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Result of Service
A technical report titled “Emergent Trolleybuses
Duties and Responsibilities
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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
The overall objective of the Economy Division of UNEP is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities, and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies, practices, and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals, and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices, and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.
The Sustainable Mobility Unit (SMU) is part of the Economy Division and the unit promotes sustainable, low and no emissions transport. UNEP is implementing the Global Electric Mobility Programme, supporting over 50 low and middle-income countries to shift to electric mobility for improved air quality and climate change mitigation. We do so via various programmes and projects like the Used Vehicles Project, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, the Electric Mobility Programme, Non-motorized Transportation Programme, and the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles project etc.
The SMU requires support from a Transport Consultant for a period of five months to provide support to the Global Electric Mobility Programme. The Electric Mobility Programme supports low and middle-income countries (LMICs), with the introduction of electric mobility, with a focus on programs promoting electric motorcycles, electric light duty vehicles, electric freight vehicles, and electric buses. The consultant will assist the programme to develop a technical report titled “Emergent Trolleybuses: The potential for trolleybus technology in Low- and Middle-income cities” as an input to its Global Working Group on Electric Buses. The technical report titled “Emergent Trolleybuses: The potential for trolleybus technology in Low- and Middle-income cities” will contribute to the objectives of the Global Working Group by providing and analyzing data from cities with existing trolleybus systems, compiling an overview of current technology including hybrid trolleybuses (trolleybuses with the ability to run certain distances on battery) and comparing technical, operational and financial characteristic with pure battery electric buses, offering technology and policy advice to decision makers, and being a key deliverable to the e-mobility toolbox and input for capacity building events. The technical report will include: 1.) An overview of trolleybus development in different regions, with a focus on Low- and Middle-income (LMI) cities, and a status quo review of the technology, infrastructure, and operational options associated with modern trolleybuses including hybrid trolleybuses; 2.) An assessment of the opportunities and challenges to develop and operate trolleybuses in LMI cities and a comparison of technical, operational and financial aspects with pure battery electric buses; 3) At least 3 in-depth studies of existing projects that highlight relevant use cases for trolley buses in LMI cities, covering the context, landscape, system structure, operating characteristics, and lessons learned from each case; 4) High level technical, operational and financial analysis of at least 3 potential use cases of trolley buses as an alternative to currently planned pure battery electric bus systems; 5.) An executive summary encapsulating the findings of 1, 2, 3 and 4; 6) A slide deck and recorded presentation of the cases and results of the analysis for education and training purposes.
Under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Global Working Group for Electric Buses, the consultant will develop the “Emergent Trolleybuses: The potential for trolleybus technology in Low- and Middle-income cities” technical report through conducting the following specific tasks:
- Develop an overview of trolleybus development in different regions, including Low- and Middle-income (LMI) cities, and develop a status quo review of trolleybus vehicle technology (hybrid, battery), infrastructure (pantograph, wiring, In motion charging), and operations (network structure, ridership, intermodality);
- Develop an evaluation of the opportunities for trolleybus use cases in LMI cities, including major trends related to public transport reform agendas, Bus Rapid Transit project pipelines, electrification targets, and others, as well as a comparison to Battery Electric Buses, including lifecycle emissions, cost, technical and operational aspects;
- Compile an assessment of the challenges that may be faced to develop and operate trolleybuses in LMI cities, including technical, operational, financial, social/acceptability and supply-chain related barriers;
- Develop at least three in-depth case studies of existing projects in different regions that highlight relevant use cases for trolleybuses in LMI cities, covering the context (geographic, demographic), landscape (political, economic, policy, history), system structure (actors, institutions, policy rationale, intermediaries), operating characteristics (routes, ridership, costs, vehicles) and lessons that have been learned for the next iteration;
- Perform a high-level technical, operational, and financial analysis of at least 3 potential use cases of trolley buses as an alternative to currently planned pure battery electric bus systems;
- Perform an analysis of the existing and potential use cases, comparing the schemes in different operational contexts, and offer guidelines or recommendations on how LMI cities may be able to develop trolleybus projects;
- Compile 1. to 6. into one “Emergent Trolleybuses: The potential for trolleybus technology in Low- and Middle-income cities” technical report and develop an executive summary based on the findings.
- Presentation of the “Emergent Trolleybuses: The potential for trolleybus technology in Low- and Middle-income cities” technical report to the Global Working Group and incorporation of their feedback into the final product;
- Development of a slide deck and recorded presentation of the “Emergent Trolleybuses: The potential for trolleybus technology in Low- and Middle-income cities” technical report for use during meetings of the Regional Support and Investments Platforms and other education or training opportunities.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, engineering, transport or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years’ work experience in transport projects in Lower- and Middle-Income cities is required
- Knowledge on electric mobility issues including the operational and technical aspects of electric buses or trolleybuses is required
- Experience in data collection and research is required
- Data analysis and modelling skills and experience are required
- Experience in report development including visualization tools is desirable.
- Proven analytical, presentation and communication skills are desirable
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Closing Date : 12 October 2023