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Press release
5 May 2015

Media Statement: New report shows risks of linking carbon markets may outweigh benefits

5 May 2015, Brussels. As the EU and Switzerland are about to conclude negotiations to link the EU and the Swiss carbon markets, a new report shows that benefits of linking carbon markets may be outweighed by the risks, such as reduced overall emissions abatement, lower domestic investments and co-benefits as well as a loss of public funds. The report also finds concerns about public participation and transparency provisions and provides recommendations for the EU ETS revision.

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Press release
24 Feb 2015

European Parliament takes a step to knock out Europe’s toxic tonnes…later than sooner

Brussels 24 February. Today the European Parliament’s environment committee took the first steps to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading System. Following intense pressure from forward looking investors and civil society, policymakers agreed to curb the total amount of pollution permits in the system that would otherwise flood the market by 2020. This is expected to result in a stronger carbon price signal in order to let the polluter pay and support climate friendly investments in Europe. Policymakers unfortunately failed to agree to a timely start of the new Market Stability Reserve which will only become operational by 2019.

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Press release
10 Feb 2015

Proyecto Barro Blanco, registrado bajo el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio de la ONU, es suspendido por incumplimiento con su Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental

Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá y Ginebra, Suiza. En una decisión histórica, la Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) de Panamá ordenó ayer la suspensión temporal de la construcción del proyecto hidroeléctrico Barro Blanco debido al incumplimiento con su Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental. La represa fue registrada bajo el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (MDL) de la ONU pese a que amenaza con inundar el territorio de las comunidades Ngäbe Buglé.

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Press release
10 Feb 2015

UN registered Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Dam temporarily suspended over non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment

PANAMA CITY, Panama and GENEVA, Switzerland In a landmark decision, Panama’s National Environmental Authority (ANAM) temporarily suspended the construction of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam yesterday over non-compliance with its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The dam was approved by the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) despite risks of flooding to the territory of the indigenous Ngäbe Bugle communities.

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Press release
17 Dec 2014

Press Release: New report shows carbon offsets from Alberta’s tar sands jeopardize EU fuel quality rules

Brussels, 17 December 2014. Today, the European Parliament adopted the proposal to implement the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), opening doors for the use of offsets associated with Alberta’s tar sands. A report launched today shows how the oil companies’ lobby succeeded in watering down the measure, allowing their activities in Alberta’s tar sands to count towards achieving their EU decarbonisation obligations.

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Press release
8 Dec 2014

Press Advisory: Carbon Offsetting Benefit Tracker launched to showcase local reality of CDM projects

Brussels/Lima 8 December 2014, today the ‘CDM Benefit Tracker India’ will be launched in Lima, Peru. The Tracker compares eye witness accounts of local communities with sustainability objectives of CDM projects and finds severe discrepancies between claims and local realities. Local groups are now calling on countries in Lima to establish monitoring and verification provisions…

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Press release
28 Oct 2014

Pressemitteilung: Zivilgesellschaft fordert den UN Sonderberichterstatter für die Rechte Indigener Völker auf, ein UN Project zum CO2-Offset zu untersuchen

28. Oktober 2014, Brüssels, Guatemala City, Berlin. In diesem Monat haben zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen aus Guatemala unterstützt von Internationalen Partnern den UN Sonderberichterstatter für die Rechte Indigener Völker gebeten, die indigenen Gemeinschaften zu unterstützen, die durch das Santa Rita Wasserkraftwerk direkt bedroht sind. Damm und Kraftwerk in Guatemala sind im Juni 2014 im CO2-Offset Programm der…

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Press release
28 Oct 2014

Comunicado de Prensa: Organizaciones de la sociedad civil llaman a la Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas a investigar un proyecto de compensación de carbono

28 de octubre 2014, Bruselas, Ciudad de Guatemala. Este mes, organizaciones de la sociedad civil de Guatemala e internacionales han pedido apoyo a la Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas para comunidades indígenas que viven bajo amenazas fuertes e inmediatas por parte de la represa hidroeléctrica Santa Rita en…

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Press release
28 Oct 2014

Press Release: Civil society groups call on UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to investigate UN offset project

28 October 2014, Brussels, Guatemala City. This month, Guatemalan and international civil society organisations have asked UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to support indigenous communities threatened with imminent and serious harm by the Santa Rita hydroelectric dam in Guatemala which was registered under the UN’s carbon offsetting scheme in June 2014….

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