In Focus Archive

Countries in Latin American and Caribbean region leading climate action

Countries in Latin American and the Caribbean region are among the most ambitious in terms of combating climate change and are increasingly making use of markets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to green their economies. This was the key conclusion of the three-day Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum in Panama.

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Advancing Paris: From Targets to Actions - Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2016

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF, to 30 September) is set to kick off in Panama City 28 September, bringing together key players from the private and public sectors to discuss ways to speed up the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through national climate action plans and market-based mechanisms.

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Capacity building workshop on development of CDM activities and NAMA for public and private sector in Zimbabwe

From 24 - 26 August, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate in Zimbabwe, in collaboration with RCC Kampala and support from UNDP and UNV, hosted a capacity building workshop on development of CDM activities and NAMAs for public and private sector in Zimbabwe.

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CDM Board agrees message to Marrakech negotiators

Bonn, Germany, 16 September 2016 – The CDM can be used to fight climate change in a host of ways – from reducing emissions in shipping and aviation to spurring much-needed finance – the CDM Executive Board will make clear to climate negotiators in November in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Asia-Pacific Carbon Forum 2016 - Market approaches key to combatting climate change

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 Sept 2016 – Experience gained using markets in the Asia-Pacific region to combat climate change can help ensure success of the global climate change agreement adopted in Paris last December.

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Training seminars for climate mitigation actions in the Caribbean

On 16–24 June 2016, the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme under UNDP, in conjunction with the RCC St.George's, organized four targeted capacity-building training sessions to support the development of climate mitigation actions aligned with NDCs under the Paris Agreement.

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CDM model for action on the ground

Bonn, Germany, 22 July 2016 – As countries head toward implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, they can draw on the success that the Clean Development Mechanism has had creating incentive for action on the ground, said the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa.

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Climate Change Response Requires Finance, Cooperation and Participation

Kigali, Rwanda, 30 June 2016 – Success tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development in Africa will take finance, cooperation and real engagement with non-state actors, participants heard in high-level sessions that wrapped up this year’s Africa Carbon Forum.

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Capacity building workshop on SBs as MRV tool for Rwandan stakeholders

In April 2016, the UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre Kampala, together with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, GIZ-Uganda and Carbon Africa conducted a two day training workshop in Rwanda for public and private sector.

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Climate Action Can Drive Sustainable Development in Africa, Africa Carbon Forum 2016, 28-30 June 2016, Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda, 28 June 2016 – Action on climate change in the form of green policy, finance and market approaches can drive sustainable development in Africa, government, business and civil society representatives heard on the opening day of Africa Carbon Forum.

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Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016, 5-7 September 2016, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

The Paris Climate Change Agreement has put fresh wind in the sails of climate policy, which governments and the private sector will seek to harness to drive development at the Asia Pacific Carbon Forum, 5-7 September 2016, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.

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Honduras Reducing Emissions with Help of UN Mechanism

In the wake of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Honduras is stepping up its efforts to measure and curb greenhouse gas emissions, making use of the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism to do so.

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LACCF 2016 Advancing Paris: From Targets to Actions

Join us in Panama for the 10th Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

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WEBINAR: Green finance and carbon credits: Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean

RCC Bogota and RCC St. George's are holding this Spanish-language webinar on Wednesday, 1 June from 9:00 to 11:00 Bogota time.

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Lessons from CDM Critical to Implementation of Paris Agreement
Bonn, Germany, 13 May 2016 – Experience gained with the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will be critical to the success of the new universal climate change agreement adopted with much excitement in Paris last year, said the United Nations’ top climate change official, Christiana Figueres.

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Sustainable cities focus of Sub-Saharan regional conference in Cameroon
The way energy is generated and consumed in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa must be transformed to ensure continued development and help rein in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This was the challenge addressed by a regional conference held in Yaoundé, Cameroon on 2-4 May 2016, aimed at identifying innovative solutions for low-carbon urbanization.

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Official unveiling marks continuing collaboration between UNFCCC and WINDREF
RCC St. George's - 31 March 2016 saw the official unveiling of the new UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre St. George's sign at St. George's University in Grenada. The unveiling coincided with the extension of the memorandum of understanding between the UNFCCC and partner organization Windward.

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Capacity-building and finance key to scaled-up climate action
Scaling up climate action in Asia will take increased know-how and finance, some 150 policymakers, public sector officials, climate specialists and representatives of the private sector heard at a regional conference in Bangkok, Thailand, 31 March - 1 April.

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ACF 2016 Promoting Cooperative Climate Action in Africa
Come to Rwanda for the 8th Africa Carbon Forum to learn how to turn climate challenges into opportunities.

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Paris Agreement places Africa at fulcrum of renewable energy deployment, experts agree
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 March 2016 - The Paris Agreement on climate change of December 2015 has placed Africa at the pivot of renewable energy deployment, but Africa countries have to take the responsibility for taking stock for a long-term development strategy, said international climate and energy experts at a recent meeting in Addis Ababa.

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CDM to have evolving role in international climate action
Bonn, Germany, 11 March 2016 – The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, looking for innovative ways to support the international response to climate change, has asked the UNFCCC secretariat to provide an analysis "related to options for using the CDM as a tool for other uses."

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CDM Board elects Chair and Vice-Chair for 2016
Bonn, Germany, 7 March 2016 – The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism has elected Eduardo Calvo of Peru and Frank Wolke of Germany as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, for 2016.

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New methodology moves CDM into aviation sector
Paris, France, 27 November 2015 - The CDM Executive Board has approved the first CDM methodology aimed at incentivizing emission reductions in the aviation sector. The methodology, which "represents an important new opportunity," entails installing electric motors to the landing gear of aircraft to reduce emissions as airplanes maneuver around runways.

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CDM in Nepal: Household biogas systems bring real change
Watch this short film about how the Nepal Biogas Support Programme is improving the health and livelihood of people in rural Nepal, which premiered today at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok at a pre-COP 21 workshop event.

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 Plan to attend CDM side event at COP21/CMP 11
The CDM Executive Board will host a side event on Tuesday, 1 December in Paris at COP21/CMP11 on increasing mitigation action through the CDM and voluntary cancelation of certified emission reductions. The panel discussion will be moderated by Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change.

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 Brazil Embassy celebrates Climate Neutral Now, premieres World Cup offset film

View this short film on how Brazil offset the 2014 FIFA World Cup's carbon footprint using certified emission reductions under the UN's Clean Development Mechanism, premiered at an event at the Brazilian embassy in London to mark the launch of the Climate Neutral Now initiative.

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 Video message from John Kilani to mark launch of Asia-Pacific RCC

Director of the secretariat's Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme, recorded for a ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand marking the launch of the Asia-Pacific Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC).

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UNOPS seeks to procure Certified Emission Reductions

The United Nations Office for Project Services is seeking to procure Certified Emission Reductions. Follow the link for all necessary information on the invitation to bid.

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 Forum hears calls for market instruments in Paris agreement

Santiago de Chile, 11 September 2015 – The 9th Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF 2015) concluded today in Santiago de Chile, where key business and government representatives from across the region discussed the use of market-based mechanisms and other forms of carbon pricing and climate finance. The Forum called for their inclusion as mitigation and development tools in the new global climate deal expected from Paris at the end of this year.

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CDM communication channels expanded, streamlined

Bonn, 10 September 2015 - The launch of a new online form has expanded and improved communication channels to the CDM Executive Board and the UNFCCC secretariat. The simple form for non-process based queries can be accessed via the main contact page of the CDM website and used by anyone with an interest in the CDM.


Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015 with an eye towards the International Climate Conference, COP21

(Bonn, 27 August 2015) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the government of Chile will host the 9th Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF 2015) in Santiago de Chile from September 9-11. The conference will cover the latest developments in market-based mechanisms to address climate change, carbon trading, climate finance, and low-emission development.



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Centre in Partnership with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to Help Speed up Spread of Clean Technology

(Bonn, 27 August 2015) – Clean technology in developing countries has received a further boost with the establishment of a centre to promote the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Registration is now open for the Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF), the last major carbon market forum before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December (COP 21)

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Project participants invited to express interest in using the online platform for voluntary cancellation of CERs


CDM Project Participants are invited to express interest to use the online platform for voluntary cancellation of CERs.

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New standard for rural electrification adopted

Bonn, 24 July 2015 - Improving the lives of people without access to electricity is the motivation behind a new standard adopted by the Executive Board that oversees the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 9 - 11 September 2015

Bonn, 13 July 2015 - The prospect of increased emission reduction projects in Africa under the Clean Development Mechanism has been strengthened, following an agreement between the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the West African Development Bank (BOAD) to extend their collaboration.

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CDM Forest Projects Field Manual Published

Bonn, 15 June 2015 – A new field manual intended to serve as a guide for conducting measurements for estimation of carbon stocks in afforestation and reforestation (A/R) project activities under the clean development mechanism (CDM) has just been released.

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Bonn, 28 May 2015 – The Clean Development Mechanism is to be further simplified and streamlined to enhance its cost-effectiveness. The CDM Executive Board at its 84th meeting identified areas across the spectrum to simplify requirements for clean development projects in developing countries.

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The Swedish Energy Agency has announced it is supporting new climate projects in developing countries under its Programme for International Climate Change Mitigation. The programme already supports over 95 international climate projects, focusing mainly on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and developed primarily under the Clean Development Mechanism.

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In a keynote address to Parliamentarians in Berlin, the secretariat's John Kilani spoke of the crucial role of markets in leveraging the funding necessary for a carbon neutral future.

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Marrakesh, 16 April 2015 - The 7th African Carbon Forum ended in Marrakesh with a high level ministerial dialogue where 24 countries were represented at ministerial or senior official level.

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Bonn, 16 March 2015 – High level representatives of international and regional agencies in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean met here last week eager to leverage the CDM's strengths in spurring investment and action on the ground for mitigation and sustainable development.

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Geneva, Switzerland, 20 February 2015 - The aviation sector will soon have a new way to measure, account for and reward reductions in the gases that contribute to climate change thanks to a work plan adopted this week by the CDM Executive Board at its 82nd meeting.

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Geneva, Switzerland, 16 February 2015 - The CDM Executive Board launched its 82nd meeting today by electing Lambert Schneider (pictured far left) of Germany and Eduardo Calvo of Peru as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. They will serve until the first meeting of the Board in 2016.

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Lima, Peru, 28 November 2014 - Parties in Lima for COP20 should give thought to the strengths and potential of the CDM as they work toward a new ambitious climate change agreement. That was the message at the close of the 81st meeting of the CDM Executive Board.

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Bonn, 13 Feb. 2015 - Morocco will host the 7th Africa Carbon Forum on 13-15 April 2015 in Marrakesh, providing project developers and policymakers the latest on investment, finance and development opportunities relating to climate change. ACF 2015 will feature a ministerial segment on contributions, challenges and opportunities associated with the international climate change agreement aimed for in Paris in December.

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The secretariat has just published a fact sheet highlighting CDM's strengths in mobilizing investment, ensuring transparency in investment delivery and outcomes, and allowing for country ownership of climate change efforts.

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New York, 22 September 2014 - By measuring emissions of the UN Climate Summit, reducing emissions where possible and offsetting the rest with UN-certified emission reductions, the UN system is "walking the talk" and demonstrating the steps that any individual, corporation, event or government can take to contribute to a climate-neutral future, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More »
Bonn, 16 September 2014 – 23 experts active in the CDM have wrapped up two days of discussion on the future role of the mechanism in the international response to climate change. The views gleaned at the consultation round table, hosted by the UNFCCC secretariat, will be among material feeding into the CDM Executive Board's annual planning session, set for later this month. More »
Bonn, 6 August 2014 - The eighth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum will take place in Bogota, Colombia, on 3-5 September 2014. Participants will be informed of and discuss the latest developments regarding emissions trading schemes, low emission development and the future of the carbon markets. More »

 

Bonn, 18 July 2014 - The CDM Executive Board, at its 80th meeting, agreed on rules to better ensure local stakeholders have a say in CDM emission-reduction projects. More » Meeting report »

 

Bonn, 09 July 2014 - Staff with the UN climate change secretariat are as of today signing up to an innovative campaign aimed at promoting a long-term vision of a climate neutral world while generating useful funding for vulnerable communities. More »

Windhoek, 4 July 2014 – The sixth Africa Carbon Forum has just ended in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia. About 400 participants in the event focused on Africa's participation in global carbon markets and how to catalyze green investment opportunities to spur development on the continent. More »


Bonn, 16 June 2014 – Weren't able to attend the CDM Executive Board's question and answer session with stakeholders at the climate change conference that just wrapped up in Bonn? Not a problem. The Q&A is a few clicks away, available via on-demand webcast. More »


Bonn, 9 June 2014 – The UNFCCC secretariat has produced three films that demonstrate the positive impacts of the CDM on people's lives. CDM projects can help local communities by providing opportunities for sustainable development, creating employment or increased economic activity, improving air quality, and transferring technology. More »


Bonn, 1 June 2014 – The CDM Executive Board has made a change to its project vetting process, relating to emissions monitoring plans, that should cut the time to registration and reduce the need for changes to project design documents. More » Meeting report


Windhoek ready to welcome Africa Carbon Forum 2014

Bonn, 23 June 2014 – In less than 10 days Windhoek, Namibia will welcome participants to Africa Carbon Forum 2014, taking place on 2-4 July at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre. The Forum's brochure, an overview of the programme, and more information on the venue are now available. More »


CDM stakeholder Q&A session available on webcast

Bonn, 16 June 2014 – Weren't able to attend the CDM Executive Board's question and answer session with stakeholders at the climate change conference that just wrapped up in Bonn? Not a problem. The Q&A is a few clicks away, available via on-demand webcast. More »


New films showcase the benefits of CDM

Bonn, 9 June 2014 – The UNFCCC secretariat has produced three films that demonstrate the positive impacts of the CDM on people's lives. CDM projects can help local communities by providing opportunities for sustainable development, creating employment or increased economic activity, improving air quality, and transferring technology. More »


CDM Board streamlines project approval process

Bonn, 1 June 2014 – The CDM Executive Board has made a change to its project vetting process, relating to emissions monitoring plans, that should cut the time to registration and reduce the need for changes to project design documents. More »
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Africa Carbon Forum 2014:
2-4 July, Namibia

Bonn, 23 May 2014 – The sixth Africa Carbon Forum will take place in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, on 2-4 July 2014 to support Africa's participation in global carbon markets and catalyze green investment opportunities. Participants will learn about the present and future of carbon markets, sources of climate finance, and the opportunities to use CERs more easily for voluntary purposes, in addition to their use in compliance markets. More »


Sustainable development guiding tools for DNAs

Bonn, 14 May 2014 – DNAs who wish to receive assistance in monitoring sustainable development benefits of CDM projects in their territory can submit a request to the UNFCCC secretariat. The CDM Executive Board has been mandated by a CMP decision to develop guiding tools for DNAs who might be interested in receiving such assistance. More »


Call to DNAs to share local stakeholder consultation practices

Bonn, 6 May 2014 – As mandated by the CMP, the CDM Executive Board invites DNAs to provide to the UNFCCC secretariat information on practices conducted for local stakeholder consultations. This CMP mandate aims at improving the transparency of the CDM and at helping DNAs put in place processes for complying with this important CDM requirement. More »


CDM surpasses 250 registered PoAs

Bonn, 7 April 2014 – The 250th PoA will install off-grid micro hydro power plants to provide electricity for farmer households living in Sichuan province on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river in China. Since the PoA procedures were adopted by the CDM Executive Board in 2007, 250 PoAs have been registered in 71 countries. More than 30 per cent of all registered PoAs are located in Africa, compared to just 2 per cent of regular CDM projects. More »

Time right to cancel CERs for environment, development

Bonn, 4 April 2014 – Now is a good time for countries, corporations and public and private agencies, virtually anyone with a concern for the environment and sustainable development, to buy and cancel certified emission reductions created under the CDM, said CDM Executive Board Chair Hugh Sealy at the close of the Board's 78th meeting. More »
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Sustainable development tool launched

Bonn, 1 April 2014 – An online tool that aims to assess the sustainable development benefits of the CDM in a structured, consistent, comparable and robust manner is now fully operational. The tool helps CDM project developers highlight, on a voluntary basis, the sustainable development benefits of their projects by responding to a check list of predefined indicators that describe impacts on the environment, society and economy of host countries. More »


CDM infographic presents the achievements of the mechanism

Bonn, 21 March 2014 – To mark the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the secretariat has produced a series of simple, interesting and fun infographics. One of them shows the achievements of the CDM. More »


Tough market conditions

Bonn, 21 February 2014 – Tough market conditions threatening the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism require an imaginative, even bold response, members of the CDM Executive Board heard from their new Chair this week.
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CDM Board elects Chair, Vice-Chair for 2014

Bonn, 17 February 2014 – The CDM Executive Board launched its 77th meeting today by electing Hugh Sealy of Barbados (pictured left) and Lambert Schneider of Germany (pictured right) as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. They will serve until the first meeting of the Board in 2015. More »


Winners of the CDM African radio contest 2013 announced

Bonn, 27 January 2014 – The winners of our CDM African Radio Contest 2013 created compelling radio stories that answered the following question: "How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?" The African Radio Contest aims at spreading the word about the CDM in Africa. Congratulations to the winners! More »

Reference manual for afforestation and reforestation projects launched

Bonn, 20 January 2014 – A new reference manual synthesizing the requirements to support the undertaking of CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities has just been released. more »


Efficient charcoal production focus of MoU

Warsaw, 20 November 2013 – The UNFCCC secretariat has signed a memorandum of understanding with Germany’s Future of the Carbon Market Foundation to develop a standardized baseline for efficient charcoal production in western Africa. Signing in Warsaw on the margins of COP19 were John Kilani, Director of the secretariat’s Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, Matthias Boerner, from KfW, and Thomas Forth, from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. more »


Winners announced: 2013 CDM photo and video contest

Warsaw, 15 November 2013 – UNFCCC head Christiana Figueres announced the winners of the 2013 CDM International Photo and Video Contest today at a ceremony at COP19 in Warsaw, Poland. The winning pieces were selected from many entries for their ability to relay compelling stories about the mechanism. Photo Winners »
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COP19 from a developing country perspective

Warsaw, 13 November 2013 – Want to know what's happening at COP19 from a developing country perspective? Read news articles from 15 developing country journalists covering the COP. Stories added daily. more »


CDM EB Q&A session webcast now available on demand

Warsaw, 13 November 2013 – At the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, members of the CDM Executive Board gave a presentation on the activities of the EB and answered questions from the audience about the CDM. A webcast of the event is now available on demand. more »


Newsroom launched: new resources available on UNFCCC carbon mechanisms

Bonn, 31 October 2013 – Interested in the latest news, fact sheets, publications, statements, speeches, and multi-media materials relating to the UNFCCC carbon mechanisms? If yes, check out the newly launched Newsroom section for these resources and more. more »


New regional collaboration centre in the Caribbean

Bonn, 25 July 2013 – The UNFCCC secretariat has signed a partnership agreement with the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) to establish a regional collaboration centre in Saint George, Grenada in an effort to assist in the development of clean development mechanism (CDM) projects in the region. This is the third regional collaboration centre established by the UNFCCC and a regional organization with the aim to bring the benefits of the CDM to currently under-represented regions. more »


CDM Executive Board webcasts go mobile

Bonn, 17 July 2013 – Interested stakeholders can now watch CDM Executive Board meetings live or on demand via mobile device. Mobile streaming works as of the 73rd meeting, with iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android 4.0. Webcast links for all EB meetings are available here»


Kyoto Protocol's CDM registers 7,000th project

Bonn, 8 July 2013 – The Kyoto Protocol’s CDM has passed the 7,000 registered projects milestone. The 7,000th project will capture and destroy biogas created at two livestock farms in the Philippines, reducing annual emissions by 48,000 tonnes; the equivalent of removing 10,000 passenger cars from the road each year. more »


5th Africa Carbon Forum promotes access to low-carbon development

Abidjan, 5 July 2013 – The ground has been prepared for scaled up participation by Africa in carbon markets, a development that could benefit the continent and the climate as a result, participants in the fifth Africa Carbon Forum in Abidjan heard this week. more »


New report available on market impact of a CDM capacity fund

Bonn, 19 June, 2013 – This new report explores the possible market impact of a capacity fund for the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM and investigates the impact of a fund focused on purchasing credits from existing projects or new projects. more »


Report from CDM review workshop available

Bonn, 11 June 2013 – The report from the workshop on the review of CDM modalities and procedures is now available. The document provides a summary of recommendations put forth during the workshop held in Bonn, Germany on 8-9 June. Recommendations relate to CDM governance, accreditation, project cycle and methodologies. more »


CDM EB Q & A session webcast now available on demand

Bonn, 4 June 2013 – At the Bonn Climate Change Conference, members of the CDM Executive Board gave a presentation on the activities of the EB and answered questions from the audience about the CDM. A webcast of the event is now available on demand. more »


CDM Board approves standardized baselines

Bonn, 31 May 2013 – The CDM Executive Board at its 73rd meeting approved standardized baselines for the Southern African region's electric power grid and for charcoal production in Uganda, an important step in the evolution of the Clean Development Mechanism. more »


Survey on the CDM launched

Bonn, 24 May 2013 – The UNFCCC invites you to participate in a survey designed to gauge your opinions on the CDM. Your feedback will be used to review and adjust priorities. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and it will be open until 3 June 2013.

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Workshop scheduled on review of CDM modalities and procedures

Bonn, 23 April 2013 – The UNFCCC workshop on the review of the CDM modalities and procedures is scheduled to take place on 8-9 June in Bonn, Germany. The workshop was mandated by the CMP at its eighth session in Doha, and aims to facilitate the progress of Parties on the review of the CDM modalities and procedures at the forthcoming session of the Subsidiary Bodies. more »


CDM, PoA intelligence portal now available

Bonn, 11 April 2013 – Visitors to the CDM website can now access a new portal featuring a wealth of analysis and data on the CDM, such as graphics and related downloadable data for project activities and PoAs under validation, registration as well as CERs, methodologies and much more. more »


New report available on market impact of a CDM capacity fund

Bonn, 19 March, 2013 – This new report explores the possible market impact of a capacity fund for the Kyoto Protocol's CDM. more »


CDM Board agrees recommendations for improved mechanism

Bonn, 8 Mar. 2013– At its 72nd meeting, the CDM Executive Board agreed on 22 recommendations, for consideration by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, aimed at making the Clean Development Mechanism a more efficient and effective tool in the international response to climate change. more »


CDM extends its reach, surpasses 100 registered PoAs

Bonn, 27 Feb. 2013– The CDM has now registered more than 100 Programmes of Activities (PoAs). More than 25 per cent of all registered PoAs are located in Africa, compared to just 2 per cent of regular CDM projects. "The recent growth in numbers shows that PoAs are extending the benefits of the CDM to regions not previously able to take advantage of the mechanism." more »


Africa Carbon Forum 2013: 3-5 July, Cote d'Ivoire

Bonn, 26 Feb. 2013 – The Africa Carbon Forum, a trade fair and knowledge sharing event for carbon investments in Africa, has been scheduled for 3-5 July in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. This event is the place to discuss the latest developments in the carbon markets as well as how the CDM and other mechanisms can be successful on the continent. Last year, the event attracted 650+ participants. more »


UNFCCC expands efforts to increase regional distribution of CDM projects

Bonn, 12 Feb. 2013 – The UNFCCC secretariat and the East African Development Bank have signed a partnership agreement to establish a regional collaboration centre in Kampala, Uganda in an effort to increase participation in CDM projects. more »


Bonn, 8 Feb. 2013 – The CDM Executive Board has launched a call for experts to serve as members of the CDM Accreditation Panel, the Methodologies Panel, the Small-Scale Working Group and the Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group. Interested experts should apply online after logging in via "My CDM/ login". Deadline is 3 March 2013 24:00 GMT. more »


Executive Board agrees plan to improve, position CDM

Bonn, 1 Feb. 2013 – In a week that saw the CDM register its 6000th project, the CDM Executive Board approved at its 71st meeting a two-year business plan aimed at building on the mechanism's success to date. At the meeting, which was devoted to strategic matters, the Board also began its work on the review of the CDM modalities and procedures, requested by Parties when they met last December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. more »
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Kyoto Protocol's CDM surpasses 6,000 projects

Bonn, 30 January 2013 – The CDM passed the 6,000 project milestone this week. The 6,000th registered project will install 21 megawatts of wind power capacity to feed the electric power grid in south central Viet Nam, displacing fossil-fuel-generated power and reducing emissions by 32,000 tonnes per year; the equivalent of removing the emissions of 6,058 cars each year. more »


CDM Board elects Chair, Vice-Chair for 2013

Bonn, 30 January 2013 – The CDM Executive Board kicked off its 71st meeting today in Bonn, Germany, by electing Peer Stiansen of Norway and Hugh Sealy of Barbados as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. They will serve until the first meeting of the Board in 2014. more »


New article recaps CDM benefits report 2012

Bonn, 16 January 2013 – In November, the UNFCCC secretariat released research showing the CDM has spurred billions of dollars of investment in projects that curb greenhouse gases and contribute to sustainable development. The following article on the report was written by Dr. Adam Bumpus, a specialist in international development and carbon markets.
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First programme of activities sees first issuance of CERs

