EU Climate Policy

16 Jun 2015

Response to the Letter from MEPs to the CDM Board on the Santa Rita hydroelectric plant project

Dear members of the European Parliament,
On behalf of the Chair of the CDM Executive Board, I would like to thank you for your communication of 20 May 2015, informing us of your serious concern about project 9713: Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant. Your letter was made available to the CDM Executive Board (the Board).
I hereby inform you that project 9713” Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant” was registered by the Board on 2 June 2014 after undergoing a review process at the request of Board members. The issues you raise in your letter were looked at during the course of this review and it was found that the proposed project activity had complied with the requirements of the CDM, including the local stakeholder consultation process. Further, the designated national authority (DNA) of Guatemala issued required letter of approval (dated 2 July 2012) confirming that the project will assist Guatemala in its efforts to achieve sustainable development. The DNA had also confirmed to the Board, in the course of the review of the project activity, that the local stakeholder consultation process was carried-out appropriately.

21 May 2015

Open Letter from MEPs to the CDM Board on the Santa Rita hydroelectric plant project

Dear Mr Schneider and Mr Buendia,
As a Member of the European Parliament committed to the respect of Human Rights, we are writing to you to express our serious concern about the Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant in the Dolores River in Guatemala, which was registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in June 2014 (project number 9713).
In a meeting in March 2015 with a representative of the local indigenous communities we learnt that many of the communities that will be impacted by the project were never consulted in accordance with the CDM local stakeholder consultation requirements. As a result, the project has been, and still is, in the center of a violent conflict between the communities and the power company implementing this project.

28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Boletín ONG #11: ”Visita de las instituciones financieras internacionales: activistas viajan a Europa para discutir la responsabilidad en la financiación para la lucha contra el cambio climático”

Activistas de África, Asia y Centroamérica se reunieron con las instituciones financiera y los responsables implicados en la financiación de proyectos de desarrollo con el fin de compartir sus experiencias en los mecanismos existentes de atenuación de los cambios climáticos, como el Mecanismo de desarrollo limpio (MDL), y destacar los graves impactos de estos mecanismos de la ONU sobre los derechos humanos fundamentales. La responsabilidad en la financiación para la lucha contra el cambio climático se debatió entonces desde una perspectiva europea.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”A tour around international financial institutions: activists visit Europe to discuss accountability of climate finance”

Sharing experiences with existing climate mitigation mechanisms, such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and highlighting the severe impacts on basic human rights these UN mechanisms can have, activists from Africa, Asia and Central America met with financial institutions and policy makers involved in financing these projects. The accountability of climate finance was thereby discussed from a European perspective.

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Carbon Market Watch News
2 Apr 2015

European Parliament discusses human rights dimension of EU’s climate finance contributions

Last week in an event in the European Parliament, various stakeholders discussed experiences with existing climate mechanisms against the future climate finance policy landscape, where potentially huge amounts of climate finance will not only be channeled through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) but also through bilateral agreements and other instruments where it is still unclear what types of safeguards and compliance mechanisms will be applicable and how the respective public and private stakeholders involved will be accountable.

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17 Mar 2015

Open letter to Mr Stavros Lambrinidis – EU Special Representative for Human Rights

24 February 2015
Subject: Promoting human rights in all climate actions – EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
Dear Mr Lambrinidis, the undersigned organisations urge you to include in the updated EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy an objective for the EU to pursue a human rights based approach in all areas of its external action without exception, including climate change related activities. Climate change is a global injustice to present and future generations, and one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. We are highly concerned about the grave harm that climate change is already causing both in Europe and beyond, and will continue to cause, to people and communities as well as to the environment on which we all depend.