CDM- How Clean Is The Clean Development Mechanism?
CER'S: CERTIFIED EMISSION REDUCTIONS
The annual average of CER’s worldwide according to the
official CDM website is 211,106,831; and the expected number of CER’s until
2012 is estimated to be greater than 2,700,000,000. There are currently 92
registered CER’s in India, 4 requesting registration and so far only 5 have
These CER’s; Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) are climate carbon credits
issued by the CDM Executive Board for emission reductions achieved by CDM
projects and verified by a DOE under the rules of the Kyoto protocol. CERs can
be used by Annex 1 countries in order to comply with their emission limitation
targets or by operators of installations covered by the European Union Emission
Trading Scheme in order to comply with their obligations to surrender EU
Allowances, CERs or Emission Reduction Units for the CO2 emissions of their
These CER’s have, for obvious reasons, been generating high employment rates in
developing countries like India, where it is much needed. They also provide new
technologies and invest in projects in developing countries; thus in a way
pushing such countries forward on the path of industrialization.
While this at first glance may seem to be a good
thing, on noting all the facts mentioned on previous pages, one may ascertain
that this mechanism is not good news. But the public and the government in the
South seem to be caught up in the international investments to realize the long
term disaster they are contributing towards. Many feel that members of the
parliament do realize the consequences of the country’s decision at present but
refuse to do anything for fear of the United States and other countries.
Another pitfall in the mechanism is that of natural sinks,
which a non governmental international organisation called Greenpeace strongly
opposes and is campaigning against. 
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Luckily there are a few non government organizations 
that look through the confusingly phrased articles in international agreements;
like the Kyoto Protocol and clearly state the ulterior motives of the Protocol
and the United States. One such organization is the Centre For Science and
Environment; located in New Delhi, India.
Its authors, analyze critical international treaties,
meetings and protocols and state it all in simple terms and post it on their
website. They also publish papers for the government of India, briefing them in
the implications of their actions and pleading for change.
There is enormous potential for Citizen Science in India to
oppose the Clean Development Mechanism. India Is regarded to be one of the most
climate conscious countries, its individuals campaigning for greener options
and mechanisms. The fact is that hardly anyone realizes the potential damage
that could, and most probably will, result from the CDM.
Capital and New Technologies come flooding in.
Certified Emission Reductions
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