Consultant to assess the double counting between the Energy and Industrial Sector for Argentina’s Transparency Framework on GHG Inventories and Mitigation Project
Application deadline 3 months ago: Tuesday 4 Oct 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service CBIT’s most important contribution will occur by strengthening Argentina’s reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the Enhance Transparency Framework through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement: the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR). In order to carry out the activities of Argentina’s CBIT project it requires the hiring of a consultant to assess the double counting between the Energy and Industrial Sector.
¿ Double counting or omission in the estimation of GHG emissions in the energy and industrial processes (IPPU) sectors are identified, quantified and minimized. ¿ Calculation procedures of affected GHG categories are updated according to new calculations identified. ¿ The estimation of emissions in the Energy Sector and IPPU Sector are improved. ¿ The consistency of the GHG National Inventory (INGEI) is enhanced.
Identification and assessment of Argentina's INGEI (2018) categories affected by double counting or omission of emissions in the Energy and IPPU sectors. including justification for each choice. Identification of oil and gas products containing fossil carbon that remains stored in the product, including justification for each choice. Revision of the calculation procedures, activity data, emission factors and National Energy Balance (BEN) criteria for the separation of consumptions used for the estimation of the categories involved in the double counting between the Energy and IPPU sectors. Quantify the magnitude of emissions (in GgCO2e - excel file) estimated twice between the Energy and IPPU sectors for each category involved. Report results in aggregate (all categories together) and disaggregated manner.
- Product n° 1: Report including identification of INGEI 2018 categories and the products and energetics that are linked to double counting or omission of emissions in the Energy and IPPU sectors. Include quantification of the magnitude of emissions from double counting (in GgCO2e - excel file).
Assessment of potential data sources related to the categories that involve double counting or omission of emissions between the Energy and IPPU sectors. Analysis of activity data and information necessary to avoid double counting or omission of emissions between the Energy and IPPU sectors. Participate in meetings with the NCCD and the Secretariat of Energy to evaluate proposals to reduce double counting or omission of emissions in the Energy and IPPU sectors. Participate in meetings with the DNCC, the Ministry of Productive Development, the Instituto Petroquímico Argentino (IPA) and the Chamber of Steel, among other relevant stakeholders, to evaluate proposals to reduce double counting or omission of emissions in the Energy and IPPU sectors. Develop proposals to reduce double counting or omission of emissions in the Energy and IPPU sectors.
- Product n° 2. Report including methodologies to reduce double counting or omission of emissions in the Energy and IPPU sectors for the identified GHG Inventory´s categories, indicating in each case the data, parameters or assumptions required and sources of information.
Choose, in conjunction with the NCCD team, the methodological proposals to avoid double counting or omission of emissions between Energy and IPPU, to be applied to the corresponding GHG Inventory´s categories. Apply the selected methodological proposals to avoid double counting or omission between the Energy and IPPU sectors. Prepare spreadsheets (Excels) to estimate emissions (1990 - 2020) for the identified Energy and IPPU categories, using the methodological proposals agreed with the DNCC to avoid double counting or omission of emissions. The format of the spreadsheets will be agreed with the NCCD team. Elaborate a calculation procedure (word file) that includes the step-by-step of the estimates made, required data or parameters, sources of information, actors involved and improvements to be made in the future. The procedure should allow replicating or updating the calculation in the next INGEI cycles, and its format will be agreed with the NCCD team.
- Product n° 3. Spreadsheets (excels) with estimated emissions (1990 - 2020) without double counting or omission in identified Energy and IPPU categories. The format of the spreadsheets will be agreed with the NCCD team.
- Product n°4: Calculation procedure (word file) including step-by-step estimations, required data or parameters, sources of information, actors involved and future improvements to be made. The format of the calculation procedure will be agreed with the NCCD team.
Organization and conduction of a workshop (virtual format) to disseminate the results obtained related to double counting and omission of INGEI emissions between the Energy sector and IPPU.
- Product n° 5. Communication and information materials; Power Point presentations (or other formats), and communication pieces used in the workshop for disseminating the results obtained related to double counting and omission of INGEI emissions between the Energy sector and IPPU.
Detail on documents expected format:
All documents presented by the consultant within the framework of this contract must be in editable format and must be revised by the DNCC. Likewise, the CTA must agree with the consultant on the preferred format and content of the documents and presentations to be generated. At a minimum, the documents must contain:
A. Reports, studies, papers - Editable file, Word format (.doc). - The structure of the draft and final product must be as follows: - Cover - Index - Executive Summary - Introduction - Core content - Conclusions - APA-style bibliographic references - APA-style bibliography - Annexes - Acronyms - Pages must be numbered. - Establish units of measurement. - Reports must be presented in Spanish. The DNCC will indicate if it is necessary to present the document in English, this will depend on the type of document that is being generated. - When information from external sources are included, it must be clearly referenced. - When working on drafts, both the consultant and the reviewing technicians must work with the “change control” tool.
B. Formulas, calculations, graphs - When the documents require calculations and formulas in Microsoft Excel, they must all be self-referential. This means that you must be able to modify and see the link between the formulas and calculations. - Excel format (.xls). They must be able to be modified in such a way that data updating is possible. - In the case of graphic figures that reflect results, calculations, etc. Excel sheets showing how they were done must be submitted.
