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BMU 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 the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is thus working to push these developments and to ensure that progress is made in the international climate negotiations. BMU 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, BMU 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 BMU’s portfolio of Carbon Market-related activities.

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

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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 (completed)

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 BMU: BMU-financed

Lifecycle: 2011 - 2021

Implementation: Kommunalkredit Public Consulting

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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 (completed)

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 (completed)

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

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 BMU: Co-financed by BMU

Lifecycle: since 2010

Implementation: World Bank

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African Carbon Asset Development Facility

It was the purpose of the African Carbon Asset Development Facility (ACAD) was to alleviate barriers faced by African countries in attracting and…

Role of BMU: Co-financed by BMU

Lifecycle: 2009 - 2014 (completed)

Implementation: United Nations Environment Programme

Other Organisations Involved: UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, Standard Bank UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center Kampala

Contact: Søren Lütken,

CDM Watch

The activity contributed to improving the environmental and sustainable benefits of the CDM.


Role of BMU: Research funding

Lifecycle: 2009 - 2011 (completed)

Implementation:Carbon Market Watch

Further Information:

International Carbon Action Partnership

ICAP is an international network of governments to exchange knowledge and experience on emissions trading.


Role of BMU: Co-financed by BMU

Lifecycle: since 2007

Further Information:

Contact: Dr. Constanze Haug,

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