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Call for Proposals (CFP) - Authoring of a guide on the inclusion of air pollutants in climate change MRV and transparency frameworks

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Call for Proposals (CFP) - Authoring of a guide on the inclusion of air pollutants in climate change MRV and transparency frameworks Grant support-call for proposal

Reference: CFP-11875-2021-02
Beneficiary country(ies): Multiple destinations (see 'Countries' tab below)
Registration level: Basic
Published on: 19-Jan-2021
Deadline on: 09-Feb-2021 17:00 (GMT 1.00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

Description

Background 

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) aims to help countries better assess the impacts of their climate policies and actions, and fulfil their transparency commitments. It does this by increasing the overall transparency capacities of countries, including the capacity to assess the contribution of climate policies and actions on countries’ development objectives, and providing appropriate methodological information and tools to support evidence-based policy-making.

ICAT’s innovative approach is to integrate these two aspects. ICAT focuses on countries that can highlight the benefits of increased transparency to demonstrate policy impact and evidence-based action. ICAT will generate evolving methodological guidance and extract best practices, to be publicly available to all actors, increasing the global knowledge base. ICAT’s work is country-driven, efforts build on existing Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and knowledge in countries and complement previous or on-going activities by other initiatives, where applicable. 

As the number of countries including actions that reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and other air pollutants within their climate change plans increases, it is important to consider how progress on SLCP and air pollutant mitigation can be monitored as part of or coordinated with climate change MRV frameworks. With support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Supporting National Action and Planning (SNAP) initiative, some countries have incorporated SLCPs and air pollutants within climate change MRV documents and reports submitted to the UNFCCC. 

The majority of countries, however, do not quantify SLCP emissions, or track progress on those policies and measures that target major SLCP and air pollution sources. This is a missed opportunity to maximize synergy and reap co-benefits from air pollution and climate mitigation actions. While the IPCC will expand its emission inventory guidance to include methods for all short-lived climate forcers, covering all SLCPs as well as major air pollutants, the integration of these pollutants into national GHG inventory systems is not guaranteed. In addition, there are elements beyond estimation of the emissions that can be included in MRV frameworks and methods for this need to be defined. In particular, the assessment of the impacts of policies and measures on projected emissions, air quality and associated health impacts is gaining prominence. As countries are in the process of setting up these systems, it appears very timely to propose an approach for the integration of SLCPs and air quality into climate change MRV frameworks. 

In order to encourage and support this, ICAT and the CCAC SNAP initiative are partnering to develop and disseminate a guide on the inclusion of SLCPs and air pollutants in climate change MRV frameworks. Building on existing ICAT assessment guides, in particular the ICAT Sustainable Development Methodology, the objective of this guide will be to provide information and examples to national practitioners regarding the benefits and methodologies for tracking short-lived climate pollutants and air pollutants as part of MRV frameworks consistent with the Paris Agreement’s Enhanced Transparency Framework. The target audience is primarily national policy makers, regulators and agencies involved in MRV, but also encompasses the wider group of stakeholders that contribute to or are impacted by MRV efforts. The guide is envisioned to then be used by CCAC and ICAT partners, but will also be more widely distributed, including to the countries where CCAC and ICAT have projects.

This enhanced capacity will also include an increased ability to identify and evaluate the multiple benefits of different mitigation measures to improve air quality and mitigate climate change, integrate SLCP and air pollutant mitigation within climate change policy planning processes and climate change MRV frameworks, and will result in an increased level of commitment and implementation of key identified actions.

This project provides an opportunity for CCAC to collaborate with key organisations, and influence national climate change MRV frameworks that are being developed. It provides ICAT with an opportunity to link up to a different community and respond to requests by countries that it supports for a methodology to integrate air quality into their climate-related assessments. As countries revise their NDCs, and attention turns to implementation, the inclusion of SLCPs and other air pollutants in MRV frameworks is essential if climate change commitments are to be achieved in the most cost-effective way taking full account of SLCP and air pollution benefits. 

