Prioritizing the reduction of methane in livestock climate actions in East Africa

Prioritizing the reduction of methane in livestock climate actions in East Africa 1550 1030 KM

Prioritizing the reduction of methane in livestock climate actions in East Africa

This policy brief identifies actions countries in the East Africa region can take to reduce methane emissions from the livestock sector by including livestock-specific interventions in their nationally determined contributions as part of the Paris Agreement’s commitment. The publication identifies four challenges and recommendations based on the following three pillars: transparency, coherence, and implementation capacity. The recommendations included in this brief are based on the regional dialogues with East African countries and address both ministries and livestock stakeholders with the aim of helping them set ambitious national methane reduction targets in the livestock sector.

Ambitious actions taken to mitigate methane emissions in all sectors of the economy can deliver climate benefits within a few decades (UNEP and CCAC, 2021).

Download the Policy Brief here

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Opportunities Abound for the Government of Malawi to Attract Investment in RE+Storage Projects

Opportunities Abound for the Government of Malawi to Attract Investment in RE+Storage Projects 1024 512 KM

This blog post was written by Dr David Jacobs and Toby Couture, who supported the LEDS GP with this technical assistance.

View the full report here.

The market for grid-scale battery storage technologies is booming worldwide with the growing awareness of the many benefits and services that batteries can provide.

Many government and utility officials around the world continue to think of battery storage simply as a form of storage that can be “filled up” and “drawn down” as needed in order to adjust to changing patterns of power demand. However, as experience with battery storage systems grows in markets ranging from California and South Australia to India and China, a more multi-faceted view of the role of grid-scale battery storage is emerging.

Battery storage systems can help make the outputs of solar and wind powerplants more predictable and reliable, whilst also providing a wide range of services to the grid, including frequency response, voltage control, and primary and secondary reserve (see figure below).

Figure: Overview of the functions of battery storage (Source: Adapted from IRENA 2020. “Electricity Storage Valuation Framework: Assessing system value and ensuring project viability”, International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi.)

Moreover, battery storage can help reduce curtailment, providing benefits both to renewable energy (RE) producers, as well as to utilities (IRENA, 2019).

A flurry of recent auction results of solar+storage systems shows that the economics of combining renewable energy projects with storage (RE+storage) are now attractive in a growing number of countries around the world.

Recent auction results for RE+storage projects show unsubsidized prices for solar+storage in particular between USD 4-8 cents/kWh, as seen in India’s recent auction for “round the clock” power supply (see Table below) (Gupta, 2021).

Jurisdiction (Year of entry-into-service)Project DetailsPrice ($/kWh)Contract length
India “Round-the-clock” auction (2021-22)400MW firm capacity, including solar, wind, and storageUSD $0.04/kWh25 years
Australia (2017; expanded in 2020)Hornsdale Power Reserve: 315MW of wind power with 130MW/129MWh of battery storageUSD $0.055 – 0.066/kWh10 years
Florida (late 2021)Manatee Energy Storage Center: 409MW of solar PV + 900MWh of battery storageN/A (utility-owned)N/A (utility-owned)
Chile (2021 – 2023)Engie Chile:1500MW of renewables with storage in time-differentiated blocks with solar+storage:USD $0.024/kWh40-year concession agreement
Portugal (2021-2022)483MW of solar PV + storageUSD $0.04/kWh15 years
Israel (2022)168MW of solar PV + storageUSD $0.058/kWh23 years

As the economics continue to improve, some jurisdictions with high and growing shares of variable RE, such as Hawaii, have even announced that all future procurements of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy will be combined with storage (Colthorpe, 2021). While this may not be feasible or necessary for jurisdictions like Malawi, it underscores the scale of the transformation that has taken place in the costs of RE+storage in recent years.

A recent analysis, prepared for the Government of Malawi as part of the support provided by the LEDS GP, provides an overview of the main uses for which the Government of Malawi can procure battery storage systems. The analysis focuses on five main functions, or use cases:

  1. Replacing firm, fossil fuel-based generation capacity
  2. Delivering power during peak hours
  3. Reducing the curtailment of variable renewable energy (VRE) resources
  4. Providing ancillary services
  5. Deferring transmission and/or distribution grid investments

This analysis also highlights some of the key lessons in auction design from which countries like Malawi can draw in order to design and implement their own RE+storage auctions.

While auctions designed for battery storage share several features with regular RE auctions, there are certain aspects that need to be taken into consideration, including establishing clarity over what exactly is being auctioned, what level of availability the RE+storage installations need to provide, and whether any locational or other restrictions apply.

