Trade agreements threaten to undermine every effort to stop the climate crisis. Developed countries are negotiating numerous trade and investment deals that will lock in polluting fossil fuels and business as usual. Trade and investment rules put profits before the planet, limiting governments’ ability to support local renewable energy, and empowering companies to attack environmental protections in secret courts. If we are to keep the increase in global temperature to less than 1.5 oC above pre-industrial levels, this approach is no longer possible. The world needs to agree to a binding global carbon budget in order to ensure a safe and sustainable future.
This publication by looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main carbon market mechanisms on the table at the upcoming UN summit on climate change in Paris.
A guide exposing corporate lobbying and industry capture of COP19, the yearly UN climate negotiations, taking place in Warsaw, 11-22 November 2013. It also covers the false solutions that are being offered up by these corporate lobbies, such as shale gas, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon markets.
This report looks at a number of claims made in defence of the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and shows why they are not valid.
UK-‐based power companies are using the myth that biomass is 'carbon neutral' to continue their emissions and greenwash their polluting activities permitted under the EU Emissions Trading System and other EU legislation. This deceptive accounting undermines analysis that places emissions from biomass on a par with fossil fuels.
A concise explanation of some of the problems associated with carbon trading.
This paper shows why carbon markets should be treated as part of the history of commodification, capital accumulation and the capitalist crisis, rather than environmentalism.
This report outlines the limitations of carbon trading, focusing on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and case studies of offset projects in Brazil, Indonesia, India and Thailand.
This guide unravels carbon trading’s complex jargon, abstract concepts, mathematical formulae and technical detail, and explains why it is so problematic.
This toolkit clarifies the processes surrounding CDM projects. Key issues and technical jargon are explained, and opportunities for public input are identified.
An easy and essential guide to navigating the landscape of false solutions to climate change being promoted by those who hope to generate a profit from them.
Outlines why carbon trading is not the solution to climate change and sets out some of the real solutions for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and delivering climate finance.
Gives a unique overview of the European Investment Bank’s different climate funds and the damaging role that the Bank plays in climate finance.
This critical review of carbon trading in Africa includes analyses of the context and trends in the carbon market in Africa; offset projects in Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa; and carbon finance and regulation. It shows how carbon trading provides new and different ways of profiting at the expense of a deteriorating climate.
The globe is warming. The more carbon dioxide pours into the air, the less stable the climate becomes and the more urgent it becomes to leave remaining fossil fuels in the ground. Yet the dominant neoliberal approach to the crisis - carbon trading - is failing.
This report finds that most of the ‘credits’ being generated from CDM projects will go to projects that further exacerbate climate change and compromise sustainable development.
Explains why the third phase (2013-2020) of the EU’s Emissions Trading System will continue to subsidise polluters and fail to cut pollution levels.
This report finds that soil carbon markets could have significant negative impacts for poor smallholders, particularly women, in Africa; and that promoting soil carbon markets is a major distraction from providing the public finance needed to help poor countries tackle climate change.
The recent Study on the Integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism commissioned by the European Commission singles out hydro power projects as particularly problematic. This policy brief outlines the impacts of large CDM hydro power projects, explains why they undermine climate goals and offers concrete policy recommendations.
This report critically examines the reasons behind and potential consequences of creating new carbon market mechanisms, focusing on 'sectoral' carbon markets.
This report provides critical policy analysis and case documentation about the role of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa. The CDM is subsidising dangerous for-profit activities, making them advantageous to multinational corporations.
This policy briefing outlines the impacts of coal use, explains why coal projects do not belong in the CDM and offers concrete policy solutions for the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol, the CDM Executive Board and the European Union.