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BMWK Activities

The Paris Agreement provides a much-needed long-term perspective for the global carbon market. Nonetheless, some of the rules for using the new mechanisms have yet to be finalised and practical experience in their application has still to be gained.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is thus working to push these developments and to ensure that progress is made in the international climate negotiations. BMWK also promotes the further development and design of the mechanisms by commissioning corresponding research and also invests in practical testing of innovative approaches in the form of pilot projects.

This covers, inter alia, work on design options for Art. 6.4 in general, on upscaled crediting under Article 6, or ensuring a robust and environmentally sound CORSIA Offsetting Mechanism for use in International Aviation. As regards Carbon Market innovations, BMWK supports the linkage of market mechanisms and climate finance, especially in Africa, which has been underrepresented in the global Carbon Market so far.

Further activities in this field comprise auctioning approaches to ensure continuation of mitigation activities, support for driving the transformation of the nitric acid sector, or piloting transformative carbon finance. Initiatives to promote carbon pricing through capacity development and information exchange round off BMWK’s portfolio of Carbon Market-related activities.

In this section, the broad portfolio of different BMWK activities is presented.

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Carbon Market Platform

The activity was launched in 2015 under the German G7 Presidency to strengthen international cooperation on market-based climate policy.


Role of BMWK: Co-financed by BMWK

Lifecycle: since 2015

Further Information:

Contact: Malin Ahlberg,

Nitric Acid Climate Action Group

The activity has set itself the ambitious goal of stopping nitrous oxide emissions from nitric acid production worldwide by 2020.


Role of BMWK: BMWK-financed

Lifecycle: 2015 - 2022

Implementation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Other Organisations Involved:  Ministries and operators of nitric acid plants in the partner countries

Further Information: 

Contact: Enrico Rubertus, project coordinator, NACAG-Secretariat,

Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF)

The activity's aim is to buy CERs from projects at guaranteed prices, which due to the low prices for emission certificates are at risk of being…

Role of BMWK: Co-financed by BMWK

Lifecycle: since 2015

Implementation: World Bank

Further Information:

Achieving Ambitious Emissions through Carbon Pricing in Developing Countries

Conceptual study for a market-compatible approach for mitigation action in the Colombian building sectors.


Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2015 - 2019

Implementation: NewClimate Institute

Other Organisations Involved: Öko-Institut e.V.

Analysis of Current Developments in the Global Carbon Market

The main aim of the activity was to analyse both the current situation and the potential for existing and new climate change mitigation activities…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2015 - 2018

Implementation: NewClimate Institute

Other Organisations Involved: Öko-Inistut e.V., Lambert Schneider (SEI Associate)

Contact: Thomas Day,

Analysing the interactions between new market mechanisms and emissions trading schemes

The project examined the development of emissions trading systems worldwide and their interaction with international market instruments.

Role of BMU: Research funding

Life cycle: 2015 - 2017 

Further information:

Contact: Dennis Tänzler,

Strengthening the African CDM Pipeline

The aim of the activity was to identify and test ways to enable Africa’s CDM capacity to be used in the medium term and for it subsequently to be…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2015 - 2017 

Implementation: Climate Focus, B. V.

Other Organisations Involved: Perspectives Climate Group, AERA Group 

Further InformationClimate Focus

Contact: Sandra Greiner,

Carbon Neutral Business Trips of the Federal Government

The activity offsets the greenhouse gas emissions from business travel conducted by employees of ministries and subordinate national authorities.


Role of BMWK: BMWK-financed

Lifecycle: since 2014

Implementation: Federal Environment Agency

Other Organisations Involved: German Federal Government

Further InformationWebsite of the German Environment Agency

Contact: Frank Wolke,

Analysing the status quo of CDM projects

The research project looked at the question of what happened to the CDM projects that failed to make it into the CDM project cycle or left it…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2013 - 2015

Implementation: NewClimate Institute

Other Organisations Involved: Ecofys Germany

Further Information: NewClimate

Contact: Carsten Warnecke,

Implications of Standardized CDM Baselines for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and their Use in National ‘Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)‘-Systems

It was the research project's purpose to support the further development of standardised baselines and their use and benefits for LDCs.


Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2013 - 2014 

Implementation: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Other organisations involved: GFA Consulting Group

Contact: Christof Arens,

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