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.
- 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.
- 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.
TRACE has been used in 27 cities worldwide, including in Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Ghana, Georgia, Kenya, Macedonia, Mexico, Philippines, Romania, Turkey and Vietnam.
- 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.
- TRACE homepage http://esmap.org/TRACE
- e-Learning course http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/course/trace-how-use-tool-rapid-asses...
- TRACE used in Rio http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/06/12/rio-using-world-bank...
- Read the TRACE Impact Story in Turkey http://www.esmap.org/sites/esmap.org/files/ESMAP_TRACE_Gaziantep_IMPACT_...