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For low emission development strategies (LEDS), the U.S. government in coordination with its international partners has developed a process based on best practices. The process includes five key steps:

  1. Organize the LEDS Process: Establish an institutional structure and process to develop a LEDS, including mechanisms for stakeholder engagement
  2. Assess the Current Situation: Collect data that describe the current context such as development goals, national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, and economic and resource data
  3. Analyze Options: Develop and compare long-term projections of business-as-usual and low-emission economic growth and GHG emissions trajectories. Use a diverse development scenarios designed to achieve the targeted economic and development goals, while at the same time slowing the growth rate of emissions and supporting climate-change resilience
  4. Prioritize Actions: Identify and launch high-priority actions to achieve near-term and concrete results. An implementation plan—which includes timetables and strategies for financing, attracting investment, and measuring progress—is developed to support these actions.
  5. Implement and Monitor: Implement the partner country’s LEDS, including monitoring progress and revising LEDS as necessary.

For more information on this step-by-step process, see the Low Emission Development Strategies Gateway.

LEDS Examples

The following are examples of LEDS from partner countries: