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 260 energy sector experts from national governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and NGOs. 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 a Steering Committee including Co-Chairs from each of the three target regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean.
The Energy Working Group (EWG) seeks to support innovative and effective sustainable energy solutions. The Working Group advances low emission development in the global energy sector by facilitating learning and information exchange, sharing best practices, offering advisory services, and providing enhanced opportunities for collaboration on low emission strategy building and specific implementation activities. Worldwatch’s work with the Energy Working Group supports the activities of the LEDS GP Secretariat, Regional Platforms, and other Working Groups.
Membership is open to all interested parties. If you would like to get involved, refer a colleague, or learn more about our activities email EWG Manager Philip Killeen.
The Energy Working Group in Action
Advisory services and technical support
The Working Group supports requests for technical assistance covering the analysis, planning, finance, implementation, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate compatible action in the energy sector. It provides assistance to LEDS GP members, including the regional LEDS platforms, working groups, and country-level stakeholders, policy-makers, and experts.
The EWG is partnered with the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) to provide no-cost, expert policy advice on sustainable energy, and assistance to countries and government agencies worldwide. The Working Group and CESC are also teaming up to conduct webinars and convene other peer-learning forums and to promotes the full suite of clean-energy policy resources available via CESC, including best-practice reports, analytic tools, and international data on policies and clean energy deployment.
If you have a request for technical assistance, please contact the EWG Secretariat
Peer learning, training and knowledge-sharing opportunities
This set of activities includes: developing and distributing energy-related online support materials such as toolkits, advisory notes and policy papers, providing webinars, and organizing energy-related workshops and global and regional LEDS events.
Closely collaborating with LEDS GP Regional Platforms and other Working Groups, the EWG also leads a number of signature energy initiatives that target areas of highest needs.
LEDS Sustainable Energy & Development World Atlas
In 2016, the EWG will develop and disseminate the first cases studies to be included in the Sustainable Energy & Development World Atlas. The ‘Atlas’ will be used to showcase and catalogue examples of successful low emission and climate compatible energy development projects around the world, including details on their ‘real life’ effects on economic growth, communication, education, gender equality, health, job creation, and sanitation.
Targeting both energy sector experts and laymen, the Atlas aims to serve as a powerful tool to inform robust policy making and to galvanize political will. The Atlas will also provide the LEDS GP network of governments, project developers, implementing agencies, funders and other key actors with a central forum for the exchange of energy sector knowledge.
Energy LEDS Community of Practice (CoP)
Designed to support deeper technical collaboration and peer-to-peer learning on effective and concrete policy implementation for a specific and demand driven energy sector issue, the EWG will create the first Energy LEDS Community of Practice (CoP) in 2016. The CoP will include a program of advisory support and learning, including interactive online sessions to discuss challenges and best practice and an in-person workshop at a LEDS global or regional event.
Formulated with input on key areas of need and interest from the LEDS Regional Platforms, the first CoP is focused on bio-energy, specifically on the integration of agricultural residues into grids for electricity generation. The group will answer questions like how do you analyze the costs and benefits of alternative development pathways, how do you assess your energy potential, and how to design and implement concrete policies and business development strategies to meet that potential
Energy Data Crowdsourcing Platform (coming soon)
This open-source energy technology database is intended to allow users to contribute LEDS data openly, including the data needed for standards LEDS energy modeling tools and wiser energy sector decision-making. Using a cloud based platform, the data crowdsourcing platform will provide technology and geography specific LEDS energy data to public and private decision makers and the general public, It will rely on information sharing by LEDS members and will provide the information free of charge.
The Energy Working Group is looking to expand its membership. Collaboration across a diverse network of practitioners will greatly improve its performance and value. Membership is open to all and does not require institutional affiliation. If you have questions or feedback, want to offer your services, or are requesting our support, please contact EWG staff listed below.
Alexander Ochs: EWG Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Killeen: EWG Manager, email@example.com
Climate & Energy Director