This brief report is intended to help governments like Malawi procure RE+storage projects in the coming years to help meet their overall energy access and climate-related objectives. This way, even relatively small countries with limited grid interconnections with their neighbouring countries can move towards high shares of renewables, thus paving the way for faster and more secure decarbonization of the electricity system in the coming decades.


WEBINAR: Assessing Agricultural Productive Uses of Energy for African Minigrids: Clean and Advanced Technologies for Sustainable Landscapes Regional Learning

WEBINAR: Assessing Agricultural Productive Uses of Energy for African Minigrids: Clean and Advanced Technologies for Sustainable Landscapes Regional Learning 2762 1324 KM

On 14 December, the AMG-CoP in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) hosted a webinar on Assessing Agricultural Productive Uses of Energy for African Minigrids. This was first in a series of regional learning events focused on analysis of opportunities for agricultural productive uses of energy in mini-grids. The objective of this first session was to introduce the overall context and background of the project, outline the overall approach and methodology, and share some of the initial analysis methodologies that have been developed, including geospatial analysis approaches and estimation of monthly and annual electric load profiles for key agricultural applications.

Project Background and Objectives

Use of advanced energy technologies for agricultural production has multiple benefits including: 1) Intensifying production and reducing land-use pressure on related deforestation and biodiversity loss; 2) Strengthening agricultural income and employment in rural areas and allowing for more production near the home, which has particular value to women; 3) Enabling production of high nutrition and high value crops which tend to require more processing and irrigation supported by distributed renewable power; 4) Improving access to reliable energy sources to support irrigation and other productive uses such as cold storage or transportation of food; 5) Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions and their resulting impacts on the community and environment; and 6) Beneficial use of food waste products for energy generation. 

Within this context, the U.S. Department of State is supporting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to implement the Clean and Advanced Technologies for Sustainable Landscapes (CTSL) Program in Africa and Southeast Asia. This program seeks to:

  • Increase access to advanced, clean, reliable, and affordable energy sources to improve agricultural productivity, food and water security, and enable resilience
  • Accelerate progress toward development and economic growth and stability goals
  • Increase in-country technical and analytical capacity to support transition to self-reliance

For the last six months this program has been providing technical assistance to three countries in Africa—Zambia, Kenya and Mozambique—to develop methodologies and approaches to assess opportunities for agricultural productive uses of energy to help improve viability of clean energy minigrids. The CTSL is now excited to partner with the Africa LEDS Partnership to odder regional peer learning on this project and the methodologies being developed to a broader network of interested country stakeholders. 

View presentations here. You can also watch a recording of the webinar via this link.

Clean Cooking Solutions: Access, Approaches and Barriers

Clean Cooking Solutions: Access, Approaches and Barriers 700 467 KM

The event, organised by the Africa LEDS Partnership, the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the EnDev/GCF project, brought together experts, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss emerging trends in clean cooking solutions and technologies. The presentation aimed to help participants gain a general insight into clean cooking and three different technologies: bioethanol, e-cooking and biomass-based cooking. The presenters also discussed the key barriers impeding the market and the uptake of clean cooking technologies.

The links to the discussions on the Padlet boards are available here: bioethanol, e-cooking and biomass-based cooking.


Josh Ogada, SouthSouthNorth (Africa LEDS Partership)


  • Verena Brinkmann, Clean Cooking Specialist, GIZ Energising Development (EnDev)
  • Sophie Odupoy, Head of Public Affairs, KOKO Networks
  • Sarah Thomas-Parensen, M&E Advisor, EnDev/GCF
  • David Jacobs, LEDS GP Expert and IET – International Energy Transition GmbH

Featured Image: MD Duran, Unsplash.com

New Policy Guidebook: Advancing Markets for Interconnected Renewable Energy Mini-Grids

New Policy Guidebook: Advancing Markets for Interconnected Renewable Energy Mini-Grids 820 616 KM

Renewable energy-based interconnected mini-grids (IMGs) are a technical solution that has the potential to directly contribute to achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. IMGs can also play a key role in facilitating a “green recovery” during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This guidebook, by authors Uni Lee, Alexander Ochs & Maria van Veldhuizen, summarises a broad range of policy and financial instruments that governments can implement to foster the development of the IMG market, driven by the private sector. They have been divided into five categories: broad strategy and target-setting, policy and regulation, administrative processes, financial instruments, and other supportive measures.

Institutions Involved:

  • SD Strategies
  • Africa LEDS Partnership
  • LEDS Global Partnership

To view and download the guidebook, click here.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Jadon Kelly, Unsplash

LEDS GP 10 year Anniversary: Storytelling Hour

LEDS GP 10 year Anniversary: Storytelling Hour 600 377 KM

LEDS GP 10 year Anniversary: Storytelling Hour

30 September 2021 at 15:00 SAST

Join the LEDS Global Partnership as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a storytelling hour!

The LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) is turning 10 years old and we would like to celebrate with you! It won’t be a webinar like any other, it will be a celebration.

Join us on the 30th of September to hear stories from your fellow LEDS GP members, take a moment to reflect on the past 10 years and get inspired for this upcoming, decisive decade of climate action. Five members of the LEDS GP from all around the world will share their personal stories with us, including a member of the Africa Minigrids Community of Practice, Peter BenHur Nyeko, from Uganda.

How can you join?

Option one

To sign up, please just create a blocker of one hour in your calendar for the 30th of September – adapting the time to your own time zone.  The celebration will take place at 15:00 pm SAST.

Include the following MS Teams invitation link in your calendar blocker, which you can just click on the day of the event to join from your computer or the mobile app: Click here to join the meeting
Option two

Send us an informal email to the Global Secretariat Team (secretariat (at) ledsgp (dot) org) and we will share the MS Teams invitation directly with you.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event and saying: Thank you for being a part of our network!

Upcoming Webinar: Voluntary Carbon Markets Global Dialogue | Global Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Voluntary Carbon Markets Global Dialogue | Global Webinar 600 377 KM

The Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM) Global Dialogue is hosting two webinar sessions where they will present the findings on how to shape the voluntary carbon market from the perspective of the Global South. The findings have emerged from in-depth consultations with VCM stakeholders in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and will now be presented to a global audience. The webinars aim to enrich the findings of the VCM Global Dialogue regional consultations.

During the webinar, the presentation of the findings will be followed by a panel discussion with stakeholders from the supply side. Webinar participants are invited to ask questions and provide comments during the session, and provide written feedback on the findings after the meeting.

To confirm your participation, please register for one or both sessions via the links below:

VCM Global Dialogue Global Webinar session 1 | Tuesday 28 September 2021 | 8:00 AM UTC | Register here
VCM Global Dialogue Global Webinar session 2 | Tuesday 28 September 2021 | 2:00 PM UTC | Register here

LEDS GP at the Regional Climate Weeks: building momentum for COP26

LEDS GP at the Regional Climate Weeks: building momentum for COP26 600 377 KM

LEDS GP at the Regional Climate Weeks: building momentum for COP26

And don’t miss Africa Climate week scheduled for 27-29 September 2021


How can countries around the world sustainably recover from the global pandemic? What are the specific challenges that the regions face? What possible solutions are out there that should be scaled up? These and many other questions were discussed during the Regional Climate Weeks 2021 which are aiming to accelerate collaboration and integrate climate action into a just global pandemic recovery.

This is an opportunity for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP 26“, the hosts at UNFCCC wrote ahead of the Climate Weeks 2021. It is a crucial year for global climate action – with COP26 in Glasgow, UK, coming up, recovery plans being drawn up around the world and the world entering into the first decade of implementing national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. Against this backdrop, the Regional Climate Weeks 2021 aimed at building momentum towards success at COP26. They were open to all stakeholders as a ‘go-to’ hub to build partnerships and to showcase ambitious climate action in the regions. They were also designed to encourage and facilitate the implementation and raise the ambition of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Further key thematic topics included Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS), the implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week

The LEDS Global Partnership, through its Regional Platforms and Working Groups, actively engaged in a number of events at the Regional Climate Weeks. The first to take place was the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LAC CW) from 11-14 May 2021.

Partnerships to promote climate action in LAC
13 May 2021, 11:00-11:55 (GMT-4)

Many partnerships in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region work towards climate action. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized an event at the LAC CW to analyze best practices in managing these partnerships for climate action. At this opportunity, Ms. Aida Figari presented the LEDS LAC Regional Platform. As a best practice example, Ms. Figari highlighted the Joint Event, co-organized jointly by LEDS LAC, GIZ’s EUROCLIMA+, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and UNDP. This was a challenging but very successful effort of knowledge exchange during the pandemic. In the course of 3 months, about 5000 people participated in this event series on “Climate Action in Times of Crisis: Fostering Sustainable Recovery post-COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

Multi-level governance: Effectively integrating NDC implementation within sub-national planning and action
12 May 2021, 12:00-13:55 (GMT-4)

With around 80% of the population living in cities, the LAC region is highly urbanized. In order to bring together local, state-level and national actors, LEDS LAC together with the World Bank and the Chilean COP25 Presidency co-organized a session on multilevel governance, sharing experiences from the region’s Communities of Practice. Panelists included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. They agreed that different countries in the LAC region have developed comprehensive climate change legislation. Furthermore, coordination mechanisms bring together sectors as well as local, regional and national stakeholders. Finally, local GHG emission inventories support information-based decision making. Some of the challenges mentioned during the panel include high-level buy-in, communication strategies that drive behavioral changes, as well as effective monitoring and reporting systems.

