News & Press

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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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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6 Dec 2011

COP 17- WATCH THIS! – 6 Dec

WATCH THIS! Issue #4 Durban. The CDM Watch team will keep you up to date on the following: – Don’t waste your time on CCS! – Move the CDM beyond Coal! – CDM Negotiations: EU keep up the good work! – JI: CDM’s naughty little brother  

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Press release
24 Nov 2011

Press Release: Pressure on EU mounts as UNFCCC suspends flawed rules for coal offsetting projects

Durban, South Africa. In a crucial move, the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board yesterday suspended coal power offsetting projects because the rules used to calculate emission reductions cause artificial carbon credits. Pressure on the EU is mounting to call for a ban of these projects at the climate change conference starting next week in Durban.

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Press release
3 Nov 2011

Press Release: New Study Finds CDM Coal Projects Undermine Climate Goals while Receiving Billions in Climate Finance

Brussels. A study released today identifies deep systematic flaws in the crediting rules of coal plants under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The research also shows that they do not reduce emissions compared to business as usual but could earn 451 million artificial carbon credits by 2020 and claim billions of Euros in climate finance. CDM Watch calls for the removal of this project type from the CDM.

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Press release
19 Sep 2011

Press Release: Large hydro project in India under scrutiny – Wikileaks puts integrity of UN carbon offsetting scheme under question

Brussels. CDM Watch and International Rivers call on the CDM Executive Board to reject the mega Rampur Hydroelectric Project in India from receiving CDM carbon credits because it does not comply with essential CDM requirements. They also call on the Swedish Energy Agency, as a party involved in the project, to prove compliance with World Commission of Dams criteria.

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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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