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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.

Policy Submissions
1 Mar 2016

Submission to annotated agenda of the 88th CDM Board meeting

Carbon Market Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the CDM Board on issues included in the annotated agenda of the 88th meeting, particularly on the following agenda items:

Agenda item 2.2. Strategic planning and direction
Action 10: Financing the CDM through international climate finance institutions Agenda item
2.4. Matters related to the Board and its support structure
Action 17: Further development and promotion of the online platform for voluntary cancellation

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.

Letters
17 Jun 2015

Letter to Commissioner Arias Cañete in view of European Commission consultation on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Dear Commissioner Arias Cañete,
The European Commission has consulted stakeholders about the role the EU’s land and forests should play in its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. With this letter, the undersigned organisations are registering their views and state that Option 1 (LULUCF pillar), is their preferred option since it is the only one that could uphold the environmental and social integrity of the EU’s target. They call on the EU to have a clear position ahead of Paris on the need for two distinct global goals, one for LULUCF and another for other emissions, including non CO2 emissions from agriculture.

At the European Summit in October 2014, Heads of State agreed that, by 2030, the EU will domestically reduce its emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990. In the run up to the United Nations climate summit in Paris, the EU should continue to show leadership to tackle climate change by upholding the environmental integrity of the ‘at least 40 per cent’ target. We believe that unless the following points are addressed, the EU is at risk not only of backsliding on its ambition and harming its credibility in this crucial year for climate, but it could entail damaging impacts on biodiversity and local communities.

Policy Submissions
17 Jun 2015

Carbon Market Watch response to the EU consultation on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and LULUCF in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework

1. In your view, which of the multiple objectives of agriculture, forestry and other land use will gain most in relative importance by 2030?

It will be critical to ensure the long-term stability of carbon pools for carbon storage, biodiversity protection and ecosystem preservation in the future. Currently the emissions from land use represent a quarter of all human emissions and it is hence vital that the land use sector also contributes to tackling climate change.
The use of biomass is limited due to finite land availability and therefore the use of biomass should follow the cascading hierarchy and only as a last resort be used for lower-quality applications where other viable alternatives exist, which is the case with power generation.
Finally, it should be recognised that food security and sustainable farming should go hand in hand. Actions that support this include no-till farming, silvopastoral practises and demand-side measures to limit excess consumption.

Briefings
30 Oct 2014

Analysis of Europe’s 2030 Climate Ambition

During the night of 23 October 2014, EU leaders brokered a deal on the 2030 climate and energy headline targets. EU’s Heads of States settled on an EU-binding renewable energy target of at least 27%, an indicative energy efficiency target of at least 27% and an at least 40% binding domestic greenhouse gas reduction target…

Policy Submissions
30 May 2013

Carbon Market Watch Recommendations for SB-38, June 2013

It is vital that existing carbon markets are reformed and new ones designed in way that ensures the environmental integrity of carbon market units and their accounting. Carbon Market Watch will be following the intercessional in Bonn and has developed recommendations on the following issues: CDM M&P Reform, Joint Implementation Reforms, Framework for Various Approaches and New Market-based Mechanism.

Policy Submissions
26 Mar 2013

Submission of Views to the Review of the Modalities and Procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism

This submission is to the UNFCCC on Views to the Review of the Modalities and Procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism. We urge Parties to strengthen the social and environmental integrity of the CDM and to address, as a matter of priority, the following issues: Fundamentally reform additionality requirements, Shorten length of crediting periods, Ensure that all CDM Projects uphold human rights, Improve the CDM’s contribution to sustainable development, Strengthened Civil Society Participation in the CDM process, Address conflict of interest of DOEs, Establish a communications channel for case specific matters, Set-up a Grievance Mechanism, and Improve the constitution and conduct of the CDM Executive Board and supporting bodies.

Policy Submissions
26 Mar 2013

Submission on Views regarding Human Rights in the Revision of the CDM Modalities and Procedures

This submission is to the UNFCCC on Views regarding Human Rights in the Revision of the CDM Modalities and Procedures. As part of the review of the CDM Modalities and Procedures, the undersigned organizations call on the CDM to: establish institutional safeguards; strengthen local community and civil society participation; and provide processes to ensure that affected communities have a means to raise concerns at any stage of the project cycle.

Policy Submissions
26 Mar 2013

Submission of Views on the Framework for Various Approaches and the New Market Mechanism

This submission is to the UNFCCC on views on matters referred to in paragraphs 48 and 52 of the Doha decision on the Framework for Various Approaches and the New Market Mechanism. Our recommendations are to: Ensure Robust Governance structure, Avoid all Types of Double Counting, Secure net atmospheric benefits, Uphold human rights, and Deliver sustainable development benefits.