The Commission for Environmental Co-operation of North America (CEC) is looking for a consultant to help develop guidelines for gauging black carbon emissions in North America.
The request for proposals is part of a two-year project under the CEC’s Operational Plan for the period July 2013 to June 2015. The project’s ultimate goal is to provide reliable black carbon inventories that can be used as baselines and determine reduction priorities by source category or location.
Often found in soot, black carbon is formed through the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuels and biomass. It is the strongest light-absorbing component of particulate matter (PM). The most common sources of black carbon are vehicles (particularly diesel) and wildfires.
CEC wants to begin a series of consultations with emission estimation experts from government and academia to develop a guideline document for black carbon in North America.
In 2006, according to information reported under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, nearly 228 million kilograms of black carbon was manufactured in Canada and about 26.5 million kilograms were imported.
The CEC project has two phases. Phase 1 will consist of an extensive review and report on existing emission estimation methodologies and initial consultations on the review findings.
Phase 2 will consist of developing guidance and recommendations for black carbon emission estimations.
To have a shot at becoming part of the black carbon project, consultants must submit proposals to the CEC about their skill set. Proposals will be judged on several criteria, including subject knowledge, experience, writing skill, and an estimated budget.
Click here for access to CEC’s full RFP document.
The black carbon proposal must be received by the CEC Secretariat offices by 5 p.m. on October 18, 2013. Proposals must be submitted via electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with copy to email@example.com. Proposal format may be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
The successful candidate will be announced by November 1, 2013.