The CCAC is one of the few institutions that has provided support to countries to track progress on SLCPs within climate change MRV systems, e.g. through the inclusion of SLCPs in GHG inventories, National Communications and Biennial Update Reports in Ghana, Mexico, Chile, and Costa Rica. This activity builds on progress and experience CCAC has gained, but also links to experts in MRV, such as those collaborating under ICAT, who have already developed clear guidance documents on other aspects of climate change MRV and would be able to use this additional methodology as part of their work. In this context, this call for proposals aims at selecting a suitable partner to work with ICAT to develop a guide on the inclusion of SLCPs and air pollutants in climate change MRV frameworks.

Description of Scope of Work

The proposed guide will build on ICAT’s existing series of assessment guides and highlight considerations and methodologies that are specific to the inclusion of short-lived climate pollutants and air pollutants. The guide will encompass all aspects of MRV, including quality assurance and verification. Some aspects can be covered through references to other existing ICAT guides such as the stakeholder participation guide and the technical review guide as well as SNAP guidance documents such as National Planning for reducing short-lived climate pollutants or Opportunities for Increasing Ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions through Integrated Air Pollution and Climate Change Planning: A Practical Guidance document. 

Measures that mitigate GHGs and SLCPs can also reduce the emissions of air pollutants that cause health impacts due to exposure indoors and outdoors and lead to reductions in crop yields. The document will outline practically how climate change policies and measures can be assessed in terms of their impact on air pollution, so that these impacts can be reported in climate change reporting, such as Biennial Transparency Reports, and considered in further policy development including future NDC enhancement. If relevant, impacts of air pollution abatement policies on GHG emissions should be also assessed. 

The document shall provide practical guidance on how countries can consider air pollution within the assessment of climate change policies and measures and offer examples of how some countries have integrated SLCP and air pollutant mitigation into national MRV systems, and the benefits that they have achieved from it. The target audience for this guide are planners and technical staff within Ministries of Environment and, as appropriate other sectoral ministries, who would be in charge of the national MRV system and those who would undertake related inventory work and assessments of air pollution impacts of climate change policies, and therefore the guide aims to provide methods and steps to achieve this. The guide shall draw on examples from low, middle and high-income countries to outline the benefits of integrating SLCP and air pollutant mitigation in national MRV systems and the practicalities of applying this approach. The guide will be piloted in existing CCAC SNAP projects and in ICAT country projects.

Expected outcome

In the above context the selected grantee is expected to draft a guide on the inclusion of SLCPs and air pollutants in climate change MRV frameworks.

Specific activities to be funded are detailed in the 'ICAT Grant Call for Proposals - CFP-11875-2021-02 - Air Pollutants Guide' document attached herewith.

Entities interested in submitting proposals in response to this CFP are hereby invited to prepare proposals in accordance with the requirements and procedure set out in this CFP by 9 February 2021, 17:00 CEST.

Returnable forms (Annex A and Annex B attached herewith) are to be submitted to icat@unops.org.


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Joseph Mensah - josephme@unops.org, Tel: +45 45337841
Email: josephme@unops.org
First name: Joseph
Surname: Mensah
Telephone country code: Denmark (+45)
Telephone number: 45337841
Sarah Olsen - sarahao@unops.org, Tel: +45 45337693
Email: sarahao@unops.org
First name: Sarah
Surname: Olsen
Telephone country code: Denmark (+45)
Telephone number: 45337693
This tender integrates considerations for one or a few sustainability indicators but does not meet the requirements to be considered as sustainable
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The tender contains sustainability considerations for preventing or minimizing damage associated with climate change.

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Energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reporting and emission offsetting

Prevention of pollution Environmental

The tender contains sustainability considerations for the prevention of polluting emissions to air, solid waste to land and discharges to water.

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EMS, waste management and wastewater management

Protection of the environment, biodiversity and restoration of natural habitats Environmental

The tender contains sustainability considerations related to the protection of the environment, biodiversity and restoration of natural habitats.

