UN panel calls for curbs on carbon credits from coal plants
The UN's method for counting credits for more efficient, so-called supercritical coal-fired power plants is flawed, according to a panel for the organisation.
Research by a methodology panel working for the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) said coal-fired plants received artificially high amounts of certified emission reductions (CERs) under the clean development mechanism (CDM) because of the current calculation rules.
The UN climate board caused controversy by quashing similar advice in the past, preferring to stick to the status quo (see EDCM 14 July 2011).
Campaigners CDM Watch and Sierra Club have called for the UN to exclude coal-fired stations from the CDM at the upcoming climate change summit in Durban, South Africa.
The UN panel's report estimated that over-crediting for coal projects might be as high as 62%. A report by the Stockholm Environment Institute report last week put the figure at 71% (see EDCM 3 November 2011).
The climate board is due to consider the evidence between 21 and 25 November.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has called on the EU to phase out fluorinated greenhouse gases, or F-gases, by 2020.
The European Commission is currently consulting on F-gas regulation. The EIA reckons a ban on the gases would remove the equivalent of 60m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. FOR
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