Low carbon development is a concept that rethinks development policies by integrating and addressing climate change into development objectives keeping in mind the need for cutting down on emissions while focusing on the need for development. This becomes in turn a very helpful approach for developing countries – as they must find a way to develop their economies within the reality of the impacts of climate change.Read more
Low carbon development is sometimes referred to as low-emission development strategies (LEDS). There is no exact definition of a LEDS but essentially, the term refers to development strategies that are low-emission and climate-resilient.
The (IPCC) ‘s report titled Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) stated that renewable energy can contribute to “social and economic development, energy access, secure energy supply, climate change mitigation, and the reduction of negative environmental and health impacts”. Using renewable sources of energy is less polluting, as opposed to using non-renewable sources. Converting renewable sources of energy is a major strategy to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The UN initiative, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, (SE4ALL) sets out to achieve 3 related objectives by 2030: enable everyone to access energy services, improve energy efficiency; and double the amount of renewable energy used in the world.
SLYCAN Trust focuses on advocating for low carbon initiatives and policies, at the national, regional and international level while working with communities to educate them on the need for a shift from fossil based development to renewable energy sources, and healthier life styles.