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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.

Policy Submissions
26 Nov 2013

See No Evil – Public Action: Human Rights in Carbon Markets

The day before the action 14.11.13, with the help of many coordination emails we met together with some of the YOUNGOs group to discuss our initial plans.  From this constructive huddle became the loose framework of the Action (below).  Later that evening  we visited the Convergence Space, a creative climate commons room not far from…

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.

Policy Submissions
27 Feb 2013

Submission to call for input: CDM Executive Board 72nd Meeting Agenda

Carbon Market Watch submission to the CDM EB 72nd annotated agenda meeting with recommendations regarding changes to the CDM Moralities and Procedures including: 1) Fundamental reform of additionality requirements, 2) Change length of crediting period, 3) require that no CDM can violate human rights, 4) Improve the CDM contribution to sustainable development, 5) DOE, Accreditation and 6)…

Policy Submissions
15 Nov 2012

Recommendations to the CMP8 on the CDM

This paper outlines recommendations on key issues on the discussion at CMP8 on the CDM. Our key recommendations are: Fundamentally reform additionality requirements. Suspend and reform guidelines for standardised baselines Ban CDM coal power projects. Address human rights concerns. Improve the CDM’s contribution to sustainable development. Improve the constitution and conduct of the CDM Executive Board…

Policy Submissions
15 Nov 2012

Recommendations to the SBI-37 on CDM Appeals Procedure

This paper outlines recommendations on discussions on CDM Appeals Procedure.  The SBI will consider the following issues in Doha at its 37th session: The scope of appeal, i.e., whether it can consider appeals of approvals as well as rejections and alterations; The definition of stakeholders, i.e., who has standing to appeal ; The grounds for…

Policy Submissions
15 Nov 2012

Recommendations to SBSTA-37

This paper outlines key issues under discussion at the 37th Session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Carbon Market Watch provides recommendations in particular to the following agenda items on CCS, LULUCF and new HCFC-22 facilities.