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15 May 2012

Open Letter to EU Member States Regarding the use of Offsets in the EU ETS

On May 15th 2012, CDM Watch sent an open letter to European environment ministers to ask them to restate their commitment in ensuring higher environmental integrity in carbon offsets. Letter to Bulgarian Minister: H.E. Ms. Nona Karadjova Letter to Cypriot Minister: H.E. Mr. Sofoklis Aletraris Letter to Czech Minister: H.E. Mgr. Tomaš Chalupa Letter to…

Policy Submissions
12 Apr 2012

Submission to the European Commission on “Including maritime transport emissions in the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction commitment”

CDM Watch welcomes this opportunity for input and stresses the need for the EU to act promptly and address shipping emissions in the EU to halt climate change below 2°C while it needs to take responsibility as a climate leader and influential party in the development of future international climate systems. Often EU’s decisions have served as blueprints for decisions on UN level. We believe that any legislation including shipping in the EU’s climate policy must reflect the best possible option capable to deliver real reductions within the sector first and with the highest possible environmental integrity while delivering real contribution to sustainable development. Our main comments include: 1) no international credits should be allowed into a maritime sector, 2) revenues for climate finance for abatement in the maritime sector should not come from selling international offsets and 3) at least 50% of revenues should be directed to the Green Climate Fund.

23 Feb 2012

CDM Watch Summary of the European Commission Study on the Integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism

In December 2011, the European Commission published the “Study on the integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism”[1]. Under European Commission contract, this study was carried out by AEA, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and CO2logic. The study consists of one final report presenting the findings of seven accompanying briefing papers. The objectives of this study were to develop an in-depth understanding on the current CDM system (its merits and shortcomings) and options for reform as well as potential alternative mechanisms and their impacts.

21 Feb 2012

Policy Brief: Hydro Power Projects in the CDM

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was designed to bring clean and sustainable development to poor countries while enabling rich countries to achieve their emissions reductions cost efficiently. Hydro power makes up 30% of all carbon offsets projects registered under the CDM. Despite delivering renewable energy, these projects have faced sharp criticism for their failure to reduce emissions and for negative social and environmental impacts.

7 Nov 2011

Summary of the 64th CDM Executive Board Meeting

Dear CDM Watch Network Members, This is a summary of the most relevant outcomes of the last CDM Executive Board meeting. It was a shorter meeting than usual (since it was an extra meeting that was held just 1 month after the 63th meeting). You find information about the discussions and decisions at the meeting,…

2 Nov 2011

SEI Study on Coal Power in the CDM, Issues and Options

This paper examines several issues that arise in awarding emission reduction credits to coal projects in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). It identifies systematic weaknesses in the coal methodology’s (ACM0013) design and application. The authors estimate that shortcomings lead to significant over-crediting of Certified Emission Reductions and discuss why a revision of the methodology to more accurately estimate emissions reductions may not be possible because of data constraints and weak signal-to-noise ratio.

12 Aug 2011

EU Parliamentary Question: Human rights violations related to Emissions Trading Scheme

Question for written answer to the European Commission by EP Bas Eickhout (Greens, NL) on human rights abuses with respect to the CDM project “Aguán biogas recovery from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) ponds and biogas utilisation”. See question and answer:

18 Oct 2010

Industrial N2O Projects Under the CDM: Adipic Acid – A Case of Carbon Leakage?

This paper evaluates projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) that abate N2O emissions from adipic acid production. The analysis shows that carbon markets enabled N2O emissions abatement levels that had not previously been achieved. However, it also indicates that the CDM appears to have caused significant carbon leakage during the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009. We estimate that about 20% of the CERs issued for CDM adipic acid plants for 2008 and 2009 – totaling to about 13.5 MtCO2e – do not represent real emission reductions.