How can we support city level prioritization of energy efficiency options?

Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE)

What is it and how can it help? 

TRACE is a decision-support tool that has a web-like browser interface and is designed to assist city-level decision-makers to prioritize energy efficiency interventions in six municipal sectors: municipal buildings, water and waste water, public lighting, solid waste, power and heat, and passenger transport. TRACE benchmarks city  energy use against a range of peer cities using a database on key performance indicators (KPIs) collected for 64 cities. The tool prioritizes sectors with the most significant energy efficiency potential based on their relative energy intensity, public expenditure and how much control the city authority has in a particular sector.

When does it work best? 
  • TRACE work best to provide a “rapid” (rather than an in-depth) view.
  • TRACE provides a useful evidence base for developing multi-stakeholder approaches to urban climate change mitigation.
  • Urban climate mitigation should be brainstormed in relevant meeting of democratically elected and empowered municipal bodies.
How do I use it? 
  • TRACE can be downloaded from ESMAP’s website with a full suite of supporting documentation, including template PowerPoint presentations for reporting results to stakeholders.
  • Users work through TRACE’s three modules: first, users enter data for benchmarking, then answer questions regarding sector prioritization, and finally move to various energy efficiency recommendations.
Where has it been used? 

TRACE has been used in 27 cities worldwide, including in Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Ghana, Georgia, Kenya, Macedonia, Mexico, Philippines, Romania, Turkey and Vietnam.

What are its limitations? 
  • TRACE primarily covers interventions under direct control of a municipal government (these often account only for a small portion of a cities GHG emissions).
  • The application of TRACE may require the hiring of a local consultant to gather the required input data.