CDM waste methodologies in the spotlight. Guest Article by GAIA (Newsletter #15)

Guest article by Mariel Vilella – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives[1] (GAIA) has been closely examining CDM waste management projects. Most CDM municipal waste management projects are problematic for three main reasons: They help perpetuate waste management strategies that prevent truly sustainable and more cost-effective options They usually threaten the …

Why coal projects threaten the integrity of the CDM. Guest article by Sierra Club (Newsletter #15)

Guest article by Steve Herz, Justin Guay from Sierra Club Update! CDM Executive Board called to suspend coal projects The upcoming 62nd Executive Board Meeting is promising to be very exciting. Just as we finalised this newsletter, we found out that the CDM Methodology Panel is recommending to the CDM Executive Board that they suspend …

The Mandate to Protect Human Rights in the CDM (Newsletter #17)

Over the past months, allegations about CDM projects related to human rights violations have increased pressure on international policy makers to address this issue at the upcoming UNFCCC conference in Durban. CDM Watch believes that the United Nations, including the CDM Executive Board, as well as the European Union and other buyers have a mandate …

Press Release from Danish Ministry for Climate: Broad support for Danish initiative against industrial gas climate credits

Broad support for Danish initiative against industrial gas climate credits 21-06-2011 Denmark today obtained support from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Malta, Latvia and Bulgaria on its political declaration against industrial gas credits. The Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Lykke Friis, has in the …

Press Release: EU Subsidies to Super Greenhouse Gas Producers Must End

Brussels.Following commitments by numerous EU Member States to extend the recent ban on the use of credits from industrial gas projects in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to sectors not covered by the ETS, pressure is mounting on the remaining EU countries to follow suit during tomorrow´s meeting of the EU´s Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels. Environmental groups are urging all EU Member States to follow Sweden´s example by committing to apply the ban even before 2013.

Call for Member States to extend EU Industrial Gas Ban (Newsletter #14)

On 21 January this year, EU Member States banned offsets from industrial gas projects from being used under the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The ban, which takes effect in 2013, was approved by all 27 EU member states and was hailed by environmental campaigners as a shining example of the willingness of Member …

Addressing Human Rights Violations in the CDM (Newsletter #14)

Three months on from our first report[1] about the Aguan biogas project[2] in Honduras, the difficult question of how to address human rights violations linked to CDM projects remains unresolved. However, encouraging precedents have been set by various players in the CDM. It is now up to policy makers at all levels, especially at UNFCCC …

Press Release: Environmental Groups Call for Extension of Industrial Gas Offsets Ban

Brussels. Today, the European Commission’s draft Regulation banning the use of credits from industrial gas projects in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) post-2012 was formally approved. Environmental groups are now calling on EU Member States to extend the ban to sectors not covered by the EU ETS.

Press Release: United Nations under Pressure to denounce Human Rights Abuses in Carbon Offsetting Scheme

Brussels.The United Nation’s Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board has so far failed to respond to human rights abuses linked to a carbon offsetting project in Honduras that is currently pending registration. Environmental and Human Rights Groups are now demanding that the project be rejected from receiving funding under the offsetting scheme.