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Sustainable/organic agriculture, fishing or forestry

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Afghanistan
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Clarifications to question received in response to this Call for Proposals. Q1: In order to have an estimate of the time distribution, is it possible to have a project schedule? In this regard, we would like to know if you could provide us with the frequency and duration of the meetings with the Steering Committee and/or the coordination team, if possible. A: It is difficult to provide a schedule beforehand, it would also depend on the quality of the draft submitted and the number of rounds of feedback needed. Steering Committee and coordination team meetings will be scheduled when necessary to advance the work and focused to make efficient use of time. Q2: It is mentioned that is expected to start activities in March 2021 for a period of 18 months, ending in August 2022. Is it possible to plan and allocate activities for less time, perhaps, a period of 12 months? A: It is not possible to shorten the time frame, it includes different review rounds and time for piloting. This also implies that there is free time in between. Q3: Could you confirm if the document outline will be developed by the SEI and then, shared with the selected organization? A: Yes the first outline will be developed by SEI in consultation with ICAT and then shared with the grantee for its input and comments. Q4: On page 7 of the Call for proposals, there is a reference to "Quantify changes in air pollution concentrations and health impacts". Regarding this point, do you mean that the selected organization has to develop health indicators or just suggest / refer to different scenarios / methodologies to assess health benefits? A: This point requires describing the relevant methodologies and approaches that can be used to quantify changes in air pollution concentrations and health impacts and guide the reader on their practical application. Q5: Is there any preference or recommendation of countries that ICAT should prioritize for the implementation of the guide? A: This will be discussed in the steering committee as a part of the drafting process Q6: Piloting the guide is mentioned, but the activities and deliverables are not related; is the pilot considered after the guide is published? A: The piloting would take place once there is a draft ready, but before completing the final version. That way input from the piloting may be included in the guide. As per activity 3 in the CFP: Upon submission of the second draft ICAT and SEI will arrange for piloting of the guide in selected countries. ICAT and SEI will also provide last rounds of feedback, that can be substantive and editorial. Based on the feedback and the input received after the piloting, the grantee should revise and finalise the document. Q7: Is the design of the guide considered among the "grantee" actions? A: If by design, is meant layout/Graphic Design, then this should not be considered as a part of the grantee deliverables, this will be arranged for outside of the agreement on the completion of the draft. Q8: Is there a possibility of increasing the amount of this bid if our proposal includes a larger scope of work than what is stipulated in the call? A: You should only prepare your bid based on the scope and resources included in the CFP. Q9: Is there any restriction to sub-contract some other institution or consultant to participate or be in charge of some activities (in terms of percentages)? A: There are no limits, but this should be clearly indicated in the budget and proposal. Q10: How will these resources be delivered, is it possible to know if it will be a single payment or will it be in accordance with the fulfillment of the activities? A: Payments will be done based on milestones/fulfillment of activities, with a portion of the funds paid up front. Q11: It is mentioned “the guide will be piloted in existing CCAC SNAP projects and in ICAT country projects”. Is this means that the examples from low, middle and high-income countries required should be coincident with those countries? A: No, examples can be prepared as available. How experience from pilots enter the final version will be decided by the Steering Committee. Q12: What is the dimension/level of details expected for the guidance? Is there any previous guidance that could serve as a reference (e.g. the sustainable development guidance)? A: We are aiming for a guide that is in general aligned with the other ICAT guides (they can be found here: https://climateactiontransparency.org/icat-toolbox/introduction-to-the-icat-assessment-guides/) also in terms of level of detail, but given the difference in topic, there will be differences. It should be noted that others (SEI and authors for national case studies) will contribute to the preparation of the guide. Q13: Is the budget limited to USD 50.000 - 60.000? A: Yes.

Changed/edited on: 02-Feb-2021 16:06
Changed/edited by: josephme@unops.org
Addition of History Form as Annex E to CFP.

Changed/edited on: 21-Jan-2021 20:47
Changed/edited by: josephme@unops.org