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By Gilles Dufrasne | Kaisa Amaral on 17 Jun 2019

UN climate negotiators to discuss future carbon markets as calls to end offsetting grow louder

This week, UN climate negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany, to try and find common ground on the Paris Agreement’s market provisions. There is growing political momentum to move beyond offsetting in global climate policy, but only a handful of countries around the negotiating table are willing to walk the talk. “We can no longer…

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By Ludovica Serafini on 5 Dec 2018

COP24: Real facts or just dreams

Over the next two weeks more than 22,000 people – including parties, observers, and journalists will arrive to in the little mining city of Katowice (Poland). Guests will be welcomed not only by delicious pierogi (typical Polish dish) and cold temperatures, but above all by a crisp and exhilarating atmosphere. As the eyes of the…

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By Gilles Dufrasne on 14 Sep 2018

UN market negotiations: Will we learn from the past?

The divide between countries on key elements of the new UN carbon markets have become apparent at the last UNFCCC session which closed last week in Bangkok. Open questions around the transition of old markets and how to ensure that carbon offsets do not water down climate ambition are set to continue during COP24, when major rules of the Paris Rulebook are expected to be finalised in December in Katowice, Poland.

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30 Nov 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – November 2017

Editorial The UN’s annual climate talks this year held in Bonn Germany saw moderate progress on implementing the Paris Agreement. However, critical questions on the functioning of future carbon markets remain wide open, making it impossible to assess if they will contribute to the fight against climate change. Meanwhile, the UN’s aviation body is drafting rules for…

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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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26 Oct 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – October 2017

Editorial In less than two weeks, the climate community will gather in Bonn to discuss how to put the landmark Paris climate deal into action. When it comes to markets, rather than rushing to lock in rules that repeat past mistakes, it is important to ensure that future measures truly increase climate action and foster sustainable…

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29 Jun 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – June 2017

Editorial US President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement casts a shadow over financial support for developing countries to help them deal with the consequences of climate change and transition towards sustainable, low-carbon societies. New leadership is needed to fill in the climate finance gap. Responsible for almost 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the shipping…

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Action
7 Jun 2017

#EUESR day of Action

Today, June 7, dozens of NGOs based in different EU Member States are participating in a Day of Action on the Effort Sharing Regulation by sending a letter to their governments, calling on them to push for an ambitious #EUESR. The Effort Sharing Regulation is Europe’s largest policy tool to reduce the climate impact of…

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31 May 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – May 2017

Editorial This month, negotiations on the Paris Agreement implementation continued at the UN climate conference in Bonn, but little progress was made in the closed door talks on future carbon markets. The eventual outcome of these negotiations is set to impact the aviation industry’s new offsetting scheme CORSIA. Ensuring environmental integrity and avoiding double-counting of emission reductions…

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Action
By Susana Pinto / Quercus on 27 Apr 2017

‘Sharing experiences helps solve problems’ – Two days of intense climate action talks with Southern European NGOs

Guest article by Susana Pinto from Quercus About 25 non-governmental organisations from Southern Europe, including Portuguese Quercus, gathered in Madrid on 5 and 6 April to exchange experiences and to explore ways to collaborate on European climate policies. While Portugal is on the right track when it comes to areas such as renewable energy, more…

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