What are LEDS?

LEDS are viable long-term strategies to effectively respond to climate change and mitigate its effects. LEDS practitioners work to produce and implement policies and initiatives that integrate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize these risks with efforts to achieve key development goals such as economic growth, energy security, and social goals regarding income, prosperity, inclusion and equity.

LEDS EEP promotes the development of policies and strategies which seek to simultaneously address these multiple objectives, rather than to put these objectives in competition with each other, and to seek “win-win” efforts that effectively separate the growth of economies and societies from increases in greenhouse gas emissions or increases in risk and vulnerability to a changing climate.

Therefore, the focus of low-emissions development strategies is not solely on emissions reduction or on resilience and risk reduction. Rather, these strategies focus on ways to achieve development goals that also reliably support commitments to reduce emissions and improve resilience.

Effective development and implementation of LEDS is not a simple task, and the LEDS EEP will join the global and other regional LEDS platforms to promote the needed knowledge sharing, cross-pollination, and specific regional focus that effective LEDS will require. The platforms and working groups support and facilitate the learning necessary to identify, prioritize, design, finance and finally implement policies that respond to this complex set of priorities.

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