Investigative Report Exposes Fraudulent CDM Hydropower Project in China

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Investigative Report Exposes Forced Evictions and Fraudulent Claims at Chinese CDM Hydropower Project A field visit by Germany's GEO Magazine finds that the Taijiang Yanzhai Hydropower Project located in Guizhou province, China, does not deserve to receive carbon credits through the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). GEO Magazine found that the project does not result in real greenhouse gas emission reductions and also violates the rights of the local population. Local dam-affected farmers assert that they were forcibly evicted from their homes. The Project Design Document (PDD)

Trailing Large Hydro 2009: Quarter 2 CDM Update

Fig. 1: Projects entering the CDM pipeline.
Fig. 1: Projects entering the CDM pipeline. For this second quarter update, I've introduced some new analyses (see below), along with those similar to the first quarter blog update. You can also get weekly email updates of CDM hydro projects and see our monthly spreadsheet, always available for your research and gleaning pleasure. Data based on the UNEP Risoe spreadsheet (June 1, 2009). Feel free to contact me about my calculations. Updates: Fig. 2: Projects requesting registration by year. The second quarter shows a continuation of the downward trend this year of the number

CDM Auditors Flunking Additionality

DNV and BV Cert both received an F
DNV and BV Cert both received an F http://www.isletsofhope.com/pic/grade%20f.jpg Misbehaving school children aren't the only ones in need of remedial classes this summer. Auditors (or DOEs) of CDM projects have been given abysmal scores in a new report by WWF and the Öko Institute for Applied Ecology. The report states as its objective: "To assess to what extent DOEs are fulfilling the requirements and expectations of the CDM Executive Board (EB)." The rating system is also meant to provide greater transparency for project participants and the rest of the intern

Trailing Large Hydro 2009: A Quarterly Update on the CDM

The world through the eyes of the CDM nerd.
The world through the eyes of the CDM nerd. Dovetailing my last blog on the decline of the CDM, I'm introducing a quarterly hydro CDM blog, which updates any CDM-nerds out there interested in the status of hydropower projects in the CDM. I also send out weekly email updates of CDM hydro projects and produce a monthly spreadsheet for your research and gleaning pleasure. Updates: Projects Entering the CDM Pipeline This first quarter's update shows a clear decline in the number of CDM projects being submitted for public comment (the first stage of the CDM's for

Xiaoxi Dam, China

Xiaoxi Dam, Hunan Province, China
Xiaoxi Dam, Hunan Province, China Tina Lea This large dam epitomizes the abuse of carbon offsets and the many flaws in the Kyoto Protocol's offsetting scheme, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). In this case, the dam has evicted from their homes poor farmers in Hunan Province, China, while allowing Germany to burn more coal and still meet its Kyoto commitments. The German power utility RWE, one of the biggest CO2 emitters in Europe, intends to buy CDM credits (or offsets) from the now infamous Xiaoxi Dam on the Zishui River so that it can continue to expand its coal-fired electricity gener

China Dams Reveal Flaws in Climate-Change Weapon

Sunday, January 25, 2009
Originally published in multiple news outlets; reporting by the Associated Press XIAOXI, China - The hydroelectric dam, a low wall of concrete slicing across an old farming valley, is supposed to help a power company in distant Germany contribute to saving the climate - while putting lucrative "carbon credits" into the pockets of Chinese developers. But in the end the new Xiaoxi dam may do nothing to lower global-warming emissions as advertised. And many of the 7,500 people displaced by the project still seethe over losing their homes and farmland. "Nobody asked if we wanted to move," said a

German Utility RWE Meets Climate Targets by Supporting Forced Evictions in China

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Report shows Germany failing to enforce EU law on hydro carbon creditsA report released today reveals that German power utility, RWE, plans to buy carbon credits from a dam in China that fails to meet World Commission on Dams (WCD) guidelines, a breach of EU law. RWE, one of the biggest CO2 emitters in Europe, is buying the credits to avoid having to reduce emissions from its coal plants in Germany. The report is based on a field visit by International Rivers' consultant Tina Lea, a Chinese-speaking researcher.* It finds that 7,500 people were forcibly evicted to make way for the Xiaoxi Dam, t

Xiaoxi and Xiaogushan CDM Hydropower Projects: Report from a Field Trip

Thursday, November 27, 2008
EU legislation known as the Linking Directive states that CDM credits from hydropower projects larger than 20MW can only be used in the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) if the projects comply with the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams (WCD). The German government has taken the lead on establishing a process for assessing WCD compliance of CDM hydropower projects. The government requires German companies that intend to buy CDM large hydro credits for use in the ETS to commission a third party to assess WCD compliance. German power utility RWE, one of the biggest CO2

Comments to TÜV SÜD on Baba Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project (Ecuador)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Comments on the proposed CDM project: Baba Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project (MBHP) International Rivers submission to the project validator TÜV SÜD September 15, 2008 (resubmitted October 15) Summary of Comments MBHP should not be positively validated for the following reasons: It is most likely non-additional. The draft CDM Validation and Verification Manual (VVM) guidelines by the CDM Executive Board lead to a negative assessment of the additionality of this project.Previous violence and intimidation against members of communities affected by the project does not allow for open stakehol

ACD Comments on Changuinola 1 (Chan 75) Large Hydro Project (Panama)

Fuente: Comision de Politica Energetica, MEF, Panama
Comments on Chan 75 by the Alliance for Conservation and Development (ACD) and the Center for Biological DiversityCarbon Management Service TUV-SUD Group Germany Dear members of the Certification Body: We want to express our highest regards for the members of the certification body and the work do. Respectfully, we recommend that the certification body rejects the request for Certified Emission Reduction (CER) that was presented by AES Corporation for the Changuinola I (Chan 75) hydroelectric project in the Republic of Panama. This project has already caused very severe social and environmenta


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