Low emission development
According to the World Bank, Eastern Europe and Central Asia account for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 10 percent of the world’s energy demand, but only five percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). It remains the most energy-inefficient region both in consumption and production of energy.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to reaching the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global average temperature rise to 2 – and ideally 1.5 – degrees Celsius.
UNDP has been working with governments and the private sector to transition to low-carbon power sources and development methods. We:
- Accompany governments through the cycle of climate negotiations,
- Help them to attract financing;
- Assist them with submitting pledges under the Paris Agreement;
- Help them to design Low Emission Development Strategies;
- Work with them to design high-impact climate change projects.
In addition, UNDP’s work in sustainable energy comprises three key action areas in line with SDG 7 targets: increasing access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy; increasing the rate of improvements in energy efficiency; and increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.