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Briefings
21 Mar 2013

Guest Commentary Umwelt Aktuell: Das Spiel mit Emissionsgutschriften in Europa: verspielt?

Viel zu viele Emissionsgutschriften treiben die Preise für CO2 in den Keller und untergraben die EU -Klimaziele. Daher müssen die Mitgliedstaaten qualitative Einschränkungen fordern, sagt Eva Filzmoser von Carbon Market Watch. Guest commentary at umwelt aktuell, February 2013

Briefings
28 Dec 2012

Summary of the 70th CDM Executive Board Meeting

This report is a short summary of the most relevant outcomes of the 70th CDM Executive Board meeting, held in Doha in November 2012 before COP18. This summary provides information about key decisions taken at the meeting and includes our comments.

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…

Briefings
18 Mar 2012

Summary of the 66th CDM Executive Board Meeting

This is a summary of the most relevant outcomes of the last CDM Executive Board meeting. It was the first meeting in 2012. You find information about the discussions and decisions at the meeting, including our comments. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to get involved and/or have comments and feedback. We added links to relevant documents where possible! All documents and annexes of the 66th meeting can be downloaded from the UNFCCC site here and here.

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.

Briefings
29 Sep 2011

Summary of the 63rd CDM Executive Board Meeting

CDM Watch summarizes the most relevant outcomes of the last CDM Executive Board meeting. The 64th Board meeting will be held 24‐26 October 2011, less than a month from now and the 65th meeting will be just ahead of the COP in Durban, 21‐25 November 2011. We added links to relevant documents as possible and we welcome your…

Briefings
10 Sep 2011

Policy Brief: Why Coal Projects in the CDM undermine Climate Goals

The CDM now allows new coal plants to earn tradeable emissions credits for claimed improvements in power plant efficiency. This Policy Brief explains why coal projects do not belong in the CDM. They would have been built in the absence of the CDM, i.e. the projects that have come forward to date are uniformly ‘non-additional’ and will therefore generate carbon credits that do not represent real emission reductions. They also conflict with the CDM’s sustainability objectives by inflicting toxic burdens on local populations and ecosystems while undermining climate mitigation goals by locking in billions of tons of CO2 emissions over decades to come instead of investing in renewable energies and a low carbon development path.