UNFCCC Approves Controversial Coal and Hydro Projects in India

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
For immediate release Brussels, 5 October 2011. The CDM Executive Board approved two controversial Indian mega projects: a new coal fired power plant and a hydro power plant which had recently made headlines because of its non‐additionality and the harm reportedly caused to the local population. CDM Watch, Sierra Club and International Rivers condemn the decisions and call on the Board to publish the findings of the review assessments that approve the compliance with CDM requirements for these projects. Despite heavy criticism about the environmental integrity of coal projects in the CDM,

WikiLeaks Cable Highlights High Level CDM Scam in India

A recent WikiLeaks cable from the US Consulate in Mumbai provides irrefutable evidence that carbon credits generated by Indian projects and sold to European countries under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are a lot of hot air.  It reports on a seminar in 2008 with the US Consulate General Office, analysts from the Government Accountability Office (which later released a critical report on offsets), and the executives of top Indian companies. The cable notes that these companies "conceded that no Indian project could meet the 'additionality in investment criteria' to b

WikiLeaks Puts Integrity of UN Carbon Offsetting Scheme Under Question

Monday, September 19, 2011
For immediate release Large Hydro Project in India Under ScrutinyWikiLeaks Puts Integrity of UN Carbon Offsetting Scheme Under QuestionBrussels, 19 September 2011. CDM Watch and International Rivers call on the CDM Executive Board to reject the mega Rampur Hydroelectric Project in India from receiving CDM carbon credits because it does not comply with essential CDM requirements. They also call on the Swedish Energy Agency, as a party involved in the project, to prove compliance with World Commission of Dams criteria. A cable released by WikiLeaks earlier this month states that Indian proje

Belgian Cherry on Indian Pie

Friday, September 16, 2011
Originally published in 2009 by CDMWatch NICK MEYNEN, a Belgian journalist, discovers the fraud of Indian CDM projects. Excerpts from his research here. The North-South part of the $100 billion carbon market is regulated by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which should also bring sustainable development to the South. But sustainable destruction and massive fraud are better descriptions of reality. In Belgium, a country obliged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a climate minister faces a simple choice: invest in reductions at home or pay someone else to do it. Like the Yash Paper Limi

SANDRP Comments Re the Rampur Hydroelectric Project (India)

River Sutlej makes its way to Rampur Busher in Himachal Pradesh
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Current Status: Registered on 29 Sept 2011 Comments about the proposed CDM credits for the Rampur Hydroelectric project in India, called "Hydro electric power project by SJVNL in Himachal Pradesh" in the PDD River Sutlej makes its way to Rampur Busher in Himachal Pradesh Himanshu Joshi Based on reading of the Project Design Document dated Dec 3, 2008 (version 1 as available on the UNFCCC website) for the above project and having monitored India's power sector and this project over the last few years we reach the conclusion that it will not be appropriate to accept the proje

Questions to the World Bank regarding Indian Dam Builder

Friday, July 1, 2005
SJVN: well equipped to develop the Rampur project? Questions to the World Bank regarding the Indian dam building company Sutley Jal Vidyut Nigam The World Bank is considering financing the Rampur hydropower project in India’s Northern State of Himachal Pradesh. Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN, formerly the Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation) is planning to develop this project. SJVN has in the past only executed one hydropower project in India, the Nathpa Jhakri project, also partly financed by the World Bank. The 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri project suffered from severe project design and impleme

Rampur Hydropower Project

River Sutlej makes its way to Rampur Busher in Himachal Pradesh
Friday, October 5, 2007
River Sutlej makes its way to Rampur Busher in Himachal Pradesh Himanshu Joshi The Government of India is building the 412 MW Rampur Hydropower Project in Himachal Pradesh with support from the World Bank and the Clean Development Mechanism. The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests granted an environmental clearance to the project in March 2006.This project will be the Bank’s first step in its planned re-engagement in the hydropower sector in India after more than ten years of shying away from funding water infrastructure projects in the country. The communities to be affected by t
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