Developing South Africa’s Green Economy.

South Africa Low Emissions Development Program

Project Dates: May 2015 - May 2020
Although climate change goals have been well articulated at the national level in South Africa, communication and collaboration between municipal, provincial, and national actors remains challenging.

Climate change has been tough on South Africa’s emerging economy, heightening existing challenges to it and widening the gulf between sustainable and affordable economic growth. The USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) program bridges the current gap between public institutions and investors. Providing comprehensive support and training for project preparation, SA-LED gives investors a mechanism for fast-tracking projects and streamlining procedures to create sustainable economic growth. The project focuses on high-priority sectors, including waste management, transportation, and energy.

Project Goals


  • Work alongside the government of South Africa to transition to a low-carbon economy and adopt low-emissions technology
  • Support developers in high-priority sectors to identify funding options and sources
  • Develop tools and provide guidance on how to engage investors to raise capital
  • Collaborate with the government to improve the enabling environment for investment and expand access to and use of innovative financing mechanisms
  • Examine tradeoffs between economic growth and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases

Our Impact Low Emissions for High Results

In South Africa, a new technology is helping schools prepare meals for students faster and more sustainably — with far-reaching benefits for the local economy and the environment.

Climate change has been tough on South Africa’s emerging economy, heightening existing challenges to it and widening the gulf between sustainable and affordable economic growth. The USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) program bridges the current gap between public institutions and investors. Providing comprehensive support and training for project preparation, SA-LED gives investors a…

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