Technical Workshop on Ethiopia’s Long Term – Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) in collaboration with World Resources Institute (WRI), held a three-day project kick-off workshop for Ethiopia’s 2050 Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDs) project in Adama, Ethiopia. A total of 44 participants, including 33 technical experts that were nominated by sector ministries, National Planning Commission and the Environment Forest Climate Change Commission participated in the workshop.

The 2050 Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy is in line with the Paris Agreement’s call to formulate and submit the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy to ensure ambitious commitment by all countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C. With financial support of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) of the French Republic, GGGI is leading the development of this strategy through an 18 month cooperative agreement.

In this regard, the objective of the kick-off workshop was to begin development of a long-term low emission development strategy for Ethiopia, which will be built on the latest updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), the 10 years Perspective Development Plan, and Ethiopia’s long-term goals and ambitions. GGGI Country Representative for Ethiopia, Dr. Gemedo Dalle, welcomed the participants and thanked them for their time and commitment. The workshop was officially opened by Commissioner of EFCCC, H.E. Prof. Fekadu Beyene, highlighting that the preparation of the LT-LEDs strategy will pave the way for Ethiopia to bring together development and environmental objectives and avoid locking in long-term consequences of policy decisions that would be more difficult to reverse in the future. The commissioner urged all participants to contribute their valuable expertise towards the finalization of this important strategy in an integral manner that puts equal attention on mitigation, resilience, and development goals. Mr. Aklilu Fikresilassie, Representative of WRI in Ethiopia, also made remarks pointing out WRI’s commitment to support the Ethiopian government in developing long-term strategy in collaboration with GGGI.

Following the opening session, GGGI’s sectoral experts made their presentations virtually and in person. The workshop included scoping and visioning exercises with sound tools and methods to portray development pathways and targets for the LT-LEDS. Sectoral working groups on waste, macro-economy, energy, agriculture, adaptation, forestry and Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU) were assigned during the workshop. Throughout the project, the technical working groups are expected to have seven technical meetings where they will be heavily involved in collecting input data for the modelling and strategy document formulation.