LECB programme helps countries to choose low-carbon development pathways

Cooperative programme will help direct climate finance to spur low-emission growth

It is recognised that limiting increases in global temperature to minimise the adverse impacts of climate change will require both developed and developing countries to transition to low-emission, climate-resilient pathways. However, the mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be seen in the context of social and economic development, including poverty eradication, especially in developing countries. Development benefits such as increased energy security, new technology investment opportunities, and improved public health (through fewer airborne pollutants) must be articulated. Energy is a key factor in economic growth, and gaining access to clean and affordable energy is a high priority for developing countries.

While many developing countries recognise these fundamental arguments, they often face significant institutional and technical capacity challenges in making informed investment choices. The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme is a collaborative initiative between the European Commission (EC), the Governments of Germany (BMU) and Australia (DCCEE and AusAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Programme’s overall objectives are to strengthen institutional and technical capacities in participating countries in order to:

  1. Develop national GHG inventory systems
  2. Identify and formulate Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)
  3. Prepare Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)
  4. Facilitate the design and adoption of mitigation action plans by select industries
  5. Design systems for the measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) of the proposed mitigation actions

Participating Countries are: Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Peru, The Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia.

For more information visit: www.lowemissiondevelopment.org