NGOs and the Clean Development Mechanism – constraints and opportunities in the discourse of EU consultations

When creating the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the Kyoto Protocol described three main aims: meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets, sustainable development, and providing emissions cuts for the lowest cost. This study argues that these three aims represent powerful discourses, justifying the European Union’s continued reliance on offset credits from the CDM. Furthermore, when advising policy-makers, …

Eye-witness account of non-additional project compared to TÜV SÜD validation report (Newsletter #6)

Currently, around 1380 hydro projects are seeking CDM support. 130 projects are already generating CERs and have so far received 15.335 Million CERs, amounting to more than 184 Mill. €. But a large number of hydro power projects are not additional, as highlighted many times by several civil society organisations. The estimated number from experts …

Additional reductions from palm oil projects? Not so much for the Dutch

download pdf file Dutch CDM projects in the palm oil sector by Jan Willem van Gelder and Petra Spaargaren, Profundo The Netherlands, through the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM), authorized the Bermuda-based company AES AgriVerde as a project proponent in 23 projects in the palm oil sector in Malaysia and Indonesia …