Call for consultant to support our work on tools to help the implementation of energy efficiency at local level

1. Background

Energy efficiency is part of Sustainable Development Goal 7, under which the global rate of improvement should be doubled by 2030; moreover, the targets set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement have put energy efficiency high on the political, industrial and civil society agenda, as an essential strategy for emissions reduction. The implementation of energy efficiency projects at local level is one of the strongholds for the achievement of the emission reduction efforts. Municipalities and municipal companies play a key role in project implementation and development, however they are often lacking data, skills, methodologies and tools for quick uptake of energy efficiency project development. The objective of this assignment is to recruit an individual consultant support our work on tools to help the implementation of energy efficiency at local level.

2. UDP and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

The UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP) is a collaborating centre with UN Environment and is a separate legal entity under the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) referring to the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, organised and existing under the laws of Denmark. This position is with the legal entity DTU and therefore UN Environment is not liable for claims of any kind arising out of the activities under this agreement.

The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (hereinafter referred to as “Copenhagen Centre”) was established institutionally as part of UDP in 2014, as a joint activity of the Danish Government, UN Environment and DTU, and is dedicated to accelerating the uptake of energy efficiency policies and programmes at a global scale. The Copenhagen Centre is a research and advisory institution dedicated to accelerating the uptake of energy efficiency policies, programmes and actions globally. The Copenhagen Centre serves as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative with responsibility to support SEforALL’s objective of doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030.

3. Assignment

The first objective of the consultancy is to support the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and United for Efficiency (U4E) in the development of an online tool for self-rapid assessment of energy efficiency opportunities and possible benefits of specific Energy Efficiency actions in water supply systems in the Water-Energy Nexus logic. The second objective is to support the digitalization of an already existing street lighting assessment tool and to make it available online, to accelerate Energy Efficiency implementation at local level.

The consultant´s tasks will be developed in close collaboration with the Centre and U4E and include:

  • Identification, mapping and reporting of available technologies and operation strategies in water supply systems to create energy efficient benchmark models, based on information, labelling or standards availability for main products, such as: motors, pumps, variable speed drives, metering, etc. Identification of water leakage reduction strategies and impact on energy demand and on reduction of non-revenue water to supply companies.
  • Development of a quantitative assessment methodology for energy and water savings associated with energy efficiency interventions, providing the necessary specifications and procedures to achieve that.
  • Providing technical support to transform the above methodology into an online user-friendly tool as a rapid assessment instrument of the potential energy, economic and environmental benefits of improving the water and energy efficiency of supply systems.
  • Analysing and validating the online tool with main technology providers and according to best practices, demonstrating compliance with the requirements in available developed projects, standards and regulation.
  • Assist in the production of dissemination material on energy efficiency opportunities in water supply systems and best practices, through document analysis, stakeholder consultation and data collection.
  • Provide technical support for the transformation of the already existing U4E street-lighting assessment methodology into an user-friendly online tool, accessible to municipal officials to be made available through the Centre’s webpage and the U4E web page.
  • Engagement with technical experts and stakeholders in the development of the tools and its promotion.

The assignment is expected to be delivered between 15 September 2019 and 15 March 2020:

Assignment component and deliverables Deliverable Date
Report on identification and mapping of available technologies and operation strategies in water supply systems 30 October 2019
Facilitation on engagement with the private sector and support to the development of a quantitative assessment methodology 30th November 2019
 Development of Communication and Publication Materials 31st December 2019
Support to the development of the online tool for energy efficiency in the water supply systems and for street lighting 31st January 2019
Support to validation of the online tools 1st March 2020
Final Report and support to promotion 15th March 2020

4. Budget and Payment Schedule

Budget for the assignment is DKK 100.000 (One hundred thousand Danish Kroner), to be paid as follows:

  • 20% upon delivery of a project plan
  • 40% on receipt of required deliverables by end October 2019
  • 40% on receipt of required deliverables by end March 2020

5. Requirements

The consultant should fulfill the following requirements:

  • At least 10 years of work experience in development and implementation of energy efficiency and clean energy projects
  • Expertise in managing complex stakeholder networks and international development projects, including UN Environment projects
  • In-depth knowledge of international best-practices on energy efficiency improvements in different sectors, including technical solutions, policy instruments, project structures and financing models, as well as understanding of their applicability for projects under development
  • Advanced communication skills, both oral and written, proven by a track record of documents, presentations and engagement with the private sector
  • High level of professionalism in technical work, stakeholder relationships and dissemination of results and information
  • Fluency in English

6. Application Procedures

Please send a detailed CV, a motivation letter for this specific assignment and a draft project plan to the following email:

Application deadline: 31/08/2019