Kenya - Develop a heavy-duty vehicle subsector strategy and roadmap for moving to Euro 6/VI emission standards [KE-23-001]

by CCAC - 15 November, 2023


Kenya’s National SLCP Plan that will be endorsed in 2023 has identified heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency improvements as one of the priority SLCP mitigation measures in the transport sector. Actions and implementation pathways include enforcement of existing emission standards for local manufacture or importation of heavy-duty vehicles and an inspection and maintenance programme for emission inspection and testing of in-use heavy-duty vehicles.

Through the development of a subsector strategy, this project will provide more up-to-date national vehicles emissions data to support Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contributions revision in 2025 and help advance the CCAC’s Green Freight proposal that UNEP is implementing with the Smart Freight Centre (SFC).

This project is also expected to help advance efforts to adopt ultra-low sulphur fuel (diesel) standards of 10ppm in the East African subregion, which is a fundamental prerequisite for progressing through to Euro 6/VI

More information on Kenya's involvement in the CCAC is available on their Partner Page.

Who to involve

This project will require close coordination and engagement with Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Forestry, Ministry of Roads & Transport, Ministry or Energy & Petroleum, National Environment Management Authority, National Transport Safety Authority, Energy & Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, National Police Service (Traffic Department). 

Expected results

Applicants are encouraged to propose additional outputs as needed to ensure the expected project outcomes are achieved. Applicants can determine the scope of outputs if not specified. The project is expected to deliver at a minimum:

1. The Government of Kenya endorses a National Heavy-Duty Vehicles sub-sector strategy by project completion or soon after

Indicator: Number of action plans, roadmaps, strategies, or other future plans with SLCP targets or mitigation measures formally adopted, endorsed and/or implemented.

Output 1.1: A heavy-duty vehicles strategy that includes at a minimum:

  • Measured mitigation potential from identified mitigation options
  • Estimated cost of implementation and sources of funding  
  • Co-benefits assessment  
  • Recommendations to enhance the MRV Framework

2. The Government of Kenya endorses a mandatory inspection and maintenance programme inspection program based on the East Africa Community (EAC) Euro IV standard and low sulphur diesel standards by the end of the project or soon after. 

Indicator: Number of laws, regulations, or other policy mechanisms with SLCP targets or mitigation measures formally adopted, endorsed, and/or implemented.

Output 2.1: An action plan on vehicle emission testing and 10ppm fuels.

Output 2.2: Roadmap for moving towards Euro IV emission standards.

Output 2.3: Training workshops for the government officials to implement and enforce a mandatory heavy-duty vehicles inspections and maintenance programme.

3. The Government of Kenya endorses a roadmap to Euro VI emission standards by the end of the project or soon after.

Indicator: Number of laws, regulations, or other policy mechanisms with SLCP targets or mitigation measures formally adopted, endorsed, and/or implemented.

Output 3.1: Roadmap for moving towards Euro VI emission standards. 

4. The Government of Kenya includes SLCPs in its Nationally Determined Contribution in 2025. 

Indicator: Number of NDCs targeting SLCPs. 

Output 4.1: Recommendations for NDC update.

Application process

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, project proposals must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submitted before the deadline
  • Submitted by a non-governmental organization (NGO), intergovernmental organization (IGO), or other not-for-profit entity. Governments are not eligible to apply directly for funding in this call.
  • Requested funding is within the estimated budget amount, or includes a clear justification for additional expenses 
  • Project duration is less than 24 months
  • Budget criteria are met and spending caps on expenses are respected. 

Please note that entities will be required to provide the last three (3) audited financial statements to be eligible for CCAC funding. These statements may be provided along with the application for funding or at the request of the CCAC Secretariat during the evaluation process.

For-profit entities may only participate in the project as stakeholders, co-funders, or end users. Applicants are encouraged to include for-profit entities in the development of the project proposal and/or during project implementation if their ownership of the proposed solution is key to the project’s success.  

How to apply

Eligible applicants are invited to apply using the Application Form and Excel Budget Form. Specific instructions on completing these forms are available in both documents. 

Applicants may choose to follow the cost range proposed above OR propose a different budget supported by a clear justification. However, applicants should note that cost efficiency will play a significant role in the selection process.

The completed Application Form and Excel Budget Form should be submitted to secretariat [at] (secretariat[at]ccacoalition[dot]org).

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Presents a clear plan to achieve the required outcomes during the lifetime of the project or soon after
  • Includes a plan or activities to enable the scaling up of, replication of, or sustained use of project results over time
  • Sets out a clear approach for enabling or contributing to SLCP emissions reductions and resulting co-benefits
  • Involves relevant stakeholders 
  • Approach is grounded in a strong understanding of relevant risks
  • Complements other relevant initiatives, funding mechanisms, and existing policy processes
  • Applicant demonstrates necessary capacity and experience to perform the work
  • A realistic, cost-effective, and clearly justified budget and approach is proposed
  • Project meets the minimum requirements for the OECD DAC gender equality marker Score 1

Selection process

  • A preliminary review of proposals submitted by the deadline will be conducted by members of the CCAC Secretariat, Funding Task Team, and Board, in consultation with relevant CCAC Partners.  
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their proposals in further detail and to respond to follow-up questions about their application.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to develop a Project Implementation Plan and Detailed Budget in consultation with the CCAC Secretariat and relevant CCAC Partners.

The selection process may take up to 6 months after the closing date of the call for proposals. Due to the high volume of requests, the CCAC will not respond to requests for updates or feedback during this time.

Note: Due diligence 

In addition to eligibility criteria outlined above, qualified UNEP/CCAC implementers* must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have adequate financial resources to perform the contract and meet all existing commitments (financial health)
  • Be able to provide proof of registration, proof of not-for-profit status and audited financial statements for the last three completed fiscal years 
  • Have a record of satisfactory performance with UNEP/CCAC, when applicable; and  - Not have been suspended or debarred by UNEP/CCAC or another UN agency. UNEP/CCAC also considers entities included in the Security Council Resolution Lists to be ineligible for UNEP/CCAC agreements.

* (inter)governmental entities/ United Nations are exempt from this requirement


As a general rule, Implementation Agreements allow for incidental procurement only, and as such, total costs in the following categories must fall below a certain threshold*:

  • Contractual Services
  • Equipment, Vehicles and Furniture
  • Operating and other Direct costs
  • Supplies, Commodities and Materials

*Agreements of $200,000 and below: up to $20,000 or 15% of total budget, whichever is lower.

*Agreements of above $200,000: up to $40,000 or 15%. * United Nations agencies are exempt from this requirement.


Estimated project cost
US$ 200,000 - US$ 250,000