Climate Change Toolkits

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These toolkits provide sector-specific checklists, sample documents and other resources for creating successful partnerships relating to Climate Change.

Assessment and Adaptation Tools

Climate & Disaster Risk Screening Tools - The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools provide a systematic, consistent, and transparent way of considering short- and long-term climate and disaster risks in project and national/sector planning processes. These self-paced tools provide high-level screening at an early stage of program and/or project development. They are intended to help determine the need for further studies, consultation, and/or dialogue in the course of program or project design.

The tools can be applied to a range of development sectors in support of (a) national plans and strategies and (b) project level investments. Project level tools are available for a range of sectors including agriculture, water, roads, coastal flood protection, energy, health and other.

Climate Change Adaptation Tools - The Climate Change Knowledge Portal is a central hub of information, data, and reports about climate change around the world. It allows users to query, map, compare, chart, and summarize key climate and climate-related information. The Portal features access to a number of online climate change adaptation tools providing comprehensive global, regional, and country data related to climate change and development. These tools include the Climate Compatible Development Tools,UKCIP Adaptation Wizard,Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRisTAL), and Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit HEAT).

Natural Hazard Assessment Tool - Assessing the potential disaster and climate risk in development is critical for development experts, project developers, planners, officials, and other decision makers. To make this understanding of risk more accessible and increase the resilience of projects around the world, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery’s Innovation Lab has collaborated with the World Bank Group, BRGM (the French geological survey), Camptocamp, and Deltares, to develop ThinkHazard!. This free, open source tool analyses global, national, and local hazard data in a first-of-its-kind digital platform. Hazard information is available for 196 countries across 8 different natural hazards. With this tool, users can have a quick, simple-to-use overview of all hazards in an area of interest and access recommendations and resources to help address those risks.

The Decision Tree Framework - No methodology has yet been generally accepted for assessing the significance of climate risks relative to all other risks to water resources projects. 

The goal of this book, "The Decision Tree Framework,"  is to outline a pragmatic process for risk assessment of water resources projects that can serve as a decision support tool to assist project planning under uncertainty. The approach adopted here is a robustness-based, bottom-up alternative to previous top-down approaches to climate risk assessment, the quality of which has been contingent on the accuracy of future climate projections derived from general circulation models (GCMs). The Decision Tree's approach to risk assessment aims at a thorough understanding a project’s vulnerabilities to climate change, in the context of other non-climate uncertainties (e.g., economic, environmental, demographic, political). It helps to identify projects that perform well across a wide range of potential future climate conditions, as opposed to seeking solutions that are optimal in expected conditions, but fragile to conditions deviating from the expected. 

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Tools

Find links to toolkits for evaluating and setting up public-private partnerships for renewable energy here as well as other links and resources, visit our page on Renewable Energy.

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Toolkits for Renewable Energy

World Bank's Renewable Energy Toolkit (REToolkit)

REToolkit provides a broad set of tools to assist World Bank staff and country counterparts to improve the design and implementation of renewable energy (RE) projects, incorporate best practices and lessons learned from RE projects supported by the World Bank Group and other institutions, and is operationally oriented to address practical implementation needs at each stage in the RE project cycle. The toolkit aims to help identify and design feasible RE projects, determine appropriate promotional policies, identify sustainable business models, finance mechanisms and regulatory frameworks - and utilize the best available project tools, including technical standards and generic terms of reference.

The Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP) Toolkit

Typically, a developer seeking RET project financing approaches a lender with a package that includes a fairly common slate of fundamental transaction documents. They may range from complex plans for a facility using a novel technology to simple (but important) term sheets for the deal or a loan.

G20 Toolkit for Renewable Energy Deployment: Country Options for sustainable growth based on Remap

IRENA June 2016. In October 2015, under the Turkish presidency, the G20 adopted the “Toolkit of Voluntary Options for Renewable Energy Deployment”. IRENA has been requested to co-ordinate toolkit activities, in co-operation with other international organizations. One of five focus areas of the toolkit is the development of roadmaps for renewable energy deployment in the G20. IRENA’s renewable energy roadmap (REmap) programme assesses the potential of renewable energy technology and their costs and benefits in enabling the world to double its share of renewables by the year 2030. The second edition of the global REmap was issued in March 2016. It includes renewables roadmaps for G20 member countries. This background paper summarizes the results for the G20, identifies action areas for G20 policy makers and proposes the next steps of a “REmap G20 process”.

Street Lighting Toolkit

This toolkit and the two accompanying business cases have been developed to assist local authorities to assess the impact of investing in energy efficiency measures within their street lighting system. It covers measures such as LED lighting, control systems and the use of dimming and trimming. It is designed as an initial feasibility assessment. The Toolkit has been developed with technical expertise provided by Ove Arup & Partners and in consultation with the SCOTS street lighting team.

Some examples of toolkits by countries below:

Canada

  • Reference: Renewable Energy Toolkit for Economic Development, Government of Alberta, May 2010 - To assist communities and especially community leaders in assessing possible projects, Alberta Treasury Board and Enterprise has developed the Renewable Energy Toolkit for Economic Development. The toolkit is a policy neutral document, designed to facilitate a better understanding of the basics of renewable energy, as well as assist communities in beginning the due diligence process, and provide basic guidance for screening various projects.

India

  • Reference: Renewable Energy Local Area Development Toolkit, Climate Parliament India network, 2017 - The Renewable Energy Local Area Development toolkit has been developed to help the legislators organize a renewable energy plan in their respective constituencies. The toolkit highlights the importance of clean and renewable energy technologies at the local level, and provides comprehensive information and details on implementing renewable energy projects.

United Kingdom

  • Reference: Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Project Development Toolkit - Local Energy Scotland 2013 - This Toolkit has been developed specifically to help community groups and rural businesses of all kinds take forward the development of renewable energy projects. It is designed to be accessible to people with different levels of understanding of the technology, project development, financial and legal issues.
  • Reference: United Kingdom, Wales: Local Energy Toolkit,- Online resource prepared by the Welsh Government’s Renewable Energy Support Service. The Local Energy Toolkit has been developed to help community groups take forward the development of renewable energy projects. It is designed to be accessible to people with different levels of understanding of the technology, project development, financial and legal issues. It provides guidance to community groups to develop their project from an initial concept through to construction and operation.

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Updated: April 29, 2022

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