Climate Smart Planning Platform
An Affiliated Program of LEDS GP
An Open Platform for Climate Smart Planning Instruments ("Platform") targeted at tools, data and capacity support. The Platform aims to facilitate open access to well-trodden climate smart planning toolkits developed worldwide and provide guidance on their use to support developing countries in creating viable plans for low emissions climate resilient growth that are tailored to local needs, capacities and challenges. This will support efforts to enhance investment readiness through identification of financeable programs for climate action that could be funded through the Green Climate Fund or other climate and green growth instruments.
The Platform will provide a neutral forum where developing countries engaged in climate smart planning can freely access:
- A suite of open global, regional and country datasets
- A set of well-established linked, open tools, methods and approaches (with methodologies and user guidance) that span a country’s low emissions and resilience modeling needs – macroeconomic, sectoral, marginal abatement cost and climate impact analysis – and that are road tested in developed and developing countries, and maintained and developed to ensure quality, reliability and relevance
- A capacity support component, including a Help Desk, to help select and use data, tools, and approaches and "get started" in real time on climate-smart planning. The capacity support function of the Platform will be implemented in close collaboration with a number of institutions that provide technical assistance for Climate-Smart planning.
The Platform will be largely based on open source initiatives that today have produced many industry-leading innovations, supported by large, decentralized communities of users and contributors. The Platform will include elements of crowdsourcing from an active, participatory community, which will help improve tools, acquire data, and apply knowledge effectively. Combined with capability-building, it will help ensure practical integration. As the Platform matures, it will be possible to move towards the refinement and convergence of datasets, a better-connected set of open tools and methodologies that exploit synergies, and to stimulate the development of tool enhancements and additional complementary tools.
Integrating the expressed views of end-users, the Platform will be founded on the basis of open, transparent, and inclusive arrangements with a core set of interested participants, from both developed and developing countries, while maintaining a light coordination structure to reduce unnecessary transaction costs and ensure effective and efficient Platform design and implementation. The first phase of implementation (the next 24 months) will focus on low emissions development, where an offering of well-established tools and datasets will be consolidated. This offering will be expanded to broader issues of green growth and resilience in a second phase, as experience is gained and an effective operating model is established.
Platform Set-Up and Operating Model
The Platform will provide virtual (internet) and on-site services to support the use of selected tools. The virtual interface will provide access to and management of tools and datasets, information and communities of practice, and the tool help desk. It will support user engagement by providing opportunities to gather and share information on tools and data, establishing a south-south network to exchange experience and providing opportunities to improve or further develop tools. A soft launch is programmed in spring 2013.
Engaging in this Initiative
The World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are current implementing partners of the Platform, an affiliated program of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform. A number of institutions have expressed potential interest as tools and datasets providers, e.g. ESMAP, McKinsey & Company, Oxford Economics, Stockholm Environment Institute, UNEP Risoe, and NREL.1 The Platform is made possible with funding from the World Bank, GGGI, the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through GIZ, while discussions are on-going with other funding partners. The Platform is already collaborating with the LEDS Global Partnership to complement and reinforce the work program activities of its members. For further information on how to engage with this initiative please contact: