The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS): EU Emissions Trading System: Procurement of an opt out auctioning platform and related services by the UK Government

  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is using Delta eSourcing to run this tender exercise

Notice Summary
Title: EU Emissions Trading System: Procurement of an opt out auctioning platform and related services by the UK Government
Notice type: Contract Notice
Authority: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Nature of contract: Not applicable
Procedure: Open
Short Description: The purpose of this contract notice is to: (i) inform the market of an Invitation to Tender in connection with the procurement of an auction platform and related services by the UK government for the auctioning of greenhouse gas emissions allowances from late 2017 as part of continued implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS); and (ii) provide potential bidders with the details for requesting a copy of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents and information on how to obtain further information about the procurement requirements. Further background on the EU ETS and auctions can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/emissions/eu_ets/phase_iii/phase_iii.aspx
Published: 12/05/2016 15:19
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UK-London: Auction services.
Section I: Contracting Authority
      I.1) Name and addresses
             Department of Energy and Climate Change
             3 Witehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW, United Kingdom
             Email: euetsauctionplatform@decc.gsi.gov.uk
             Contact: Stephen Plant
             Main Address: www.delta-esourcing.com, Address of the buyer profile: www.decc.gov.uk
             NUTS Code: UK
      I.2) Joint procurement
      The contract involves joint procurement: No.
      In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not provided       
      The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No.
      I.3) Communication
      The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.delta-esourcing.com
      Additional information can be obtained from: the abovementioned address
      Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically via www.delta-esourcing.com to the abovementioned address       
      Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: Not provided
      I.4) Type of the contracting authority
            Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
      I.5) Main activity
            General public services

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
      II.1.1) Title: EU Emissions Trading System: Procurement of an opt out auctioning platform and related services by the UK Government       
      Reference Number: TRN 1126/01/2016
      II.1.2) Main CPV Code:
      79342400 - Auction services.

      II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
      II.1.4) Short description: The purpose of this contract notice is to:

(i) inform the market of an Invitation to Tender in connection with the procurement of an auction platform and related services by the UK government for the auctioning of greenhouse gas emissions allowances from late 2017 as part of continued implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS); and

(ii) provide potential bidders with the details for requesting a copy of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents and information on how to obtain further information about the procurement requirements.

Further background on the EU ETS and auctions can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/emissions/eu_ets/phase_iii/phase_iii.aspx       
      II.1.5) Estimated total value:
      Value excluding VAT: Not Provided       
      Currency: Not Provided
      II.1.6) Information about lots:
      This contract is divided into lots: No       
   
II.2) Description
      
      II.2.2) Additional CPV codes:
      79342400 - Auction services.
      
      II.2.3) Place of performance:
      UK UNITED KINGDOM
      
      II.2.4) Description of procurement: The purpose of this contract notice is to:

(i) inform the market of an Invitation to Tender in connection with the procurement of an auction platform and related services by the UK government for the auctioning of greenhouse gas emissions allowances from late 2017 as part of continued implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS); and

(ii) provide potential bidders with the details for requesting a copy of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents and information on how to obtain further information about the procurement requirements.

Further background on the EU ETS and auctions can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/emissions/eu_ets/phase_iii/phase_iii.aspx

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1031/2010 of 12.11.2010 on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances (the ‘Auctioning Regulation’) sets out the regulatory framework for auctioning general allowances (EUAs) for phase III of the EU ETS (2013-2020) and for aviation (EUAAs).

Pursuant to Article 30(1) of the Regulation, the UK has opted to retain its own national auction platform to auction its share of allowances upon expiry of the contract with the national auction platform current supplier in November 2017.

The auction platform will provide the services including:
a) auctioning of allowances for the UK pursuant to Article 31(1) (which in turn refers to the obligations in article 27) of the Auctioning Regulation;
b) assisting in the development of the UK auction calendars.

The UK currently auctions approximately 10% of the EUA allowances available for auction. In 2016, this will amount to approximately 84 million EUA allowances (approximately 3.5 million allowances per auction). In addition, the UK will hold one aviation auction of 921,000 EUAA allowances. The number of allowances to be auctioned is determined annually with the European Commission and the supplier will be engaged in publishing the annual auction calendar.

