Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE)

Benchmarking city energy use and prioritising sectors with energy efficiency potential

The Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE) is a decision-support tool designed to help cities quickly identify under-performing sectors, evaluate improvement and cost-saving potential, and prioritize sectors and actions for energy efficiency (EE) intervention. It covers six municipal sectors: passenger transport, municipal buildings, water and wastewater, public lighting, solid waste, power and heat.

TRACE consists of three modules:

  • an energy benchmarking module which compares key performance indicators (KPIs) among peer cities
  • a sector prioritisation module which identifies sectors that offer the greatest potential with respect to energy-cost savings
  • an intervention selection module which functions like a “playbook” of tried-and-tested EE measures and helps select locally appropriate EE interventions.

TRACE is designed with the intention to involve city decision makers in the deployment process. It starts with benchmark data collection, goes through an on-location assessment involving experts and decision makers, and ends with a final report to city authorities with recommendations of EE interventions tailored to the city’s individual context.

This tool has been used in cities across Turkey, Indonesia, Macedonia, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Philippines, Serbia, Vietnam.


Free e-learning course created in partnership with the World Bank Institude is available on Also group trainings/facilitated courses are available.
Free e-learning course.
Using the tool: No costs to use the tool
Time needed:
3 months

Accessing the tool

Online: Downloadable via after registration
Pedzi Makumbe:
Assessment of mitigation / resource potential

Assess broad mitigation options such as CO2 emissions reduction and renewable energy resource potentials such as wind energy.

GHG emissions and energy models

Computer-based models which calculate greenhouse gas emissions and energy supply and demand.

Low carbon development / technology platforms or databases

Knowledge sharing initiative around low carbon development and technologies.

Area of focus
Adaptation 0, Mitigation 3, Development 3

Published by:

World Bank , Energy Sector Management Assistance Program


For global use