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Lessons from low-emission development strategies to support long-term strategy development and implementation

Countries and regions
Chile, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Uganda, South Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, East Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Action area


Case summary

Long-term strategies can enable enduring economic growth and sustainable development while also aligning with climate objectives in the Paris Agreement. It is increasingly recognized that, when developing LTS, many countries are not starting from scratch but can build on existing complementary climate and development processes and approaches, such as low-emission development strategies. This case study explores lessons from developing low-emissions development strategies.

Based on the country experiences highlighted in this case study as well as many others, LEDS and sectoral strategies and processes can be built upon to support development of robust LTS. In some cases, LEDS may even be transformed into LTS. A number of key LEDS and sectoral strategy elements provide a strong foundation for LTS to build upon, including:

  • Integration into development plans and goals
  • Stakeholder engagement and governance
  • Scenario building, analysis, and prioritizing actions
  • Near-term action, finance, and implementation
  • More ambitious visioning
  • Scenario building, analysis, and prioritizing actions
  • Resilience
  • Just transition
  • Near-term action, finance, and implementation
Planning and implementation activity
Developing Strategies and Plans, Analysis and Data Collection, Developing and Implementing Policies and Measures, Governance and Stakeholder Engagement, Financing Implementation
Developing strategies and plans
Low Emission Development Strategies, Long-Term Strategies
Sectors and themes
Energy Efficiency
Energy sub-sectors
Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydro, Solar, Wind
Source details
World Resources Institute (WRI)

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