Insights from the CDM workshop for NGOs, activists and citizens in India (Newsletter #5)

NGOs, activists and citizens are very concerned about the development of the CDM over the past years. On 16 November 2009, more than 80 representatives of NGOs, activists and citizens of Armenia, Bangladesh, India and Uganda gathered at a workshop in New Delhi to discuss the CDM’s failure to meet both of its over-arching objectives …

The Role Of Civil Society In The Improvement Of Flawed Methodologies (Newsletter #5)

Given that there are currently about 150 approved methodologies and another 40 pending, the EB has acknowledged the need to revisit those methodologies in order to improve their objectivity, applicability, usability and consistency. To facilitate this task, the Board will consider revised procedures for the submission and consideration of new methodologies as well as requests …

Definition of swing plants to decide over the fate of a HFC recovery and destruction project (Newsletter #5)

During this meeting, the Board will decide on applicability conditions of methodology AM0001 for HFC-23 destruction that will ultimately decide whether the Mexican Quimobásicos HFC Recovery and Destruction Project can be registered as a CDM project activity. Some HCFC-22 production plants can produce both CFCs and HCFC-22, like the Quimobásicos HFC Recovery and Destruction Project. …

Mitsubishi’s rice husk projects in Thailand (Newsletter #5)

Out of the 170 rice husk projects currently in the pipeline, 12 are being implemented in Thailand of which only the 22-megawatt rice husk-fueled power plant owned by A.T. Biopower has been registered so far and has become Thailand’s most celebrated renewable energy plant. The purpose of the project activity is to set up a …

Large hydro power up for registration despite serious protests by local communities (Newsletter #5)

The 24 MW Bhilangana – III Hydro Power Project is currently being established at the Bhilangana river, the tributaries of Bhagirathi River in the Tehri District, Northern India. The project has applied for CDM in January 2008 and is has now requested registration. Further to some alarming hints by local communities, CDM Watch visited the …

The Folly of CDM Credits for Supercritical Coal (Newsletter #5)

On September 17, 2007, the CDM Executive Board adopted ACM0013, “Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for new grid connected fossil fuel fired power plants using a less GHG intensive technology.”  The methodology contemplates the award of saleable CDM credits for the construction of new, coal-fired power plants that use “super-critical” technology, which is more efficient …

National appropriate mitigation actions to tackle additionality concerns of wind power in China (Newsletter #5)

While eyes are set on the design of a flexible mechanism post-2012 during the upcoming COP-15, the Board could already give a spin to the upcoming discussions by eliminating technologies where additionality is highly unlikely from the CDM. In addition to Chinese wind power projects, this would be the case for Chinese and Indian large …