third country for the period of 2021-2027. However, detailed conditions for such a participation will require further negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. These negotiations are currently expected to commence after the participation of the United Kingdom in Copernicus has been established in accordance with EU Space Regulation. According to the Government of the United Kingdom, this is currently expected to happen in Q1 of 2021. Please note, however, that the United Kingdom has reserved the right to reconsider participation following the finalisation of the EU Space Regulation. Further information may be found in the following link of the UK Government, for the accuracy of which ECMWF will not assume any liability: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-involvement-in-the-eu-space-programme
See instructions on ECMWF's Supplier web page: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/suppliers