Key safeguards in the CDM appeals procedure (Newsletter #9)

In Decision 2/CMP.5, the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol requested the Board to design procedures for appeals to challenge decisions by the CDM Executive Board and DOE performance[1]. The inclusion of an appeals procedure in the CDM project approval process presents a crucial opportunity for the Board to promote enhanced accountability, legitimacy and public trust …

TÜV SÜD in the spotlight despite suspension (Newsletter #9)

While TÜV SÜD remains suspended, WWF has released an updated rating that shows that the shortcomings of CDM-certification agencies are lasting[1]. On a scale from A (best) to F (worst) the ‘best’ grade was a D, which was awarded only once. More than 900 projects have been evaluated for this analysis. The rating is based …

Revising AM0025: Burning sludge as a fuel is a bad idea (Newsletter #9)

The Board may approve a recommendation by the Methodology Panel to revise AM0025 “Avoided emissions from organic waste through alternative waste treatment processes”. The draft revision shall clarify that project activities that process and upgrade biogas from anaerobic digestion to the quality of natural gas and then distribute it as energy via natural gas distribution …

Guest comment: CDM landfill project under review undermines Philippine solid waste law (Newsletter #9)

Landfills have become more controversial in the Philippines ever since a “trash-slide” buried and killed over 200 waste-pickers in a mountain of garbage at an open dump in Manila in July 2000. Since then, after long years of campaigning, environmentalists and sustainability campaigners have succeeded in passing a landmark Solid Waste Management law. This law …

The folly of CDM subsidies to replace domestic with imported coal (Newsletter #9)

During this week’s Board meeting, members will discuss 24 projects under review[1]. Amongst them is the 4000-MW super-critical coal plant owned by Costal Gujarat Power (Project Ref Number 3020) that claims to reduce 2,6 Mio tonnes of emissions for the next 10 years. But CDM Watch believes that this project does not generate any real …

Digression: Clash of the Conventions (Newsletter #9)

The incredible profits made by HFC-23 projects are resulting in overproduction of cheap HCFC-22, and undermine global efforts under the Montreal Protocol to phase out HCFCs and move industry toward more environmentally friendly refrigerants. The Montreal Protocol agreed in 2007 to accelerate the phase-out of HCFCs not just because of their ozone-destroying properties but also …

Who has a conflict of interest in the HFC-23 case? (Newsletter #9)

In cases where substantial economist interest is at stake, such as in the upcoming discussions on the HFC-23 revision request, Board members face pressure under the current CDM rules. The 19 registered HFC-23 destruction projects are expected to generate about 478 million CERs by 2012 and more than one billion CERs by 2020. These projects …

Renewal of Ineos HFC-23 destruction project (Newsletter #9)

Within the context of the HFC-23 methodology revision request, it is important to note that the Board will also address the first request to renew the crediting period by a HFC-23 destruction project. The HFC-23 Decomposition Project in Ulsan, South Korea, operated by the Ineos Group (Project 003) has generated 1,4 Mio credits of at …

Perverse incentives of HFC-23 projects (Newsletter #9)

HFC-23 projects in the CDM have become the focus of media attention over their lack of environmental integrity in the past weeks[1]. During this upcoming meeting, the Board will finally discuss new evidence showing that the current CDM methodology creates perverse incentives for plant operators to artificially increase HCFC-22 production, from which HFC-23 is an …

CDM Watch Newsletter #9, July 2010

Dear friends,

The CDM Executive Board will hold its 55th meeting from 26-30 July 2010 in Bonn. As usual, CDM Watch takes the opportunity to read between the lines of the annotated draft agenda to bring some transparency to the decisions of the Executive Board.