Provision of Technical Support to the Sole RAC Manufacturing Company in Lebanon 134 views

Provision of technical support to the sole RAC Manufacturing Company in Lebanon (Lematic) to switch to the IEC 62552:2015 standard – Event ID 0000008409

Reference: LBN/CO/RFP/27/21

Beneficiary country(ies): Lebanon

Published on: 28-Jan-2021

Deadline on: 11-Feb-2021 15:00 (GMT 2.00) Kaliningrad, South Africa

Background Information

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has the objective to phase-out the ozone depleting substances (ODSs) that are released to the atmosphere. Contrary to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) that pursue reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), the Montreal Protocol focuses on the elimination of the sources of these ODS: their production and consumption (imports).

Under the Montreal Protocol, the A-5 countries are eligible to receive financial support to comply with the phase-out ODS consumption by deploying a series of technical assistance and industrial conversion projects, at country level, so producing and consuming sectors can abandon the use of these substances.

Furthermore, in order to further protect the climate and the ozone layer, in October of 2016, during the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer held in Rwanda, more than 170 countries agreed to amend the Protocol through what was called the “Kigali Amendment”. The Kigali Agreement establishes specific targets and timetables to phase-down the production and consumption of HFCs, and carries an agreement by developed countries to help finance the transition of developing countries to climate-friendly substances, through a global commitment that will avoid more than 80 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2050.

In addition, countries also agreed to begin examining opportunities to enhance the energy efficiency of the appliances and equipment to achieve additional GHGs mitigation, while also delivering additional sustainable development benefits such as better air quality, improved public health, improved energy access and energy security. It is important to note that the efforts made by countries to phase-down the HFCs can be part of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Under this scenario, 17 foundations and individuals have pledged a contribution of USD $51 million to support developing nations in the transition to more energy-efficient cooling solutions through a separate funding mechanism called the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme (K-CEP), with the goal to “significantly increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of the Montreal Protocol refrigerant transition by maximizing a simultaneous improvement in the energy efficiency of cooling.” Lebanon, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has received financial assistance from the K-CEP in the form of three technical assistance projects to improve energy efficiency capacities, in the cooling sector, in the country and to achieve the K-CEP goals under its windows 1 and 2.

These technical assistance projects will assist Lebanon in developing policies, standards and the appropriate regulatory framework and to integrate energy efficiency interventions to the current work underway within the overall Montreal Protocol Programme, by providing complementary training and capacity building in energy efficiency to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) technicians and engineers; as well as in developing policies, standards and the appropriate framework to implement minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and to develop a roadmap for accelerating market transformation in the domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors, which are growing rapidly.

This “Pilot Programme on RAC equipment Certification” follows the MEPS and S&L application as result of the 1st Tranche implementation and the National Cooling Plan, in terms that the project will partner with one RAC local manufacturer providing co-finance in order to apply the testing protocols and performance procedures developed by the project, analyze its efficacy and propose further improvements.

Objectives:

Lematic is the largest producer of domestic refrigerators, bottle coolers, and freezers in Lebanon, with production reaching the middle east and European countries. Their efforts to switch to greener and more efficient appliances are met by several obstacles, among which is the switch to testing their manufactured appliances and customizing their laboratory according to the new IEC 62552:2015 standard, that has been recommended as part of the national cooling plan for Lebanon – 2020.

Lematic is the only domestic manufacturer of such appliances in Lebanon, and thus the sole company for which the activity approved by KCEP can be tested in the country.

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide guidance and technical support to Lematic to switch to the IEC 62552:2015 standard, through building and designing a dedicated software tool, providing technical support, and delivering staff training and capacity building.

