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CLEER Progress Toward Sustainability

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure. In the context of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, consistent standards and measures are the only way to know if clean energy initiatives are effective. To solve this problem for USAID, ICF created the Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Tool as part of the larger Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation (RALI) project. Awarded the World Resources Institute’s “Built on GHG Protocol” mark in 2016, CLEER is among a select group of tools and protocols that represent the “gold standard of GHG accounting,” helping report outcomes consistently, transparently, and accurately.

ICF pulled from its deep bench of experts across scientific and technological disciplines to create CLEER, a user-friendly web platform that enables users in the energy, industry, transport, and urban sectors to estimate and report GHG emission reductions of their projects to 2030. While the tool’s value is already apparent in GHG reporting that is consistent and comparable across regions, sectors, and programs, ICF continues to improve CLEER’s accessibility, ease of use, and functionality. Grounded in reliable data, analysts can now look beyond GHG calculations to improve energy planning and answer questions and identify issues for the global low emission development strategies (LEDS) community.

Click View to learn more about how CLEER is helping inform future planning, streamline reporting, identify high-impact activities, reduce costs, improve communications, and align climate change programs. Through its commitment to getting the details right at the ground level, ICF is supporting analysis and insights that will help advance actions to mitigate climate change and allow for sustainable human and economic development.

The CLEER Tool and Protocol are accessible at

By Marian Van Pelt and John Venezia