Bonn, 27 December 2012 - With the issuance of around 19,000 certified emission reductions (CERs), the CDM's first registered programme of activities (PoA), a project in Mexico that distributes energy efficient light bulbs, has also become the first PoA to be issued CERs, marking yet another milestone in the evolution of the CDM. more »


New FAQs available on CDM in KP2

Bonn, 14 December 2012 – The CDM Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated to reflect the decisions taken by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. The FAQs summarize clearly and concisely the agreed upon rules relating to the mechanisms during the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. more »


CDM intelligence portal now available

Visitors to the CDM website will now be able to access a wealth of new and accurate analysis and data about the CDM on a revamped web page called "CDM insights". The portal will feature unique graphics, statistics, descriptions and downloadable data on CDM validation, CER issuance and methodologies each month, as well as archives of previous months and other valuable information. more »


Fourth edition of CDM methodology booklet now available

Bonn, Germany 4 December 2012 - The latest edition of the CDM methodology booklet is available now online. This version, which is current to EB 69, contains several new features, including the ability to download all or part of the booklet, and special introductory sections on Programmes of Activities and suppressed demand. more »>


Ministerial dialogue on market mechanisms at COP 18

- The UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to announce that a ministerial dialogue about the role of market-based mechanisms under the UNFCCC will be held at COP 18 on Tuesday, 4 December from 13.00 to 15.00h at the QNCC Theatre. Moderator: Sir Nicholas Stern. Discussants: Connie Hedegaard, Xie Zhenhua, Hiroyuki Nagahama, Mark Dreyfus, Joan MacNaughton and others.
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Christiana Figueres presents winners of CDM and JI contests

Doha, Qatar, 29 November 2012 - The UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, has presented the winners of the CDM photo and video contest, JI photo contest and CDM African radio contest at the UN Climate Change Conference. The winning works were selected from many entries for their ability to relay compelling stories about the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms. more »


CDM EB Q&A session webcast now available on demand

Doha, Qatar, 27 November 2012 - At the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, members of the CDM Executive Board gave a presentation on the activities of the EB and answered questions from the audience about the CDM. A webcast of the event is now available on demand. more »


DNA communicators of the year showcase winners announced

Doha, Qatar 25 November 2012 - South Africa, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Spain have all taken top honours in the DNA communicators of the year showcase 2012. The showcase recognizes outstanding effort by DNAs on communicating about the clean development mechanism. more »


New tool showcases CDM sustainable development benefits

Doha, Qatar, 23 November 2012 - In response to a request from Kyoto Protocol countries, the CDM Executive Board at its 70th meeting approved a tool that project participants can use to showcase the sustainable development co-benefits of their projects. more »
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New publication on women and the CDM

Bonn, 22 November 2012 - - A new UNFCCC publication titled "CDM and women" is now available online. The publication highlights how certain CDM methodologies have been a powerful tool in empowering women, their families and their communities. Please read and share. more »


New report outlines benefits of the CDM

Bonn, 20 November 2012 - The UNFCCC secretariat has released new research that shows the Kyoto Protocol's CDM has spurred billions of dollars of investment in projects that curb greenhouse gases and contribute to sustainable development. more »


Winners of the CDM African Radio Contest 2012 announced

Bonn, 16 November 2012 - The judging panel has voted and the scores have been tallied. Congratulations to Wambi Michael, Emmanuel Okella and Jonathan Mwanzia Nzomo on winning the first, second and third prizes respectively. The African Radio Contest contest aims at spreading the word about the CDM in Africa. more »


Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism registers 5000th project

Bonn, 15 November 2012 - The Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM), the international market-based tool that incentivizes greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries, has registered its 5,000th project. more »


High-level panel releases large body of research on CDM

Bonn, 31 October 2012 - The results of an extensive research programme on the Kyoto Protocol's CDM have been released by the high-level panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue. more »


UNFCCC and IGES collaborate to address climate change

Bonn, 23 October 2012 - The UNFCCC and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) based in Japan, recently established a framework of cooperation to address global climate change issues. Under the framework, the two organizations will collaborate on database development, research, regional events, publications and other initiatives.


UNFCCC forges first-of-kind partnership to assist development of CDM projects

Bonn, 16 October 2012 - In an effort to bring the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol's CDM to currently underrepresented countries, the UNFCCC, in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement, has established a CDM support office in Lomé, Togo to help the region engage in the development of CDM projects. more »


New videos: local farmers realize benefits of CDM reforestation project

Bonn, 15 October 2012 - Two short videos featuring project participants in the Humbo Ethiopia Assisted Natural Regeneration Project (CDM Project 2712) are now available for viewing online. The Humbo project has just become the first forest regeneration project in Africa to receive carbon credits under the CDM. more »


UNFCCC head calls for global carbon market collaboration

Washington D.C. , 2 October 2012 - Global carbon markets need to be linked for security and fungability as part of a larger climate mitigation strategy, Christiana Figueres told an audience in Washington D.C. Her remarks were part of her keynote speech at the Carbon Forum North America that opened on Monday. Full text of the speech »


CDM Board paves way for voluntary cancellation of CERs

Bangkok, 13 September 2012 -In a month that saw issuance of a milestone billionth certified emission reduction (CER), the Executive Board of the CDM has taken a decision that could open up a new source of demand for the credits. more ».


NEW VIDEO - One Billion: The CDM Story in Numbers

Bonn, 13 September 2012 -This short animation marks the issuance of the billionth certified emission reduction (CER) credit under the CDM. It breaks down what the number means, in clear terms, highlighting the achievements of this remarkable, truly global greenhouse gas emission reduction mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol. more ».


Loans worth USD $3 million approved under CDM Loan Scheme

Bonn, 12 September 2012 -A newly launched loan scheme aimed at increasing the number of CDM projects in developing countries has authorized funding of more than USD $3 million towards 23 CDM projects. more ».


Policy dialogue panel releases recommendations on future of CDM

Bonn, 10 September 2012 -The independent high-level panel established to take stock of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released its eagerly awaited recommendations by urging nations to intervene forcefully to address the crisis in the carbon market and substantially increase their level of ambition when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions more ».


CDM reaches one billionth CER milestone

Bonn, 7 September 2012 -The one billionth CER under the Kyoto Protocol's CDM will be issued today, marking an impressive milestone for the world's leading greenhouse gas offset mechanism. more ».


Second help desk launched to support CDM project stakeholders

Bonn, 4 September 2012 -The UNFCCC has launched the CDM Help Desk to provide stakeholders answers to questions regarding CDM projects currently in the process of validation or verification. The initiative targets project stakeholders in under-represented countries. more ».


New help desk launched to support DNAs

Bonn, 2 August 2012 - The UNFCCC has launched the DNA Help Desk to support DNAs in under-represented regions and countries in an effort to improve their level of participation in the CDM. more ».


CDM Policy Dialogue panel finalizes recommendations on future of CDM

Johannesburg, 26 July 2012 -he high-level panel established to conduct a policy dialogue on the CDM has concluded its final meeting by developing a set of recommendations for reforming the CDM. The eagerly awaited recommendations cover issues such as the role and value of the carbon markets, sustainable development, regional distribution, governance structure, additionality, appeals and grievance mechanisms as well as the development of new carbon market mechanisms. more ».


New resource available on CDM finance/support in Africa

Bonn, 19 July 2012 -The UNFCCC publication "CDM in Africa - Finance and Support" is now available online. The brief document offers a summary of the most important financing and support opportunities available to CDM projects in Africa and other under-represented regions. Please read and share. more ».


Regional DNA training concludes in Manila

Manila, 17 July 2012 -Today, the UNFCCC concluded the Regional DNA Training for Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe. The two day meeting took place in Manila, Philippines and had 56 participants from 29 countries. At the training, DNA representatives learned about standardized baselines, suppressed demand and the additionality of microscale CDM project activities. more ».


New CDM audio files added

Bonn, 13 July 2012 -Three new audio files on the future of the CDM in Africa, PoAs, and the African carbon market are now available on the CDM Sights and Sounds page. The audio files feature Bill Farmer, the chairman of the Uganda Carbon Bureau, a project development company that helps people take advantage of the carbon market. more ».


First round of CDM Loan Scheme reveals great interest for projects

Bonn, 10 July - A newly launched loan scheme aimed at helping spur CDM projects in developing countries closed its first round of applications with a strong show of interest from countries across the world. more ».


UN carbon mechanisms on Facebook and Twitter

Bonn, 11 June - The UNFCCC has launched Twitter and Facebook accounts dedicated to featuring news, stories, updates and conversations on the United Nations carbon mechanisms, including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and the new market mechanism currently in development. "Like" and "Follow" us today! more ».


CDM Methodologies booklet updated

Bonn, 08 June - The CDM Meth booklet has been updated to reflect changes and updates from the May CDM Executive Board meeting . The searchable booklet summarizes each of the approved methodologies available for use with CDM projects, as well as having quick reference diagrams highlighting them. more ».


High-level panel's recommendations expected early September

Frankfurt, 31 May 2012 - The high-level panel on the CDM policy dialogue concluded its 2nd meeting by deciding to finalize research and stakeholder consultations by-mid July to release its recommendations in September. The panel also discussed the supply and demand of CERs, and the future of carbon markets and CDM within them. more ».


Call to action from the UN's top climate change official

Cologne, 31 May 2012 - The UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, has urged industry to spur government action toward a low-carbon future. Speaking to carbon market industry stakeholders at this year's Carbon Expo in Cologne, she said the carbon market industry has a critical role to play in spurring and shaping the international, negotiated response to climate change. more »


CDM Board seeks members for new CCS WG

18 May 2012 - The CDM Executive Board launched a call for experts to become members of the newly established Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Working Group. The call starts 18 May 2012 and ends on 10 June 2012 24:00 GMT. Interested CCS experts should apply online after logging in via "My CDM/ login". more ».


New films showcase CDM benefits

Bonn, 17 May 2012 - Eight new videos highlighting the benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are now available for online viewing. One video titled "Trees of Life", features an afforestation/reforestation project in Ethiopia, where lives are being improved by a community-wide effort to restore the local forest. more ».


CDM Board Chair reports on status, improvements

Bonn 15 May 2012 - Maosheng Duan, Chair of the CDM Executive Board, delivered an oral report today during the Bonn Climate Change Conference. He discussed recent CDM improvements and accomplishments and answered questions from the floor. Full coverage is available online via on-demand webcast. more ».


CDM Board seeks to streamline assessment

Bonn 11 May 2012 - The CDM Executive Board at its 67th meeting decided to consider a further step to streamline project assessment to make small scale projects more attractive, a move that could greatly extend the benefits of the CDM. more »


New procedures enhance efficiency of the CDM

Bonn, 30 April 2012 - CDM project participants can now request private telephone consultations with the secretariat to clarify issues identified during assessment under the new CDM Project Cycle Procedure. These calls, together with improved opportunities for rectifying documentation issues, should significantly improve clarity, transparency and efficiency in the CDM assessment process. more »


Loan scheme for CDM projects launched in Ethiopia

19 Apr 2012 - The CDM Loan Scheme, aimed at helping to support CDM projects in least developed countries and countries with less than 10 registered CDM projects, was launched this week during the African Carbon Forum being held in Ethiopia. more ».


CDM reaches milestone 4000th registered project

13 April 2012 - The CDM has registered its 4,000th project, a wind power project in India that expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21,800 tonnes a year. ?The CDM continues to evolve and improve, and deliver on a scale well beyond initial expectations,? said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres in celebrating the milestone. more ».


CDM policy dialogue panel collects input on CDM

29 March 2012 - The high-level panel on the CDM policy dialogue has announced its schedule of stakeholder meetings and a research programme that intends to collect data and input on specific priority issues. The panel will interact with CDM stakeholders through a range of means, including online communications, calls for input, individual discussions, hearings and meetings. more ».


CDM, JI stakeholders meet for joint workshop

Bonn, 25 March 2012 - For the first time, stakeholders involved in both the CDM and the Joint Implementation (JI) mechanism gathered for a joint coordination workshop to learn about recent and planned improvements and to discuss the future of the mechanisms. More than 300 participants attended the two-day event organized by the UNFCCC secretariat, which included sessions on standardized baselines, the JI project cycle, stakeholder consultation and capitalizing on the benefits of the mechanisms. more ».


DNAs gather to learn, share with one another

Bonn, 23 March 2012 - TNearly 100 designated national authorities (DNAs) met to share information and learn from one another, project developers, non-governmental organizations and UNFCCC secretariat staff on a wide variety of topics related to the CDM. Some of the topics discussed included improving stakeholder consultation, co-benefits of the CDM and attracting investment. There was also two days of focused training on CDM Programmes of Activities.. more ».


Clean rural electrification gets boost from CDM

6 March 2012 - Rural households in developing countries will soon be able to swap kerosene lamps and diesel generators for clean renewable energy thanks to the financial incentive provided by the CDM and an emissions baseline and monitoring methodology approved by the CDM Executive Board during EB Meeting 66. more ».


CDM beneficiaries meet with MEPs at European parliament

6 March 2012 - People who have benefited from CDM projects around the world traveled to Brussels to meet with European parliamentarians and explain how their lives have changed thanks to the CDM. The "Meet the Beneficiaries" event, organised by IETA in collaboration with the UNFCCC secretariat, took place at the European Parliament on 1 March. more ».


CDM Board paves way for standardized baselines

Bonn, 2 March 2012 - The way has been paved to greatly increase the scale, reach, objectivity and efficiency of the Clean Development Mechanism thanks to the adoption of the last of three key guidelines relating to standardized emissions baselines by the CDM Executive Board at its 66th meeting. more »


CDM Board elects Chair, Vice-Chair for 2012

27 Feb 2012 - The CDM Executive Board kicked off its 66th meeting today in Bonn, Germany, by electing a Chair and Vice-Chair for 2012. Maosheng Duan of China and Martin Hession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will serve as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board, respectively, until the first meeting of the Board in 2013. more ».


CDM Radio Club for Africa Launched

20 Feb 2012 - Radio journalists and radio stations in Africa are now invited to join the CDM Radio Club for Africa. Radio journalists will be given the chance to promote their work and enter a contest to win various prizes, including a possible free trip to the UN climate change conference. Radio stations can select from a wide variety of broadcast-ready radio packages distributed for free. The club aims to spread the word about the CDM in Africa and extend the benefits of the mechanism to communities that have not yet benefited from the CDM. more ».


First cook stove PoA in Africa registered with CDM

20 Feb 2012 - The first Africa-based PoA focusing on efficient cook stoves has been successfully registered with the CDM. This programme aims to disseminate 100,000 cook stoves in Nigeria in the next five years. It expects to reduce emissions by as much as 250,000 tonnes of CO2 annually; the equivalent of taking 44,470 cars off the road each year. more ».


CDM policy dialogue call for input deadline extended

17 Jan 2012 - At the request of stakeholders, the deadline for submissions to the CDM policy dialogue has been extended to 21 January 2012. Thank you to those who have already submitted input. The dialogue aims to examine lessons learned thus far, and incorporate feedback and ideas on how to improve the CDM for the future. more ».


CDM policy dialogue website launched

16 Jan 2012 - A new website launched today to house information and materials related to the CDM policy dialogue. The site contains information on the dialogue, panel members, meetings, press and input received. Initiated by the CDM Executive Board, this effort aims to examine lessons learned thus far, and recommend how to improve the CDM for the future. more ».


CDM Executive Board 2011 report published

5 Jan 2012 - The CDM Executive Board 2011 annual report is available online. Read the concise report for a visual and written retrospective of CDM challenges and successes in 2011. more ».


New members needed for CDM panels, working groups

5 Jan 2012 - The CDM Executive Board launched a call for new members for the Methodologies Panel, the Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, the Small Scale Working Group and the CDM Accreditation Panel. Apply online after logging in via "My CDM/login". Deadline is 5 Feb 2012. more ».


Updated FAQ section addresses questions on CDM post 2012

27 Dec 2011 - The CDM Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated to include more questions and answers related to the CDM post 2012. Learn more about the mechanism as it prepares to enter a second commitment period in 2013. more ».


Updated FAQ section addresses questions on CDM post 2012

27 Dec 2011 - The CDM Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated to include more questions and answers related to the CDM post 2012. Learn more about the mechanism as it prepares to enter a second commitment period in 2013. more ».


Experts needed to assist with CDM project submissions, CER issuance

20 Dec 2011 - The secretariat is compiling a list of experts to assist with the registration of CDM projects and the issuance of CERs, which are expected to increase in 2012. The call is part of an endeavour to process CDM project submissions in a timely manner, as encouraged by the CDM Executive Board at its 65th meeting. more ».


New tutorial guides users through enhanced catalogue of CDM decisions

07 Dec 2011 - A new tutorial available on the CDM website explains how to use the enhanced Catalogue of Decisions. The catalogue lets users search through 2,000 CMP and CDM-EB meeting documents to find specific text. Take the online tutorial today and learn how to effectively use this powerful search tool. more ».


Policy dialogue web page launched; input sought to improve the CDM

5 Dec 2011 - The CDM policy dialogue has a new web page providing easy access to information related to the dialogue and how to participate. At its sixty-third meeting, the CDM Executive Board decided to launch the policy dialogue to learn from the past in order to build for the future. The dialogue aims to produce recommendations on how to best position and improve the CDM to respond to future challenges. more ».


2011 Photo/video contest winners announced

1 Dec 2011 - Winners of the 2011 CDM International Photo and Video Contest were announced at the climate change conference in Durban. Three photographs and three videos were selected from many entries for their ability to relay a compelling, visual story about the CDM. See the real faces of the CDM by visiting the contest pages. more ».


CDM Board Chair reports on status, improvements

Durban 30 Nov 2011 - Martin Hession, Chair of the CDM Executive Board, delivered an oral report today during the second meeting of the CMP in Durban. He discussed CDM improvements and accomplishments over the past year. Full coverage, including interventions from the floor, is available via on-demand webcast. more ».


CDM Board meets stakeholders in Durban

Durban 29 Nov 2011 - TThe CDM Executive Board, whose 65th meeting finished last week, met with stakeholders for a question and answer session on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place over the next two weeks. The 90-minute side event began with a presentation by Board Chair Martin Hession, who left plenty of time for questions. The session is available in on-demand webcast. more ».


Four DNAs recognised for promoting the CDM

28 November 2011 - The DNAs of Spain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Columbia are winners of the 2011 DNA Communicators of the Year Showcase. Results were announced at the climate change conference in Durban, and winners will be featured on the CDM website along with their entries. The showcase was launched in 2010 to share and recognise work done by DNAs to promote the CDM in their countries. more ».


Upgraded methodologies page helps track approval process

18 November 2011 - The methodology approval process just became clearer. Thanks to a recent page upgrade, the current and historical status for new proposed methodologies, clarifications, and revisions is now clearly listed and updated regularly. The upgrade is part of a broader effort to increase the transparency of all Secretariat work. more ».


CDM's multiple benefits detailed in new report

14 November 2011 - A UNFCCC report just released shows that the CDM continues to promote flows of finance, technology and knowledge transfer, and other contributions to host countries. This is the first in a series of reports measuring the affects of the CDM on society, and focuses on sustainable development, technology transfer and investment spurred by the CDM. more ».


CDM Board seeks input on EB65 annotated agenda, annexes

08 November 2011 - The CDM Executive Board invites comments from stakeholders on issues included in the annotated agenda for EB 65. This call for input allows stakeholders to share their opinion and give feedback on the CDM in a formal way, and reflects the Board’s ongoing commitment to communicate and collaborate with stakeholders for the good of the mechanism. more ».


CDM website gets new look in line with rebranded UNFCCC

03 November 2011 - The CDM website has a new look featuring the new UNFCCC logo launched in October. The logo was designed to present a new image highlighting the central theme of the Convention and the institutional linkage to the United Nations.


CDM Board calls for input to inform year-long policy dialogue

14 October - At its 64th meeting, the CDM Executive Board decided to launch a call for public input that will inform a policy dialogue in 2012 designed to learn from the past in order to build for the future. Also at the meeting held in Bonn, the Board considered inputs on the adequacy of CDM procedures for soliciting and considering stakeholder comments on projects undergoing validation. more ».


Public input sought on two draft revised methodologies

14 October 2011 - Input is sought (until 24 October 2011, 08:00 h GMT) on the draft revised methodologies (1) ACM0001 "Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for landfill gas project activities" and (2) AM0031 "Baseline methodology for bus rapid transit projects". more ».


EB64 annotated agenda open for public comment

10 October 2011 - The CDM Executive Board will hold its 64th meeting on 24-26 October in Bonn, Germany. As decided at its 62nd meeting, the Board invites the public to provide input on the annotated agenda for EB64 until 16 October (17:00 GMT). more ».


CDM Board seeks input on sampling

07 October 2011 - A call for input on a new section of the Draft standard for sampling and surveys for CDM project activities and programme of activities" has been launched. The standard aims to provide clarity on the application of statistical approaches, sampling and survey schemes in methodologies and projects. Input is sought on issues related to sampling and approaches that a DOE might take while validating a project or a programme of activities. more ».


Four new calls for public input launched

29 September - The Executive Board, at its sixty-third meeting, agreed to open four new calls for public input. These calls seek input from stakeholders on a new draft methodology, suppressed demand, standardised baselines and other methodological issues related to energy efficient lighting in buildings and solar cookers for households. more ».


Quito inspires launch of CDM policy dialogue

29 September - The CDM Executive Board concluded its 63rd meeting, in Quito, Ecuador, with a reinvigorated sense of purpose to make a transformed CDM the key instrument for stimulating low-carbon investment in developing countries. Many important decisions were taken, including a plan for a wide-ranging policy dialogue to be launched in Durban, South Africa, in November. more ».


Winners of the CDM Radio Contest announced

23 September - The scores have been tallied and the finalists selected for the first CDM African Radio contest. The short-listed journalists will have an opportunity to attend the international climate change conference in Durban. For more information about the CDM African Radio Contest, please click here.


CDM Rules and Reference web section gets a revamp

19 September - The secretariat is pleased to launch a new Rules and Reference section on the CDM website, featuring a clearer interface and streamlined navigation that make finding sought-after information quicker and easier. Users can search by subject and browse by document type or business function. Search results show the chain of discussion by the CDM Executive Board, which brings subjects into useful context. more »


EB meeting report summary available in six languages

16 September - The Secretariat has begun offering summaries of CDM EB meeting reports in all six UN official languages, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian and Spanish (Castilian), in response to a request from Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and a decision of the Board. The first summary was prepared for EB61, in English. The six language editions commence with the EB62 summary, just released. more »


EB63 annotated agenda open for public comment

12 September - The CDM Executive Board will hold its 63rd meeting on 25-29 September in Quito, Ecuador. A s decided at its previous meeting, the Board invites the public to provide input on the annotated agenda for EB63 and its annexes until 18 September (17:00 GMT). more »


Public input sought on methodology, tool

29 August 2011 - Input is sought (until 8 September 2011, 15.00 h GMT) on (1) a draft revised baseline and monitoring methodology for mass rapid transit projects (ACM0016), which includes an innovative approach for additionality demonstration and reduces monitoring requirements, and (2) a draft revised tool relating to emissions from solid waste disposal sites, which features improved usability and expanded applicability. more »


CDM International Photo and Video Contest launched

15 August 2011 - The UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to launch its annual CDM International Photo and Video Contest, on the theme Changing Lives. We will be looking for photos and videos that tell an interesting story and highlight the benefits of the CDM. The contest is open until 15 October 2011. Send us your best shot or video and help spread the benefits of this innovative mechanism! more »


Input sought on stakeholder consultation, additionality

18 July 2011 - At its sixty-second meeting, which just concluded in Marrakesh, Morocco, the CDM Executive Board decided to launch two calls for public input: one on the application of the requirements for consideration of stakeholders' inputs during the project validation process, the other on so-called first-of-its-kind and common practice considerations in determining project additionality. Both calls close on 15 August 2011. more »


Important strides made at Board's 62nd meeting

15 July 2011 - Meeting in Marrakesh, the city where the rules of the Clean Development Mechanism were agreed some 10 years ago, the CDM Executive Board approved two important guidelines that should allow low-greenhouse-gas emitting countries and underrepresented countries to benefit more from the mechanism. The Board also agreed important procedures that will enhance communication between the Board and stakeholders. more »


Take the survey, learn more about the CDM's benefits

14 July 2011 - The UNFCCC secretariat is gathering information about the CDM's contribution to technology transfer and development benefits. If you are a project participant, a project developer or simply involved in a CDM project you can help by responding to a few questions about your project in a language of your choice and thereby contribute to spreading the word about the achievements of this important mechanism. Click here to take the survey


CDM Board celebrates Marrakesh Accords

11 July 2011 - The CDM Executive Board is in Marrakesh, Morocco, this week holding its sixty-second meeting. The meeting opened with a brief ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Marrakesh Accords, the rules that govern the CDM. Board Chair Martin Hession reflected on how far the mechanism has come, including more recent substantial advances, and spoke about the important work that lies ahead. more »


Contest launched for African radio journalists

30 June 2011 - As part of its efforts to raise awareness about the CDM in Africa, the secretariat invites African radio journalists to answer the question: "How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?" The top entrants will be given a chance to attend a workshop and briefings at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in Nov.-Dec. 2011. more »


Executive Board meeting, summaries launched

22 June 2011 - The UNFCCC secretariat has begun publishing concise summaries of the outcomes of CDM Executive Board meetings to help make the work of the Board more accessible. Future editions of the summaries will be published in the six official UN languages. The CDM Team would welcome your comments on this new publication via the contact page on the CDM website. more »


Take the survey, help spread CDM

17 June 2011 - The CDM Executive Board is working to translate its key decisions into the six official UN languages. You can help by telling the secretariat (until midnight GMT, 26 June) which documents you'd like to see translated. When you do, you’ll be helping to spread the benefits of this important mechanism. Thank you! more »


CDM Executive Board concludes 61st meeting

03 June 2011 - At its 61st meeting the CDM Executive Board took decisions expected to further enhance quality of emission reductions, efficiency, and access to the mechanism. The report of the meeting and on-demand webcast of open sessions are now available. more »


Calls for public input launched

03 June 2011 - The CDM Executive Board, at its sixty-first meeting, agreed to open four calls for public input, on:
Identification of common issues in the implementation of a registered A/R CDM project activity;
Key issues identified in relation to the development of a solar cooker methodology;
Draft small-scale methodology for water saving devices; and How to include co-benefits in the documentation of CDM project activities and the role of the different actors and stakeholders in this process. more »


Completeness check - info note published

25 May 2011 - In the interest of transparency and continuous learning, the UNFCCC secretariat compiles the causes of CDM registration and issuance submissions failing to pass the completeness and information and reporting checks. An information note covering the period 1 Feb. - 30 Apr. 2011 has been published. more »


EB61 proposed agenda, annotations published

16 May 2011 - The proposed agenda and annotations for the sixty-first meeting of the CDM Executive Board(30 May - 3 July 2011) are now available on the UNFCCC CDM website. more »


Meth Panel, A/R WG and SSC WG reports published

13 May 2011 - The reports of the 49th meeting of the CDM Methodologies Panel,32nd meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and 31st meeting of the CDM Small Scale Working Group are now available on the CDM website. more »


CDM passes milestone 3000th project

05 May 2011 - The CDM has registered its 3000th project, a wind power project in Inner Mongolia, China. Growth in the mechanism remains steady – projects entering validation in the first quarter of 2011 increased 17 percent compared to the same period in 2010. more »


Call for public inputs on water purification methodology

15 April 2011 - The CDM Executive Board has launched a call for public input on small-scale methodology AMS-III.AV: "Low greenhouse gas emitting water purification systems", to explore opportunities to further expand the usability of this methodology. more »


Sixtieth meeting of CDM Executive Board wraps up in Bangkok

15 April 2011 - The CDM Executive Board wrapped up a five-day meeting in Bangkok on Friday, 15 April. The full report of the meeting, the Board's sixtieth, and on-demand webcast of open sessions are available on the CDM UNFCCC website. more »


Report of the SSC WG published

25 March 2011 - The report of the thirtieth meeting of the CDM Small-scale Working Group (SSC WG) is available in the SSC WG section of the UNFCCC CDM website. more »


Report of the A/R WG published

23 March 2011 - The report of the thirty-first meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group (A/R WG) is available in the A/R WG section of the UNFCCC CDM website. more »


Requests for clarification of approved A/R methodologies

23 March 2011 - Two new requests for clarification of approved A/R methodologies have been received. These requests for clarification have already been considered by the A/R WG at its 31st meeting (see latest A/R meeting report for details). Further information on these submissions is available on the UNFCCC CDM website. more »


Call for Public Inputs

23 March 2011 - The Chair of the Methodologies Panel, at its forty-eighth meeting held in Bonn 7-11 March, has launched a call for public inputs into the draft revised methodology AM0055 “Baseline and monitoring methodology for the recovery and utilization of waste gas in refinery facilities”. more »


Methodologies Panel report published

21 March 2011 - The report of the forty-eighth meeting of the CDM Methodologies Panel (MP) is available in the MP section of the UNFCCC CDM website. more »


Radio stories for Africa

17 March 2011 - The UNFCCC secretariat has produced five ‘broadcast-ready’ radio stories for dissemination to radio stations in Africa. These stories are meant to make the CDM understandable and accessible to a broad audience, including community stakeholders, potential project participants and policy makers. more »


Call for experts launched

21 February 2011 - The CDM Executive Board has launched a call for experts for members of the Methodologies Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, Small-Scale Working Group and CDM Accreditation Panel.
The four calls are open from 21 February 2011 until 21 March 2011, 18:00 GMT.


EB 59 proposed agenda, annotations available

18 February 2011 - The CDM Executive Board adopted a comprehensive two-year business plan to scale up and improve the mechanism and gave a green light to the UNFCCC secretariat’s detailed management plan, at a meeting which saw the election of new Chair Martin Hession and Vice-Chair Maosheng Duan. more >>


Four calls for public input launched

18 February 2011 - The CDM Executive Board, at its 59th meeting, agreed to open four calls for public input on: issues associated with the development and scaling-up of Programmes of Activities; areas and means for direct communication with stakeholder groups; further expansion of the applicability of methodology AMS-III.AJ "Recovery and recycling of materials from solid wastes"; and "Guidelines for demonstrating additionality of renewable energy projects =<5 MW and energy efficiency projects with energy savings <=20 GWh per year". more >>


Report of the CDM SSC WG published

24 January 2011 - The report of the twenty-ninth meeting of the CDM Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG) is available on the UNFCCC CDM website more >>


CER issuance tops 500 million

10 January 2011 - Issuance of certified emission reductions (CERs) produced under the CDM has topped 500 million. There are now some 2740 CDM projects registered in 70 developing countries, and in total more than 501 million CERs have been issued to 855 projects. more >>


Call for experts : opportunity for ad-hoc work on CDM

The secretariat is compiling a list of experts who could be called upon to undertake some aspects of work relating to review of submissions, requests for registration of CDM project activity and requests for issuance of certified emission reduction (CERs) and validation and verification reports to ensure that reports meet the required standards. more »


 

  • 2010 CDM News Archives

    CDM co-benefits highlighted in illustrated fact sheets

    21 December 2010 - The secretariat is gathering information to show how CDM projects are improving people’s lives and broadly contributing to sustainable development. Ten project fact sheets have already been prepared that highlight benefits such as increased employment, freeing up of financial resources for households and the making available of essential services. more >>

    CDM Changing Lives winners announced in Cancun

    03 December 2010 - CDM Changing Lives Photo and Video Contest 2010 received a host of wonderful images and videos illustrating the benefits of CDM. The winners in this year's contest were announced by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at the UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. more >>


    Calls for public input launched

    01 December 2010 - The CDM Executive Board, at its fifty-eighth meeting (EB58), agreed to invite public comments on the draft revised "Guidelines on the assessment of investment analysis" recommended by the Methodologies Panel and on the draft “Tool for baseline scenario identification and baseline emission calculations" more >>


    CDM technology transfer benefits highlighted

    24 November 2010 - study just published by the UNFCCC secretariat shows in clearer detail that the CDM has been a key driver of technology transfer in developing countries. more >>


    CDM Methodology Booklet published

    22 November 2010 - The CDM Methodology Booklet summarizes each approved methodology into just one page that includes an innovative diagrammatic representation. Use the booklet for inspiration for creating a CDM project, or to find the methodology needed to implement your CDM project idea. more >>


    Executive Board annual report published

    16 November 2010 - The annual report of the CDM Executive Board to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is now available. more >>


    Info note on completeness check failures published

    11 November 2010 - In the interest of transparency and continuous learning, the secretariat has compiled the causes of registration and issuance submissions failing to pass the completeness and information and reporting checks. more >>

    Up-to-date information on project status, including registrations, issuances and rejections, is also available and kept current as per revised procedures. more >>


    Methodologies Panel, working group reports published

    09 November 2010 - The reports of the 46th meeting of the CDM Methodologies Panel, 30th meeting of the Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and 28th meeting of the Small Scale Working Group are now available on the CDM website.


    EB58 proposed agenda, annotations published

    08 November 2010 - The proposed agenda and annotations for the fifty-eighth meeting of the CDM Executive Board (22-26 November 2010) are now available on the UNFCCC CDM website more >>


    Revamped CDM website

    30 October 2010 - The look and feel of the CDM website changed with the launch of a revamped site featuring enhanced layout and streamlined navigation. The goal of the revamp team was to make a website that pleases existing expert users and is accessible and intuitive for new users. more >>


    Fifty-seventh meeting of CDM Executive Board wraps up in Bonn

    14 October 2010 - The CDM Executive Board wrapped up a three-day meeting in Bonn on Thursday, 14 October. The full report of the meeting, the Board's fifty-seventh, and on-demand webcast of open sessions are available on the CDM UNFCCC. more >>


    CDM post-2012 FAQs published

    06 September 2010 - The UNFCCC secretariat has published clarifications to frequently asked questions on issues concerning the CDM in the post-2012 period.


    UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest and Video Contest 2010

    20 August 2010 - The secretariat of the UNFCCC lauched the annual UNFCCC/CDM Photo and Video Contests 2010 intended to raise awareness about the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism. Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer, send us your best photos on the theme “CDM Changing Lives” and help the world learn about the value of the CDM. more »


    Requests for review since EB55

    18 August 2010 - At its 55th meeting, the CDM Executive Board adopted new review procedures for registration of CDM project activities and requests for issuance of certified emission reductions (CERs).

    Registration more » | Issuance more »


    Call for experts : opportunity for ad-hoc work on CDM

    24 June 2010 - The secretariat is compiling a list of experts who could be called upon to undertake some aspects of work relating to review of submissions, requests for registration of CDM project activity and requests for issuance of certified emission reduction (CERs) and validation and verification reports to ensure that reports meet the required standards. more »


    Data on wind and hydro tariffs in China published

    24 June 2010 - The UNFCCC secretariat has published detailed information on wind and hydro tariffs in the People's Republic of China applied by the CDM Executive Board in its decisions on reviews of requests for project registration. The information note, prepared at the request of the Board, is intended to provide transparency on the appropriateness of the applicable highest tariffs for wind and hydro power projects in China, per province, applied by the Board in its decisions. Such tariffs figure prominently in the determination project additionality. more »


    Information note on implementation of new CDM registration and issuance procedures

    28 May 2010 - CDM Board adopts streamlined procedures at 54th meeting The Executive Board of the clean development mechanism has adopted new procedures for project registration and CER issuance that should speed up the regulatory process and give project participants greater certainty on processing times. more »


    Regional DNA Forum for Africa wraps up at UN compound in Nairobi

    04 March 2010 - The first Regional DNA Forum for Africa has concluded its work at the UN Gigiri compound in Nairobi. It was an extremely positive meeting bringing together 85 CDM designated national authority delegates representing 44 countries, 23 invited speakers, including the Chair and Vice-Chair of the CDM Executive Board, private sector representatives and international organizations. The forum focused on improving access to the CDM in Africa.


    CDM Executive Board selects Chair, Vice-Chair

    08 February 2010 - The Executive Board of the clean development mechanism (CDM) has chosen Clifford Mahlung of Jamaica to chair the Board in 2010, and Pedro Martins Barata of Portugal to serve as Vice-Chair.
    Mr. Mahlung, who was Vice-Chair in 2009, takes over from Lex de Jonge of the Netherlands.   more »


    Clean Development Mechanism passes 2000th registered project milestone in less than two years

    06 January 2010 - The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) has registered its 2000th project, a biogas extraction and utilization project, in Sakaeo Province, Thailand, expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 56,000 tonnes annually.
    Press release (142 kB)


  • 2009 CDM News Archives

    COP15 - Nairobi Framework Side Event - Status and Future Impacts in Africa

    17 December 2009 - A Nairobi Framework Side Event 'Status and Future Impacts in Africa'
    Presentation:

    CDM and JI efficiency: strengthening the UNFCCC secretariat’s support

    09 December 2009 - Some 200 people attended a side event at COP15 in Copenhagen on Tuesday, December 8, to learn from secretariat staff the results and recommendations of an external review of the secretariat’s support to the operation of the clean development mechanism and joint implementation. The presentation is available for download.


    CDM Executive Board: question and answer session - COP15 - Copenhagen

    10 December 2009 -   The Executive Board of the CDM reported on its activities and answered questions from the audience.

      Watch the event recorded on 08 December through on-demand webcast   more »


    UNFCCC CDM Photo and Video Contest 2009 -- Changing Lives . . . And the winners are!

    01 December 2009 - The judges’ scores have been tallied in the CDM Changing Lives Photo and Video Contest, and here are the winning entries. This year’s contest expanded on the success of Changing Lives 2008, with the addition of a video category, in which entrants were asked to complete the statement, “People should know about this CDM project because . . .”. The winners were recognized in a ceremony hosted by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer in Copenhagen on 11 December. Congratulations to the winners, and congratulations and thank you to all of the talented entrants in this year's contest.

    CDM   Photo Contest winners | Video Contest winners


    Nairobi Framework welcomes new partners

    Two more international agencies have thrown their support behind the Nairobi Framework initiative aimed at assisting developing countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the clean development mechanism. UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, both recently accepted invitations to join the framework...   more »


    Regional distribution of CDM subject of Bonn side event

    11 June 2009 - A diverse panel representing industry, government, international agencies and multilateral development banks offered a range of insights on regional distribution of CDM project activities and proposed ways to increase participation in the mechanism, especially in Africa. View the on-demand webcast of the event, held at SB30 in Bonn.


    CDM Technology Transfer report released

    18 March 2009 - The UNFCCC secretariat has released a study, prepared by a team of consultants, containing an analysis of information on: Technology Transfer (TT) used in CDM; TT by project type (24 project types); TT by host country; technology supplier versus buyer participants; origin of technology; and TT versus technology needs, as submitted by project participants in their project design documents. The full report and summary of key findings are available for download. more »


  • 2008 CDM News Archives

    CDM Photo Contest 2008 : The top photos are...

    03 December 2008 - Judging has wrapped up in the UNFCCC/CDM International Photo Contest 2008. From the more than 150 images that were entered, Catching the Sun, by Nic Bothma, of South Africa, took top honours. Photos from Inner Mongolia, India and Brazil, rounded out the top four. Congratulations to the top finishers and to everyone who entered.
    Your photos are already helping to put a human face to this remarkable mechanism, combatting climate change and fostering sustainable development.   more »

    John Kilani appointed Director in support of Kyoto Protocol carbon market mechanisms

    30 June 2008 - Mr. John Kilani has accepted the post of Director of the Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) programme at the United Nations climate change secretariat. The appointment was announced by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, who expressed his confidence in the new Director, set to take up duties later this summer.   Press release


    Public comments on CDM-VVM

    20 June 2008 - The Executive Board, at its thirty-ninth meeting (EB39), considered the draft CDM validation and verification manual (CDM-VVM) and agreed to invite public for comments on the draft for the period of 16 May 2008 to 15 June 2008.
    The comments are now available   more »


    Memorandum of Understanding on the exchange of CDM data

    22 May 2008 - The UNFCCC secretariat has signed the first memorandums of understanding with two important CDM information providers that should result in their receiving a faster, smoother flow of CDM data. IGES based in Japan and UNEP Risoe, in Denmark will soon begin receiving data from the secretariat directly in electronic form, to enhance these long-established and much-used data and analysis services. The data will continue to be made available on the UNFCCC CDM website, and any CDM data and resultant analysis by IGES and UNEP Risoe will continue to be made available on the web free of charge.


    CDM passes 1000th registered project milestone

    14 April 2008 - The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism has registered its 1000th project, an energy efficiency project in Andhra Pradesh, India, expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 34,000 tonnes annually. The project was registered by CDM Executive Board Chair Rajesh Kumar Sethi at an impromptu ceremony at a joint coordination workshop in Bonn, Germany.   Press release


    CDM Catalogue of Decisions

    09 January 2008 - The Catalogue of CDM related decisions (CoD) has been posted on the CDM website. The CoD aims to facilitate the development of CDM project activities by improving access to information. The CoD project was launched at the CDM Joint Coordination Workshop 2007 in March, in Bonn. Since then, the CoD has been fed, tested and improved thanks to users' comments. It is now open for a broad user test/comment phase until the end of the year more »


  • 2007 CDM News Archives

    CDM Bazaar web-portal will link buyers, sellers and service providers

    05 December 2007 - The CDM Bazaar web-portal www.cdmbazaar.net has been launched to facilitate exchange of information among buyers, sellers and service providers engaged in the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM). This joint effort of the UNFCCC secretariat and UNEP RISOE Centre in Denmark will help stakeholders in the CDM “get down to business,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer
    Press release

 

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