Scope of Work:

The consultancy will be structured into 4 main tasks:

Task 1: Overview of the current testing procedures followed by Lematic

  • Revision of the current testing procedure followed by Lematic of their manufactured appliances (Domestic refrigerators, bottle coolers and freezers)
  • Identification of the technical needs of Lematic to upgrade to IEC 62552:2015 standard (Software, upgrade of existing equipment if needed, training of personnel, etc),

Task 2: Detailed report on the upgrade approach

  • Preparation of a detailed upgrade plan and approach for the implementation of the new standard of the manufactured appliances,

Task 3: Development of a dedicated software/tool

  • Delivery of a customized software that would assist Lematic in measuring the performance of the domestic refrigerating appliances according to the IEC62552-1-2-3: 2015 testing standards
  • The software/tool shall include automatic calculation of energy labels for different countries already using IEC 62552:2015
  • The software shall include at least 2 licenses
  • The software should be complemented by a user guide to facilitate its use by Lematic
  • The software shall include at least 1-year software support and free update
  • The software shall have no annual subscription fee

Task 4: Staff training and technical support

  • Delivery of staff training on the testing procedure and requirements based on the user guide
  • Provision of the Software support (for the period of at least 1 year as mentioned in Task 3) / Licenses requirements and certification

Work Plan:

In the proposal, the Consultant is requested to provide a preliminary proposed project work plan covering all the activities described below (a GANTT chart showing detailed list of tasks, duration and schedule per task and allocated resources per task shall be included in the bid). The work plans hall also include the Consultant’s resources as well as other dependencies which affect the project duration.

Upon contract award, the Consultant shall provide UNDP with a revised project work plan, if necessary. Once agreed upon, the new plan shall be adopted and shall form the basis for project supervision and monitoring.

Competitive Scope

Deliverables and payment terms:

Deliverables

All deliverables should be handed out as soft copy (word format) and a PDF format for web publishing. Copies of high-resolution graphics (if any) should also be handed out to the project management team. During the fulfilment of the assignment, the consultant shall ensure regular communication with the project team and the recipient, and will ensure a timely delivery of the expected outputs and will regularly inform the project team of the progress as well as any obstacles that might occur.

Qualifications:

Firms Qualifications

The assignment is open for any legally registered firm/organization or consortium (research, academic institute, company) with at least 5 years of experience in the consultancy field. In particular, the proposer shall have 2 minimum years of experience in Refrigeration and air-conditioning cooling strategy development and capacity building, as well a solid expertise in enhancing the energy efficiency of the RAC appliances and equipment with at least 2 major related projects in the past five years and particularly in the following fields is required:

  • Development of standards related to Refrigeration appliances and equipment
  • Capacity building and training of personnel in the field of manufacturing of Refrigeration appliance and equipment (Domestic refrigerators, bottle coolers and freezers)
  • Capacity building related to Energy Efficiency in the RAC sector
  • Knowledge on Montreal Protocol related issues and associated Policies and Agreements

Profile of requested staff

The Contractor shall include in its offer a proposal regarding the team composition and structure with recent CVs. There will be no replacement of experts without explicit consent from UNDP. The requested team should have diversified skills.

Terms of execution of the consultancy:

The Start date for this consultancy is immediate after Contract signature. The term of execution of Consultancy is spread over 4 months, effective from contract signature date. The awarded party must comply with the terms of reference of this consultancy service, and to have all deliverables submitted and approved before/by the last working day of the consultancy period. Extensions, if deemed necessary, can only be granted through agreement between both parties.

Proposals must be submitted on or before the deadline indicated by UNDP in the eTendering system. Bids must be submitted in the online eTendering system in the following link: https://etendering.partneragencies.org using your username and password. If you have not registered in the system before, you can register now by logging in using

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and follow the registration steps as specified in the system user guide. Your Proposal must be expressed in the English language, and valid for a minimum period of 90 days.

In the course of preparing and submitting your Proposal, it shall remain your responsibility to ensure that it submitted into the system by the deadline. The system will automatically block and not accept any bid after the deadline. Kindly ensure that supporting documents required are signed and in the .pdf format, and free from any virus or corrupted files.

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