In the Media
Public call for input to CDM SD voluntary reporting tool
July 31, 2012
At their last meeting from 16-20 July, the CDM Executive Board, launched a public call for inputs on the sustainable development voluntary tool (SD tool), open until 10 August 2012 (24:00 GMT). The call asks for input related to the design, substantive content and operational aspects of the draft development version of this tool.
Please click here to view public call for inputs.
Please click here to download the draft SD tool.
This voluntary tool is the result of a request by the CMP that asked the Board to “continue its work and develop appropriate voluntary measures to highlight the co-benefits brought about by clean development mechanism project activities and programmes of activities, while maintaining the prerogative of the Parties to define their sustainable development criteria”. Although the initial proposal by the UNFCCC secretariat included better versions, e.g. including mandatory monitoring and verification of SD benefits, the Board ultimately adopted a weak option that only requires voluntary reporting with the option to update if you like. For a brief analysis of implications for voluntary reporting please click here.
Although this voluntary reporting tool neither includes monitoring nor verification, it can be a first step into the direction of putting in a place a SD monitoring system for registered CDM projects. The tool also includes a section on reporting concerns about human rights abuses and assessing the risks of these concerns (see below). Although voluntary, one option for submission could be to demand that everyone (including local communities) must be entitled to submit concerns to this voluntary reporting tool.
Furthermore, a number of other public calls for input were launched during last EB meeting:
Call for inputs on significant deficiencies (Deadline 10 August 2012, 24:00 GMT)
Call for inputs on the revision of the A/R methodological tool “Estimation of carbon stocks and change in carbon stocks of trees and shrubs in A/R CDM project activities” (Deadline 22 August 2012, 24:00 GMT)
Call for inputs on draft Guidelines on the application of materiality in verifications (Deadline 10 August 2012, 24:00 GMT)
Call for input on sampling standard and best practice examples (Deadline 7 August 2012, 24:00 GMT)
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