a story from BEIJING

The Climate group of China, has released a story from BEIJING: The Chinese Government has released a regulation on domestic voluntary carbon trading and market development, which puts the nation on track towards achieving a compulsory carbon market.

In a quote directly from Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, dated 9 July 2012, is: “This regulation marks a significant step forward in China in developing the domestic carbon market” . She added: “It sets clear guidelines and requirements of the technical and institutional elements when domestic voluntary carbon market is concerned. While still at a very early stage, today China is on the right track towards a nation-wide compulsory carbon market by establishing the infrastructure, technical guideline, as well as institutional structure needed to accelerate progress….This effort builds upon the practice and experience of China’s active participation in the Clean Development Mechanism at the global level.”

CO2Land org thinks we should have a long look at the significance of this development, we are not alone!


The community consultation process – next gen

In our Woodlawn ducks blog, CO2Land org talked of planning regulations and coping means in handling Sydney’s waste. An equally compelling need is the community consultation process.  Increasingly professional ‘people managers’ are given the job of forming ‘representative’ groups that give ministerial comfort to ‘opinion’. In short this means those in the community that speak out are then branded ‘radical’ and not ‘representative’ of the community.  The evidence to date suggests consultation attempts tend to be dysfunctional and unsatisfactory and ‘participation representatives’ are restricted to complaints, insufficient information for adequate follow-up and tend to focus on managing ‘outrage’.

What lessons are learn’t from this ‘representative’ model?  Importantly, anyone who wishes to benefit from a better understanding of the process should look at all the tools available. Media plays a big part, including social media networking. The tools are necessary and form part of mature industry approaches, and give a more legitimate social license to operate your process, and can give valuable evidence pieces to show conformance to legally compliant governance structure.


Australian Government shifts on Additionality?

The Australian Government is determined to avoid penalising landholders who have been managing their land well. The Savanna Burning Methodology allows landholders to choose a date to set the Baseline so they won’t be excluded. Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change Mark Dreyfus told ABC Radio’s PM program on 3 July: “land managers can get credit for all their good work in the future, without being penalised for any good work they’ve done in the past.” This means that landholders will be able to earn carbon credits in future for land management practices they adopted before the start date of a recognised project.  The precedent has been set that “good work” should be recognised: “As part of this methodology a baseline, which is set with reference to averaging annual emissions over the 10 years up to the project, and if they’ve already been doing recent pollution reduction burning, then that will be taken into account and the average will be set from the period immediately before the recent pollution reduction burning that they’ve been doing.” The Methodology allows landholders to go back up to 6 years to start the 10-year average emissions estimation to set the Baseline. The Methodology for Savanna Burning puts it this way:

“A project’s baseline will be the estimated average annual CH4 and N2O emissions from the project area in the 10 years immediately preceding project commencement. Where strategic fire management has been implemented within the project area for a period of at least one year but no more than six years immediately prior to project commencement, the baseline emissions can be estimated as the 10 years preceding this period of fire management.”
It remains to be seen if this provision can be used in a non-savanna methodology.

Fully referenced from: Carbon Coalition Against Global Warming blog:

Posted by Michael Kiely at 7:48 AM  Monday, July 09, 2012

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