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Carbon Market Watch News
11 Feb 2012

Five reasons the EU should not expect the UN to fix the carbon market (Newsletter #18)

In December 2011 the European Commission published its long awaited Study on the Integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism. The study summarises the merits of the CDM in five bullet points while allotting five entire pages to its shortcomings. The study also devoted a complete section to assessing demand-side reform measures including use restrictions to…

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Carbon Market Watch 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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Carbon Market Watch 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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Carbon Market Watch News
11 Sep 2011

Upcoming Event @ EU Parliament (Newsletter #16)

CDM Watch and Sandbag are organising a lunch debate on September 21, 2011 with members of the European Parliament. The focus of discussion will be whether contentious project types in the CDM undermine European climate goals. The European Union (EU) can achieve half of its greenhouse gas emission reductions by using CDM offset credits. The…

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Carbon Market Watch News
5 Jul 2011

CDM waste methodologies in the spotlight. Guest Article by GAIA (Newsletter #15)

Guest article by Mariel Vilella – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives[1] (GAIA) has been closely examining CDM waste management projects. Most CDM municipal waste management projects are problematic for three main reasons: They help perpetuate waste management strategies that prevent truly sustainable and more cost-effective options They usually threaten the…

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Carbon Market Watch News
4 Jul 2011

The Mandate to Protect Human Rights in the CDM (Newsletter #17)

Over the past months, allegations about CDM projects related to human rights violations have increased pressure on international policy makers to address this issue at the upcoming UNFCCC conference in Durban. CDM Watch believes that the United Nations, including the CDM Executive Board, as well as the European Union and other buyers have a mandate…

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Carbon Market Watch News
30 May 2011

Addressing Human Rights Violations in the CDM (Newsletter #14)

Three months on from our first report[1] about the Aguan biogas project[2] in Honduras, the difficult question of how to address human rights violations linked to CDM projects remains unresolved. However, encouraging precedents have been set by various players in the CDM. It is now up to policy makers at all levels, especially at UNFCCC…

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Carbon Market Watch News
4 Apr 2011

Mtoni Dumpside CDM Project putting livelihoods of farmers and wastepickers at risk (Newsletter #13)

Guest comment by Finnigan Wa Simbeye, Tanzania Daily News So far, CDM biogas projects have been praised as the most sustainable projects implemented under the CDM. However, a recent eye witness report from a much touted biogas in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam tells a different story. Carbon Credits from an Abandoned Dumpsite The…

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Carbon Market Watch News
15 Feb 2011

Carbon Capture and Storage in the CDM – Or how to squeeze more Oil out of the Ground with Carbon Credit (Newsletter #12)

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun added a new dimension to the CDM: Carbon capture and storage technologies in geological formations shall now be allowed to qualify under the CDM. This decision has been hailed as a victory by oil companies across the world, which could not believe their luck. Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)…

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