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By Eva Filzmoser | Pierre-Jean Brasier on 30 Nov 2017

Closing a (violent) chapter: Santa Rita hydro dam project officially cancelled

In October, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation, IFC) confirmed the cancellation of a controversial Santa Rita hydroelectric project in Guatemala, approved under the UN’s carbon offsetting scheme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The announcement follows a report by the IFC Ombudsman which found serious failings in the project…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 29 Nov 2017

Swiss-European carbon market link: An omen for future ties?

After six years of negotiations, the European Union and Switzerland have signed an agreement to link their carbon markets. This means that Swiss industries will be able to use European emission allowances and vice versa. The deal is significant in its symbolic nature as it is the first time that two Parties to the Paris…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 23 Nov 2017

UN carbon markets: Have we exchanged enough views already?

Far from the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, the 23rd UN climate talks (COP23) was a mostly dreary endeavour in the grey of November in Bonn. The negotiations on the Paris Agreement’s market provisions, the Article 6, moved the process an itsy bit forward, while still leaving all the critical issues open to further…

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Press release
14 Nov 2017

Obscure aviation climate deal could undermine the Paris Agreement

BONN 14 November 2017. A new Columbia Law School report reveals major shortcomings in how the UN aviation body (ICAO) interprets transparency and public participation requirements. The report’s findings come amidst a closed meeting in Montreal that kick-starts the approval of rules for ICAO’s new carbon offsetting scheme. A separate Carbon Market Watch analysis on…

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News
By Kaisa Amaral on 6 Nov 2017

Will Europe’s key climate tool become a fossil fuel subsidy scheme?

This week, the UN climate talks continue in Bonn on how to implement the landmark Paris climate change Agreement. At the same time in Brussels, the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) revision is drawing to an end. The biggest carbon market in the world, the EU ETS should lead by example, promoting a just…

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Opinion
By Juliane Voigt on 25 Oct 2017

Recap of the 17th Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) met for the 17th time at its headquarters in Songdo, South Korea in July 2017 to discuss important policy issues for the way forward. One key issue on the agenda was the approval of new accredited entities to the Board, including two entities that are known for…

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News
By Kelsey Perlman on 25 Oct 2017

Time for ICAO to open its climate change black box

The United Nations climate conferences bring together governments, academics, civil society, media and many others regularly to discuss climate change in the context of the UN Framework Convention. The next meeting takes place 6-17 November in Bonn. At the same time, behind closed doors without public scrutiny, the UN aviation body meets to decide on…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 25 Oct 2017

More ‘Paris spirit’ needed to spur climate action in the shipping sector

After 20 years of procrastination, shipping sector finally started discussing a strategy to address its emissions that represent almost 2.2% of global greenhouse gasses in 2012. The first of a number of working group sessions to outline a climate strategy was held in late June at the UN shipping body in London. Delegates will need…

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