More than 250 participants from 80 countries shared their perspectives on integrated governance; financing, and transparency for delivering climate goals from 2-6 May in Berlin. Read the key messages from the Global NDC Conference here. [more...]
Who we are
Our main focus is the integration of sustainable development and low emission pathways, making our work cross sectoral in nature. We collaborate closely with the other LEDS GP working groups to identify co-benefits of low emission measures in the transport, energy, agriculture and land use sector, as well as finance issues and opportunities and the achievement of social, economic and environmental impacts on the subnational level. We also cooperate with the regional platforms in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean as the voice of members in respective regions to identify needs, priorities and lessons learned to share globally. Our members include policy makers and practitioners from around the globe, as well as representatives from non-governmental organisations, civil society, and key stakeholders from all sectors. In 2016, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is leading coordination of the LEDS GP Benefits Working Group together with co-chairs Brett Cohen (The Green House/University Cape Town) and Manish Shrivastava (The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI). We seek to highlight the social, economic and environmental development impacts and benefits beyond emission reduction linked to low emission pathways. We look forward to working with you on identifying and communicating sustainable development impacts of low emission measures and strategies with you and welcome your feedback on products and topics. For more information read our factsheet. Join LEDS GP Contact us
- LEDS in Practice: Outreach briefs on a range of benefits linked to LEDS on boosting ecosystem resilience, ensuring energy security, using trade policy, creating green jobjs, promoting gender equality and gaining a competitive edge
- Training and technical assistance on development impact assessment, such as that held in Panama in September 2016
- The Development Impact Assessment (DIA) toolkit, which includes a range of tools and approaches to identify social, economic and environmental impacts. Learn more about development impact assessment in our OpenEI wikipedia.
- Case studies on the integration of benefits beyond emission reductions, including forthcoming papers on the Lake Turkana wind farm project in Kenya and Bangladesh Clean Energy Policy Options, developed with our partners at US AID Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation (RALI)
- Find a tutorial on how to use the DIA visualisation tool, access the template, and download the International Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (I‑JEDI) model on the US AID Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) website.
- Understanding which economic, social and environmental benefits are linked to low emission measures and strategies and how.
- Identifying approaches and tools to assess development impacts and monitor their achievements.
- Communicating various development impacts to engage a range of stakeholders across ministries and sectors, including the private sector, investors, and civil society.
- Outreach briefs on a range of benefits linked to LEDS, available here.
- Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into low emission policymaking, planning, and project design and implementation.
Technical assistance and other services
In close cooperation with other working groups and regional platforms, the Benefits Working Group provides Remote Expert Assistance on LEDS (REAL) to government agencies and consultants, technical institutions, and NGOs that are working directly with country governments to plan and implement their LEDS. Members may submit multiple, successive requests, including follow-on inquiries. Find more information on the REAL service here. Interactive training on development impact assessment Requests: As part of a technical assistance request from the National Council for Clean Production (CPL) in Chile on how to assess and monitor development impacts of low emission measures, the Benefits Working Group organized a training on development impact assessment in the frame of the LEDS LAC regional meeting in Panama in September 2016. The participants used the opportunity to exchange lessons learned with their peers and to familiarize themselves with various approaches to development impact assessment. Actions taken: In cooperation with the LEDS LAC team, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and two experts from the UNEP DTU Partnership and UNDP, the Benefits Working Group organised an interactive training that introduced participants to approaches and tools to assess development impacts. Participants applied these tools to a case study to identify impacts qualitatively and through quantitative indicators. Outcome: Participants and the CPL were introduced to approaches and tools to identify and integrate social, economic and environmental impacts in low emission measures. The Benefits Working Group had the opportunity to learn more about the needs and interests of members in the region regarding benefits of LEDS.
This paper discusses the risks of climate change to hydropower, integrating climate resilience into hydropower investments, and broader hydropower planning. [more...]