Press Release: CDM coal power projects violate Kyoto Protocol

A review of all coal projects under validation within the Clean Development Mechanism reveals that they do not actually reduce any emissions. The review also puts under question the methodology which provides the basis for the emission reduction calculation. Environmental groups are now pressuring the CDM Executive Board to put all CDM coal power projects on hold with immediate effect.

Controversial CDM project “Plantar” deemed to be rejected (Newsletter #7)

During this Board meeting, members will decide about the fate of one of the most controversial projects ever submitted to the CDM Executive Board. Project 2569 “Reforestation as Renewable Source of Wood Supplies for Industrial Use in Brazil” by Plantar S.A was vehemently criticized over the past years in numerous publications, videos, technical reports, open …

Palm trees and bamboos not eligible for A/R CDM project activities (Newsletter #7)

In May 2008, the Board clarified whether the definition of forests within the context of the CDM would include palm trees and bamboos. It decided that the definition may treat palm trees and bamboos in the same way as trees, if DNAs would confirm that in their forest definition. It also decided that the definitions …

Public participation in procedures for request and reviews for registration and issuance needed (Newsletter #7)

In the last Board meeting it was decided to launch a call for input from stakeholders on draft procedures for requests and reviews for registration of CDM project activities and issuance of CERs. Comments that were submitted until 5 March will be considered during this Board meeting. CDM Watch welcomed the opportunity to provide input …

More than half of Board members do not take transparency seriously (Newsletter #7)

According to para15 of the latest CMP decision[1], Board members must publish their curricula vitae (CVs), statements on conflicts of interest, and details of any past and current professional affiliations on the UNFCCC CDM website. CDM Watch commends the Board members that have published their CVs online as well as made public statements on conflicts …

Supercritical Coal Projects Violate Kyoto Protocol (Newsletter #7)

During this meeting, Board members may approve the Methodologies Panel’s revisions to the approved methodology ACM0013, “Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for new grid connected fossil fuel fired power plants using a less GHG intensive technology.” CDM Watch commends this important first step in recognizing the inconsistencies within ACM0013, as highlighted by the Meth Panel. …

CDM Watch Newsletter #7, March 2010

Dear friends,

The CDM Executive Board will hold its 53rd meeting from 22-26 March 2010. CDM Watch takes again the opportunity to read between the lines of the annotated draft agenda (PDF) in order to bring some transparency to the decisions of the Executive Board.