2018 – Open Letter to UNFCCC Heads of Delegations on Ending the CDM

Dear UNFCCC Head of Delegation, The Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 marked a groundbreaking evolution in the global ambition to fight climate change. It also makes clear that a radical shift is required to move beyond the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). We, representing 99 organizations from around the world, are therefore calling upon you to discontinue …

Open Letter to Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, civil society organisations and a trade union call for stronger measures to ensure human rights in climate-related investments

To Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis To President Jean-Claude Juncker;  Vice-President Jyrki Katainen; Director-General Olivier Guersent and Head of Unit Martin Spolc. Dear Vice-President Dombrovskis, We warmly thank you for your response to our letter of 22 March 2018, titled “On a Human Rights Mandate for the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance”1, and welcome the Commission’s …

2017 – Open Letter on EU Land Use Land Use Change & Forestry (LULUCF) rules will set an international precedent

16 May 2017 “To limit warming to 1.5 C, an objective set by the Paris Agreement, we need to reduce emissions as fast as possible and remove CO2 from the atmosphere by restoring natural sinks. Restoring natural sinks is not something we can leave to countries in the tropics: it does not provide enough negative …

2017 – Open letter to EU environment ministers on Emission Trading System (ETS) funds

May 2017 “Ahead of the upcoming trilogue meeting on the revision of EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS), the undersigned, representing 30 networks and organizations representing citizens from across Europe, would like to urge you to ensure that the funding mechanisms dedicated to help lower-income Member States transform their energy systems (article 10c and the Modernization …

2017 – Open letter to IATA: Airlines shouldn’t use Montreal resolution to undermine domestic European climate ambition

February 2017 “The 2016 triennial ICAO assembly established a global offsetting mechanism for international aviation, known as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The CORSIA is completely out of step with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, purely relies on offsets and does not require any in-sector reductions. Furthermore, it …

2017 – Open letter to UN Special Rapporteurs: request to carry an on-site visit to assess situation regarding Barro Blanco

February 23, 2017 “We, the undersigned organisations, want to draw your attention on the worrying situation faced by the local communities affected by the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam located in the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca (autonomous territory), in Western Panama, and kindly ask you to carry out an on-site visit in order to meet with the communities …

2017 – Open letter to Green Climate Fund (GCF) board on keeping the fund fossil fuel free

March 2017 “We write to urge you to develop and adopt an investment policy for the treasury of the United Nations Green Climate Fund that maintains its current fossil fuel-free status and is consistent with international best practice for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards. To that end, in approving a competitive process for the …

2016 – Open letter calling Panama’s Environment Minister for the withdrawal of Barro Blanco’s registration under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

7 September, 2016 “We, the undersigned, urge you to withdraw Panama’s letter of approval for the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project to be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), in light of the severe environmental and human harms it is causing. As adopted by the CDM Executive Board at its 76th meeting, the procedure for …