CDM Watch statement on quality restrictions on the use of industrial gas offsets in the EU ETS

18 January 2011 – CDM Watch statement on quality restrictions on the use of industrial gas offsets in the EU ETS (download pdf here) At its meeting on 21 January, the Climate Change Committee, a body made up of technical experts from the 27 EU Member States, is scheduled to vote on the European Commission’s …

Calling all Member States: Stop Corporate Europe from sabotaging EU ban on fake carbon offsets

Last Wednesday CDM Watch attended a public hearing organized by the EPP Group in the European Parliament on “Shortcomings undermining the Integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism.” With EU Member States poised to vote on the Commission’s proposal to ban certain industrial gas offsets from the EU’s flagship Emissions Trading Scheme – or EU ETS …

Comments and Suggestions for Improvement for methodology ACM0013 on coal fired power plants

n contrast to other methodologies, ACM0013 does not account for the vintage of data used to establish the emissions benchmark. The request addresses this issue by adjusting the baseline efficiency used for the time vintage between the period considered for establishing the benchmark and the start of commercial operation of the project plant. The adjustment is based on the autonomous technological improvements observed in the sector.

Submission to call for input: Materiality in the CDM

The CDM in itself does not directly reduce global GHG emissions but helps to achieve a given emission reduction target at a lower cost. Our views in this submission are presented in light of the risks the CDM poses to environmental integrity if CERs are issued as a result of wrong figures or statements given in the PDD and assessed documents and address the threshold of the application of materiality.

Submission to call for input: CDM appeals procedure

This submission highlights key safeguards that must be included in the appeal procedure in order to promote transparency, accountability, and consistency in the CDM project approval process, improve the efficacy of the CDM as a tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and allow for more meaningful public input into the EB’s decision-making – something that is woefully lacking under the current procedures.

Submission of requests for revision of HFC-23 methodology (AM0001)

This request aims to address a number of methodological issues in the current version of AM0001. The request proposes to address the following four issues: Adequacy of the HFC-23/HCFC-22 ratio used for emission reduction calculations; Adequacy of the cap on historical HCFC-22 production; Implications of the new agreement under the Montreal Protocol and Lifetime of existing facilities.

Submission to call for input: review of the registration and issuance process

The recommendations in this submission focus on the voice of civil society within the CDM process. While there are opportunities for public participation throughout the CDM validation process, these seize to exist once the validation report is submitted to the UNFCCC. If a designated operational entity decides to validate a project activity despite serious concerns by civil society, there are no further opportunities for public input. Hence, there is no official way to challenge a designated operational entity against wrong claims in a validation report or to raise concerns about the project that only appear after the last official opportunity for public input has taken place.