Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

Identifying energy-inefficient sectors in cities for the World Bank

Washington, DC, US

ERM is working in partnership with the World Bank – through the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank – to design, develop and implement a number of innovative tools that will help cities and countries develop robust carbon management strategies, and drive continual improvement with respect to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Through this partnership, ERM has developed the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE). TRACE can be used by cities to identify sectors that are underperforming in terms of energy efficiency. The tool evaluates the cost-saving potential associated with various sectors and therefore facilitates the identification of priority areas for energy-efficiency intervention. The elements covered by TRACE include passenger transport, municipal buildings, water and wastewater, public lighting, solid waste, and power and heat.

Both ERM and the World Bank recognize the value for TRACE in terms of providing concrete data to inform proactive decision-making and cost-effective carbon-reduction strategies at both the municipal and country levels.