This online course aims to assist government officials, policymakers, development planners, climate change practitioners and carbon market agents to plan, design and implement policy instruments for low emissions development to help spur their country into a low emissions development path. The course starts by discussing the rationale for Low Emissions Development (LED) policy and the expected benefits of such policies. The discussion considers both contributions to global emissions reductions and local development opportunities such as:
- Increased energy security by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile prices.
- Increased industrial productivity as a consequence of energy efficiency measures.
- New economic opportunities and employment through deployment and diffusion of low carbon technologies.
- Reduced costs of environmental degradation.