An NDC Toolbox Navigator User Experience Profile: Calculating Emissions Reduced from PFAN-Asia’s Clean Energy Interventions Using the CLEER Tool

By Kevin Kurkul, Greg Carlock

Here’s the scenario: you work for the Ministry of Energy on a team tasked with translating the energy sector targets of your country’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) into an actionable plan. You know there is a wealth of support resources to assist you, but you’re not sure where to begin.  

You also know that your team would benefit from shared experiences and learning from others engaged in similar processes at this juncture.  

The good news is that the NDC Partnership recently launched the NDC Toolbox Navigator, an online platform designed to connect those involved in planning and implementing NDCs with the tools they can use to support planning and implementation.

The Toolbox Navigator allows users to easily identify support from a database of more than 250 tools and resources, knowledge platforms, advisory services and user experience profiles.

It is structured around activities relevant to NDC implementation, and also has topical and regional filters. Users may, and are encouraged to, contribute profiles detailing their experience with different resources for NDC planning and implementation, climate action planning, low-emission development or climate-resilient development. These user experience profiles help future users of the NDC Toolbox Navigator better understand the benefits, limitations, and lessons learned around using particular tools. 

One user experience profile is that of the Private Finance Advisory Network for Asia Program (PFAN-Asia), who used the online Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Tool to assess the actual and potential energy and greenhouse gas emission impacts from their suite of clean energy interventions. This experience is further detailed in a paper developed by the RALI Project as part of a series highlighting examples of low emission development in practice.

This user experience profile describes how PFAN-Asia made use of nine clean energy technology methodologies in the CLEER Tool to estimate the emission reduction benefits from a diverse set of clean energy interventions relative to appropriately-chosen business-as-usual scenarios available in the tool. PFAN-Asia calculated an emission reduction total of more than 300,000 tCO2e in 2016 as a result of generating more than 400,000 MWh of clean energy from nine projects. 


Emissions reductions in 2016 from the generation of 400,000 MWh of clean energy and estimated cumulative emission reductions projected through 2030.

PFAN-Asia also deployed the CLEER Tool’s ability to estimate emission reductions projected out to a future date. Through 2030, PFAN-Asia calculated a cumulative emission reduction from their clean energy interventions exceeding 15 million tCO2e. This functionality of the tool could be useful in quantifying different scenarios for a program like PFAN-Asia’s in finance prioritization. 

Have you used the CLEER Tool to estimate emissions reduced or avoided from a cleaner energy or energy efficiency solution? Leave a comment below and/or submit a user experience profile to the NDC Toolbox Navigator so that others working to implement NDCs may learn from your experience and perspectives.

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Additional Resources:
Adaptation, Energy
Strategic Objective
Emissions, Clean Energy, Mitigation, Monitoring and Evaluation

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.

Greg Carlock

Greg Carlock is an Associate in the Climate Program at World Resources Institute (WRI), where he develops and manages new online data tools and visualization platforms that support climate action and NDC implementation. As part of the NDC Partnership Support Unit, Greg manages the development of online navigators and data explorers for the NDC Knowledge Portal. This includes the NDC Funding and Initiative Navigator (Nov 2016), the NDC Toolbox Navigator (May 2017) and the NDC Data Explorer (Nov 2017). Prior to joining WRI, Greg was the technical lead for the CLEER Tool, a GHG accounting protocol and calculation platform developed with the US Agency for International Development that helps estimate the GHG benefits of clean energy investments around the world.

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