Bottom-up approach to enhance communication with stakeholders (Newsletter #8)

Decision 2/CMP.5 also requests the Executive Board to enhance the interaction and communication between the Board and stakeholders. The Board responded to this request by mandating the secretariat to initiate activities and to present a first report during this 54th Board meeting. With the aim to enhance communication between the Board and civil society, also …

Key safeguards in the future CDM appeals procedure (Newsletter #8)

In Decision 2/CMP.5, the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol requested the Board to design – following consultation with stakeholder – procedures for appeals to challenge decisions by the CDM Executive Board and DOE performance[1]. Therefore, the Board lodged a call for inputs from stakeholders and will discuss the input received for the first time during …

Fresh food for thought needed to control additionality related to national policies (E+/E-) (Newsletter #8)

In 2009, several wind projects in China were rejected because they were found to be non-additional[1]. The underlying argument assumed that feed-in tariffs were lowered compared to historic subsidies so to ensure that the projects qualify for the CDM, thus, making them non-additional. Approving CDM credits to non-additional technologies does damage in two ways: it …

Biodiesel in the CDM: handle with care (Newsletter #8)

When approving of the first large scale biodiesel methodology (ACM0017) in September 2009, the Board sent a clear signal to the carbon market that CDM doors are open to biodiesel production from food crops that have specifically been grown for fuel[1]. Shortly after the approval of this first methodology two new small scale methodologies (NM009 …

No grace periods for flawed methodologies (Newsletter #8)

During this meeting, the Board will also discuss a draft procedure for the submission and consideration of requests for revision of approved baseline and monitoring methodologies and tools for large scale CDM project activities. As part of this discussion, CDM Watch strongly urges the Board to address a serious related flaw in the CDM procedures: …

Supercritical: Third largest non-HFC-23 CDM project up for review (Newsletter #8)

During this week’s Board meeting, members will decide upon revision requests of 21 projects[1]. According to Point Carbon, these projects are earmarked to reduce about 16 million CERs by 2013, worth around €47 million. Almost half of these emissions are claimed by the 4000-MW super-critical coal plant owned by Costal Gujarat Power (Project Ref Number …

Few CVs of Board members outstanding (Newsletter #8)

According to para15 of the latest CMP decision[1], Board members must publish their curricula vitae, 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 of …

New Executive Board member savvy on HFC-23 (Newsletter #8)

The vacant seat for the 10th member of the CDM Executive Board will finally be filled during this 54th Board meeting. The Board will welcome the new member Mr Duan Maosheng from China who assumes the seat for a Non-Annex I member. Mr Maosheng’s curricula vitae that is uploaded on the UNFCCC website is rather …

CDM Watch Newsletter #8, May 2010

Dear friends,

This 3rd meeting in 2010 will finally be held with a full Board that now includes a nominee from the Asian Group. The tenth member, Mr Duan Maosheng from China, will assume his seat at the Board this week. He has extensive experience in CDM related matters including in HFC-23 destruction baseline methodologies.