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Low Emissions Development

CCS and Guatemala Create a New
Private Sector Driven Plan

Guatemala City – In partnership with RTI International, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) completed the Guatemala national Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) plan, a gold-standard public private participatory template to spur economic and social development while reducing GHG emissions beyond international commitments.
The Guatemala LEDS Plan is the culmination of a multi-year effort in support of the USAID/Guatemala Low Emission Development Project to develop a sustainable economic pathway for all sectors of the country. A total of 43 Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) policies were selected, designed, and analyzed for short term and mid-century implementation through a collaborative, open, and fact-based process involving over 300 stakeholders. The ten steps participatory process designed and facilitated by CCS has been an effective platform to enable the private sector to step forward and play an active role in fostering governmental commitment and capacity.

In addition to designing and supporting coordination of the ten step LEDS action planning process, CCS provided technical and analytical assistance on the design and impact assessment of each of the 43 LEDS options including assessment of emissions reductions, cost-effectiveness, and implications for the Guatemalan economy in terms of GDP growth and job creation. 

For a video (in Spanish) of the project please click below:

The full LEDS plan will be available shortly. A policy maker summary (in Spanish) is available here. For a synopsis of the project, please also visit the Climatelinks summary of the project.
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