Gauss International Consulting

Climate change | Air quality | Energy | Environment

Gauss is a consultancy firm specialised in all areas of climate change, air quality, energy and environment. Gauss is specialized in applied research – data analysis, IT, elaboration of customized tools, application of good practice guidance for international reporting and sustainable development policies evaluation – . The team is composed by engineers and researchers with a multidisciplinary background – statistics, economics, environmental sciences and programming – as well as multilingual competences and broad international experience.

Gauss team clients include international organizations such as the UNDP, UNFCCC, UNECE, EEA, European Commission, the European Parliament, various ministries and national administrations (Ministry of Environment of Spain, Federal Public Service of the Environment of Belgium, Ministry of Ecology of France, European National Statistical Institutes, etc.). Additionally, Gauss has extensive experience in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.

 

 

 

 

The team and its collaborators have a combined experience of more than 100 years in sustainable development, including the following activities:

 

We benefit from having a professional team with all the necessary skills for the development of innovative projects – from inventory compilation and modelling (projections), to the assessment of policies and measures and the provision of scientifically based policy recommendations.

We are committed to provide transparent and comprehensive services based on a direct and continuous contact with the client and stakeholder’s engagement through meetings, workshops, task forces and working groups.

We use a transfer of knowledge approach in every step of each project, aiming at building capacity with our clients and stakeholders.

 

 

 

Energy in Botswana

2018-2019

Capacity building on energy statistics analysis, modeling, and energy planning in Botswana

Climate finance MRV in El Salvador (UNDP)

2018

Design of a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for climate finance data for El Salvador, in line with the national approach and architecture for climate finance of the country.

Second Biennial Update Report of Colombia

2018

Technical support for the elaboration of the mitigation chapter of the second Biennial Update Report of Colombia.

International energy consultancy for Lesotho (UNDP)

2017-2018

Main tasks under this assignment are:

  • Designing and implementing an energy survey.
  • Establishing a national energy system, including a national energy database, a national energy balance, and energy indicators, using the data collected under the survey.
  • Incorporating a MRV system to enable tracking of GHG emission reductions.
  • Delivering capacity building regarding the development of energy surveys, energy information systems, and modeling of energy systems (LEAP, TIMES-MARKAL)
  • Assisting in policy formulation for promoting RE sources.

National approach and architecture for climate finance in El Salvador (UNDP)

2017-2018

This project aimed at empowering El Salvador to best position itself for accessing and managing climate finance from various sources. The project includes the development of a proposal for climate finance national architecture and the development of a national strategy for accessing climate finance.

Technical support for the elaboration of a plan in Wallonia on reductions of emissions of air pollutants in 2030 (walloon air and climate agency).

2017-2018

Projections (2025, 2013, 2040 and 2050), elaboration of scenarios of WEM and WAM and evaluation of emission reduction.

Second Biennial Update Report of Mexico

2017-2018

Technical support to elaborate the Sixth National Communication and the Second Biennial Update Report of Mexico to the UNFCCC with special focus on mitigation policies, technology transfer, and support received and needed.

Third National Communication of El Salvador to the UNFCCC.

2017-2018

Technical support to elaborate the Third National Communication of El Salvador to the UNFCCC.

María José (Pepa) López

Director || Researcher

Chemistry degree and Master in environmental engineering and management.

Over 25 years’ experience in research and consultancy on sustainability issues. In-country experience in over 60 countries through missions covering assessments, monitoring, training and reviews, capacity building, technical support and expert advice in climate change and energy policies and measures, energy statistics, greenhouse gas emissions, material flows, environmental economics, waste generation and management and resources efficiency.

European Comission Vice-chair and expert evaluator of environmental and energy research proposals.

UNFCCC Lead reviewer.

Improvement of the volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission estimates of the national emission inventory of Spain (ministry of environment-government of Spain)

2016 - 2018

Improvement in the methodology for estimating VOC emissions based on the information gathered under the implementation of Royal Decree 117/2003 on volatile organic compounds. Review of national methodologies and proposal of improvements for the national inventory.

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Juan-L Martín Ortega

Researcher || Consultant

Degree in Environmental Sciences, Degree in economics and PhD(c) in economics.

Researcher and consultant in environmental economics. Expertise on climate change and air quality, particularly in the areas of air emission inventories compilation, emissions modelling, policy analysis and green finance.

UNFCCC and CRLTAP expert reviewer.

Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR).

El Salvador GHG inventory elaboration – IPPU, Energy and Waste (UNDP)

2017

Capacity building and Technical support for the elaboration of the sectors of waste, energy, and industrial processes of the greenhouse gas inventory for the third national communication.

