New WBI Course Showcases Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy

10 May 2012. Energy efficiency is a key component of sustainable development. In order to support city officials, energy managers and policy-makers in assessing the energy efficiency of their cities and identifying sectors with the most improvement potential, the World Bank Institute (WBI) Climate Change Practice and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) launch an e-learning course titled “TRACE: How to Use the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy”, from 15-31 May 2012. 

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 and low-cost tool that can be applied in various socioeconomic settings. It 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.

The e-learning course comprises 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.

This event is free of charge. Please contact, with the subject line of your mail showing, "TRACE Registration" to receive the instructions on log in and access to the course.  

For further information please contact Samira El Khamlichi ( or visit: