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Letters
23 Jul 2018

Letter to EU Commissioners on human rights and climate finance

To Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis To President Jean-Claude Juncker;  Vice-President Jyrki Katainen; Director-General Olivier Guersent and Head of Unit Martin Spolc. Dear Vice-President Dombrovskis, We warmly thank you for your response to our letter of 22 March 2018, titled “On a Human Rights Mandate for the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance” 1, and welcome the…

Letters
4 Mar 2016

Open letter to EU Officials on Human Rights

We are writing on behalf of the undersigned organisations and members of the Human Rights and Climate Change Working Group[1], in advance of the UNFCCC Conference of the State Parties in Paris from November 30-December 11, 2015.

Briefings
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.

Briefings
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…

Letters
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…

Briefings
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.

Briefings
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.

Briefings
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,…

Briefings
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.

Letters
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: