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Baselines for Accession States in Europe (BASE), Final Report

Funded under: FP5


BASE was conceived after experience with the JOINT Project and other "learning by doing" activities showed that there was very little by way of harmonised approaches for definition of additionality and baselines in the field of Joint Implementation in the Accession States of Central and Eastern Europe (CEEACs). In particular, it was shown that there was very little agreement on the means by which to demonstrate additionality under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC. The methodology and, indeed the nomenclature, for baselines were often confusing and inconsistent.
BASE was designed to bring the key stakeholders together in each country, with a focus on the UNFCCC "focal points", in order to reach consensus on:
- defining how baselines should be developed and the requirements on JI applicants for demonstrating additionality under Kyoto;
- developing a harmonised nomenclature on, and framework for, baselines ranging from the simplest heat only projects to the more complicated combined heat and power grid feed in projects;
- familiarising key players in each country with various baseline methodologies and then "testing" an agreed baseline approach on "real" projects in each country;
- developing national electricity sector baselines working with key electricity sector players in each country and key government stakeholders in each country;
- comparing approaches and results between countries in a "learning by doing" approach.
In each country, a BASE "country team" was established bringing the focal points, other key government agencies, key industry players, to work through the various aspects of the BASE projects.

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