C. Graphic or audiovisual pieces: - Format (.mp4). - Format (.ai). - Format (.pdf). - Physical format (printed). - Web format (platforms). - The final delivery, reviewed by the DNCC and approved by the Climate Ambition and Transparency Coordinator of the Climate Change Unit of the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNEP, must contain the entire editable package and final versions in high and low quality. - Videos: The final delivery must have a low-quality web version with and without subtitles; and a high-quality version with subtitles and another without subtitles.
The final version of the products must have been reviewed by the Climate Ambition and Transparency Coordinator of the Climate Change Unit of the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNEP.
Work Location Home based
Expected duration 10 months
Duties and Responsibilities The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The Argentine Republic ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 (Law No. 24,295), the Kyoto Protocol in September 2001 (Law No. 25,438) and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in May 2015 (Law No. 27,137). As a signatory of the UNFCCC, the country undertook obligations including the report of the national greenhouse gases inventories, national programs with mitigation and adaptation actions against climate change and any other relevant information regarding to the fulfilment of the objective of the UNFCCC. As part of the country’s undertaken obligations, Argentina submitted its First National Communication in July 1997, and a revised communication in October 1999. The Second National Communication was submitted in December 2007 and the Third National Communication and the First Biennial Updated Report (BUR) were both submitted in December 2015. The Second BUR was submitted in August of 2017, the Third BUR was presented to the UNFCCC in November 2019 and the Fourth BUR was submitted in December 2021. The National Inventory Report (NIR) of the Fourth BUR was presented in March 2022.
In December 2015 during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21), the Paris Agreement (PA) was adopted, its article No. 2 established the objective of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels”. In September 2016, Argentina ratified the Paris Agreement (Law No. 27,270), thereby submitting its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which reflects its commitment to combat climate change and its effects. Argentina´s NDC outlines an absolute economy-wide reduction target of limiting its GHG emissions to 483 MtCO2e by 2030.
One of the most relevant challenges the implementation of the Paris Agreement poses to countries is to count with strong Transparency Frameworks. Article No.13 of the PA establishes the need for Parties to implement national robust and transparent reporting and accounting systems to give clarity on action and support while providing clear information to stakeholders. As part of building and enhancing their Transparency Frameworks, Parties of the UNFCCC Convention will progressively implement better tools and institutional practices, many of them not sufficiently developed in the countries. This is especially true for developing countries.
The UNFCCC Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) demands substantial and immediate progress in the countries’ domestic Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and strategic de-carbonization planning. This entails moving from often disintegrated and often different-methodological approaches in data management to an integrated and robust system. The success of the Paris Agreement hinges on enhanced transparency of action and support, as a critical foundation to making its bottom-up, country-led approach work, as well as building mutual trust and confidence amongst Parties.
The Global Environment Facility - Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (GEF-CBIT) will support the Argentinian government for four years, mainly in strengthening its ETF. This will happen by improving the accuracy, completeness and consistency of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and increasing its capacities to domestically track and evaluate mitigation measures and related finance support received and provided, as well as generating the technical inputs needed for medium and long-term planning contributing to the improvement of climate-related decision-making in the country. In order to achieve this objective, Argentina’s GEF-CBIT project, which was approved in July of 2019, is organized into three components: - National and subnational GHG inventory System - Domestic tracking of mitigation actions and support received - Medium and long-term projections
In this sense, the Climate Change Unit of UNEP is recruiting a consultant to assess the double counting between the Energy and Industrial Sector in the form of a consultant to strengthening Argentina’s reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the Enhance Transparency Framework-ETF through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement: the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR). The incumbent will work from home and will be supervised by the Climate Ambition and Transparency Coordinator of the Climate Change Unit of the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNEP. He or she will work in close collaboration with the National Climate Change Directorate (NCCD) within the Secretariat of Environment, Sustainable Development and Innovation of Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MAyDS).
Qualifications/special skills Bachelor´s degree in Industrial, Chemical or Environmental Engineering or other university degree relevant to industrial processes and/or energy, environment, and national development with special focus on Industrial Processes. (required);
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in areas related estimation of emissions and captures of GHG (required) - Verifiable professional experience related to environmental topics within industrial processes and/or energy sectors (desirable) - Demonstrates understanding of tools used for the estimation of GHG emissions and captures (highly desirable) - Demonstrates understanding of petrochemical industries processes (highly desirable) - Knowledge of GHG emissions inventories estimation methodologies such as IPCC 2006 (highly desirable) - Demonstrates good understanding of Argentina’s national policy related to climate change with particular focus on the Industrial sector (desirable) - Demonstrates understanding of the national and international climate change framework (desirable) - Experience working with, and building partnerships with public and private sector both national and subnational (desirable)
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Very good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches on industrial processes and/or energy (required); - Good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches on sustainable development; 2030 agenda and gender mainstreaming into climate policies (desirable); - Verifiable experience using IT tools such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and related apps (required); - Confident with numbers and equations, as well as drafting reports with procedures and results. - Relationship skills with public and private sector officials; - Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; - Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; - Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; - Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Shows leadership capacities; - Experience in teamwork, with recognition in the field of their specialty to cooperate with consultants of other specialties; - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Languages The candidate must be fluent in Spanish and have a basic level in English.
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