Energy Working Group
A LEDS GP Working Group
The Energy Working Group (EWG) is a growing, demand-driven network featuring more than 115 energy sector experts from national governments, multilateral institutions, private practitioners, and NGOs. The EWG engages and brings together leading experts and practitioners around the world to advance climate-resilient, low-emission energy development. Through the facilitation of peer-to-peer information and best practice exchange, advisory services, and opportunities for collaboration on low-emissions strategy building and activities, the EWG seeks to support countries and stakeholders in crafting successful low-emissions, climate-resilient development strategies. Working in partnership with the LEDS GP Regional Platforms and other LEDS GP working groups, the EWG works both to support a number of signature energy activities directed by the Regional Platform and to create communities of practice and knowledge exchange for energy practitioners to advance LEDS planning and implementation. Under the broader LEDS GP framework, the Energy Working Group is coordinated by a Secretariat. The head of the Secretariat serves as the EWG’s Chair, assisted by one regional Co-Chair from each of the three target regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean.
The Energy Sector Working Group promotes low emissions development in the energy sector through a work program focused on learning and information exchange, sharing best practices, advisory services, and providing enhanced opportunities for coordination and collaboration. The working group seeks to assist countries in assisting countries in successfully developing low emissions climate-resilient energy strategies in partnership with the LEDS GP Regional Platforms and other working groups. The working group seeks to support sustainable energy solutions by countries that will both enable a transition to a low climate development path and that are resilient to the impacts of climate change.
2015 Working Group Activities
The Energy Working group has three main working areas:
1) Providing advisory services to LEDS GP participants, including in the areas of analysis, planning, finance, and implementation, as well as measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of climate-compatible action in the energy sector. This component includes: • Exploring and responding to countries’ requests for technical assistance by providing the working group’s expertise or by connecting them to other international experts; and • Supporting the LEDS GP four regional platforms (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America & the Caribbean), the global Secretariat, as well as the other sectoral working groups where their activities require energy-related expertise.
2) Offering peer learning, training, and knowledge-sharing opportunities for practitioners tasked with planning and implementing LEDS in the energy sector. This component includes: • Developing and disseminating energy LEDS online support material such as toolkits, advisory notes, and policy papers; • Designing and hosting web-based seminars and webinar series; and • Assisting with the organization of energy-sector sessions and in-person workshops at global and regional LEDS events.
3) Implementing targeted signature projects that respond to current knowledge and information gaps identified by the LEDS regional platforms and/or countries participating in the LEDS GP. (See below for further information.)
LEDS Sustainable Energy & Development World Atlas
The EWG proposes creating an interactive online project that will document and catalogue examples of successful low-emission and climate-compatible energy development projects around the world, including details on the programs and their observed social and economic benefits. Targeting both energy experts and non-experts, the Atlas aims to serve as a powerful tool for presenting successful energy LEDS and their societal impacts, while providing the LEDS GP network with a central forum for the exchange of energy-sector knowledge. Additionally, it will help individual governments, project developers, implementing agencies, funders, and other key actors understand and communicate the full value of sustainable energy deployment.
We are currently fundraising for this project. Let us know if you want to get involved. You can find the full contact note here:
Data Crowdsourcing Project (coming soon)
The EWG plans to develop an open-sourced energy technology database that allows users to openly contribute and use data for any of the standard LEDS energy modeling tools. Using a cloud-based platform, the data crowdsourcing platform will provide tool users with technology- and geography-specific data inputs needed for various free low-emission energy modeling tools available.
For descriptions of each webinar, please click here: EWG Webinars.
Please check back soon to hear about any additional upcoming webinars. We will announce them through the LEDS-GP and EWG list servs. If you are not already on one of these list servs, please contact us. Also, if you interested in participating in a webinar or have a specific request for a topic, please contact us.
News and Events
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Resources and Tools
Energy LEDS Toolkit
Opportunities for Communities of Practice to Support the Design of Low-Emission Development Strategies and Policies in the Energy Sector (Policy Paper)
The Policy Paper explores areas in which international communities of practice can assist local practitioners in the creation of LEDS in the energy sector. Highlighting the multitude of information necessary for smart energy policymaking—including technical, social, economic, financial, and political data and know-how—the Paper identifies successful low-emissions energy policies and measures. It also builds the reference document for a survey directed at the LEDS GP network that will explore energy practitioners’ prioritization for issues and policies around which communities of practice can be formed.
If you seek expert advice on energy LEDS, would like to join the EWG, or want to contact us for any other reason, please email the EWG’s chair Alexander Ochs at email@example.com.