ADD2064 Urban partnership agenda work package 2

Type of decision: 
Assistant Director's decision
Date signed: 
10 January 2017
Decision by: 
Patrick Feehily, Assistant Director, Environment

Executive summary

London has been invited to be part of the European Commission’s Urban Partnership Agenda, which uniquely brings together cities, member states and the Commission. 
The Agenda is focusing on air quality initially and London is down to lead work stream mapping air quality legislation, identifying significant gaps and making recommendations to plug them. This will look beyond urban sources (e.g. agriculture, because of its contribution to transboundary pollution); hence consultancy support is required to complete the work. 
This request is in addition to ADD2049 which approved £15,000 for activities related to air quality.


That the Assistant Director of Environment approves a further £11,000 to the agreed £15,000 (making a total of £26,000) to tender and appoint a consultancy company to undertake three activities in relation to air quality:

1.    scoping exercise focusing on all pollutants and sources;
2.    making a detailed analysis for the most important pollutants and sources making recommendations on changes;
3.    identifying why cities still exceed EU legal limits even in the cases where the EU has notionally legislated to provide tools, funding or to take action to improve air quality.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

 The GLA is a member of the Urban Agenda Partnership. This is a grouping of the European Commission, member states and European cities who are working together to address urban air quality issues. More information on the partnership is provided below. 
The partnership has adopted four key interlinked actions. The GLA is leading action 2 and requires consultancy support to fulfil its commitments under this action. 
Action 2 relates to mapping the existing regulatory and funding structure in place at the European level, identify where gaps or contradictions may exist and how these could be resolved. Case studies will be used to illustrate the effect of these gaps or contradictions. 

Objectives and expected outcomes

 The GLA is seeking the services of a consultant to complete the activities listed below. Consultants are invited to make alternative proposals if they have other suggestions for the best way of completing this work:
Stage 1: Scoping exercise focusing on all pollutants and sources (first two months). This is meant to create a general overview that forms the basis for choosing where to focus the more detailed analysis.

Stage 2: Undertake a more detailed analysis for the most important pollutants and sources as identified in stage 2 (second two months), making specific recommendations about changes that need to be made to rectify any deficiencies. 

Stage 3: After Stages 1 and 2 are complete, the partnership will choose three cities for case studies which trace the impact of EU legislation and funding (including the impact of a lack of EU legislation and funding) on achieving compliance in the real world. The consultants will need to use the outputs of action 1 to identify why cities still exceed EU legal limits even in the cases where the EU has notionally legislated to provide tools, funding or to take action to improve air quality. It should also include an analysis of the interaction between EU and national legislation on air quality to determine how this positively or detrimentally affects the ability of cities to achieve compliance, and to make associated recommendations (final two months).

Equality comments

This project won’t have any detrimental impact on those with protected characteristics. Ensuring that this work is done will in fact help tackle inequality caused by air pollution.  


Other considerations

The work is in line with the Air Quality strategy for London. Under the GLA Act 1999 the Mayor of London has legal responsibility for preparing an Air Quality Strategy for London (now subsumed within the London Environment Strategy) and leads on the implementation of measures in the capital to tackle pollution emissions, reduce exposure, raise awareness and integrate air quality and public health.


Financial comments

5.1    ADD2049 approved expenditure of up to £15,000 for consultants to produce a report on the European Legislative Framework for Air Quality. Approval is now being sought for the additional expenditure of £11,000; this will bring the total expenditure on consultancy to £26,000. The cost of this work will be funded from Environment’s European Funded Project 2016-17 Budget.

5.2    As this work relates to a consultancy contract, officers have to ensure that the requirements of the Authority’s Contracts & Funding Code are adhered to and that the requirements relating to consultancy services within the Authority’s Financial Regulations and Expenses & Benefits Framework are adhered to.

5.3    Any changes to this proposal, including budgetary implications, will be subject to further approval via the Authority’s decision-making process.

Planned delivery approach and next steps



Issue of Request for Proposal           

14 November 2016

Deadline for Bidder Clarifications

16 November 2016

Deadline for responses to Bidder Clarifications

18 November 2016

Deadline for receipt of Tender

28 November 2016

Award subject to contract    

16 December 2016

Inception meeting

9 January 2016


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