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12 Jul 2012

The End of CDM Coal Power? (Newsletter #20)

The CDM Executive Board members get a big thumbs up for rejecting a Chinese coal project due to its questionable additionality calculations. Whether the Board can keep up this spirit at its upcoming meeting remains to be seen when they are due to discuss a new version of crediting rules for CDM coal power projects for the second time.

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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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11 May 2012

High expectations on High-Level CDM Policy Dialogue Panel

After the CDM Policy Dialogue was launched at COP-17 in Durban the members of the high-level panel held its first meeting this February. The first meeting provided clarity that the panel will be developing recommendations about the CDM’s internal workings, the future direction and its impact to mitigation and sustainable development. Expectations are high… At…

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8 May 2012

Coal in the CDM – the Saga Continues (Newsletter #19)

The CDM Executive Board will discuss a revision of the coal methodology at its upcoming meeting. We described the shortcomings of the revisions in a technical note to the Board. Despite the proposed, more stringent rules, many CDM coal projects will still result in credits that do not represent real emission reductions. In addition, they…

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8 May 2012

Preview of the Climate Negotiations in Bonn (Newsletter #19)

The next climate negotiations will take place between 14-25 May in Bonn, Germany. CDM Watch will be there to advocate for environmental and social integrity in carbon markets. Here is a summary of the relevant issues that will be discussed in Bonn. New Market Mechanisms At the climate negotiations in Durban in November 2011 countries…

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8 May 2012

CDM Watch Discussion Forum Takes Off (Newsletter #19)

CDM Watch recently launched an online discussion forum to enable the public to participate in the CDM reform dialogue. The UN High-Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue Panel is currently taking stock of the lessons learned in the CDM. CDM Watch’s Discussion Forum aims to foster open and constructive communication between civil society, policy…

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8 May 2012

Joint Implementation – Why we are worried (Newsletter #19)

The future of Joint Implementation (JI) is uncertain. The mechanism will have to be revised for the next commitment period. Currently the vast majority of JI credits come from dubious projects in countries with large Assigned Amount Units (AAU) surpluses. In these countries JI can be used to ‘launder’ surplus AAUs. Parties will discuss the…

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