Energy Transitions: Low-Carbon Pathways for Growth and Sustainability

A case-study approach to understanding the political economy of successful low-carbon development strategies

Energy Transitions: Low-Carbon Pathways for Growth and Sustainability examined how developing countries are balancing their development priorities, particularly an ever-growing demand for energy, with the mounting need for carbon mitigation. Through case studies of the Indian state of Gujarat, Vietnam, and Ethiopia, the project explored the complementarities between development and low-carbon transitions within the sectors of electricity generation and access, transportation, and industry.

The project highlighted where and how government, industry, and society can create positive feedback loops for stronger climate action and improved development outcomes. Our work culminated in three case studies and a final report, released in December 2020, that synthesizes the findings of the Energy Transitions project.

The Analysis

The CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program organized three workshops for the Energy Transitions project, one each for Vietnam, Gujarat, and Ethiopia. For each workshop, we invited experts to document success and look for future opportunities in the power sector, industry, transportation, and energy access. Their insights, alongside our research, fed into four CSIS reports: