Designing a tender strategy to incentivize the use of zero emission construction machinery


Can we construct for the future whilst restricting emissions? How can we accelerate the transition towards zero emission machinery? We set-out to research this question for the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf). The Netherlands, as a highly populated country, deals with nitrogen challenges and has set up strict emission goals. Reducing the emission on construction sites is a huge challenge yet also an ambition for Rijksvastgoedbedrijf. Being responsible for managing and maintaining the largest and most diverse property portfolio in the Netherlands, the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf can take a stance by expressing their sustainability ambitions, specifically when it comes to tenders for (new) construction projects. We set-out to find both ambitious yet achievable requirements with construction partners for tenders.


  • Strategy
  • Sustainability Strategy
To find the balance between ambitious and achievable requirements, research insights from both TNO (an independent Dutch research organization) and interviews with e.g. construction companies, machinery producers and industry associations were combined to set up a tender strategy. In a co-creation session with a diverse group of industry experts, this strategy was validated and enriched with practical implementation ideas.


The current state of zero emission machinery showed to be further developed than initially thought. This allows the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf to raise the bar in their tender strategy. By setting an ambitious standard, they can accelerate the transition and position themselves as a leader in sustainable construction projects in the Netherlands. The research report has been published via multiple channels of the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, both internally and externally. The findings and formulated strategy are also used as a starting point for the future tenders, project process, and the organization’s positioning.

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