This is the first National Communication submitted by Lao to UNFCCC. The report describes the energy sector as having the greatest potential for mitigation through improved energy efficiency, switching to less CO2 intensive fuels, and renewable energy (especially hydropower). Laos also aims to increase total forest area from 40 to 70%. Priorities in transportation sector are to reduce GHG emissions, air quality pollutants, and congestion. Goals in the agricultural sector are to increase productivity with minimal impact on the environment.