Aguan – Biogas project, Honduras
|Aguan biogas recovery from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) ponds and biogas utilisation – Exportadora del Atlántico, Aguan/Honduras|
|Methane recovery in wastewater treatment – AMS-III.H. ver. 14; Thermal energy production with or without electricity – AMS-I.C. ver. 16; Grid connected renewable electricity generation – AMS-I.D. ver. 15|
The issue of human rights violations linked to CDM projects (and how to address them) has been evidenced by the Aguan biogas project in the Bajo Aguan region of Honduras. The project has been linked to serious human rights violations with 25 people killed to date. Five of these people were allegedly killed by the project developer´s own security forces from the clashes raised by this project.
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The project intends to reduce emissions by collecting biogas from methane emissions for heat generation in place of fossil fuels in a palm oil plantation mill of Grupo Dinant’s subsidiary Exportadora del Atlantico. It is a relatively small project in the context of the CDM, forecasting an annual reduction of about 23,000 tonnes of CO2 but it could generate about US$2.8 million between 2010 and 2017.
Along with local stakeholders on the ground, Carbon Market Watch has communicated concerns with the project to the CDM Executive Board on multiple occasions raising the issue of human rights violations associated with it. We have also highlighted that the local stakeholder process was not conducted properly because communities were not given sufficient notice about the consultation meeting and this has hampered their participation to express concerns.
According to the PDD:
Exportadora del Atlántico is devoted to the extraction and refining of palm oil. Apart from the oil press, its facilities include diverse industrial processes: Refining, fractionation, interesterification process, biodiesel production and a fat and oil production plant. The Palm Oil Extraction Plant consumes approx. 4,500 MWh/yr of electricity from the grid, 29,570 gallons of Diesel and 116,474 gallons of bunker1 (year 2007). Exportadora del Atlántico Aguan intends to modernise its energy generation and management system. The objective is to make use of the renewable energy sources that can be made available at the Palm Oil Extraction Plant from biogas collection from wastewater treatment.
|• Project has been linked to serious human rights violations including the death of 25 people. Read more
• Local stakeholder process was not conducted correctly. Read more
What we are calling for:
|• Comprehensive investigation of the project by the CDM Executive Board.
• Removal of project LoA by Honduran DNA on breaches to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
• Credit buyers in Annex I countries must refrain from purchasing carbon credits linked with human rights abuses.
To read more about this project:
View our letters submitted to various stakeholders
- International Organisations Request ending to Evictions and to Violence In Bajo Aguán, (Española)
- Open letter to Honduran DNA: Approval of Project 3197, Aguán biogas recovery from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) – also in Spanish (Feb 2012)
- Unsolicited letter UNFCCC Secretariat: Inadequacy of local stakeholder consultation of CDM project 3197 (Bajo Aguan) (June 2011)
- Open Letter: UK Government must withdraw authorisation for Aguan and Lean CDM projects linked to assassinations and other human rights abuses in Honduras (Feb 2011) UK Governement Response
- Unsolicited letter to UNFCCC Secretatiat: Registration Request Aguan biogas recovery from Palm Oil Mill Effluent Project 3197, Honduras (January 2011)
View our press releases
- Press statement: International organizations welcome World Bank Ombudsman´s initiative to scrutinize investment project in Bajo Aguán, Honduras (March 2013)
- Press Release: EU action required as UN Panel keeps flawed rules of carbon offsetting scheme in place –also German and Spanish (July 2011)
- Press Release: Call to ban CDM projects linked to human rights abuses – also in Spanish (July 2011)
- Press Release: United Nations under Pressure to denounce Human Rights Abuses in Carbon Offsetting Scheme – also in Spanish and German (April 2011)
View these articles in our various Newsletters
- The Mandate to Protect Human Rights in the CDM (Newsletter #17)
- Upcoming Revision of Standards must strengthen Stakeholder Consultation (Newsletter #17)
- Communication Between The CDM World And The ´Outside` World (Newsletter #16)
- D-day for the Aguan biogas project in Honduras linked to human rights abuses (Newsletter #15)
- Addressing Human Rights Violations in the CDM (Newsletter #14)
- Human Rights Violations in Honduras linked to Aguan Biogas Project continue (Newsletter #13)
- Aguan Biogas Project linked to serious Human Rights Violations in Honduras (Newsletter #12)
- Watch This! Noticeboard (Watch this! #1)
View these related documents
- Civil Society – Fact Finding Mission [U1]
- Statement by Dr. Laima Andrikiene MEP (EPP, Lithuania) Vice Chair Subcommittee on Human Rights at EPP Press Conference, European Parliament, Brussels: Situation in Honduras: Human Rights in Focus (July 2011)
- Question for written answer to the Commission submitted by Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA): Human rights violations related to Emissions Trading Scheme (July 2011)
- Honduras Human Rights Violations in Bajo Aguan International Fact Finding Mission Report: English (July 2011)
- Joint Press Release: International Organisations present a report to the European Parliament about human rights violations in Honduras: English and Spanish (July 2011)
- Press Statement on 2011 International Mission’s Preliminary Report on human rights violations in Bajo Aguán (April 2011)
- Featured Article from Upside Down World: Honduras Palm Oil Plantations: Sustainable Development Facade (February 2010)