Policy and Action Standard

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.

Now Available: Policy and Action Standard Online Course


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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.


For further questions or to request a free hard copy of the standard, please contact David Rich at drich@wri.org.

Standard and Executive Summary

Title Date Size

Policy and Action Standard (English)

November 2014 3.7 MB

Executive Summary (English)

November 2014 430 KB

Policy and Action Standard (Français)

November 2014 3.7 MB

Executive Summary (Français)

November 2014 430 KB

Policy and Action Standard (Español)

November 2014 7.5 MB

Executive Summary (Español)

November 2014 480 KB

Additional Resources

Title Date Size

Overview Presentation of the Standard

July 2015 5.86 MB

Sample Reporting Template (English)

June 2015 125 KB

Sample Reporting Template (Español)

September 2016 145 KB

List of Tools and Methods

November 2014 480 KB

AFOLU - Additional Guidance

May 2015 951 KB

Buildings - Additional Guidance

May 2015 817 KB

Energy Supply - Additional Guidance

May 2015 1 MB

Transport - Additional Guidance

May 2015 2 MB

Waste - Additional Guidance

May 2015 1 MB

Background Information

Title Date Size

Infographic Fact Sheet

November 2014 300 KB

Pilot Testing Summary

June 2014 462 KB

List of Pilot Tests

December 2013 131 KB

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