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Baselines for accession states in europe (BASE)

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Cooperative business initiatives and guidelines for the expanded EU

Prior to May 1st 2004 when the ten new member countries joined the EU, the progress made in the field of Joint Implementation (JI) had been hampered by a lack of member consensus. It therefore became necessary to implement the Baselines for Accession States in Europe (BASE), so that clean energy investment costs would not spiral out of control.

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Conceived as a result of a previous and similar project, BASE raised the awareness that there was a lack of understanding and agreements for the proposed JI investments for these ten countries. In so doing, BASE aimed to remove the market barriers in the electricity generation industry, which also included assistance in order to meet commitments defined by the Kyoto protocol. BASE thus brought the key players of all ten countries together and defined a number of focal points for which a consensus could be reached. These included developing baseline frameworks for simple "heat only" projects to the more complex combined heat and power grid feed systems. The ten countries were also encouraged to practice benchmarking by comparing their approaches and results thereof. With common project components, BASE developed boundary definitions, which have already been adopted by the Austrian government. The development of national criteria for JI project implementation was also facilitated, and this is clear for investors and government bodies alike. In addition, all the existing databases in each country were consolidated, thus enabling all the countries to benefit from shared information. With the cooperative framework established by BASE, the future prosperity of the ten new EU countries' electricity industry has helped set the standards for other government industrial policies and investments. Further, the realisation of such shared knowledge can thus only benefit all twenty-five EU countries and establish proven guidelines for additional candidate countries in the future.

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