Stage 1: Organizing the LEDS Process

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1.0 Organize the LEDS process

Organizing the LEDS Process provides an opportunity for countries to consider LEDS in the context of national development priorities and existing climate-related programs. Organizing the LEDS process begins with:

  • Establishing a vision and aligning LEDS with development goals;
  • Designing an institutional structure to support LEDS implementation;
  • Linking national and subnational LEDS.

A clear vision for long-term, transformative LEDS is driven by high-level political support and consensus building with stakeholders across government, private, and civil institutions. A strong cross-sectoral, whole-of-government institutional structure to support the LEDS process helps to ensure robustness and longevity of LEDS.

A clear vision for LEDS:

  • Provides a common purpose for national, subnational, and regional targets and action;
  • Defines a desired end-state for long-term, transformative change;
  • Creates a framework for the development of concrete short-term and medium-term goals aligned with national and subnational objectives;
  • Is driven by high-level political leadership;
  • Is aligned with, and supported by, the political leadership of the country.

The LEDS vision is unique to the needs and objectives of a given country and can evolve over time.

To ensure that LEDS incorporates actions and studies already undertaken, stakeholder groups can begin with an initial review of country-specific analyses and data (e.g., GHG emissions inventory, carbon supply curves, climate technology needs assessments), current climate initiatives (national and international) and existing clean energy, land use, and market readiness initiatives.

Stakeholders can then use this generalized framework to map out a process for a LEDS that effectively incorporates current activities and identifies remaining gaps.