Developing Countries Demonstrate Impacts of Low Emission Development Strategies
- EC-LEDS Highlights Renewable Energy Resource Data at COP21
- Vietnam Makes Strides to Lower Emissions Thru Green Building Code, High-Performance Buildings
- Colombia Makes Major Strides in Low Emission Development
- Payments for Forest Environmental Services in Vietnam Preserves Forests, Engages Communities
- Presidential Engagement on Low Emission Development Strategies in Gabon
- Deploying Small- and Medium-Scale Renewables in Indonesia
- Philippines Plans for Clean Energy Future
- EC-LEDS Data-Driven Approach Featured in President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
- Renewable Energy Opportunity Assessment for USAID Mexico
- Advancing Development and Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Vietnam's Wind Sector
- Development Impact Case Study: South Africa
- Assessing Development Impacts Associated with Low Emission Development Strategies: Lessons Learned from Pilot Efforts in Kenya and Montenegro
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Forest Service
Andrea Watson, 303-275-4234
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) serves as the Technical Secretariat for the U.S. Global Climate Change Initiative's Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program. Together with USAID, the State Department, and other U.S. agencies, NREL provides targeted technical assistance to developing countries in their efforts to transition to low emission and sustainable economic development growth. Low emission development strategies (LEDS) can serve multiple purposes but are primarily intended to help advance national climate change and development policy.
Launched in 2010, several success stories have emerged proving that LEDS, when well designed and implemented, result in sustained growth in employment and investment, increased financial flows through carbon markets, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and other social, economic, and environmental benefits.
EC-LEDS has helped more than two dozen partnering countries over the past 5 years, specifically by:
- Reducing barriers to wind deployment in Bangladesh
- Promoting reliable distribution interconnection in Albania and Serbia
- Strengthening national GHG inventories in Cambodia, Malawi, Costa Rica, and Ukraine
- Informing clean energy policy in Colombia and Zambia
- Identifying energy efficiency opportunities in Thailand, Vietnam and Gabon
- Facilitating investment in renewable electricity in Georgia
- Improving economic efficiencies in Guatemala
- Deploying clean energy, low emission projects in South Africa and Indonesia
- Facilitating solar market growth in Jamaica
- Strengthening environmental laws and regulations in Kazakhstan
- Promoting sustainable land use and forest management in Kenya, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Peru
- Augmenting energy monitoring systems in Macedonia
- Supporting regional transmission planning in Moldova
- Expanding use of analytical tools for LEDS planning in the Philippines.
Just as renewable energy technologies have advanced dramatically over the past 5 years, so have technologies, methods, and tools for data collection, modeling, and mapping. Among the many tools and toolkits available through EC-LEDS to help countries create and implement a LEDS, is the Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) developed by NREL.
The GsT is a map-based software application that allows users to quantify and visualize a country's renewable energy resources relative to land, load centers, and infrastructure. Stakeholders in Vietnam and seven other Asian countries have received hands-on training in the use of the GsT and use it for analyzing national and regional renewable resource data and guiding deployment of renewable energy projects.