LEDS-EEP Communities of Practice

The LEDS-EEP is undergoing consultations for the formation of its first Communities of Practice

The Europe & Eurasia Low Emission Development Strategies Platform (LEDS-EEP) is pleased to inform you that we are currently pursuing the creation of our first Communities of Practice (CoPs), a signature activity of the LEDS Global Partnership. The mission of the LEDS-EEP CoPs will be to assist countries of the Europe and Eurasia region to design and implement successful climate compatible development strategies by creating a member driven practitioner network.

A community of practice is a collection of individuals from a shared sector or working area who form a group to regularly engage in peer to peer learning to improve their personal and collective group knowledge. While no two communities are alike, they require a structure that permits fluid membership and that is not attached to a single individual, promoting forms of exchange both inside and outside of the formal channels of communication. Communities of practice are demand driven and evolve dynamically to meet their members’ needs.

International communities of practice can address several socioeconomic, financial, market and political shortcomings by facilitating deeper technical collaboration and peer to peer learning on the design and implementation of specific low emission development strategies (LEDS).

Therefore, we are asking all regional experts working in the LEDS field to help us define the platform's first CoPs and to express their interest in participating to the ones of their preference. Below, you will find the list of filtered potential topics for the LEDS-EEP CoPs. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on them, selecting 1-3 topics you consider are the most adequate for the needs of the region and your country to develop a CoP on them.

You can send your selection of topics by Friday 6 April  to Mr. Thor Morante at tmorante@rec.org.

Potential LEDS-EEP Communities of Practice

Promotion of renewables

Renewables support policies and investment de-risking

Renewable energy projects often appear to present higher risks to investors due to the higher capital costs usually associated with perceivably unproven and unfamiliar technologies. In developing countries, this challenge is further exacerbated by the presence of immature financial markets and institutions, and often policy risks. To compensate for the market and regulatory failures, many countries use support schemes for renewables, such as feed-in tariffs. While such measures are necessary to achieve the desired renewable objectives, public interventions need to be well designed and proportionate to avoid additional market distortions.

With growing shares of renewables and falling costs, inadequately designed support measures can be disproportionately expensive for public budgets and energy consumers and distort energy production, trade and investments in renewables. Ideally, the renewable energy deployments should be financed by private sector investors. Targeted financial instruments are often required to restructure risks or increase returns to attract private capital.

A Community of Practice in the field of “Renewables support policies and investment de-risking” would explore innovative renewable energy support systems such as competitive tendering or auctions, feed in premiums, renewable quota obligations, investment support and guarantees, tax regulations, carbon pricing and others, including their role in de-risking of private investments, pros and cons, implementation modalities, support levels, timeframes and applicability in the regional energy markets.

Even more, while many of these approaches are relevant for renewable electricity production, heating is often perceived as the main issue in numerous countries of the region. The use of biomass can reduce heating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The utilization of local resources also addresses energy security concerns. Several Eastern European countries have made significant progress in deploying biomass technologies and facilitating competition in their district heating networks. The Nordic countries are pioneers in many innovative biomass technologies and approaches, and their best practices can be transferred to other countries in the region. This CoP would also share knowledge on success factors and barriers to the deployment of biomass technologies. Thus, biomass sustainability issues and avoidance of potential deforestation would be also explored.

Energy demand management

Energy and climate performance of the built environment


Buildings are responsible for around 30 to 40 percent of total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in most of European countries. Residential houses, offices and commercial buildings have long lifetimes, so that buildings constructed today will have a direct impact on energy consumption patterns and greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2050 and beyond. Ambitious measures are needed for improving the climate and energy performance of new constructions and existing buildings.

This Community of Practice would explore approaches for enhancing building energy efficiency and promoting integration of in-situ renewable technologies, such as energy performance certification of buildings, setting and enforcing ambitious building codes, rapid deployment of near-zero-energy buildings, and building local capacities and institutional frameworks for effective implementation of ambitious policies and measures.  

Subnational integration challenges and opportunities

Multi-level governance for implementation of low emission development strategies and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

International commitments regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation are negotiated at the national level. However, a significant share of implementation actions is being taken at the regional and municipal levels. The overall success depends on the streamlining of national and subnational efforts and the capacity of local authorities to properly plan and select cost-efficient and effective measures — taking into consideration national and international climate policy objectives and minimizing low carbon transition costs.

This Community of Practice would explore approaches for vertical integration of effective climate policies into NDCs.

Cross-sectoral challenges and opportunities

Challenges and opportunities for labor reallocation from carbon intensive industries (such as coal mining) and policies supporting green jobs

Low emission development will cause some workers in less sustainable industries to lose their jobs, and some of these displaced workers are likely to experience difficulties in finding new employments. Political resistance to the greening of the economy due to the job loss is one of the most difficult to overcome challenges in the region. Numerous measures improving energy efficiency and supporting renewable energy, such as renovation of existing buildings, have a substantial job creation potential. Therefore, the smooth labor market transformation and sound social policy framework are very important for successful transition to a low carbon economy.

This Community of Practice would explore approaches and good practices addressing labor reallocation challenges, re-employment issues and promotion of green jobs.

Use of the Green Public Procurement for promoting low emission development

Public authorities are usually major consumers. By using their purchasing power to choose environmentally and climate friendly goods, services and works, they can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production, thus supporting low emission development. Buying energy efficient products, for example, can also save costs.

This Community of Practice would explore green public procurement challenges and approaches and would work on wider application of green public procurement in the region.