The Low Carbon Development Programme focuses on efforts to achieve two overall objectives of UN Environment’s Climate Change Strategic Priorities:

“That countries make sound policy, technology, and investment choices that lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and potential co-benefits, with a focus on clean and renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy conservation”

 “Improved technologies are deployed and obsolescent technologies phased out, through financing from private and public sources including the Clean Development Mechanism and the JI mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.”

The overall objectives consist of two goals, each of which encompasses research, applied research, public sector consultancy, capacity development and formal education.

1. Low Carbon Strategies and Actions: Facilitating and strengthening national institutions and processes for analyzing and implementing GHG mitigation options, policies and regulatory frameworks consistent with a low-carbon development pathway.

The LCD Programme provides direct technical and financial support to developing countries in order to establish or enhance legal structures, procedures and regulations while developing and disseminating analytical work to support the objectives of the Programme.

The Programme develops analytical work to provide knowledge and easy-to-access free-flow information to help in understanding and applying new concepts and methodologies, thus contributing to mitigate identified knowledge gaps and asymmetries among stakeholders. Research and analytical work consist of elaborating solid and consistent publications, including guidebooks on specific or emerging issues (such as MRV, NAMAs, LCDS, new market mechanisms, green growth strategies) as well as papers on policy and data analysis. Platforms for information and knowledge management are provided by developing web based tools, carbon market and mitigation actions data gathering and analysis (NAMAS/CDM&JI/POAs Pipelines) as well as facilitating networking and business opportunities through national, regional and international climate change mitigation conferences and carbon forums. 

2. Climate Finance and Carbon Markets. Support countries to access, diversify and mobilize additional financing for their LCDs and NAMAs, through identifying, refining, and facilitating the packaging of such opportunities to both public and private stakeholders.

The Programme endeavours to engage in donor funded activities that focus on piloting new and transformational approaches to financing mitigation actions in developing countries. Those include markets to mobilize climate related finance, based on the knowledge built under UNFCCC, while engaging actively in research and development of approaches to blend public and private sources of financing and public and private partnerships in implementing mitigation actions. The programme also approaches other centers of excellence for active collaboration in concept development, mapping of financing sources, linkage to requirements for measuring, reporting and verification, engagement of the private sector in financing and project development.

The Programme builds on past and current work to help countries develop national GHG emission reduction portfolios, including the development of a significant number of Project Design Documents (PDDs) and Programme of Activities (POAs) in LDCs.  Also, as part of the promotional support to national mitigation portfolios, the Centre and the UN Environment team in Paris aim to continue to organize Carbon Forums in Africa and Latin America, in collaboration with the regular partners like the UNFCCC Secretariat, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, OLADE and IETA, anticipating that these events over the coming years will come to include other approaches to climate financing than the CDM.   


11 DECEMBER 2018