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New study explores impact of the CDM transition on African CDM portfolio

Photo by RawFilm on Unsplash

Photo by RawFilm on Unsplash

June 2020 - The transition from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement has potentially strong impacts on the continuation of existing mitigation activities established through the Clean Development Mechanism. There is, therefore, a need for a careful and selective transition process of methodologies and activities from the CDM towards the Article 6.4 mechanism. This is particularly true for the African region, which has not been able to benefit from the CDM to the same extent and where building the necessary capacities has taken longer than in other regions.

A new policy brief analyses how the African CDM portfolio may be affected by the compromise options for the transition from the CDM towards the Article 6.4 of the Paris Agreement. The study identifies key open issues and challenges concerning the transition of CDM methodologies, activities and units that Article 6 negotiators need to address in designing the transition process:

  • What is the role of CDM methodologies for the Art. 6.4 mechanism?
  • Under which conditions can CDM activities re-register under Art. 6.4?
  • Can CERs generated before 2020 be used for compliance with NDC targets?

This policy brief discusses these important issues relevant to the transition of the CDM with a focus on their significance for Africa.

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