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Developing Countries Demonstrate Impacts of Low Emission Development Strategies

Photo of a man with a blue hard hat on installing instrumentation on an 80 meter meteorological tower used to measure the wind resource in Bangladesh.

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:

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.

Additional Information

Learn more about the EC-LEDS program and the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) initiative.