Tender: provision of a compliance tracking software solution for the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has a requirement for a compliance tracking software solution to replace an existing manual process. The Department is now seeking information from providers of compliance tracking software that have a track record in providing secure standards based compliant compliance tracking software solutions.

The current manual process involves up to 80 different external organisations, operating in different sectors of the economy, submitting a Self-Assessment spreadsheet on a yearly basis

These spreadsheets are used to track organisations’ performance against key outcomes and progress of Corrective Action Plans.

These spreadsheets span multiple excel tabs, within each tab there are multiple sections and multiple columns. Organisations assess themselves against these out-comes which are then used by DECC to track performance.

This current manual process has a number of drawbacks such as difficulty to:

  • compare performance across years
  • identifying common gaps or issues
  • identifying areas of good or poor performance
  • produce reliable and detailed reports
  • inability to query information easily

The move to replace this manual process is part of a move to increase electronic management of the documents and automation of steps within the compliance process and to provide a secure and user-friendly application for the end users. The change is also aiming to create reliable and timely statistics, detailed reports, audit tracking capabilities and the ability to easily identify gaps to facilitate management of the compliance process as well as reporting to senior management and external constituents on compliance progression.

DECC is seeking information from providers of compliance tracking software that have a track record in providing secure standards based compliant compliance tracking software solutions.

The purpose of this Request for Information is to assist DECC in clarifying its requirements and evaluating potential options for such software solutions.

Provision of National Ecosystems Monitoring Support 2022 to 2026 – Monitoring Air Pollution Impacts across Sensitive Ecosystems

https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlproposal_s.asp?PID=223421

The revised National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive (2016/2284) requires that Member States ensure the monitoring of negative impacts of air pollution upon ecosystems based on a network of sites that is representative of their freshwater, natural and semi-natural habitats and forest ecosystem types, taking a cost-effective and risk-based approach.

The EPA is now advancing with implementation of the NEMN in Ireland, based on guidance and recommendations included in the NEMN Design Report, plus the slight amendments to the sites as submitted to the EEA/Eionet under the Article 9 / Article 10(4) submission.

The EPA Chemicals and Ecosystems Monitoring Team requires specialised technical support and input, to support implementation activities for the period 2022-2024.

Summary

The revised National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive (2016/2284) requires that Member States ensure the monitoring of negative impacts of air pollution upon ecosystems based on a network of sites that is representative of their freshwater, natural and semi-natural habitats and forest ecosystem types, taking a cost-effective and risk-based approach.

In 2020 the EPA awarded a framework agreement for technical support and input from a suitably qualified third party to support the review, establishment and operation of the National Ecosystems Monitoring Network (NEMN) over the period from 2020 to 2022. Under this contract, a report entitled ‘National Ecosystem Monitoring Network (NEMN)-Design: Monitoring Air Pollution Impacts across Sensitive Ecosystems[1] (“NEMN Design Report”)’ was developed which proposes methods for air quality monitoring, ecosystem parameters for assessment, as well as sites for inclusion in the NEMN to provide representative coverage across sensitive habitat types and major pollution gradients. This report was the basis of the submission under Article 9 of the NEC Directive that was submitted to the EEA/Eionet during 2022 in accordance with Article 10 (4) of the Directive.

The EPA is now advancing with implementation of the NEMN in Ireland, based on guidance and recommendations included in the NEMN Design Report, plus the slight amendments to the sites as submitted to the EEA/Eionet under the Article 9 / Article 10(4) submission.  The EPA Chemicals and Ecosystems Monitoring Team requires specialised technical support and input, to support implementation activities for the period 2022-2024. 


[1] https://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/ie/eu/nec_revised/sites/envyr60lw/

EPA Tender: River Flow Estimation Services

Detailed Specification of Requirements

The tenderer is required to provide a service meeting the following technical and service level specifications;

•          Provide accurate river flow statistics estimates for Ireland, using a proprietary, proven modelling package and using the most appropriate catchment descriptors. The model should be capable of producing natural and artificially influenced annual and monthly flow statistics, flow duration curves and modelled time series (hydrographs) for all river types and catchment scales. The appropriateness of proposed catchment descriptors should be supported by published evidence where necessary. The existing EPA HydroTool methodology may be used for the production of flow duration curve estimates and statistics. Modelled hydrograph estimates for ungauged cachments should be based on a regionalised daily rainfall-runoff type model.

