The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) has published a public tender for consulting services related to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. Inter alia, the winning bidder will assist in the establishment of a national Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system based on UNFCCC requirements, examine the economy-wide potential for GHG reduction policies in Israel until 2030, and formulate recommendations for a national GHG reduction target for Israel in 2030. Other tasks will involve capacity building and preparation of official reports for the UNFCCC and the Israeli government. Israeli companies and or consultants that bid on the tender must work with an international entity recognized as an experienced greenhouse gas expert. Bids must be submitted by April 23, 2014, at 13:00.
The tender comes within the framework of Resolution No. 2508, approved in November 2010, to formulate a national plan for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. (A plan was since approved, but its implementation was frozen by the Finance Ministry in mid-2013, for at least three years.) Learn more about the national GHG reduction plan.
The resolution also imposed upon the environmental protection minister responsibility for monitoring GHG abatement measures and for reporting to both the Israeli government and to the United Nations on progress in the field.
The MoEP’s Air Quality and Climate Change Division is interested in working with a team of expert consultants who possess a particular knowledge base and experience, and can help fulfill Israel’s responsibilities under Resolution No. 2508, as well as other responsibilities, including:
- Israel’s reporting obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Monitoring of Israel’s progress as it prepares for meeting new GHG reduction targets
These will be accomplished by tracking of GHG-related government activities and programs, preparations of documents and reports to be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat and to the Israeli government, and preparation of a long-term updated GHG emissions forecast.
Specifically, the winning bidder will provide and/or assist with completion of the following tasks:
- Establishment of a national Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system. This is a mechanism to monitor the implementation of government measures aimed at reducing GHG emissions and review the necessity for additional policy and abatement measures.
- Preparation of a Biennial Update Report (BUR), which must be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat by each Party. The report will detail Israel’s progress in implementation of GHG reduction policies, among other things.
Learn more about MRV systems and BURs.
- Formulation of a recommendation for a GHG emissions reduction target for the year 2030 (including interim targets for 2020 and 2025). While an emissions reduction target for 2020 already exists, as does a cost-benefit analysis evaluation of Israel’s abatement potential, the winning bidder will extend and update both. Learn more about current GHG abatement potential estimates for Israel.
- Preparation of Israel’s third National Communication Report on climate change, to be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat. (See Israel’s first report here and second report here.)
- Preparation of professional materials so that information will be accessible and for the purpose of professional capacity building in the field of GHGs.
The winning bidder will also provide up to 650 hours of consulting services per year. This may include help with establishing procedures for oversight of emissions verifiers, help with evaluating the quality of GHG emissions verification reports, help with development of methodologies, writing GHG abatement guides, and more.
The winning bidder will have a staff of at least four professionals, including a team leader and two experts who work for an international consulting company and have experience with establishing national MRV systems and with analyzing GHG reduction potential for countries defined as Annex I (developed) in the UNFCCC.
If the international experts live abroad, they must come for professional visits at least twice a year.
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