Differentiation Under the CDM: Options and Challenges

IMPLEMENTING THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM: LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES, M. Mehling, A. Merrill, K. Upston-Hooper, eds., Berlin: Lexxion, 2009

26 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2010

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Harro van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute; University of Eastern Finland

Constanze Haug

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stefan Bakker

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joyeeta Gupta

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Date Written: October 8, 2009

Abstract

The Bali Action Plan of 2007 has launched a process to arrive at an international post-2012 climate agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009. Since then, various studies have examined CDM reform with a view to improving its governance, or to expand its scope beyond a project basis. Yet analyses of options for differentiation under the CDM, in order to improve its sectoral and/or regional distribution, are still largely missing. This chapter approaches the question of differentiation in the context of the CDM from a legal and political perspective. It provides an overview of possible differentiation options, focusing on differentiation between Parties and project types. It examines the legal basis for differentiation, discusses options for follow-up decision-making, and hints at the potential implications of differentiation options for various actors in the CDM. This chapter concludes that although the legal challenges for differentiation are relatively easy to address, the political challenges may be more difficult to overcome. This chapter ends with suggestions on how the discussion on differentiation under the CDM could move forward.

Keywords: CDM, Clean Development Mechanism, climate policy, climate law

Suggested Citation

van Asselt, Harro and Haug, Constanze and Bakker, Stefan and Gupta, Joyeeta, Differentiation Under the CDM: Options and Challenges (October 8, 2009). IMPLEMENTING THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM: LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES, M. Mehling, A. Merrill, K. Upston-Hooper, eds., Berlin: Lexxion, 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1485515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1485515

Harro Van Asselt (Contact Author)

Stockholm Environment Institute ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

University of Eastern Finland ( email )

PO Box 111
Joensuu, 80100
Finland

Constanze Haug

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stefan Bakker

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joyeeta Gupta

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) ( email )

De Boelelaan 1115
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

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