News from the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership, a regional platform of the LEDS Global Partnership.
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Management of the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat to Transition from USAID LEAD to ICLEI
The USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (USAID LEAD) Program, implemented by ICF International, has provided Secretariat services in support of the Asia LEDS Partnership since its launch in September 2012. After a full and open competition, USAID LEAD is pleased to announce that management of the Secretariat will transition to ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in 2016. To say “hello” or to share ideas with our expanded team, please email Read more
Workshop Supports the Advancement of Vehicle Emission Policies in Southeast Asia
The LEDS Global Partnership’s Transport Working Group, United Nations Environment Programme, and Clean Air Asia, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines, conducted a regional workshop on February 23-24, 2016 in Manila, Philippines to support the advancement of vehicle emission policies in Southeast Asia. Attendees left with a better understanding of the urgency to advance these policies due to the worsening air quality, health impacts and the increase of GHG emissions in the region; examples of policies and technologies related to vehicle emission standards; and a network of peers with whom they are able to ask for support and share experiences. Read more
Perspectives on Financing
Green Growth and LEDS through the Green Climate Fund
Mr. Youssef Arfaoui is the Mitigation Coordinator of the Green Climate Fund, based in Songdo, Republic of Korea. In this interview, conducted by the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat, Mr. Arfaoui highlights the perspectives and insights on how stakeholders can engage with GCF to finance strategic projects and programs that support climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read more
Online Training Curricula
on Low Emission Energy Planning Now Available
In the previous newsletter, we introduced the launch of training curricula on LEDS compiled by the Asia LEDS Partnership team and published on the Asia LEDS Knowledge Portal. Two training ‘tracks’ are now available:
Track 1: Overview of LEDS and the LEDS Process
Track 2: Low Emission Energy Planning
Track 3: Low Emission Strategies in AFOLU is coming soon.
We encourage you to first visit Track 1, then to explore Track 2 for supplemental training specific to LEDS in the energy sector. Energy sector training is grouped in six categories (e.g., identifying mitigation options; modeling tools for projections, scenarios, and to assess options; implementing LEDS, etc.), and three sub-topics (i.e., energy efficiency and demand side management; renewable/clean energy; and power sector and smart grids). See Training
The IRADe Activity Analysis Model and Its Contributions to Low-Carbon Growth Planning in India
In planning for a low-carbon economy, planners must explore and understand the full spectrum of low-carbon opportunities. Identifying the most cost-effective and locally-appropriate policies and actions is critical, and several modeling tools have been developed to assist with this task. This case study shows how one unique tool, the IRADe activity analysis model, has been used to assist with planning for low-carbon, climate-resilient growth in India. Read more
Tip Sheets on Advancing LEDS in the Agriculture Sector
To further disseminate content presented at the Asia LEDS Partnership Workshop on “Mobilizing Investment for LEDS in Asia’s Agriculture Sector” held in October 2015, the organizers have compiled readable ‘tip sheets’, outlining steps that practitioners can take towards:
Implementing Deforestation-Free Supply Chains: Providing Incentives, Standards, and Models for Reducing Smallholder Impacts. Based on a training on delivered by SNV Netherlands Development Organization, this tip sheet highlights key elements which need to be in place to achieve deforestation-free supply chains and a set of tools to support stakeholders in implementing this approach. Read more
Developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use Sectors. Based on a training delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this tip sheet outlines the main steps in developing NAMAs in agriculture, as well as key considerations and recommendations at each step. Read more
Webinar: Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System – Applications in Vietnam and Indonesia
March 29, 2016 | 10:00 AM (ICT)
This webinar is the first in a series of webinars on “Innovative Tools for Advancing Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Energy Planning in Asia,” hosted by the Asia LEDS Partnership and LEDS Global Partnership Energy Working Group. This session will include an overview and live demonstration of the latest features of LEAP (by the tool developer), as well as case studies on application of LEAP in Vietnam to support INDC development and in Indonesia to support sub-national level GHG emission calculation (by tool users). Register here for this session. Stay tuned for additional sessions on the GeoSpatial Toolkit (GST), gender methodologies applied to the energy sector, and other topics in coming months.
Asia LEDS Forum 2016: Financing Implementation of Priority Mitigation Actions
Hanoi, Vietnam | Last week of June, 2016
The Asia LEDS Partnership will convene LEDS leaders from across Asia for three days of regional exchange and action planning on mobilizing finance to support countries in implementing priority mitigation actions – such as those included in the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by nations before COP 21. The forum aims to help member countries better understand the level of financing needed for implementing priority actions, financing sources, policy instruments, and financing instruments. Stay tuned for more details. For more information, see proceedings from prior Asia LEDS Forums at or contact
Regional Workshop: Mechanisms that Catalyze Finance for Large-Scale, Grid-Connected Clean Energy in Asia
Hanoi, Vietnam | Last week of June, 2016
This regional workshop will be held immediately prior to the Asia LEDS Forum to convene key officials from central government planning, finance, and energy ministries; international experts; finance institutions; and utilities and system operators to share experiences about how their countries can design and implement policy measures and financial mechanisms that can accelerate investment for large-scale, grid-connected projects. This theme complements earlier regional workshops that the Asia LEDS Partnership has hosted on climate finance readiness and access, and builds on global and regional momentum to spur private investment in green growth and LEDS. For more information, please contact
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