Supporting Low Emissions Development Strategies in the Energy Sector


A LEDS GP Working Group Run through the Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch currently holds the secretariat of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS-GP) Energy Working Group, a demand-driven network of more than 50 national governments, multilateral institutions, private practitioners, and NGOs operating in the energy sector. By facilitating information exchange, offering advisory services, and providing enhanced opportunities for collaboration, the group supports innovative sustainable energy solutions and assists countries in crafting successful climate-resilient development strategies. 

Worldwatch's work with the Energy Working Group supports the activities of the LEDS Global Partnership. Membership is open to all interested parties. If you would like to get involved, refer a colleague, or learn more about our activities email Philip Killeen.

About the LEDS-GP Partnership

The Energy Working Group (EWG) is a growing, demand-driven network featuring more than 115 energy sector experts from national governments, multilateral institutions, private practitioners, and NGOs. The EWG engages and brings together leading experts and practitioners around the world to advance climate-resilient, low-emission energy development.

Through the facilitation of peer-to-peer information and best practice exchange, advisory services, and opportunities for collaboration on low-emissions strategy building and activities, the EWG seeks to support countries and stakeholders in crafting successful low-emissions, climate-resilient development strategies.

Working in partnership with the LEDS GP Regional Platforms and other LEDS GP working groups, the EWG works both to support a number of signature energy activities directed by the Regional Platform and to create communities of practice and knowledge exchange for energy practitioners to advance LEDS planning and implementation. Under the broader LEDS GP framework, the Energy Working Group is coordinated by a Secretariat. The head of the Secretariat serves as the EWG’s Chair, assisted by one regional Co-Chair from each of the three target regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean.


The Energy Sector Working Group promotes low emissions development in the energy sector through a work program focused on exchanging learning and information, sharing best practices, offering advisory services, and providing enhanced opportunities for coordination and collaboration. The working group seeks to assist countries in successfully developing low emissions climate-resilient energy strategies in partnership with the LEDS GP Regional Platforms and other working groups.


2015 Working Group Activities


The Energy Working group has three main working areas:

1) Providing advisory services to LEDS GP participants, including in the areas of analysis, planning, finance, and implementation, as well as measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of climate-compatible action in the energy sector.

This component includes: • Exploring and responding to countries’ requests for technical assistance by providing the working group’s expertise or by connecting them to other international experts; and • Supporting the LEDS GP four regional platforms (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America & the Caribbean), the global Secretariat, as well as the other sectoral working groups where their activities require energy-related expertise.

2) Offering peer learning, training, and knowledge-sharing opportunities for practitioners tasked with planning and implementing LEDS in the energy sector. This component includes: • Developing and disseminating energy LEDS online support material such as toolkits, advisory notes, and policy papers; • Designing and hosting web-based seminars and webinar series; and • Assisting with the organization of energy-sector sessions and in-person workshops at global and regional LEDS events.

3) Implementing targeted signature projects that respond to current knowledge and information gaps identified by the LEDS regional platforms and/or countries participating in the LEDS GP. (See below for further information.)


Signature Projects


LEDS Sustainable Energy & Development World Atlas

The EWG proposes creating an interactive online project that will document and catalogue examples of successful low-emission and climate-compatible energy development projects around the world, including details on the programs and their observed social and economic benefits. Targeting both energy experts and non-experts, the Atlas aims to serve as a powerful tool for presenting successful energy LEDS and their societal impacts, while providing the LEDS GP network with a central forum for the exchange of energy-sector knowledge. Additionally, it will help individual governments, project developers, implementing agencies, funders, and other key actors to understand and communicate the full value of sustainable energy deployment.

Data Crowdsourcing Project (coming soon)

The EWG plans to develop an open-sourced energy technology database that allows users to openly contribute and use data for any of the standard LEDS energy modeling tools. Using a cloud-based platform, the data crowdsourcing platform will provide tool users with technology- and geography-specific data inputs needed for various free low-emission energy modeling tools available.



Alexander Ochs: EWG Chair,

Philip Killeen: EWG Manager,


Climate & Energy Director
Research Associate




    Energy Low Emissions Development Strategies in Asia: A Regional Overview and Experiences from Thailand
    Energy Low Emissions Development Strategies: A Regional Overview of Latin America and the Caribbean and Experiences from Nicaragua

    Energy Low Emissions Development Strategies: A Regional Overview of Africa and Experiences from Cape Verde and Kenya

    Webinar: Best Practices in Gathering and Using Energy Data for LEDS Development. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

    LEDS LAC Regional Platform Workshop

    Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum 2013

    LEDS Global Partnership Workshop