Impacts of Low-Emission Development Strategies Demonstrate Multitude of Benefits for Developing Nations and Communities
Developing countries and emergent communities can institute many advantages by building their growing infrastructure on a sustainable model from the start.
Team Gemini and the company’s numerous team members combine a variety of technology applications to solve environmental and economic issues related to resource management for communities and industries, and help implement a sustainable growth model. There are a variety of technologies that contribute to that goal.
Among the benefits of utilizing proven technologies is that working examples showcase major collections of data that support more resilient developments of sustainability solutions—this comes in the form of concrete benefits, challenges, pros and cons, intricate how-to scenarios, and other details related to implementing projects.
As we previously highlighted some of the ways in which microgrids benefit remote regions, there are many partnerships that have taken ideas in sustainability and showcased them in a variety of regions using different applications of many technologies.
Launched in 2010, several success stories have emerged proving that LEDS [Low emission development strategies], when well designed and implemented, result in sustained growth in employment and investment, increased financial flows through carbon markets, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and other social, economic, and environmental benefits.
EC-LEDS has helped more than two dozen partnering countries over the past 5 years, specifically by:
- Reducing barriers to wind deployment in Bangladesh
- Promoting reliable distribution interconnection in Albania and Serbia
- Strengthening national GHG inventories in Cambodia, Malawi, Costa Rica, and Ukraine
- Informing clean energy policy in Colombia and Zambia
- Identifying energy efficiency opportunities in Thailand, Vietnam and Gabon
- Facilitating investment in renewable electricity in Georgia
- Improving economic efficiencies in Guatemala
- Deploying clean energy, low emission projects in South Africa and Indonesia
- Facilitating solar market growth in Jamaica
- Strengthening environmental laws and regulations in Kazakhstan
- Promoting sustainable land use and forest management in Kenya, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Peru
- Augmenting energy monitoring systems in Macedonia
- Supporting regional transmission planning in Moldova
- Expanding use of analytical tools for LEDS planning in the Philippines.
Developing countries don’t yet require the same energy loads as heavily-industrialized nations, but that doesn’t mean the model and benefits of decentralized resource supplies aren’t transferable. Nations like Germany and different communities in the U.S., for example, demonstrate that sustainability initiatives are just as relevant in regions saturated with major energy infrastructure.
Design and development are essential in creating economic viability, as various cost factors, technology configurations and applications, and other details vary from project to project. Team Gemini and its industry connections are part of this process, helping ensure that all requirements are met and implemented for clients to most effectively apply sustainability measures in their operations.
Just as renewable energy technologies have advanced dramatically over the past 5 years, so have technologies, methods, and tools for data collection, modeling, and mapping. Among the many tools and toolkits available through EC-LEDS to help countries create and implement a LEDS, is the Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) developed by NREL.
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