Economic and Policy Analysis of Climate Change
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The EX-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT)

The EX-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT) is based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) methodology for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. EX-ACT provides its users a consistent way of estimating and tracking the impact of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) investments and policies on GHG emission levels. EX-ACT is the only GHG accounting tool to cover the entire AFOLU sector, including agricultural inputs, energy, infrastructure, management of mineral and organic soils, coastal wetlands, fisheries and aquaculture.

EX-ACT aims at i) identifying the climate mitigation impact of AFOLU investment projects and policies; ii) supporting countries (public and private sectors) in accessing funds from international financial institutions; iii) strengthening the capacities of national stakeholders in estimating and monitoring emissions reductions goals from projects; and iv) support policy makers in integrating climate change mitigation objectives into national strategies and international commitments, such as nationally determined contributions.

  • A set of linked Microsoft Excel sheets.
  • Structured in nine logical topic modules.
  • Based on land use and management practices.
  • Equipped with a set of resources (tables, maps, FAO statistical data) that help to populate the tool.
  • Using IPCC default values (Tier 1) and/or region
    specific coefficients (Tier 2).
  • Comparing the situation without and with project.
  • Adapted to various scales (project, landscapes, region...).