Frequently Asked Questions about SEEC ClearPath California

 

What is SEEC ClearPath California used for?

SEEC ClearPath California is an all-in-one suite of online tools to help you complete your community-wide and government operations GHG inventories, forecasts, and climate action plans. Access online modules for each major step in managing local government and community GHG emissions: an Inventory Module that allows a user to create an inventory of all major greenhouse gas sources within a community, An emissions Forecasting Module that can create highly detailed business as usual projections of GHG emissions as well as the activities that generate them, and a separate climate action planning module which will help you choose cost-effective measures for your climate action plan or energy plan.

SEEC ClearPath California was developed by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, a proud partner in the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC).

SEEC ClearPath California is a perfect complement to the SEEC Quick Start Guides for Climate Mitigation (also developed by ICLEI) and the in-person SEEC trainings offered throughout the state.

 

Who is eligible to use this tool?

The application is freely available to individuals and organizations working on behalf of any local government within the State of California as a benefit of SEEC. The tool is not structured to support users outside California.

 

How do I gain access to the Suite?

To gain access to the application, simply fill out the account setup form on the SEEC website.

 

What training resources are available on how to use the tool?

Online recorded trainings are coming soon. Upcoming SEEC trainings, held throughout the state and online, include a training on how to conduct a community-scale GHG inventory; this training will also cover how to use SEEC ClearPath California. To be alerted to upcoming local government trainings in your region, simply register for access to the SEEC website (local government staff only).

 

What sources of emissions can I calculate and track with this tool?

The application allows you to create protocol compliant inventories for community scale and government operations.  It contains calculators designed to use the methods described in the relevant protocol for the most common sources of emissions that you are likely to include in your inventory.  For those sources and activities where calculators are not provided, the application contains locations to enter the results of calculations made externally.  In this way a full emissions inventory can be developed.

 

Can I track criteria air pollutants with the tool?

No. At this time the application only calculates emissions from greenhouse gases, including CO2, methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). Users can also track sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions from direct power generation and fugitive refrigerant emissions and include them in their total emissions as well.

 

Is the tool a replacement for ICLEI's CACP 2009 software?

SEEC ClearPath California is updated from previous tools provided through the SEEC program with regard to the ability to support protocol compliant inventories for both community and government operations.  Users will find many benefits of this tool over CACP 2009 and ICLEI is recommending users begin to transfer their emissions management activities to SEEC ClearPath California as feasibility allows.

 

How is SEEC ClearPath California different than CACP 2009?

SEEC ClearPath California contains updated methods and emissions factors to be compliant with the Community Protocol as well as the Local Government Operations Protocol.  In addition the calculators it contains can help you to compute emissions from sources and activities that were not available in CACP 2009, such as process emissions from wastewater treatment.

 

Is there an advantage to using one over another?

The advantage of SEEC ClearPath California is that it is online and can more easily be accessed by numerous local government staff.  It is also more easy to use through a modern web interface and provides better feedback in the reporting and visualization options it produces.  As an integrated suite of tools SEEC ClearPath California is more than an emissions calculator.  It is an emissions management system that will lead you seamlessly from inventory, to forecast, to action planning, and long term monitoring all within a single application.  The one disadvantage of moving to SEEC ClearPath California from CACP is there are likely to be small differences in your results due to differences in emissions factors and changes in calculation methods from one application to the next.  Users who are migrating past inventories should be prepared for those types of differences to occur.

 

Can an inventory done in CACP 2009 easily be transferred into the SEEC ClearPath California? Can data be imported?

There is currently no import feature to-or-from SEEC ClearPath California. Data can be transferred from CACP 2009 or another location into SEEC ClearPath California manually.

 

Is SEEC ClearPath California compliant with the new Community Protocol?

SEEC ClearPath California is compliant with the Community Protocol, providing full support for the Five Basic Emissions Generating Activities described in the Reporting Chapter of the protocol as well as a number of other emissions generating sources and activities.  The complete protocol can be located here.