China-ClimateWorks Low Carbon Growth Planning Support

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Overview

"Achieving development goals depends on enabling poorer countries to accelerate or maintain robust economic growth despite the disproportionate impacts of climate change which they face. The central challenge is to enable all countries to strengthen delivery of their own development visions and goals through low-carbon, climate-resilient, or ‘climate compatible’ growth strategies. How to address this challenge has been laid out by a growing number of countries in their national plans.

The first generation of these Low Carbon Growth Plans (LCGPs) have shown that many developing, as well as developed countries, are willing and able to commit to ambitious actions on climate compatible growth, based on their own national development priorities and as a contribution to meeting our collective global climate change challenge.

LCGPs should be seen primarily as policy instruments which support state governments and institutions in sovereign decision-making. However they can also support global goals by providing national strategic context to the abatement and adaptation efforts for which countries receive international recognition."

"Climateworks Foundation, the European Climate Foundation, Project Catalyst and McKinsey & Company supported twelve countries with low carbon growth planning activities prior to COP 15. This assistance focused on sustainable development, GHG mitigation and climate resiliency based on country priorities and a strategic vision. Example activities included assistance with development of marginal abatement cost curves and assessment of economic impacts."

References

  1.  "LCGP support"
  2.  "Low Carbon Growth Plans Advancing Good Practice, August 2009"