RECLAIM (Redefining Energy and Climate Policy in the Least Developed Countries: Analysing Institutions and Initiatives in the Mekong Region) analysed the prospects and challenges of climate initiatives in Laos and Cambodia.
Energy demand is increasing due to rapid GDP growth and industrial boom and CO2 emissions are increasing in Cambodia and Laos. The scenarios draw attention to abundant biomass resources for energy production. Expected increase in rice production as a result of government policies will provide an increase in the availability of rice residues, rice husk and straw.
The LINDA model provides detailed sectoral information on electricity and fuel use linked to different possible economic development paths. More attention is needed on the technocratic and managerial approaches and especially on what has been left outside.
In the practice, integrative policy narratives such as climate compatible development may create more problems than they solve.