The contract will cover auctions held for a period of 36 months from the date of appointment as outlined in the Auctioning Regulation (i.e. 10th November 2017), unless terminated or extended by the Department in accordance with the terms of the contract. The contract may be extended for up to a further 24 months, pursuant to Article 30(5) of the Auctioning Regulation. The contract with the tenderer will be conditional on receiving EU approval for the platform.
      II.2.5) Award criteria:
            Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents            
      II.2.6) Estimated value:
      Value excluding VAT: Not provided       
      Currency: Not provided       
      II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
      Duration in months: 60       
      This contract is subject to renewal: No       
      Description of renewals: Not provided
      
      II.2.10) Information about variants:
      Variants will be accepted: No
      II.2.11) Information about options:
      Options:       No             
      Description of options: Not provided
      II.2.12) Information about electronic catalogues:
      Tenders must be presented in the form of electronic catalogues or include an electronic catalogue: No
      II.2.13) Information about European Union funds:
      The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No       
      Identification of the project: Not provided             
      II.2.14) Additional information: The Auctioning Regulation also sets out the detailed requirements for the auctioning of aviation and phase III general allowances. Details of the provisions of particular importance are included in the ITT but the preferred supplier will be expected to follow the provisions set out in that Regulation as a whole and in particular should note that:

•The service of auctioning of allowances pursuant to Article 27 of the Auctioning Regulation will be paid through fees paid by the persons admitted to bid in the auctions and successful bidders in the auctions, pursuant to Articles 51 and 52 of the Auctioning Regulation.

•Tenderers should in particular take note of the following provisions of the Auctioning Regulation:
— pursuant to Article 27(2) '[…] the auction platform shall be connected to at least 1 clearing system or settlement system',
— pursuant to Article 35(1) 'Auctions shall only be conducted on an auction platform authorised as a regulated market whose operator organises a market in allowances or allowance derivatives'. In addition, Articles 35, 36, 43, 55 and 56 of the Auctioning Regulation provide further requirements on authorisation, notification, supervision and enforcement of the auctioning activity.

•The contractor will also be required, among other things, to demonstrate that the clearing system or settlement system connected to the platform is designated pursuant to the Directive 98/26/EC on settlement finality in payment and securities settlement systems.

Potential bidders should note however that a review of the Auctioning Regulation is due to take place during 2016 and the supplier will need to accommodate any changes to the Auctioning Regulation when these are agreed. Potential bidders should also note that:

•The auction platform must also be a regulated market pursuant to EU financial markets legislation and is governed also by such legislation. The supplier will also need to accommodate any forthcoming changes to the financial regulations such as the Market Abuse Directive and the Market in Financial Instruments Directive;

•From 2019, the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), a mechanism designed to manage the supply of EUA allowances entering the market through variable auctioning volumes, will become operational. This will also have an impact on the number of allowances available for auctioning and the auction calendars;

•If there is agreement from UK Ministers to extend the contract for a further two years, this would extend the contract into Phase IV of the EU ETS and the supplier may need to accommodate additional rule changes to meet the requirements of the revised EU ETS Directive.


Interested parties should, in the first instance, respond to this contract notice via the DELTA portal to register their interest. A copy of the ITT document can be found on the DELTA portal. Further information about the procurement or EU ETS auctioning can be obtained by writing to euetsauctionplatform@decc.gsi.gov.uk .

The deadline for asking questions about the ITT is 17th June 2016. DECC’s deadline for responding to the questions is 24th June 2016. Questions can be sent in writing to the email address above and all responses will be provided and published to all interested parties (in an anonymised form).

The deadline for tender responses is 15th July 2016 – 12 noon GMT and should be submitted through the DELTA portal www.delta-esourcing.com. Further detail on submission of the tender, including details of where to send a hard copy of your proposal, as well as a copy on a CD, can be found in the ITT.


Relevant governmental Internet sites where information can be obtained:
Auctioning Regulations: http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:302:0001:0041:EN:PDF
Further information on the EU emissions trading system can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/ets/index_en.htm       


Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial And Technical Information
   III.1) Conditions for participation
      III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
      List and brief description of conditions:          
      Please see the ITT attached    
      III.1.2) Economic and financial standing          
      Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents       
      List and brief description of selection criteria:       
      Not Provided    
      Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :       
      Not Provided    
      III.1.3) Technical and professional ability    
      Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
      List and brief description of selection criteria:       
      Not Provided      
      Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :          
      Not Provided   
      III.1.5) Information about reserved contracts (if applicable)   
      The contract is reserved to sheltered workshops and economic operators aiming at the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons: No       
      The execution of the contract is restricted to the framework of sheltered employment programmes: No    
      
   III.2) Conditions related to the contract
      III.2.1) Information about a particular profession    
      Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:          
      Not Provided    
      III.2.2) Contract performance conditions          
      Not Provided          
      III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
      Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract: Yes    

Section IV: Procedure
   IV.1) Description
      IV.1.1) Type of procedure: Open   
   
   IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system    
         The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement - NO    
         In the case of framework agreements justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: Not Provided    
   
