This Toolkit has been prepared by Economic Consulting Associates Ltd on
behalf of the Department for International Development, and provides a
framework for assessing the risk of carbon lock-in among developing
countries. The Toolkit is aimed at decision-makers in national or local
governments who are considering policy options that may result, directly
or indirectly, in carbon-intensive pathways. It is also useful for
advisors, donors involved in developing interventions, and stakeholders
affected by government decisions.
The Toolkit is structured as follows:
- a quick-start guide to carbon lock-in is incorporated at the start of
the Toolkit (it is also provided separately as a free-standing
- an introduction to carbon lock-in and an explanation of why it is
relevant to decision-makers in developing countries;
- guidelines for carbon lock-in assessment; these describe a conceptual
framework for analysing carbon lock-in and should be useful for
decision-makers whether they are undertaking a full cost-benefit
analysis that formally includes carbon lock-in risk or just assessing
carbon lock-in risk qualitatively;
- case studies of carbon lock-in in three countries.
Six annexes are also included to give contextual and supporting
information. Annex A1 provides an overview of the existing international
climate change framework, how this may evolve in future and impact on
developing countries directly or indirectly, and possibly contribute to
carbon lock-in. Annex A2 summarises of some of the literature on carbon
lock-in and lock-in more generally. Annexes A3 to A5 provide additional
information that can be used in qualitative and quantitative
assessments. Finally, Annex A6 describes the input data and assumptions
used in the case studies.
Economic Consulting Associates. Carbon Lock-In Toolkit. Economic Consulting Associates, London, UK (2015) 101 pp.
Carbon Lock-In Toolkit