“Global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased markedly as a result of human activities. In 2005, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceeded by far the natural range over the last 650,000 years”

– Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Low Carbon Growth Studies: Mitigation of Climate Change through Development


Six emerging economies- Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa- are actively seeking to identify opportunities and related financial, technical, and policy requirements to move toward a low carbon growth path. The governments of these countries have initiated country-specific studies to assess their development goals and priorities, in conjunction with greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation opportunities, and examine the additional costs and benefits of lower carbon growth. This requires analysis of various development pathways, including policy and investment options that contribute to growth and development objectives while moderating increases in GHG emissions.


The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

The experiences collected in the country studies demonstrate the benefit of structured engagement across a country’s economy on growth and GHG mitigation. The resulting framework for policy, planning, and decision making can support strategic, sustainable, and cost-effective low-carbon development and limit climate impacts and associated management costs.

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