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Supporting RBEC Transition to Low-Emission Development

The UN Development Project (UNDP) is working with countries in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to help create and implement low emission development strategies.


CIS countries have some of the most carbon intensive economies in the world. According to World Bank data, the region accounts for 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 10% of the world’s energy demand, but only five percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). It remains the most energy-inefficient region both in consumption and production of energy.

The demand for energy is expected to rise in the period up to 2030, with fossil fuels expected to remain the most dominant source of energy. In this context, it is obvious that a transition to low-emission economies cannot be achieved through isolated efforts but only through concerted efforts at the national and regional level.

UNDP supports national partners in the region to develop low emission development strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). This includes:

  • Providing training on how to develop and implement low emission development strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation actions
  • Accessing and mobilizing financing to implement the strategies
  • Providing guidance to countries as they develop low emission strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation action plans.

The project objectives are:

  • Governmental agencies in selected countries have an enhanced capacity to design, mobilize finance for the implementation, and implement low-emission development strategies and NAMAs.
  • Governments in the region have an improved understanding of and capacity to participate in the international climate change negotiations.
  • The countries of the region have improved knowledge of costs of climate change impacts and available policy options for adaptation.
  • UNDP COs of the region have enhanced their capacities to address country adaptation needs and catalyze financial resources for adaptation activities.
  • Vulnerabilities reduced and capacities strengthened to manage climate risks at local level in Moldova.

Outputs and resources

For more information, see the UNDP website.

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