Call for Proposals: Development of a tool for assessing climate action in the transport sector

ICAT is seeking a technical partner to develop a tool that will support and facilitate countries to systematically assess the impact of climate action in the transport sector.

The tool will assist relevant government ministries and agencies in developing countries by providing a structure for the collection of necessary data and application of relevant methodologies. It will guide users through the process, making it easier and more straight-forward to connect actions and policies with outcomes and costs, and track and design Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This will provide a more consistent approach to data collection and assessment, which will improve the credibility of impact assessments of policies and actions and boost the country’s capacity to meet their own national climate and sustainable development targets. This will subsequently provide the required information to deliver high quality reporting under the Paris Agreement.

The development of the tool should build upon the ICAT Transport Pricing Assessment Guide, which should provide the basis for the overall approach, but also be complemented by other methodologies in terms of coverage of transport climate action options and for the estimation of other variables beyond greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts.


The transport sector is responsible for approximately 18% of global GHG emissions, and experts predict that transport activity could double by 2050. Substantial emission reductions and urgent action are therefore needed in the sector, in order to meet the aim of the Paris Agreement to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Transportation activity typically increases with economic activity, and at the same time drives development and economic growth, making climate action in the transport sector particularly challenging for developing countries. However, well designed transportation policies can at the same time carry great potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions, while also supporting national development priorities.

From this context, methodologies such as the ICAT Transport Pricing Assessment Guide have been developed to assess and communicate the impacts of transport policies to ensure that they are effective in mitigating GHG emissions, and help countries meet their targets and national commitments.

One of the primary issues that countries face, however, is a lack of capacity and tools to systematically collect the relevant data to properly assess impacts of national climate change policies and actions. In many cases, there is an ad hoc nature in the way that data is collected and subsequently used in estimating GHG emission outcomes, and the selection of relevant methodologies.


More information about the scope of work, including outcomes and specific activities, and the submission process can be found in the Call For Proposals.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 26 April 2021 (by 17:00, Copenhagen, Denmark Time). 

For questions and clarifications, please contact Hannah Swee no later than 19 April 2021 (17.00, Copenhagen, Denmark Time).


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