Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Tool
The CLEER Tool provides simple, standardized methodologies for calculating emission reductions from clean energy activities. The tool enables users to estimate, track, and report GHG reductions from clean energy, which may help users identify high impact activities with cost effective GHG reductions, assess emissions reduction potential of planned activities or alternatives, and measure benefits from indirect clean energy activities.
The CLEER Tool clean energy activities include renewable energy (e.g., solar photovoltaic, wind turbines, geothermal, hydroelectric), energy efficiency (e.g., building and appliance efficiency), biomass energy, fuel switching, as well as additional technology types.
For USAID-supported projects, the tool assists implementers in reporting GHG emissions reduced, sequestered, and/or avoided, a required standard indicator for clean energy projects (USAID standard indicator EG.12-6). It also supports reporting on projected GHG emissions reduced or avoided through 2030 from adopted laws, policies, regulations, or technologies related to clean energy (USAID standard indicator EG.12-7).
CLEER is also publicly available for general use by any organization that wants to estimate GHG emission reductions or projections for their purposes.
Inputs and Outputs
The CLEER Tool supports users that know basic information about their activities, such as the amount of energy generated or saved, or the amount of new technology built, adopted, or deployed.
Users can input data and information, select responses from drop down menus, answer questions, and document assumptions related to the following: activity information (e.g., location, activity type and name), energy information (e.g., whether the activity replaces direct fuel consumption and electricity, amount of electricity generated by the system, installed capacity, and type and amount of fuel replaced. The Tool also contains default data embedded into the calculations (e.g., country electricity grid and fuel emission factors, renewable energy capacity factors, unit conversion), and users can provide alternate values to default data if more accurate data is available. This default data comes from internationally-accepted sources, such as Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and the International Energy Agency.
After inputting the necessary information, users are provided with an activity information summary, results on annual emissions reductions, and an energy consumption comparison. The Tool also allows for the aggregation and reporting of multiple activities under a USAID Implementing Mechanism that reports to a USAID Operating Unit or Mission.
While all CLEER materials and content are available for public use, they were designed for use by USAID operating units, implementing partners, and stakeholders to estimate and document GHG emissions reduced and/or avoided from select clean energy activities, as defined by USAID GCC direct funding requirements, for the purpose of annual indicator reporting. Additional information regarding the intended use and limitations of CLEER can be found in Section 1.2 of the CLEER Protocol.
Unless otherwise noted, all CLEER materials are owned and licensed by USAID, controlled by ICF International, Inc. under the Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation (RALI) Project, and protected by worldwide copyright laws. CLEER content may be downloaded and shared for use by USAID or for general use, without altering or removing any trademark, copyright, or other notice from such material. No modification, reproduction, or creation of derivative work based on data, equations, or formulas within the CLEER materials is permitted, without the express written consent of both USAID and ICF International. All results acquired from using CLEER methods and tools should reference “USAID CLEER” as the source. On occasion, ICF International, in collaboration with USAID, may change, update, or discontinue CLEER content.
Accessing the tool and additional information
Additional information about the CLEER tool can be found here and a training webinar here. The tool can be accessed here: www.CLEERTool.org.
The CLEER tool is developed under the USAID Energy Efficiency and Clean Development Program (EECDP) implemented by ICF International.