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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
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

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
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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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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