Launched in 2010, Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) is a flagship program of the U.S. Global Climate Change Initiative. Through the EC-LEDS program, the U.S. supports more than 20 partner countries in the design and implementation of low emission development strategies (LEDS).

The EC-LEDS program builds on existing country programs, plans, and policies, providing targeted technical assistance that supports the unique national development goals of each partner. It also complements efforts of other international donors and organizations to support LEDS.

For the EC-LEDS program, building a shared knowledge base on LEDS is an ongoing effort focused on:

  • Leveraging efforts of the LEDS Global Partnership
  • Developing and maintaining a LEDS Gateway, which provides access to more than 1,500 tools, programs, and resources
  • Providing a platform for shared experiences and best practices among countries developing and implementing LEDS.

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Program Areas

To describe the work of the EC-LEDS program, the LEDS process has been simnplified into two key areas: low emission planning and low emission actions.

U.S. Government Interagency Team

The EC-LEDS program is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S.Department of State.