Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) are smart development. LEDS contribute both to global GHG emissions reductions—supporting long-term climate change mitigation AND to broader national development goals and priorities—providing nearer-term economic, social, and environmental benefits. This page provides resources to help LEDS Global Partnership members make the case for low emission development. Well-designed LEDS help countries:
- Grow secure, sustainable and prosperous futures for their citizens
- Anticipate and respond to climate change and reduce vulnerability
- Participate in the new global low carbon economy, through improved competitiveness and green technology adoption
- Preserve natural resources through sustainable forest and agriculture management practices
- Strengthen energy access and security through energy efficiency and clean energy technology deployment
- Access global climate change assistance funding and catalyze private sector investment
LEDS Benefits Resources—Factsheets, Briefs, Presentations, Videos, Blogs, Tools
Many organizations have documented the benefits of low emission development. Some of these resources—including compelling case studies and success stories—on the connections between climate change mitigation and national development priorities--are compiled here.
Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development and Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development-Summary for Policymakers These documents discuss and provide real-world examples of how governments that put green growth at the heart of development can achieve sustainable economic growth and social stability, safeguard the environment and conserve resources for future generations.
CDKN Why do low emission development strategies matter? Remarks from Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, at the opening of Peru’s second national climate change conference, Interclima, held in December 2013.
Asia LEDS Partnership LEDS Benefits Slide Deck Rationale for LEDS Policies
Evidence to Action: Promoting Global Development in a Changing Climate Slides and videos from presentations at April 2013 Symposium.
UNDP Case Studies of Sustainable Development in Practice: Triple Wins for Sustainable Development This report describes "triple win" development policies and programming that integrate social development with economic growth and sustainability. It provides national examples of progress toward sustainable development, from developing countries like Nepal and Niger, as well as emerging economies like South Africa and Croatia.
CDKN Inside Stories on Climate Compatible Development These stories offer practical lessons on what works and what doesn’t when planning and delivering low carbon, climate-resilient development.
OECD Green Growth Series These OECD Green Growth Studies and Green Growth papers offer in-depth reviews of the green growth issues facing different sectors.
Health in the Green Economy (World Health Organization) WHO's Health in the Green Economy sector briefings examine the health impacts of climate change mitigation strategies. Topics include Housing, Urban Transport, Household Energy in Developing Countries, Health-Care Facilities, and Occupational Health.
Health Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (World Health Organization) WHO's proposed health indicators to track how well we are advancing sustainable development. Includes thematic briefings on Agriculture, food and nutrition security, disaster risk management, energy, jobs, sustainable cities, and water.
UK Department for International Development (DFID) Low Carbon Development Summary Sheet Series This series of fact sheets synthesize the latest work and evidence from the major economic research institutions, multilateral institutions/organisations, and leading thinkers and consultancies working on low carbon development.
- UKAID Poverty reduction in a low carbon economy Factsheet on contribution of low carbon development to poverty reduction through increased access to clean energy and sustainable agriculture.
- UKAID Water and low carbon development Factsheet on impacts of low-carbon economy on water security.
- UKAID Green jobs in a low carbon economy Factsheet on impacts of low-carbon economy on productivity and green jobs in the clean energy and sustainable agriculture and forest sectors.
- UKAID New Economics and Low-Carbon Development Factsheet on the benefits of green accounting systems and synergising economic growth with environmental protection in a low-carbon economy.
UNDP Series on Gender and Climate Change in Africa – Policy briefs and training modules on gender and climate change for practitioners and policy makers in Africa. The themes include a general overview of climate change issues, adaptation, agriculture and food security, equitable energy access, and climate finance.
UNFCC Climate Development Mechanism (CDM) Development Benefits Showcase Short case studies of CDM projects that are contributing to improving people's lives and achieving sustainable development more broadly. Such co-benefits include contributions to local employment, freeing up financial resources for households and making other essential services available.
The Eco-Tipping Points Project A compilation of stories from around the world explaining what actions have made communities successful in moving toward sustainable goals. The focus is on sharing the tipping point levers--concrete actions and lessons learned that other communities can take take to shift the balance from decline to restoration.
Transportation and LEDS
Health in the Green Economy: Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation – Transport sector (World Health Organization) This document looks at how low-carbon transportation strategies can reduce the risks of transport, but also promote health-enhancing environments. It includes case studies on cities in Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
EMBARQ Sustainable Urban Transportation Videos EMBARQ is the World Resources Institute (WRI) signature initiative for sustainable transport and urban development, operating through a global network of centers in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Turkey. EMBARQ's video collection has many examples showing how sustainable transportation is helping to improve quality of life in cities worldwide.
UKAID Transport in a low carbon economy Factsheet on social and economic benefits of climate change mitigation measures in the transport sector.
Energy and LEDS
Global Environment Facility (GEF) Climate Change Mitigation Good Practices and Lessons Highlights of GEF's energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) Impact Stories Series highlighting impacts of ESMAP's technical assistance on rural electrification, lighting, renewable technology, and energy efficiency around the world.
UKAID Energy systems in a low carbon economy Factsheet on impacts of low-carbon energy deployment on poverty reduction, job creation, economic benefits and energy security.
UKAID Fossil fuel subsidies and low carbon development Factsheet on impacts of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies on enhanced energy security, reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic growth.
The Welfare Impact of Rural Electrification: A Reassessment of the Costs and Benefits This 2008 World Bank report summarizes the welfare impacts of its investments in rural electrification over the last two decades.
Welfare Impacts of Rural Electrification A Case Study from Bangladesh World Bank study assesses the rural energy demand and the welfare impacts of rural electrification projects in Bangladesh.
Land Use and LEDS
Climate Smart Agriculture Sourcebook This 2013 publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization oF the united nations 2013 is a comprehensive reference to support development of planning, policies and investments and the practices that are suitable for making different agricultural sectors, landscapes and food systems more climate-smart. It provides many examples of case studies and success stories from experiences in the forestry, fisheries and agricultural sectors.
UKAID Natural Resource Scarcity and Low Carbon Development Factsheet on impacts of finite natural resources on climate change policy.
Waste and LEDS
Cities and LEDS
UKAID Cities and low carbon development Factsheet on climate compatible urban planning and management.
Energizing Green Cities in Southeast Asia: Applying Sustainable Urban Energy and Emissions Planning (The World Bank) This report lays out the challenges and proposes strategies for Sustainable Urban Energy and Emissions Planning (SUEEP) and development. It shows that the above challenges also present a unique opportunity for EAP cities to become the global engines of green growth by choosing energy efficient solutions for their infrastructure needs and avoiding locking in energy-intensive infrastructure that has accompanied economic growth in the past. The SUEEP studies in the three pilot cities—Cebu City (the Philippines), Surabaya (Indonesia), and Da Nang (Vietnam)
Tools to Assess LEDS Benefits
This Development Impacts Assessment Toolkit helps country, regional, and local policymakers find tools and resources to assess the impacts of and links between national development priorities and low emission development strategies (LEDS). This toolkit equips decision makers with information to explore policy options and build consensus with stakeholders to achieve low-emission development that supports national development objectives.