   
   IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction:
      An electronic auction will be used: No
      Additional information about electronic auction: Not provided
   IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
      The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes       
   IV.2) Administrative information
      IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure:
         Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 26 - 42079       
      IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
       Date: 15/07/2016 Time: 12:00
            
      IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted: English,       
      IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender:
         Until: 10/11/2017
      
      IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders:
         Date: 18/07/2016
         Time: 14:00
         Place:
         3 Whitehall Place London SW1A 2AW
      

Section VI: Complementary Information
   VI.1) Information about recurrence
   This is a recurrent procurement: No    
   Estimated timing for further notices to be published: Not provided
   VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
   Electronic ordering will be used No       
   Electronic invoicing will be accepted No       
   Electronic payment will be used No       
   VI.3) Additional Information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
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   VI.4) Procedures for review
   VI.4.1) Review body:
             Department of Energy and Climate Change
       3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW, United Kingdom
   VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures:
Not provided
   VI.4.3) Review procedure
   Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:    
    Not Provided    
   VI.4.4) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained:
Not provided
   VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 12/05/2016

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UK-London: Auction services.

Section I: Contracting Authority

   I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
       Department of Energy and Climate Change
       3 Witehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW, United Kingdom
       Email: euetsauctionplatform@decc.gsi.gov.uk
       Contact: Stephen Plant
       Main Address: www.delta-esourcing.com, Address of the buyer profile: www.decc.gov.uk
       NUTS Code: UK

   I.2) Joint procurement:
      The contract involves joint procurement: No          
      In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
      The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

   I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
      Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

   I.5) Main activity:
      General public services

Section II: Object Of The Contract

   II.1) Scope of the procurement

      II.1.1) Title: EU Emissions Trading System: Procurement of an opt out auctioning platform and related services by the UK Government            
      Reference number: TRN 1126/01/2016

      II.1.2) Main CPV code:
         79342400 - Auction services.


      II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

      II.1.4) Short description: The purpose of this contract notice is to:

(i) inform the market of an Invitation to Tender in connection with the procurement of an auction platform and related services by the UK government for the auctioning of greenhouse gas emissions allowances from late 2017 as part of continued implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS); and

(ii) provide potential bidders with the details for requesting a copy of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents and information on how to obtain further information about the procurement requirements.

Further background on the EU ETS and auctions can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/emissions/eu_ets/phase_iii/phase_iii.aspx

      II.1.6) Information about lots
         This contract is divided into lots: No
            
      II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
          Value: 1
                  
         Currency:GBP            

   II.2) Description

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
            79342400 - Auction services.


      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UK - UNITED KINGDOM
   
      Main site or place of performance:
      UNITED KINGDOM
             

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The purpose of this contract notice is to:
(i) inform the market of an Invitation to Tender in connection with the procurement of an auction platform & related services by the UK government for the auctioning of greenhouse gas emissions allowances from late 2017 as part of continued implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS); &
(ii) provide potential bidders with the details for requesting a copy of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents and information on how to obtain further information about the procurement requirements.
Further background on the EU ETS and auctions can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/emissions/eu_ets/phase_iii/phase_iii.aspx
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1031/2010 of 12.11.2010 on the timing, administration & other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances (the ‘Auctioning Regulation’) sets out the regulatory framework for auctioning general allowances (EUAs) for phase III of the EU ETS

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      II.2.11) Information about options
         Options: No
         

      II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
         The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No
         

      II.2.14) Additional information: The Auctioning Regulation also sets out the detailed requirements for the auctioning of aviation and phase III general allowances. Details of the provisions of particular importance are included in the ITT but the preferred supplier will be expected to follow the provisions set out in that Regulation as a whole.


Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

   IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Open


   IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
      The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No       
      

   IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
      An electronic auction has been used: No

   IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
      The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

   IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
       Notice number in the OJEU: 2016/S 93-166029
      
   

   IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
      The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

   Contract No: TRN: 1126/01/2016    
   Lot Number: Not Provided    
   Title: Not Provided

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes


   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 01/09/2016

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 2
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: 0 (SME - as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC)          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 1          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 2

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         
         Contractor (No.1)
             ICE Futures Europe
             Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, LONDON, EC1Y 4SA, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UK
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: Not Provided          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 1
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
         
Section VI: Complementary information

   VI.3) Additional information: Please note this is a zero value contract (not £1) - costs can be recovered by the supplier through a fee charged per allowance auctioned, in line with the Auctioning Regulation. The delay between awarding the tender and signing the contract was because the platform had to be approved by the EU.
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   VI.4) Procedures for review

      VI.4.1) Review body
          Department of Energy and Climate Change
          3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW, United Kingdom

      VI.4.3) Review procedure
         Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

      VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
         Not Provided

   VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 04/09/2017