•          The service should be provided in a cloud-based interface with ESRI ArcGIS file types. The service should have a dedicated spatial database for storage of catchment descriptor information, point influence data (impoundments, abstractions and discharges), river flow gauging data and spot gauging data. 

•          The service must provide estimates of both natural flows and of flows impacted by impoundments, abstractions (surface and groundwater), and discharges (flow duration curve).

•          The service must provide estimates that incorporate observed flow data to refine modelled estimates using defendable estimation techniques.

•          Provide generated catchment watershed boundaries for selected river stretches or lake outflow points on an established river line network derived from a DTM model or attributed river catchment area grid. A hydrologically corrected DTM (20m resolution) will be supplied by the EPA, however, this DTM may require editing in conjunction with existing EPA rivers, lakes and catchment boundary GIS data sets to facilitate incorporation into the model. Sufficient allowance for such potential editing requirements should also be included for in the tender if required.

•          Provide estimates of both natural and influenced annual flow duration curves and modelled daily hydrographs for un-gauged catchments.

•          Provide estimates of both natural and influenced monthly and seasonal flow duration curves for un-gauged catchments.

•          Provide estimates of both natural and influenced defined flow statistics, including:

  • mean monthly flows
  • monthly flow duration statistics
  • annual flow duration statistics
  • defined seasonal flow duration statistics

•          Provide estimates of both monthly mean flows and mean monthly run-off volumes.

•          Provide adjusted derived flow statistics to account for presence of lakes within catchments

•          Provide weighted flow estimates using long term observed flow records from permanent river flow gauging stations.

•          Provide flow duration curves and daily modelled hydrographs for un-gauged catchments using spot flow gauging data and attributed flow duration from gauged catchments of similar character.

•          Provide derived catchment statistics that will assist in understanding surface water/groundwater connectivity, for example BFIHOST, BFI.

•          The service must provide the ability to view, manage and update all artificial influence data, gauged flow data and spot flow gauging data through a graphical user interface.

•          Provide storable and printable reports of summary catchment descriptor information and summary catchment influence data for each flow estimate generated in an appropriate format.  These formats should be of generic type and compatible to upload to standard software packages such as Microsoft Excel, Access and Word (e.g. CSV, dbf, text, etc.).

•          Produce summary reports of calculated errors for any given flow estimate performed.

•          Provide the facility of incorporating actual field flow measurements (spot gauging data) into the model to assist in improving modelled estimates and to be able to update the model on new abstraction and discharge data to ensure artificially influenced statistics are current and accurate.

•          Provide estimates of abstraction pressures based on flow duration curve percentages and waterbody sensitivity classes provided by the EPA in spreadsheet and/or GIS formats.

•          Provide a vector GIS layer based on the EPA Rivers layer which is appended with the naturalised flow statistics for the downstream point of each node to node river reach in the shapefile. This file will be made publicly available by the EPA on their geoportal for view and download. Ideally a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 open licence would apply.

•          Provide and maintain a hosted service available internally to the staff in the Hydrometric and Groundwater Section of the EPA capable of providing naturalised flow duration curve statistics, modelled hydrographs, as well as scenario modelling, eflow analysis  and water resources management functionality. It is envisaged that up to 5 individual user licences will be required for this service.

•          Hosted Service

Bord na Mona Water Quality Testing Programme

Sampling of 185 silt pond locations (monthly)

80 samples taken up and downstream from 40 outfalls (quarterly)

6 samples per month from Blackwater Works, Edenderry Power Plant and Mountdillon Works

Weekly grab samples from bog operations

Clonbullogue Ash Repository

Derrinlough Briquette Factory

Kilberry Compost Facility

Tender: Technical/scientific support to NPWS in the development of GIS based data collation, analysis & management tools for relevant peatland data (Bord na Mona, EDRRS Programme)

Bord na Móna Peatlands Enhanced Decommissioning, Rehabilitation and Restoration Scheme (EDRRS) and the role of NPWS as scheme regulator

The Peatlands EDRRS was approved in 2020.  The Scheme is administered by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), regulated by the NPWS of the DHLGH and operated by Bord na Móna.  It involves many other diverse stakeholders including the EPA, relevant NGOs, local authorities, representative organisations and importantly, the local communities.

The objectives of the scheme are as follows:

  1. To rehabilitate the Peatlands so that the improvements optimise climate, environmental, ecological and hydrological impacts; and 
  2. To rehabilitate the Peatlands in accordance with peatland rehabilitation best practice as agreed between the main stakeholders.

