The CLEER Tool enables users to estimate GHG reductions from a wide range of clean energy activities.

CLEER Tool Now Estimates Energy Generated and Cost Savings Produced from Clean Energy Projects

By Kevin Kurkul, John Venezia

For clean energy implementers, tracking and projecting changes in energy use due to program activities can often be a challenge. With this in mind, the Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Tool expanded!

New Energy and Cost Capabilities

The CLEER Tool is a user-friendly online calculator based on internationally accepted methodologies enabling users to calculate emissions reduced or avoided from clean energy actions. Two new functions now allow users to: 

  • calculate the energy generated by renewable energy projects, and 
  • calculate the energy and costs saved through energy efficiency projects. 

Energy generated or saved is displayed in kilowatt-hours (kWh) or gigajoules (GJ). Users can also estimate cost savings for energy efficiency projects, provided the cost per unit of energy is known. 

These new features enable clean energy project implementers to estimate and track multiple project benefits in one place. For example, the CLEER tool was used for a recent RALI case study on industrial energy efficiency improvements in Bangladesh. For the year 2015 alone, energy efficiency interventions in eight industrial facilities were estimated to have resulted in savings of:

  • 51,080 GJ of energy, 
  • $668,350 in avoided energy costs, and
  • 3,268 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).

About the CLEER Tool

The CLEER Tool is a web-based platform that provides a consistent and user-friendly approach to estimating greenhouse gas impacts using three main approaches:

  • General – Users who know the amount of energy generated or saved can estimate greenhouse gas impacts from renewable energy, energy efficiency, and fuel switching actions. 
  • Technology specific – Users who do not have energy data can use action-specific data (such as MW installed) to estimate energy generated or saved and associated greenhouse gas impacts. 
  • Projections – Users can create projections of greenhouse gas emissions reduced or avoided to 2030 using basic assumptions. This functionality will continue to be expanded to give users options to take into account additional assumptions about future impacts.

The tool allows users to collaborate on calculations, review data and assumptions, and aggregate greenhouse gas estimates.

Additional Resources:
  • The CLEER Tool website includes all CLEER materials, including the online tool, user guides, and (if needed) Excel-based calculators.
  • The CLEER Tool Training Webinar video guides new users through use of the tool.
  • The CLEER Protocol includes all technology-specific methodologies for estimating GHG impacts.
  • The CLEER Fact Sheet provides background on the CLEER tool and resources.

Any feedback or questions on the CLEER Tool can be sent to [email protected].

Sectors
Adaptation, Energy
Strategic Objective
Mitigation
Topics
Carbon, Emissions, Clean Energy, Mitigation, Monitoring and Evaluation
Region
Global

Kevin Kurkul

Kevin Kurkul is an Associate at ICF, a global professional services firm that delivers consulting services and technology solutions in energy, climate change, and other areas. Kevin leads outreach and training for the Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Tool, which enables users to estimate, track, and report GHG reductions from clean energy. Kevin also works on developing new methodologies to estimate GHG reductions from clean energy, and on developing GHG inventories and reporting guidelines.

John Venezia

John Venezia is a Principal at ICF, a global professional services firm that delivers consulting services and technology solutions in energy, climate change, and other areas. John manages the development of the Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Tool, which enables users to estimate, track, and report GHG reductions from clean energy. He has 18 years of experience in greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory development, designing GHG estimation and reporting guidelines, and analyzing the costs and reduction potential of GHG mitigation strategies. He is an internationally recognized expert in energy GHG emissions and in national GHG emission inventories, and serves on the UNFCCC's Roster of Experts.

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