Support for Low-Emission Development Strategies in South Eastern Europe (SLED)

Support for Low-Emission Development Strategies in South Eastern Europe (SLED)

Source of funding


Name of client/donor

Austrian Development Agency GmbH

Overall project value

EUR 1,255,500


June 2013 – September 2016

Beneficiary countries

South Eastern Europe

Number of staff


Through the modelling of electricity and energy efficiency pathways and costs, as well as emissions reduction options, the project provided a basis for the informed preparation of low-emission development strategies. The time horizon for the modelling-based scenarios at country/sector level was 2025/2030, and the studies also identified potential nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

Government representatives, stakeholders and experts were involved in the development of the scenarios, and the results of the work were published in national languages as well as English. The results were also introduced at workshops in the target countries and to the donor community.

Component 1 aimed to:

  • provide an assessment and identify options for low-emission development in the electricity sector in the four countries;
  • provide policy options to improve building energy efficiency in the region using a replicable methodology;
  • make available know-how on energy efficiency in buildings scenario development;
  • build local capacities for analytical work on energy efficiency in buildings; and
  • raise awareness of low-emission policy options and identify NAMAs.

The SLED project was divided into two components. The larger component was implemented by the REC in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, while Component 2 was implemented by UNDP Kosovo as a local partner in Kosovo*. Both project components supported low-emission development.

In the last phase of the project, a third component was introduced focusing on the development of an official calculation tool supporting the national building energy calculation process in Albania.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


  • Preparing scenarios for electricity sector development and decarbonisation in the four focus countries, identifying the costs and benefits of low-carbon development and investment options and synergies.
  • Preparing country scenarios for improving energy efficiency in residential buildings until 2030.
  • Producing a guidebook on scenario development for energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Organising policy workshops to introduce project results.
  • Providing opportunities for informal exchanges of information among low-carbon development project promoters and donors in SEE.
  • Capacity building
  • Cooperation
  • Communication and information dissemination
  • Assessments and report drafting
  • Preparation of guidance materials