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 (LAC Office), 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).
Electric mobility is a priority measure for Latin American and Caribbean countries as a means of decarbonizing the transport subsector and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
The transport sector is responsible for nearly a quarter (23 percent) of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is growing faster than any other end-use energy sector.
GHG emissions from transport are expected to increase by almost 20 per cent by 2030 and nearly 50 per cent by 2050 unless significant action is taken.
Limiting the global temperature increase to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius requires changing the trajectory of transport emissions, which involves developing an integrated ecosystem of electric mobility, encompassing various transport modes, accompanied by low-carbon production of electricity and hydrogen, implemented in conjunction with the broader principles of sustainable transport.
In Latin America, transport accounted for 67 million tons of Carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2015.
The Latin American and Caribbean region has favourable conditions to advance in the deployment of electric mobility technology, including the high installed capacity based on renewables to generate electricity, the intensive use of public transport buses and the specific impact of the transport subsector in the generation of greenhouse gases, which has led many countries to prioritize the transport sector in their National Determined Contributions.
Despite national efforts to promote electric mobility, this technology is still at an early stage of adoption and has not been able to achieve large-scale deployment.
The relevance of a regional approach has been recognized by the countries of the region and evidenced in the discussions and decisions adopted at specialized technical events and high-level ministerial forums, such as in the XXI Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in October 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
One of the decisions taken on climate change at this meeting establishes the mandate of Governments to promote development, regional collaboration and the exchange of information on national and regional strategies, as well as the formulation of public policy instruments on innovation, clean technologies and sustainable urban transport and mobility.
The common interest of the countries to advance the electric mobility agenda, both at the national and regional level, and the alignment of this initiative with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) results framework, led the national designated authorities (NDAs) of 10 Latin American countries to express interest in exploring GCF funding opportunities to support regional efforts and the exchange of experiences in electric mobility.
In December 2019, the project "Advancing a Regional Approach to Electric Mobility in Latin America" was approved by the Green Climate Fund, through the Preparatory and Support Program, and was officially presented by the region's ministers during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) 25 in Madrid.
The United Nations Climate Change Sub-Programme is acting as a partner in the implementation of this project.
The project, "Advancing a regional approach to electric mobility in Latin America" aims to create the right conditions to promote electric mobility through the exchange of experiences at a regional level and the establishment of economies of scale, and concludes with the preparation of funding proposals that can be submitted to the GCF and other international financial sources to implement electric mobility initiatives at a sub-national, national, regional or global level.
This project is implemented in 14 countries in parallel.
In order to promote and facilitate collective action from public agencies, private sector and civil society in each of the countries within the GCF project, UNEP is seeking to support countries in the early stages of the design of e-mobility websites that can inform actors with the benefits of e-vehicles and provide technical information needed for the implementation of e-mobility initiatives.
For these reasons, the Climate Change Unit of the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office is looking for a with experience in the development of websites for knowledge and information sharing within a larger communication strategy.
This consultant will support the Climate Change Unit in the implementation of the GCF Regional Readiness project Advancing a regional approach to e-mobility in Latin America .
The main goal of the assignment is to develop the technical blueprint, specification and requirements for the development of a website that provides knowledge and information to key local stakeholders with regards to Electric Mobility within a regional communication framework.
The consultant will be supervised by the UNEP’s Climate Change Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and will work from home.
Qualifications / special skills
Academic Qualifications :
disciplines including economics, finance, development, and mitigation.
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