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2 Dec 2019

Empty targets? How to avoid trading of hot air under the Paris Agreement

Executive summary A very large number of carbon credits has been created through the three carbon markets of the Kyoto Protocol: the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and International Emissions Trading (IET). It is unclear what will happen to these mechanisms in the future and whether these old credits will be used under…

2 Dec 2019

How to keep hot air out of the Paris Agreement – technical proposal

This document is addressed to Article 6 negotiators and Heads of Delegations at COP25, and proposes a detailed and structured text to address the issues described in the briefing “Empty targets? How to avoid the trading of hot air under the Paris Agreement”. Key numbers from the briefing: ● The potential supply of available CERs…

14 Nov 2019

Letter on transparency to the ICAO Council and the Technical Advisory Body

Letter from the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council Members and the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) regarding the transparency of the TAB’s offset programme eligibility assessment.  Dear Members of the ICAO Council, Dear Members of the Technical Advisory Body, The decision on which offset programmes should be recognised as…

19 Sep 2019

Avoiding A Carbon Crash: how to phase out coal and strengthen the EU ETS

Executive summary 12 European countries have committed to closing down coal-fired power plants over the coming years. In order to do their part in limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, all EU countries will have to follow on this path and phase out coal by 20301. While this is an urgent…

Policy Submissions
6 Sep 2019

Carbon Market Watch’s input to ICAO public consultation on greenhouse gas programs

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) invited greenhouse gas programmes (i.e. standards) to apply for assessment against the CORSIA Emissions Unit Criteria (EUC) by the Technical Advisory Body of ICAO. 14 organisations responded to the call. The public was invited to submit comments on the responses to the call for applications, including regarding their alignment…

26 Aug 2019

Letter to the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on public participation and access to information at the International Civil Aviation Organization

In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a global scheme with the objective of achieving “carbon-neutral growth” after 2020, relying on the use of carbon offsets and sustainable aviation fuel. In this information note to the Parties of the Aarhus Convention, the International…

Policy Submissions
14 Jun 2019

Carbon Market Watch’s briefing note for the June 2019 Bonn UNFCCC session

Dear respected colleague, Ahead of the Bonn Climate Change Conference 17-27 June 2019, Carbon Market Watch is pleased to share our recommendations for Article 6 negotiations. Strong rules to avoid double-counting of emission reductions There is a significant risk that emission reductions under the Paris Agreement could be counted towards two or more climate commitments…

25 Apr 2019

Cracking Europe’s hardest climate nut – How to kick-start the zero-carbon transition of energy-intensive industries?

Executive summary With total greenhouse gas emissions of 708 million tonnes per year, the resource and energy-intensive industry is the third-largest climate polluter in Europe. The cement, chemical, and steel sectors alone are responsible for almost 60% of these emissions. Industrial emissions are regulated under the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), but the numerous exemptions…

15 Mar 2019

First class or economy? – An assessment of credit providers for the aviation offsetting scheme

This briefing was updated on 1 April 2019  Executive summary The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a new carbon market established under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), aims to compensate the growth in CO2 emissions from international flights above 2020 levels, starting in 2021. ICAO must, therefore, identify which carbon…

28 Feb 2019

Letter from the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation to the ICAO Council on the adoption of the Emissions Unit Criteria EUCs in order to address double counting and increase CORSIA’s transparency.

Dear ICAO Council Member, ICAO’S Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is at a critical juncture. Your decisions this week could create a CORSIA with integrity, help international aviation achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and help unleash a global market that drives investment in low-carbon economic development. But if you choose to…