Tools on the Climate-Smart Planning Platform

The Climate-Smart Planning Platform makes it easier for practitioners to develop the strong analysis that leads to successful policy and investment implementation.

It provides a forum where you can choose from a compilation of well-established and trusted analytical models, tools, methods, procedures, and guides provided by the partners. These tools have been selected to help you develop viable multi-sectoral, and multi-stakeholder planning options that that offer low-emissions, climate-resilient growth. The platform gives you the ability to rate and comment on each tool, and to share your analyses and experiences via the built-in wiki.

To make it easier to find the tools that can help answer your planning questions, try browsing the list using our filters on the home page.

The platform is designed to accommodate different levels of planning toolkits that vary in scope and extension. The toolkits cover needs such as microeconomic and marginal abatement tools for low-carbon development planning, and sector-specific climate change impact assessments.

The list of tools will be expanded and updated over time. Most have been used in developing countries, and are supported by the organization that provided them. If you do not find a tool that meets your specific needs, please let us know. We will try to help.

Alphabetical listing of tools


Examples of currently available tools include:

Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL)
CRiSTAL is a project planning tool that helps users design activities that support adaptation to climate variability and change. CRiSTAL stands for “Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods”:“Community-based” – CRiSTAL focuses on projects at the local community level.“Risk Screening” – CRiSTAL helps users to identify and prioritize climate risks that their projects might address.“Adaptation and Livelihoods” – CRiSTAL helps users to identify livelihood resources most important to climate adaptation and uses these as a basis for designing adaptation strategies.

Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus (EFFECT) Tool
EFFECT is a bottom up, excel-based accounting framework, intended for forecasting GHG emissions and variables such as energy consumption and supply. It is an open and transparent modeling tool used to forecast greenhouse gas emissions from a range of development scenarios. It focuses on sectors that contribute to and are expected to experience rapid growth in emissions. EFFECT covers power, transport, household, Industry, commercial, and agriculture sectors. EFFECT has been used in 11 countries, including Brazil, Poland, Georgia, Macedonia, Nigeria, and Vietnam.

Ex Ante Carbon-balance Tool (ExACT)
This tool provides ex-ante estimations of the impact of agriculture and forestry development projects on GHG emissions and carbon sequestration, indicating its effects on the carbon balance.The EX-ACT tool computes the carbon balance with and without the project. The difference represents the potential impact of the project in terms of mitigation, indicating the net amount of carbon sequestered (carbon sink) or emitted (carbon source) as a result of the project. EX-ACT could therefore help project designers select the project activities which have higher benefits both in economic and climate change mitigation terms (added value of the project).

UCL Energy Institute Models
The UCL Energy Institute has developed and regularly uses many different types of energy models for different purposes at UK, European and global scales. Several are directly applicable to other economies whilst others would require re-populating with local data.

Waste Reduction Model [WARM]
EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners track and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices.