Low Emission Capacity Building Programme

A global initiative to support national climate change mitigation efforts, low emission development strategies and enhanced measuring, reporting and verification systems.

The UNFCCC negotiations call for developed nations and international organizations to support developing countries’ efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with national development priorities. In this context, UNDP, with funding from the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), has developed the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme.

This collaborative programme aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level, while at the same time facilitating inclusion and coordination of the public and private sector in national initiatives addressing climate change. It does so by utilizing the global networks and substantial experience that UNDP has established through our wide portfolio of projects and programmes around the world. The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme is part of the larger Green, Low-Emission Climate Resilient Development Strategy of UNDP and gains insight from and builds on global programmes and initiatives already developed by UNDP and the EU such as:

With experience in over 140 countries, UNDP is poised to implement innovative programming while simultaneously leveraging its strength in supporting hundreds of projects in the area of climate change adaptation, mitigation, national/sub-national strategies and capacity development, as well as in water and ocean governance, and ecosystems and biodiversity.

This is a six-year programme to strengthen capacities in participating countries in the following ways:

  • Develop greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory management systems
  • Identify opportunities for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA)
  • Design low emission development strategies (LEDS) in the context of national priorities
  • Design systems for measuring, reporting, and verification of proposed actions and means to reduce GHG emissions
  • Facilitate the design and adoption of mitigation actions by selected industries in some countries

A Multi-stakeholder Framework
The programme involves participation of two types of primary stakeholders, as shown below. The aim is to ensure sound project planning and most importantly to build capacity by promoting national ownership. The public sector plays a key role in designing and implementing programmes and policies to address climate change issues. In this context, leading institutions responsible for the implementation of the programme at the national level will facilitate the necessary consultations and coordination among key stakeholders. From its inception phase, such coordination will be critical to ensure that efforts to address GHG emissions respond also to the priorities and needs of the individual sectors involved.


Programme Structure
The programme is designed to provide coordinated, expert, capacity-building support to assist participating countries in selecting the most relevant project activities to focus on. Using a menu approach, each participating country will determine, develop and execute its own project with a clear focus on one of the two areas below.


From the inception phase of each project, and for the life of the project, countries will receive guidance and support from UNDP. Guidance and technical backstopping for all national-level projects will be coordinated, delivered and supported through an over-arching component of the programme: the Global Support Component (GSC).

Through the GSC participating countries will be supported in a variety of ways, including:

  • Making appropriate tools and training available to support NAMA , LEDS , and MRV in the context of national priorities. Providing targeted technical support to national teams for the implementation of project activities.
  • Providing support for the identification of innovative policy and financing options for low-emission development in order to facilitate partnerships between the public sector and private or public industry.
  • Disseminating knowledge and lessons learned to raise awareness, engage stakeholders, and inform decision makers.

For more information on the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme email inquiries to lowemission@undp.org.

The Programme is funded by the European Commission (EC), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and AusAID and is implemented by participating countries with UNDP support.