Ana Derly Pulido

Researcher || Consultant

Chemical Engineer degree and a MSc on Environmental Engineering specialised in air quality and GHG emissions.

Ana has more than 14 years’ experience in the development of GHG emission inventories, development of scenarios and in the identification and assessment of mitigation policies and measures. Ana has been coordinator of the GHG emission inventory and mitigation report of Colombia and has developed an integrated MRV system for the transparent NDC tracking.

UNFCCC expert reviewer.

Review of member states’ emission inventories under the directive on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

2017

A comprehensive review, including capacity-building, of member states’ emission inventories under the directive on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

Ioannis Sempos

Associate Expert || Emission Inventories & projections

Chemical Engineer, MBA and PhD (NTUA, 2011).

Research and Teaching Associate at NTUA (January 2005-ongoing) and coordinator and scientific responsible of the team of NTUA for reporting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol and DG CLIMA (2007-today), in particular National GHG Inventory Reports, National Communications, Biennial Reports, KP initial reports, etc. as well as NECD inventories and projections.

UNFCCC lead reviewer.

Course on the preparation of inventories and the implementation of REDD+ for Chilean professionals (CONAF)

2016-2017

Training program on AFOLU and REDD+. based on Chilean inventory and REDD+ activities for 50 participants.

Sander Akkermans

Researcher || Consultant

Sander Akkermans holds a master’s degree in environment and resource management and is environmental consultant on climate change and sustainability issues. Sander has a solid experience in the development of GHG emission inventories under the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) and in climate change policy analysis. Furthermore, Sander has experience in corporate social responsibility, producing greenhouse gas emission inventories in order to obtain external CO2 performance ladder certificates. He has also been involved in establishing the groundwork for new carbon offsetting initiatives for a non-profit governmental organisation, which has granted him experience in a broad field of social and environmental challenges.

Assessment, evaluation and update of Belgian policies and measures (national climate commission of Belgium)

2016 - 2017

Analysis, evaluation, and update of the federal Belgian policies and measures regarding the reduction of GHG emissions, including first estimates on socio-economic impacts.

Daniela Da Costa

Researcher || Consultant

Daniela Da Costa is a Civil Engineer with a Specialization in Energy and Environment and a Master´s Degree on Environmental Design and New Technologies. Currently working as an Environmental Consultant, Daniela specializes on climate change mitigation, renewable energies, energy efficiency and waste management. She has experience as an Environmental Engineering Research Assistant estimating the biogas generation of municipal solid waste with the aim to reduce fugitive emissions from sanitary landfill management. Additional experience focuses on energy efficiency methods to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the building sector.

Support in compilation and reporting of the Spanish emission inventory (TRAGSATEC)

2014 – 2017

Technical support on national emission inventories for its management, maintenance, and updating of the Spanish Inventory & Projections systems.

Lucía González

Researcher || Consultant

Lucía González holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Management by the EOI and training in Agro-environmental Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).

She has professional experience in Spain and France in agricultural research and in the environmental consultancy sector. High predisposition and great communicative and adaptive skills. She is used to working in international and multicultural teams.

She is now developing her career in the International Institutional Field to encourage developing and developed countries to reach the SDGs in order to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Colombia GHG inventory review – IPPU and Energy (UNDP)

2016

Technical review and quality assurance of energy and industrial processes sectors of the Colombian inventory and recommendations to implement appropriate institutional arrangements for MRV systems for the third national communication.

Pedro Puente

Researcher || Consultant

Pedro Puente holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and a master’s degree in environmental management and engineering. Pedro specialise in big data and its application to GHG emission inventories and projections. Pedro supports a wide range of projects at Gauss, bringing its technical expertise in mitigation, carbon footprint estimation, and application of Agile methodologies. Before joining Gauss, Pedro estimated the carbon footprint of municipalities in Spain, proposing mitigation action plans based on the emissions profile of each municipality. Furthermore, Pedro has experience working as a laboratory technician and data analysis in the feeding and water quality sector.

Ángel Gabriel Rivas Fonfría

Researcher || Consultant

Ángel Gabriel Rivas Fonfría. Data scientist with over five years of experience in consultancy. Ángel holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and extensive experience in international consulting. At Gauss, Ángel is responsible for maintaining and developing customized IT tools for data handling and processing. Furthermore, Ángel is specialized in the AFOLU sector and supports a wide range of projects at Gauss related to emission inventories and projections projects at international level. Before joining Gauss, he was involved in several consultancy projects regarding the operationalization of national elections for different countries, supporting the development of the necessary software for the correct delivery of the results, from voter registration to vote count and reporting of results. Currently, he is specializing in applied statistics, information processing, and machine learning.