The short study looks at the role of standardised baselines for the CDM in least developed countries (LDCs), which have so far been under-represented in the CDM. Other than in the ‘traditional’ CDM context, standardised baselines are developed using more general, standardised assumptions on the greenhouse gas emissions that would occur if a project were not implemented. Standardised baselines (SBLs) are designed to accelerate the project approval process, make it less complex, and do away with regulatory uncertainties. They should also help to promote the CDM in formerly under-represented regions, especially the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the South. The study highlights the potential for SBLs in LDCs and describes the barriers that stand in the way of their broad implementation.
Date: October 2012