Study - The cost of climate change on households and families in the EU

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is planning to launch a procurement procedure for a study on “The cost of climate change on households and families in the EU”.

This announcement is made pursuant to Annex I.14 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, to award a low value contract as a result of a negotiated procedure. It is published ahead of the procurement procedure with basic information on the subject matter of the contract to give interested economic operators the possibility to express their interest to participate as tenderer in the subsequent procurement procedure.

Please note that this announcement is a revised version of the previous announcement for a study on "The cost of climate change on all families and households in the EU", with a more limited scope.

All economic operators established in the European Union, European Economic Area and countries with a Stabilisation and Association Agreement, with proven experience in conducting studies on related topics, may express their interest to participate.

DESCRIPTION (indicative)

Background & purpose:

This study is launched against the backdrop of the increases in extreme weather and climate events, such as heat, cold, severe floods or fires and the recent steep increases in energy prices. The aim is to look at the resilience of families and households in relation to these events and circumstances, which are likely to increase in the future. In doing so, this study should contribute to a better understanding of what is needed to deliver a "just transition", which leaves nobody behind.

As outlined by the IPCC, "it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land." "Climate change", the report continues "is already affecting every inhabited region across the globe with human influence contributing to many observed changes in weather and climate extremes".[1]

Against this background, this study should examine the implications that families and households in the European Union will face in adapting to climate change. It will take into account changes in household income and expenditure caused by the necessity to prepare for and adapt to: incremental changes of temperatures, weather and climate extremes and by EU policy measures designed to mitigate climate change and its effects on households and families.

Main requirements:

The potential contractor will be expected to:

  1. Create a classification of potential risks, taking into account, amongst other things, direct effects on the cost of living and long term costs related to the adaptation to temperature changes and increased risks of weather extremes.
  2. Translate these risks into potential costs for households[2] and families in a limited number of climate scenarios.

On the basis of these results, the study should draw conclusions on the severity of the changes in household expenditure, their impact on a number of types of households and whether they are likely to increase poverty rates.

Moreover, the study should inform on the state of the preparedness of EU households to the consequences and implications of climate change. The authors will also be expected to comment on individual policy measures, depending on the timeline of the study and ongoing EU legislative proposals.

Languages/geographical area (indicative)

The study should be carried out in English. The aim of the study will be to draw conclusions on European trends. This may however be achieved on the basis of a limited number of case studies.

Indicative timeline

  1. Launch of the invitation to tender: start of 4th quarter 2022.
  2. Contract award: 4th quarter 2022.
  3. The final study report is expected within 7 months following the signature of the contract.
  4. Deadline for submission of tenders: approximately 4th quarter 2022.


Please note that this announcement does not create any obligation for the EESC to launch a procurement procedure. The EESC will take the submitted information into account only to identify potential candidates. Expressing interest to participate in a negotiated procedure of this type does not create any legal right or legitimate expectation on the part of any economic operator, and the EESC has the right to cancel the procedure at any time. The procurement documents will only be provided to the identified candidates, and any tender received from a legal or natural person not invited to tender will be rejected.


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Expressions of interest to participate should be sent via the following contact form, before the deadline indicated below:


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 21:59