Low Emission Development: EC-LEDS

USAID’s climate change mitigation work seeks to help countries accelerate the transition to low emission development through investments in clean energy and sustainable land use. A country pursuing low emission development will grow its economy and improve the lives of its citizens, while slowing the growth of national greenhouse gas emissions.

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) is a flagship U.S. program that has forged partnerships with more than 20 developing countries—from Colombia to Indonesia to South Africa to Ukraine—who are planning and implementing Low Emission Development Strategies, or LEDS. Most USAID climate change mitigation work is done under the EC-LEDS umbrella.

Under this program, USAID, the State Department, and other U.S. agencies collaborate with partner countries to develop state-of-the-art knowledge, tools and analyses to estimate GHG emissions and identify and implement the best options for low emission growth.

With knowledge, tools and analyses, countries can assess low emission pathways in any economic sector and choose for themselves the best ways to promote low emission development. Visit the EC-LEDS website

Inside LEDS: Clean Energy and Sustainable Landscapes

In implementing a Low Emission Development Strategy, countries can curb emissions and promote low emission growth in any sector—from energy to agriculture, transportation, or industry. USAID supports LEDS implementation through funding for two mitigation pillars: clean energy and sustainable landscapes.

Clean Energy activities establish a foundation for low emission energy systems by supporting policies and actions that accelerate the transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Sustainable Landscapes activities invest in land-use practices that slow, stop and reverse emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and other landscapes. Many sustainable land-use activities curb emissions and also provide important co-benefits like supporting livelihoods, watersheds and biodiversity.

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Last updated: January 27, 2014

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