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Carbon Market Watch News
11 Feb 2012

Loopholes (Newsletter #18)

Our recent CDM Watch briefing paper looked at the cumulative impact of loopholes on emission reduction pledges countries have made. Our calculations show that pledges are small enough to fall right through current loopholes. Without swift action, we’re heading off the path of 2 degrees warming and hurtling towards 4 degrees of warming. We like…

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Carbon Market Watch News
4 Apr 2011

CDM Watch UNFCCC submissions (Newsletter #13)

The month of March saw a number of deadlines for public input to the UNFCCC policy process. The following section provides an overview of submissions made by CDM Watch: a.   Areas and means for direct communication between the CDM EB and relevant stakeholder groups Communication between civil society representatives and the Board mainly happens via…

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Carbon Market Watch News
25 Nov 2010

Civil Society CDM Workshop Brazil (Newsletter #11)

CDM Watch organized a 2-day CDM Workshop for NGOs, Activists and Citizens in Brazil’s capital Brasilia on 26 and 27 October. The steadily rising number of CDM projects in Brazil is observed with growing concern. The projects’ poor environmental integrity and lack of transparency paired with fraudulent activities to maximize credit issuance have put Brazilian…

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Carbon Market Watch News
22 Mar 2010

Controversial CDM project “Plantar” deemed to be rejected (Newsletter #7)

During this Board meeting, members will decide about the fate of one of the most controversial projects ever submitted to the CDM Executive Board. Project 2569 “Reforestation as Renewable Source of Wood Supplies for Industrial Use in Brazil” by Plantar S.A was vehemently criticized over the past years in numerous publications, videos, technical reports, open…

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Carbon Market Watch News
9 Feb 2010

Wrap up of CDM Reform in Copenhagen (Newsletter #6)

The yearly meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol took place for the 5th consecutive time in Copenhagen (CMP.5) in December 2009. One off the aims was  to improve the current CDM and to establish a yearly work programme for the CDM Executive Board….

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Carbon Market Watch News
12 Oct 2009

Subsidies for monoculture tree plantations (Newsletter #4)

Currently, any plantation established on land that was forested after 1 January 1990 is excluded from the CDM. But the CDM EB is now considering a new possibility to include lands with “forests in exhaustion” as A/R CDM project activities. The results will be presented in December 2009 at COP-15 in Copenhagen. The term forests…

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Carbon Market Watch News
5 Jul 2009

Key items unaddressed in new methodology for biomass plantations on land areas (Newsletter #2)

At the next EB meeting, the Board will consider approving the new methodology NM0278 for the “Use of Charcoal from Renewable Biomass Plantations as Reducing Agent in Pig Iron Mill in Brazil”. This methodology would allow the establishment of new biomass plantations on the following land areas: (i)            Grasslands (ii)           Forest plantation after its last…

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Carbon Market Watch News
5 May 2009

Possible approval of Methodologies NM0278 for new biomass plantations on land areas (Newsletter #1)

On the basis of a recommendation by the Methodologies Panel, the Board may approve Methodologies NM0278. This Methodologies would allow the establishment of new biomass plantations on the following land areas: (i) grasslands, (ii) forest plantation after its last rotation, (iii) degraded areas. However, CDM Watch encourages the Board to reject this Methodologies or to…

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