Bord na Móna is to implement an enhanced rehabilitation scheme on over 33,000 hectares of Bord na Móna lands previously harvested for peat that was used for fuel for the purposes of electricity generation.

The NPWS regulatory role consists of, inter alia, the following functions:

  1. Conducting an annual ex-ante assessment of proposed rehabilitation works from an ecological and financial perspective on the basis of an agreed methodology and of individual site rehabilitation plans submitted by Bord na Móna.
  • Monitoring progress being made during each year on the implementation of each site rehabilitation plan from an ecological and financial perspective to include site visits.
  • Conducting an annual ex-post review of rehabilitation works carried out by Bord na Móna on each site to ensure they have been carried out to the requisite, pre-approved ecological, eco-hydrological and environmental standards and in line with the pre-approved cost and financial standards.
  • Liaising with the DECC in relation to the implementation of the scheme.
  • Engaging any external contractors to assist with the implementation of the functions, as required, in accordance with public procurement legislation and guidelines.

This request for tender is for the provision of full-time scientific/technical support to NPWS. The scientific/technical support will be provided by one individual rather than a team. Scientific/technical support will be required in relation to the tasks described below.

The successful tenderer will primarily be responsible for assisting in setting up the data structures to collate and manage the ex-ante assessment, monitoring and ex-post assessment of the rehabilitation works spatial data produced by the EDRRS for NPWS and any other relevant peatland data.

In addition, the successful tenderer will be responsible for managing the data arising from all such work, as well as data analysis, and provide advice in relation to compliance with the following: NPWS Ecological Data Management Unit data standards and procedures, legislation and policies including the Data Sharing and Governance Act 2019, INSPIRE Directive, the Public Sector Data Strategy, the Open Data Initiative and Open Data Directive, Habitats and Birds Directives and related Irish regulations, the Water Framework Directive and other EU Environmental Directives and relevant Irish regulations, the Wildlife Acts, and the Ramsar Convention.

Under the overall direction of the Senior Inspector/Principal Officer of the NPWS of the DHLGH, the appointee will be assigned to the Ecological Data Management Section of the Science and Biodiversity Unit. The work programme will be overseen by a Grade II Ecologist in the Science and Biodiversity Unit with technical supervision from the Ecological Data Management Unit.

Tasks

  • Develop a GIS based data collation and management tool for the storing and management of all site specific rehabilitation plans spatial data including imagery and metadata compliant with international standards, suitable for integration with NPWS spatial data management systems.
  • Assist with the development of GIS web applications, and prepare and publish data layers, maps, as necessary.
  • Collate and maintain relevant raised bogs datasets including rehabilitation plans, ecological, hydrological, spatial data, imagery and related metadata.
  • In collaboration with the Ecological Data Management and GIS Units of NPWS, refine data structures for the capture of monitoring and assessment data.
  • In collaboration with the Ecological Data Management and GIS Units of NPWS, assist with the interpretation of remote imagery and the development of remote sensing methods to map changes in vegetation when required.
  • Derive statistics for relevant Biodiversity and Climate-related reporting obligations.
  • Develop and maintain effective linkages with organisations and individuals with relevant data holdings.
  • Maintain active engagement with the Ecological Data Management and GIS Units of NPWS to ensure compatibility with current and developing data standards and guidelines across all actions.
  • Attending weekly meetings with Bord na Mona as part of the EDRRS team.
  • Undertake other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Tender: Coillte Framework Agreement for Sustainability Consultancy Services

To ensure Coillte are managing our business with the most up to date sustainability practices we will / may seek sustainability consultation in the following areas:

  1. Forestry, including but not limited to forest management, new technologies, forest industries, etc
  2. Land, including but not limited to management and optimisation.
  3. People, organisation and behaviour.
  4. Transportation, including fleet and supply chain.
  5. Business practices, including but not limited to administration, legal, procurement, facilities management, finance.
  6. Timber products, the use of timber, innovation in timber. 
  7. Also for inclusion are all sustainability consultation opportunities that will enhance and benefit our organisation.  

To provide consultation in sustainability strategic planning and implementation.  This framework will include experts who can provide consultation including (but not limited to) environmental assessments and life cycle analysis.  We aim to identify consultants who can help us plan, identifying areas for improvement, and then turn plans into action to reach a desired outcome.

