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By Femke de Jong, Gilles Dufrasne on 16 Feb 2018

OECD: Governments must boost carbon pricing to address climate change

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that taxes in major economies are far below the cost of pollution from the use of fossil fuels on climate and the environment, urging governments to do more to make polluters pay. A lax tax Taxes on high-carbon activities can trigger catalytic shifts towards low-carbon societies…

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26 Jan 2018

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – January 2018

Editorial Happy 2018, a pivotal year for stepping up climate action The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Risk Report places climate change as the number one threat facing the world in 2018 – a hot topic at this year’s meeting of world leaders in Davos. Our message to the crowds gathered in the Alpine town:…

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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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By Aki Kachi on 25 Oct 2017

On Kyoto, Paris, and carbon markets

In less than two weeks, Parties will meet again in Bonn at a UN climate conference for another round of negotiations to prepare for the adoption of the rules to implement the Paris climate change agreement. What role will markets have in how the world works to limit global warming to 1.5C?   Although observers…

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By Kelsey Perlman on 28 Sep 2017

CDM credits not fit to meet Paris goals – study

A recent study by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) looking at credits issued under the UN offsetting measure, the Clean Development Mechanism, warns governments against using them to meet their pledges under the Paris Agreement. In the past, when judging the quality of an offsetting project, most people looked at questions such as: is the methodology used to…

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By Aki Kachi on 31 May 2017

Markets negotiations make little progress in Bonn

Despite the political uncertainties around US’ participation in the Paris Agreement, technical negotiations on how to implement the landmark climate deal, including through carbon markets, continued at the UN Climate Conference earlier this month. While delegations underlined continued commitment to the Paris Agreement goals, little progress was made on the Article 6. Disagreements over the…

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27 Apr 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – April 2017

Editorial Negotiations on how to implement the Paris Agreement will continue at the UN climate conference in Bonn this May. Ahead of the meeting, the European Commission has released a study showing manifold problems in the offsets generated under the Clean Development Mechanism. The study underlines the urgent need to stop using offsetting as a climate policy. The Green…

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By Juliane Voigt on 27 Apr 2017

Fostering sustainable development through climate action – what should the future UN mechanism look like?

In May, climate negotiators will again gather to flesh out the rules to implement the landmark Paris climate agreement. One of the topics on the agenda is the Sustainable Development Mechanism. To be effective, the successor to the Clean Development Mechanism must guarantee real, measurable and long-term benefits both in terms of emission reductions and…

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