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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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Options for continuing GHG abatement from CDM and JI industrial gas projects

Facing the collapse of the carbon market, the BMU thus financed an activity, which focused on the question: Industrial gas projects under the CDM and…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2013 - 2014 

Implementation: Öko-Institut e.V.

Other Organisations Involved: Ecofys Germany

Further Information: Report

Contact: Lambert Schneider,

Capacity development for greenhouse gas inventories and MRV systems in Tunisia

This activity developed both a greenhouse gas inventory tool for use in reporting and a MRV system for nationally appropriate mitigation actions in…

Role of BMU: BMU-financed

Lifecycle: 2012 - 2016

Implementation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammearbeit (GIZ)

Other Organisations Involved: Ministère de l’Industrie, de I’Energie et des Mines Agence Nationale de la Maîtrise de I’Energie (ANME), Ministére de I’Equipement, de I’Anénagement du Territoire et du Développement Durable

Further Information:

Contact: Torsten Greis,

Strategies for Carbon Market Development through Standardised Baselines in African LDCs

The research project aimed to develop strategies and practical approaches to ultimately enable sustainable development in LDCs through increased…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2012 - 2015 

Implementation: Perspectives Climate Group

Other Organisations Involved: UNEP Risø Centre

Contact: Stefan Wehner,

Vertically integrated NAMAS for including subnational actors in national strategies

The activity followed the aim of developing a practicable approach for use in integrating differing levels of government into the NAMA design and…

Role of BMU: BMU-financed

Lifecycle: 2012 - 2015

Implementation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammearbeit (GIZ)

Other Organisations Involved: South Africa: Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Indonesia: National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)

Contact: Axel Olearius,

Using CDM Components under Future Market Mechanisms

One of the aims of the research project was to investigate how the current project-based approach used with the CDM can be expanded to create a…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2012 - 2013

Implementation: Perspectives Climate Group

Other Organisations Involved: adelphi

Contact: Björn Dransfeld,

The Foundation ‘Future of the Carbon Market’

The foundation was established to address one particular problem of PoAs in an innovative way: the lack of seed funding to implement market-based…

Role of BMWK: BMWK-financed

Lifecycle: 2011 - 2021

Implementation: Kommunalkredit Public Consulting

Further Information:

Contact: Martin Gauss,

The Gold Standard Programme for Underrepresented Regions

The research project developed a range of new micro-methodologies for the voluntary offset market. These are designed to lower the barriers to market…

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2011 - 2014

Implementation: The Gold Standard Foundation

Other Organisations Involved: Perspectives Climate Change GmbH, NIRAS, South South North

Further Information: Gold Standard Webseite

Linking Carbon Markets through the CDM and Other Offsetting Mechanisms

The aim of the research project was to analyse the climate change policy conditions in Australia, California, Japan and South Korea.


Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2011 - 2013

Implementation: adelphi

Other Organisations Involved: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Further Information:

Contact: Dennis Tänzler,

Integrating Africa’s least developed countries into the global carbon market

The research project's aim was to investigate how Africa’s least developed countries can be better integrated into the global carbon market.

Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2010 - 2012

Implementation: Wuppertal Institut for Climate, Environment and Energy

Other Organisations Involved: GFA ENVEST

Contact: Christof Arens,

Partnership for Market Readiness

The World Bank activity promotes the establishment of a global carbon market and supports proactive countries in preparing and implementing innovative…

Role of BMWK: Co-financed by BMWK

Lifecycle: since 2010

Implementation: World Bank

Further Information:

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