Tender: 2021 Supply of Chemicals & Fertilisers for Coillte Nurseries & Aerial Fertilisation Programme

Tender for the supply and delivery of chemical and fertiliser products to Coillte’s Nurseries and for the supply of Granulated Fertiliser to various forest locations. The estimated total value of purchases is in the region of €2,000,000 (ex VAT)

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)

Name and addresses

Coillte CGA

N/A

Newtownmountkennedy

Wicklow

Co Wicklow

IE

Contact person: Eileen O’Regan

Telephone: +353 667163370

E-mail: eileen.oregan@coillte.ie

NUTS code:  IE –  IRELAND

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.coillte.ie

Address of the buyer profile: https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login

I.3)

Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:  

https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login

Additional information can be obtained from

the abovementioned address:  

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted

electronically via:  https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted

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:  https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login

I.4)

Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)

Main activity

Other activity:  Forestry and related services

Section II: Object

II.1)

Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)

Title

2021 Supply of Chemicals & Fertilisers for Coillte Nurseries & Aerial Fertilisation Programme.

Reference number:  2021 Supply of Chemical & Fertiliser

II.1.2)

Main CPV code

14300000  –  Chemical and fertiliser minerals

II.1.3)

Type of contract

Supplies

II.1.4)

Short description

Coillte invites responses to this Invitation to Tender (ITT) from economic operators (‘Tenderers’) for the supply and delivery of chemicals and fertiliser products to Coillte’s Nurseries and for the supply of Granulated Fertiliser to various forest locations. (see our supplier management system “Proactis”)

II.1.5)

Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 2000000.00  EUR

II.1.6)

Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2)

Description

II.2.2)

Additional CPV code(s)

14310000  –  Fertiliser minerals

14320000  –  Chemical minerals

16140000  –  Manure spreaders

16141000  –  Fertiliser distributors

24000000  –  Chemical products

24100000  –  Gases

24315000  –  Miscellaneous inorganic chemicals

24327000  –  Miscellaneous organic chemicals

24400000  –  Fertilisers and nitrogen compounds

24410000  –  Nitrogenous fertilisers

24420000  –  Phosphatic fertilisers

24422000  –  Chemical phosphatic fertilisers

24430000  –  Animal or vegetal fertilisers

24440000  –  Miscellaneous fertilisers

24450000  –  Agro-chemical products

24900000  –  Fine and various chemical products

24950000  –  Specialised chemical products

24960000  –  Various chemical products

II.2.3)

Place of performance

NUTS code:  IE –  IRELAND

Main site or place of performance:  

Wicklow

II.2.4)

Description of the procurement

Coillte invites responses to this Invitation to Tender
(ITT) from economic operators (‘Tenderers’) for the
supply and delivery of chemicals and fertiliser
products to Coillte’s Nurseries and for the supply of
Granulated Fertiliser to various forest locations.
To access the tender documentation for this
competition please log on to Coillte’s Supplier
Management System (SMS) Proactis

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: 2000000.00  EUR

II.2.7)

Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 72

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)

Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

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

To access the tender documentation please log on to Coillte’s Supplier
Management System (SMS) Proactis by going to
(http://www.coillte.ie/), click on ‘Our Business’
– ‘Forestry’ – ‘Suppliers’ – ‘SMS Portal’, or use the
link below:
https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login
Tenders or request to participate must be submitted
via the above mentioned address.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)

Conditions for participation

III.1.3)

Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2)

Conditions related to the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)

Description

IV.1.1)

Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.8)

Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement : no

IV.2)

Administrative information

IV.2.2)

Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date:  17/05/2021

Local time:  14:00

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

Duration in months : 72  (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)

Conditions for opening of tenders

Date:  17/05/2021

Local time:  16:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)

Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement:  no

VI.2)

Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)

Additional information

To access the tender documentation for this competition please log on to Coillte’s Supplier Management System (SMS) Proactis by going to (http://www.coillte.ie/), click on ‘Our Business’ – ‘Forestry’ – ‘Suppliers’ – ‘SMS Portal’, or use the link below:
https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login

VI.4)

Procedures for review

VI.4.1)

Review body

High Court

Four Courts

Dublin 7

IE

E-mail: highcourtscentraloffice@courts.ie

Tender: Enabling Works Derrinlough Wind Farm (Selected Documents)

March 2020

Planning Decision

Derrinlough Wind Farm – Drainage Design Basis Statement

Geotechnical Design Report: Peat Repository Areas

FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT