Auction services

London: auction services

Auction services. Electronic auction services. Financial transaction processing and clearing house services. Auction software package.

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department of Energy and Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place
Contact point(s): Kevin Blanchard
SW1A 2AW London
Telephone: +44 3000685792

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)


I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions


I.3)Main activity

General public services
Other: Environment and climate change


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no


Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Procurement of an EU Emissions Trading System auction platform and related services by the United Kingdom Government.


II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UK


II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract


II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Auction services. Electronic auction services. Financial transaction processing and clearing house services. Auction software package. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is at the heart of United Kingdom Government policy to tackle climate change. The system covers sectors responsible for around half of the United Kingdom’s carbon dioxide emissions. The EU ETS works on a “cap and trade” basis. A cap is set on EU Member State’s emissions, which declines over time. Allowances can be allocated for free or auctioned my Member States. Commission Regulation (EU) 1031/2010 of 12.11.2010 on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emissions allowances pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emissions allowances trading within the Community (the Auctioning Regulation), as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1210/2011 of 23.11.2011 sets out the regulatory framework for auctioning allowances for aviation and for phase III of the EU ETS (2013-2020). A non-official consolidated version of the Auctioning Regulation can be found at:;this version has no legal force and an official version should be available on the European Commission’s web site shortly.

Under the Auctioning Regulation the United Kingdom has opted to set up a definitive national auction platform to auction its share of allowances as described under Article 30(1) of that Regulation. This contract therefore relates to the appointment, set up and running of the United Kingdom’s definitive auction platform for phase III and aviation EU emission allowances. The contract will be awarded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as Contracting Authority. The Contracting Authority is looking for a supplier to provide value for money auctioning of EU ETS phase III and aviation allowances, and related, services (including processing admissions to bid; clearing and settlement; high quality customer service; monitoring; and reporting) to Her Majesty’s Government (HMG), with the first auction as soon as possible in 2012 and not later than week commencing 12.11.2012, subject to the necessary EU approvals having been secured and the platform being duly listed in Annex III to the Auctioning Regulation.


II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79342400, 79342410, 66172000, 48470000


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes



This contract is divided into lots: no


II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no


II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The contract will be for an initial period of 3 years with an option to extend up to a further 2 years to a total of 5 years.


II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no


II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no


II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Article 52 of the Auctioning Regulation requires that the costs of auction services shall be paid for through fees paid by auction platform bidder participants. Details contained within the tender documents.


III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Where a consortium wishes to bid the Contracting Authority reserves the right to require groupings of suppliers to take a particular legal form or to require a single supplier to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and severable liability irrespective of the form the grouping takes.


III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Compliance with relevant EU and United Kingdom legislation in particular the EU Auctioning Regulation and policy objectives including in relation to health and safety, environmental considerations and equal opportunities. Appropriate professional indemnity insurance.


III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Auctions can only be conducted on an auction platform authorised as a regulated market as defined in Article 4(1) of Directive 2004/39/EC and authorised and supervised as an auction platform by the relevant competent national authority in accordance with Article 35 of the Auctioning Regulation. Details on this requirement are in the Invitation to tender documents which should be requested from Kevin Blanchard by e-mail to


III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Requirements are in the invitation to tender documents which should be requested from Kevin Blanchard by e-mail to

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the invitation to tender documents.


III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Requirements are in the invitation to tender documents which should be requested from Kevin Blanchard by e-mail to: level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the invitation to tender documents.


III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no


III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no


Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure



IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document


IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no


IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

TRN 238/12/2011


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2011/S 163-269477 of 26.8.2011


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

17.2.2012 – 17:00


IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up



IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 36 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)


IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 20.2.2012 – 17:00


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no


VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no


VI.3)Additional information

This is a contract notice under part A GO Reference: GO-20111220-PRO-2813404.


VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Under the provisions of Article 30 of the Auctioning Regulation the proposal for a United Kingdom auction platform must be approved by the European Commission and the EU Climate Change Committee. The contract cannot enter into force until the platform has been listed in Annex III to the Auctioning Regulation. The Authority will as soon as possible after the decision has been reached inform tenderers and candidates of its decision to award the contract and provide the information required by Regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. It will observe the standstill period required by regulation 32A of those Regulations. Following this period, the contract will be awarded subject to the listing of the successful platform in Annex III to the Auctioning Regulation. Between contract award and listing of the United Kingdom auction platform the Contractor will be expected to work closely with the Contracting Authority in its engagement with the European Commission and work towards putting in place the necessary arrangements that will ensure the timely commencement of auctioning.
The Regulations provide that where a duty owed to economic operators is not observed by the Contracting Authority the breach is actionable in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months).


VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:20.12.2011