Energy Working Group

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Energy Working Group

Contributing more than 70% of global GHG emissions, the energy sector plays a dominant role in causing climate change. It is also instrumental for creating climate-compatible societies and thus a crucial focus of the design of low emission development strategies (LEDS). Providing reliable, affordable, and clean energy for all is a universally agreed UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-7). Achieving it will be essential for many other social, economic, and environmental objectives.  

The Energy Working Group (EWG) supports the deployment of innovative and climate-compatible development strategies in the energy sector. Launched in 2011, the EWG is the LEDS GP’s longest standing work stream, bringing together over 1100 practitioners from national governments, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector. The EWG assists countries around the world through advisory services and technical support, as well as peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and other capacity-building initiatives. A key focus of our work is the advancement of Communities of Practices (CoPs) that bridge our activities from in-country technical assistance to group learnings to broad dissemination of knowledge products. Our services are offered free-of-charge to practitioners. 

Priority Areas

Advancing reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy solutions
Designing energy solutions with the greatest sustainable development benefits
Raising the ambition of NDCs in the energy sector
Derisking and financing clean energy investments
Engaging local communities, including youth, and empowering women
Supporting developing countries programs to build back better through SDG-stimulizing instruments
Integrating energy needs and solution with those of other sectors, in particular transport and agriculture

How We Work

In close cooperation with the regional platforms, the EWG has launched Communities of Practices in all three currently active regions of the LEDS GP:

Communities of Practice

Africa Mini-Grids Community of Practice

in cooperation with the Africa LEDS Platform (AfLP)

Asia Grid-Integrated Renewable Energy Community of Practice

in cooperation with the Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP)

LAC Bioenergy Community of Practice

in cooperation with the LEDS LAC Regional Platform

As part of the regional CoP work, we organize closed meetings and public webinars; develop policy guides, and best-practice case studies; provide direct technical assistance to individual members; and organize country exchanges so that our members can learn from each other.

We also host global webinars and tools trainings, and draft written knowledge products beyond the above regional work.

Upcoming Activities

Latest News from the Energy Working Group

Discover the latest news and events from our Energy Working Group.

Integrating climate-compatible and sustainable energy and transport systems on islands

Advancing electric vehicles based on domestic renewable energy Blogpost written by Aravind Dhakshinamoorthy, Alexander Ochs and Maria van Veldhuizen, LEDS Energy Working Group / SD Strategies Rapa Nui, commonly known as Easter Island, lies in the Pacific Ocean, 3700 kilometers away from mainland Chile. It experiences frequent traffic congestion on its limited road network of just 50 kilometers. More than…

Assisting post-pandemic transitions in developing countries

The SDGs as yardsticks for public investment in the energy & transport sectors   Governments around the world negotiate trillion-dollar recovery packages to respond to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The decisions they make determines if the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals remain within reach. The current social and economic crisis might be our last chance to initiate…

African Mini-Grids Virtual Workshop Series announcement!

Virtual Workshop Series: Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa: Connecting the dots across rural electrification, climate resilience and sustainable development  The LEDS GP is pleased to invite you to join the first two Africa LEDS Partnership virtual Workshop Series on ”Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa: Connecting the dots across rural electrification, climate resilience and sustainable development”. Starting…

Project Highlight: The Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) Project

The Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) is an innovative public-private partnership initiative of the LEDS Global Partnership that addresses barriers to scale the deployment of clean energy solutions for C&I consumers in emerging markets.    CEIA is jointly led by Allotrope Partners, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and World Resources Institute (WRI), with support from the German International Climate Initiative (IKI),…

Modelling Mozambique’s low-emissions future

Almeida Sitoe, Sadie Cox and Tim Woods report on a major low-emissions project that is modelling future development pathways for Mozambique and providing scenarios for the next version of its NDC.