World Resources Institute (2014)

Lead author for chapter 9

The Policy and Action Standard provides a standardized approach for estimating the greenhouse gas effect of policies and actions. Analysts at both the national and local levels can evaluate the GHG impacts of specific policies to improve their effectiveness in reducing emissions and inform where to invest resources to achieve the best results. 

The standard was developed along with the Mitigation Goal Standard, an accounting and reporting standard for assessing progress toward national and subnational greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

Over 270 participants from 40 countries were involved in developing the two new standards. As part of the process, pilot tests were conducted on 27 policies and actions in 20 countries and cities to make sure the standard works in practice.