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7 May 2020

Never Wasting a Crisis: Industry Climate Lobbying During the COVID-19 Pandemic Exposed

Summary: This briefing counters industry attempts to use the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext to weaken international, European and national climate and carbon pricing laws. It debunks myths and provides policy recommendations to decision-makers. The examples include large polluters pushing for delays in implementing the EU Green Deal and national climate policies and airlines aiming…

22 Dec 2015

Paris outcomes: Carbon Market Watch Analysis of COP 21

From 30 November to 12 December 2015, Parties to the UNFCCC met in Paris to negotiate a new global climate treaty.

The Paris Agreement was a remarkable outcome, especially after the failures of Copenhagen. Almost all involved, including Carbon Market Watch, seemed surprised at how positive the outcome was. However, expectations had been carefully managed in the preceding years, so that aspirations of environmentalists to have a treaty that reflected the scientific reality by dividing up the remaining global carbon budget, had been downplayed into unreality.

20 Nov 2015

Recommendations related to the role of carbon markets in the Paris Agreement

Only very few countries have outlined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that they will use international trading as a means to help achieve their climate goals. However, despite the limited role of markets expressed by most industrialised countries in their INDCs, such as the EU and the US, the political reality regarding domestic carbon pricing schemes looks different: jurisdictions responsible for 40% of the global economy have already implemented carbon pricing mechanisms.

25 Jul 2012

Summary of the 68th CDM Executive Board Meeting

Highlights of the CDM Executive Board 68th meeting The following report is a short summary of the most relevant outcomes of the last CDM Executive Board meeting, held in Bonn from 16-20 July 2012. This summary provides information about key decisions taken at the meeting and includes our comments. The 68th meeting was an important…

28 May 2010

Comments on Validation of the Reforestation as Renewable Source of Wood Supplies for Industrial Use in Brazil, Version 03a

After careful consideration of the PDD in the given time, we conclude that if approved, this project would lead to an excess issuance of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) of beyond any actual emissions reductions and therefore must not be validated for a number of significant concerns.

7 May 2010

Unsolicited Letter: Request on transparency about Unsolicited Letters and LoAs.

Unsolicited letter to highlight significant concerns about the lack of transparency under the current CDM procedures, in particular to the lack of disclosure of unsolicited letters and letters of approval (LoAs) by Annex I countries that purchase credits from unilateral projects. Request on 7 May 2010: download pdf file Response on 22 June 2010: download…

7 May 2010

Unsolicited Letter: Effective Means for Public Participation

Letter to the CDM EB from CDM Watch on behalf of civil society affected by CDM projects, to highlight significant concerns about effective means for public participation under the current CDM procedures.