Transport and Mobility – Imagining 2050
12 May 2021, 10:00-11:25 (GMT-4)

One of the key sectors for transitioning to carbon neutrality is transport. The LEDS GP Steering Committee Member and Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist, made a powerful plea for more ambitious sustainable transport policies in an event on “Transport and Mobility – Imagining 2050”. In fact, many LAC countries are working towards vehicle electrification powered by low-carbon energy. These policies also disproportionally benefit poor people, as they rely most on affordable public or private transport.

What can these policies look like? Sanjini Nanayakkara from NREL and the LEDS Global Partnership provided inspiring examples from the LEDS GP network. For example, the LEDS GP Transport Working Group has supported the city of Bogotá with a strategy for shifting motorcycles from combustion to electric engines. This measure is extremely beneficial on many levels, not least of all because it is socially inclusive, benefitting workers and lower class families the most. Secondly, acknowledging that equity and inclusion are crucial, the LEDS Global Partnership recently launched a new initiative: a Global Community of Practice on Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery. The “Transport and Mobility” event was moderated by Liz Castillo from SLOCAT, one of the implementing partners of the Transport Working Group. Other speakers represented the countries of Barbados, Panama, Peru and Uruguay, as well as GIZ and UNEP projects, among others.

LEDS LAC videos at the Action Hub

LEDS LAC also collaborated in two videos featured at the Action Hub. In the first video, LEDS LAC showcased the key findings from the beforementioned Joint Event. The video also presented testimonies of partners and messages from different stakeholders.

LEDS LAC was also featured at the Action Hub in a video by GIZ’s EUROCLIMA+ project regarding the NDC LAC tool. The NDC LAC tool by EUROCLIMA+ is the first platform in Spanish on the progress of climate action and ambition in the LAC region.

Asia-Pacific Climate Week

The Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2021, hosted by the Japanese Government, took place from 6-9 July 2021. The LEDS network’s three side-events at the APCW (see details below) anchored transformational and ambitious climate action at different governance levels and showcased different real-world solutions contributing to the global effort to tackle climate change.

Implementation of Transformative Climate Action in Cities
6 July 2021, 17:00-18:30 (GMT+9)

The Asia LEDS Partnership and ICLEI South Asia together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a session on “Implementation of Transformative Climate Action in Cities”. Representatives from agencies at national, sub-national and local levels in South Asia presented their transformative climate initiatives. They also discussed the challenges, opportunities and key lessons with respect to climate action planning and implementation.

Find more information, including the summary report and the recording here.

Integrating Sustainable Energy and Transport in Island Territories
7 July 2021, 15:00-16:30 (GMT+9)

Another side event, hosted by the LEDS GP Transport Working Group, demonstrated how energy and transport systems can be integrated based on renewable energies and efficient electric mobility. The event showcased leading island communities from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The “Roadmap for the Integration of Sustainable Energy and Transport in Small Islands” was presented, a publication by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, LEDS Global Partnership, SLOCAT Partnership, and Reiner Lemoine Institute.

You can find a recording of the event here.

How to use climate transparency to achieve effective climate action and advance national development
12 May 2021, 14:00-14:50 (GMT-4), LAC CW
7 July 2021, 16:00-16:55 (GMT+9), APCW

At both the LAC CW and the APCW, the LEDS Global Partnership supported a side events by the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign on climate transparency enhancement. The campaign embraces transparency as the backbone of the Paris Agreement. Sound data and information systems are a precondition for designing, implementing and tracking NDCs and long-term strategies (LTS) effectively. At the events, the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign highlighted the multiple benefits of effective transparency frameworks: countries can advance effective climate action and fulfill the reporting requirements while at the same time meeting domestic development priorities. The events included remarks by the CEO and Chair Person of the Global Environment Facility, Carlos Manuel Rodrigo and by high-level representatives from Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, and Japan, as well as a recorded message from the Chair of GGGI, Ban Ki Moon that will be featured soon on the campaign’s website. Find out more about the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign by visiting its website or following the hashtag on Twitter.

Africa Climate Week

The upcoming Africa Climate Week (ACW) is scheduled for 27-29 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Government of Uganda.

Further details on the participation of the Africa LEDS Partnership will follow soon.

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