Low Carbon Growth Country Studies: Getting Started - Experience from Six Countries
Six emerging economies, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa, are proactively seeking to identify opportunities and related financial, technical, and policy requirements to move toward a low carbon growth path. With the help of ESMAP, 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. Mitigation actions today are expected to reduce future expenditure on adaptation. These actions can help attract international concessional funding to co-finance programs in energy, industry, transport, and natural resource management, which have carbon reduction implications. This paper illustrates the framework and the steps to perform a comprehensive assessment of GHG mitigation options, highlighting the central importance of sustained communication with stakeholders in the study process. The result is a framework for policy, planning, and decision making that can 1) support strategic, sustainable, and cost-effective low carbon growth; 2) limit climate impacts and associated management costs; 3) help harness climate finance opportunities and implementation support; 4) increase national competitiveness in the face of a green revolution; and 5) build dialogue, local capacity, and know how. The framework for this process is based on experiences over the past two years from ESMAP-supported studies in these six countries. The framework and the steps to perform a comprehensive assessment of GHG mitigation options highlight the central importance of sustained communication with stakeholders in the study process. Separate publications describe emerging results from these studies.
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World Bank. 2009. Low Carbon Growth Country Studies: Getting Started - Experience from Six Countries (Arabic). Low Carbon Growth Country Studies Program; Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). Washington, DC: World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/652861468041361033/Low-carbon-growth-country-studies-getting-started-experience-from-six-countries