User guidance

This page provides the most central guidance material that supports and accompanies stakeholders to develop an understanding of the EX-Ante Carbon-balance tool, reach full proficiency in its use and find the relevant scientific specifications EX-ACT is based on.

  • Quick Guidance

The Quick Guidance material provides a well-founded and concise overview of methodology, data needs, application and final use of EX-ACT. It is structured into two parts: A Guidance for Decision Makers (10 pp.) discusses in the first part of the document the main logic and utilization of the tool, the then following Guidance for Tool Users (8 pp.) introduces more technical aspects around methodology as well as data collection and entry.

The User Manual (134 pp) provides the comprehensive guide to all aspects of EX-ACT. It deals in detail with methodology, data collection, data entry as well as results utilization and leads users to proficiency in the independent use of the tool. The User Manual consists of a series of practical and easy digestible steps that allow for selective, non-sequential reading. While being subdivided into the three report parts A) Introduction and Rationale, B) Step-by-Step Guide to the Tool Use, and C) Making Effective Use of EX-ACT Results, it is complemented by a set of annexes that reach out to central related issues.

  • Technical Guidelines

The Technical Guidelines instead specify the methodological and technical structure of the tool. They provide the detailed scientific background of EX-ACT and show in a transparent way how default values for emission coefficients and carbon stock values are utilized. It thus provides the technical background information relevant for scientists interested in understanding the data used as basis of the tool or attempting to compare the EX-ACT methodology to the assumptions of other GHG tools.

  • Further Topic Guidance Documents

Besides the here above presented comprehensive guidance documents, further material focuses on specific sub-aspects.

Main recommendations for the elaboration of the baseline scenario

The paper "Main recommendations for the elaboration of the baseline scenario" focuses on practical steps on how to develop a realistic baseline scenario for the use in EX-ACT.

Using Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (MACC) to realize the economic appraisal of Climate Smart Agriculture policy options

The paper "Using Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (MACC) to realize the economic appraisal of Climate Smart Agriculture policy options" specifies how to derive MACC with the help of EX-ACT and how to use MACC for guiding policy decision making.