No Lifebelt Available – How Can the CDM Be Saved?
The international carbon markets are currently suffering from extremely low carbon prices. The reason for this is a fundamental imbalance of supply and demand for carbon credits. To adress this issue, a number of different measures have been proposed. A recent Policy Brief sketches the different options and discusses their potential impact. more
Fragmentisation or Standardisation?
How will the carbon markets develop: Will the project-related market disintegrate and lead to separate national systems? Throughout the world new emissions trading systems are being established but without consistent international structures trading certificates from project-based mechanisms such as CDM will be hampered. A new discussion paper analyses how the CDM must be developed in order to keep it fit for the future. more
German Environment Ministry Study on the Potential for Standardised Baselines for Least Developed Countries
Other than in the ‘traditional’ CDM context, standardised baselines are developed using more general, standardised assumptions on the greenhouse gas emissions that would occur if a project were not implemented. Standardised baselines (SBLs) are designed to accelerate the project approval process, make it less complex, and do away with regulatory uncertainties. They should also help to promote the CDM in formerly under-represented regions, especially the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the South. A new study highlights the potential for SBLs in LDCs and describes the barriers that stand in the way of their broad implementation. more
CTI Workshop discussus innovations for a climate friendly building sector
The 13th Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Workshop took place on 04-05 October 2012 in Berlin, Germany. This year’s workshop aimed at discussing newest trends and developments in the global building sector. Around 60 participants from 16 countries accepted the invitation of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and attended the workshop. Decision makers, international experts, representatives from financing institutions and energy efficiency project developers participated in the two-day event and shared innovative ideas and knowledge on a more climate friendly building sector. more
KfW Bank publishes additional PoA tools and handbooks
On behalf of the German Environment Ministry, the KfW Bank has commissioned a series of studies and guidebooks to aid distribution of CDM Programmes of Activities (PoAs). These include handbooks for programme coordinators and on drawing up eligibility criteria, a sampling manual (as a guide for use in sampling), and a study on further development of the CDM methodologies to allow more comprehensive carbon reduction activities. more