This document provides an overview of baseline setting for greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting mechanisms.
The first section briefly explains the general purpose and objectives of setting a crediting mechanism baseline.
The second section summarizes key policy considerations in defining and settingbaselines.
The final section covers important technical elements of baselines and provides an overview of various methods that can be used to estimate baseline emissions.
The main purpose of this technical note is to examine key issues for baseline setting in the context of scaled-up crediting mechanisms. Many of the technical and policy considerations presented here,however, are relevant to existing project-based crediting mechanisms as well, and the discussion takes into account concepts developed and experience gained under these mechanisms. In addition, most ofthe concepts and examples presented here are relevant to setting baselines in the energy and industry sectors.
Where relevant, however, examples from other sectors – including forestry and land-use – are used to illustrate important ideas.
This Technical Note was prepared for the PMR Secretariat by Derik Broekhoff (Climate Action Reserve), with guidance from Martina Bosi (PMR Secretariat).
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