TERMS OF REFERENCE
Development of National Roadmaps for CARICOM Member States
Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meet at least 95% of energy needs through the use of imported fossil fuel. This dependency, particularly for commerce and manufacturing has restricted global competitiveness, escalated indebtedness and increased the potential for environmental harm. Additionally, the impact of global warming and climate change threatens to exacerbate these conditions, through increased energy demand and subsequent heightening of inefficiencies in electricity generating plants. Recognizing that the adoption rates of more effectual technologies for renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency are low and require political will, private sector input and technical expertise, the CARICOM Energy Unit, as part of the CARICOM Energy Programme, is implementing a Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). This C-SERMS was developed to action the CARICOM Energy Policy.
To meet one of the objectives of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy and to execute a directive issued by the 41st Special COTED on Energy held in Trinidad and Tobago, in April 2013, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) commenced the development of the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC). The development of the CREEBC was supported by the Energy for Sustainable Development Project, which is a United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), administered by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) – a four-year project funded by the Government of Germany and implemented through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The REETA Project collaborated with the CARICOM Energy Programme in the specific areas of capacity building, private sector cooperation, regional institutional support and networking of the major stakeholders.
The 2018 CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) is an adaptation of the International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 Edition, published by the International Code Council.
This CREEBC is meant to specifically meet the needs of the Caribbean and other countries in a tropical environment. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements inclusive of those for building envelope, cooling system, ventilation, pumping, lighting and the service water-heating systems in buildings. The technical requirements of this code are the product of both regional and international expertise.
In November 2019 CROSQ received support from the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC), a four-year project funded by the German government and the European Union and implemented by the GIZ GmbH to further the CREEBC through capacity building, policy formulation support and promotional activities.
CROSQ will be assisting member states in the implementation of the CREEBC and the Regional Harmonised Energy Efficiency Scheme through the provision of a Roadmap which can serve as a tool in policy making related to these initiatives and in member states being implementation ready.
The objective of this consultancy is to develop roadmaps for each CARICOM Member State (14) excluding Montserrat.
SCOPE OF WORK
1. Conduct Situation Analysis in member states in respect to the CREEBC and Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme to inform development of roadmaps for their implementation. As part of this activity the consultant will be expected to conduct a review at the national level of the capacity of member states to implement the CREEBC and the Harmonised Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme; with the intention of determining the measures which must be put in place and which are necessary to facilitate implementation of the initiatives.
The consultant is expected to do this by conducting research on fourteen (14) member states (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts & Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) to collect data and assess the national situation. Given the current global situation related to the COVID 19, it is necessary to conduct research remotely. However, consideration will be given for travel to select member states for data collection if the pandemic is contained and conditions become favourable for travel. In the event that this situation arises, member states visits will be selected in agreement with CROSQ.
2. Develop a national roadmap (informed by the situational analysis in 1 above) for member states. The Consultant is expected to develop roadmaps for member states (taking into consideration the varying capacity of member states in relation to resources and technical knowledge) which will:
- Detail the activities required to facilitate national implementation of both initiatives,
- Establish time lines and role and responsibilities of various agencies who will contribute to the implementation process.
- Develop or utilise an appropriate diagnostic tool which will guide the assessment of capacity at the national level and will inform the development of the roadmap which will be outlined in the short, medium and long-term.
3.Conduct national dialogues on the energy efficiency labelling scheme and CREEBC implementation modalities. The execution of the dialogues can be remotely. The workshops are expected to:
- Validate the findings and acceptance of drafted roadmaps
- Secure partnership and commitments in each member state for roles outlined
- Initiate frequent and active dialogue among stakeholders of the CROSQ energy initiatives.
- Serve as a forum for sensitising, building awareness and achieving stakeholder buy-in of the initiatives.
DELIVERABLES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The Consultant will report to the project coordinator of CROSQ. The following results are expected from the consultancy:
- A preliminary report detailing the situational analysis which was conducted in member states to include a clear plan for conducting research, list of interviewees, findings and recommendations for way forward and any anticipated challenges in achieving the objectives.
- Roadmap for fourteen member states (identified above) detailing actions necessary at the member state level, agencies involved, roles and timelines to facilitate member state readiness to implement the CREEBC and the Regional Harmonised Energy Efficiency Scheme
- Conducting National Dialogues and presenting roadmaps to member states for validation of findings. The consultant should indicate the platform which will be utilised to conduct the national dialogues.
- Reports on the National Dialogue report for each country highlighting participants, feedback from participants and commitment from agencies in relation to support.
The level of effort is expected to be over a period of 41 days over a six-month period to begin in July 2020.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
This consultancy requires the services of a key expert. The appointed consultant must meet the following minimum requirements:
- A postgraduate degree in energy or related field
- At least five (5) years’ experience working in the energy sector
- Experience working in the Caribbean region
- Experience conducting research and similar type activities
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Excellent technical and report-writing skills.
Deadline for submission of CV’s and of a technical and a financial proposal: June 1, 2020