News & Press

31 Oct 2012

Reform Panel ignores inherent flaws of the CDM (Watch this! #3)

In September, the High-Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue presented its final report with recommendations on how to improve the CDM. Overall, the report fails to address fundamental flaws of the CDM, is strongly based on political opinions and ignores important research. It does however include important recommendations about improving accountability, establishing a grievance mechanism and stresses the importance for the CDM to go beyond offsetting. Nevertheless, decision-makers need to be careful with some of the recommendations of the Panel that simply aim at saving the CDM for its own sake because of the impending collapse of carbon markets.

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10 Oct 2012

Report by the European Parliament on Human Rights and Climate Change: EU policy Options

Study commissioned by the European Parliament DG for external policies (Directorate B – Policy Department) on Human Rights and Climate Change. Section 10.1.3 reports about human rights concerns regarding the acceptance of JI and CDM credits in the EU ETS with CDM project cases Barro Blanco (Panama) and Aguan (Honduras) cited as examples. The study recommends that the EU should be clear on the fact that JI/CDM credits from projects that violate or risk violating human rights may not be used within the EU ETS and that relevant criteria should be set up and imposed on investors located in MS territories. Bilateral agreement with host countries may be appropriate in this respect.

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Press release
23 Jul 2012

Press Release: UN Body decision marks end for dirty carbon credits from coal power in the EU emissions trading scheme

Washington D.C., Brussels, 23 July 2012. The United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has taken a significant step towards a major victory against propping up the dirty, carbon intensive coal industry. In a meeting last week, the CDM Executive Board requested yet another round of scrutiny of the set of rules that would allow coal power plants in India and China to receive carbon credits.

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News
12 Jul 2012

A Review of UNFCCC Carbon Market Developments (Newsletter #20)

The last intercessional UN climate negotiations took place in May in Bonn, Germany. The main theme of the two-week conference seemed to be “diverging views” on about every agenda item. There were diverging views about the length of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; about the work programme of the new Durban Platform…

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Press release
7 May 2012

Press Release: New rules for coal offsetting projects still severely flawed

Bonn, Germany, 7 May. The UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board will discuss this week whether to approve revised rules on coal power offsetting projects. NGOs are urging the Board to reject the revision because they do not address crucial technical flaws. The revisions also fail to address the severe harm new coal projects…

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25 Apr 2012

The CDM Project Barro Blanco – an Obstacle to Peace (Watch this! #1)

A lot of water has passed under the Tabasará Bridge, site of historical protests in Panama. Barro Blanco is the latest dam envisaged for this historic river named for its Ngäbe indigenous chief in their struggle against the Spaniards. The Ngäbes and their Movement 10th of April have resisted until now and demand protection of their rights and resources. All concessions that were granted without their approval should be cancelled, including for the contentious Barro Blanco hydro-electric project.

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News
11 Feb 2012

Swedish involvement in Indian hydro CDM questioned (Newsletter #18)

Guest Article by Jens Holm, Member of Parliament (Left Party), Sweden Large-scale World Bank hydro power project, non-additional, far-reaching effects on the local environment, local opposition and no compensation for the affected local community. That is in sum the hydro electric power CDM-project Rampur, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. The Rampur hydroelectric power project is a…

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News
11 Feb 2012

CDM Watch Durban assessment (Newsletter #18)

This is an overview of the most important carbon market-related decisions that were taken (or not taken) in Durban. Durban has come and gone. Almost 13,000 people, including delegations from over 190 nations, civil society organisations, environmental NGOs and business representatives met in Durban, South Africa to have their say at the 17th climate negotiations…

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