Escaping from the CDM doldrums – CER purchase above market prices and conversion of CDM into NAMAs

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30 October @ 05:15 pm - 07:15 pm

For over two years, the market price for credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has remained below 1 Euro/CER, leading to freezing of CDM projects, bankruptcies of CDM developers, legal fights on validity of contracts and a rapid loss of market know how. This is due to a variety of reasons, not least lack of CER demand from industrialized countries. Given this bleak situation, various ways are explored to prevent that all experience from the CDM vanishes. While the UNFCCC Secretariat tries to mobilize new demand for CERs, including from the voluntary market, some governments have set up programmes acquiring CERs at a premium. Moreover, the concept of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) is seen as “lifeboat” by some CDM market players who want to mobilize NAMA financing to continue activities that started under the CDM. Our workshop discusses which of these paths are most promising to keep critical CDM expertise alive and whether they might reinforce each other.

The workshop will be with the participation of the following speakers:

  • Niclas Svenningsen, UNFCCC Secretariat: "CDM towards COP 21"
  • Adrian Rimmer, Gold Standard: CER demand from voluntary markets
  • Matt Spannagle, DelAgua: From PoAs to NAMAs – Experience from Rwanda
  • Matthias Honegger, Perspectives: “Nesting” CDM in NAMAs
  • Markus Ohndorf, ETH Zürich: A researcher's perspective on the role of price for the effective allocation of funds

Moderation: Axel Michaelowa

After the presentation and the panel discussion there will be an informal dinner meeting at the participants own cost in a nearby restaurant at around 7:45 pm.

Costs: CHF 50 // CHF 20 for members of EnAW, swisscleantech and students // free of charge for members of the Zurich CMA.
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30 October 2014
05:15 pm - 07:15 pm
Room RZ F 21 ETH Zurich, Clausiusstrasse 59, Zurich
Zürich CMA