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JIKO Policy Brief 04/2014

Standardised Baselines – Options to Strategically Advance National Climate Policies

This policy brief discusses the opportunities and obligations of host country DNAs within the Standardized Baselines framework and identifies options for strategic intervention. Host countries can, for example, intervene by selecting the right sectors for which they develop an SB in the first place. DNAs can also tailor their SBs to some extent to support certain technologies, fuels or feed- stocks over others by choosing the right level of aggregation of the sector to be covered.

Last but not least, the paper discusses the DNAs’ role in managing the data for the development and maintenance of the SB. Host countries should take full advantage of potential synergies between data collection for SBs and other data intensive processes such as national greenhouse gas inventories or national statistics. SBs and the data gathered in the process of developing them can also be a basis for the development of other mitigation instruments such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) or New Market Mechanisms (NMM).

Hermwille, L.: Standardised Baselines - Options to Strategically Advance National Climate Policies. JIKO Policy Brief 04/2014. Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Wuppertal - 27 p. URL:

Date: December 2014
Type: Policy Brief