Establishing Scaled-Up Crediting Program Baselines

Under the Paris Agreement

Published: 27/11/2017

This technical note offers guidance and identifies options for developing baselines for scaled-up crediting programs under the Paris Agreement. Ecofys, a Navigant company, was among the experts who contributed to this Partnership for Market Readiness publication. Establishing baselines is partly a technical, methodological challenge, but the biggest uncertainties arise from unresolved questions regarding international rules under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, as well as how crediting programs may interact with achievement of countries' "nationally determined contributions" (NDC).

How should scaled-up crediting programs complement a host country's overall climate and sectoral policy goals, and how to coordinate baseline development — and overall crediting program design — with other aspects of national climate policy? This note lays out core principles that are likely to inform rules for new crediting mechanisms including environmental integrity and avoiding double counting, and presents options and preliminary considerations for how to establish baselines in light of these principles.

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