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TRACE: How to Use the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy
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Course Theme:Climate Change
Sub-Theme:Cities and Climate Change
Course Format:Self-paced
Contact Name:Samira El Khamlichi
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Free Course
Enrollment Key: trace12
This course, developed jointly by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and WBI Climate Change Practice, describes a process for offering cities a quick and easy way to assess their energy efficiency and identify sectors with the most improvement potential.

The TRACE city energy efficiency diagnostic tool is used to benchmark city energy use, prioritize sectors with significant energy savings potential, and identify appropriate energy efficiency interventions across six service areas—transport, buildings, water and waste water, public lighting, solid waste, and power and heat. TRACE is a simple, low-cost, user-friendly and practical tool that can be applied in any socioeconomic setting.

TRACE consists of three principal components:
  • A city energy benchmarking tool
  • A process for prioritizing sectors based on energy efficiency potential
  • A “playbook” of tried-and-tested energy efficiency interventions
These three components are woven into a user-friendly software application that takes the user through a series of sequential steps: from initial data gathering to a report containing a matrix of energy efficiency recommendations tailored to the city’s individual context, with implementation and financing options.

TRACE consists of the following elements:
  • An introduction to the rapid energy efficiency assessment process and how TRACE supports this process.
  • A tour of the TRACE tool that describes its operation and demonstrates its options and features.
  • A case study describing the results of a city energy efficiency evaluation conducted using TRACE.
  • Additional readings that provide detailed background information on the energy assessment process and how to use TRACE.
  • Exercises to help you evaluate your understanding of the energy assessment process and how to use TRACE.

Target Audience:
City officials, energy managers, policymakers