March 29, 2010

New INECE Resource on Integrity in Emissions Markets

Filed under: climate, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 1:41 pm

bowl of clouds, by flickr user kevindooleyAssuring compliance in carbon markets creates significant challenges for regulators and law enforcement officials to detect non-compliance, provide technical assistance for the regulated community to comply, and take meaningful enforcement actions against violators.

In response, INECE is developing a new online resource at http://inece.org/climate/ for information on integrity in emission markets.

The resource features INECE’s Special Report on Climate Compliance, an original matrix with international examples of recent non-compliance and actions taken in response, international news and press releases on climate compliance, and links to proceedings of INECE’s past workshop series on “confidence through compliance” in emissions markets.

To comment on the site or to suggest new resources for inclusion, please email the INECE Secretariat at inece at inece.org.

March 23, 2010

Updates on the CITES COP in Doha

Filed under: biodiversity — Tags: — inece @ 10:30 am

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora convened its 15th COP in Doha, Qatar, running from 13-25 March. Key topics of the meeting, which is being held during the International Year of Biodiversity, have included:

Detailed coverage of the CITES COP can be found on the sites of CITES, TRAFFIC, IUCN, and IISD.

March 22, 2010

Celebrate World Water Day 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World

Filed under: INECE Secretariat — Tags: — inece @ 8:10 am

UN-Water is dedicating World Water Day 2010 to the theme of water quality — Clean Water for a Healthy World — reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management.

Safeguarding the world’s water quality is critical for human health and the health of our ecosystems. Our water quality depends on the commitment of governments, municipalities, and civil society, from individuals to local communities, together with international organizations. Promoting compliance with environmental laws designed to protect water quality is essential to these efforts.

Visit INECE’s resource  on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement and Legal Aspects of Good Water Governance to learn about techniques to strengthen capacity for the design, development, implementation, and enforcement of domestic requirements that will result in the improvement of governance of water resources.

March 15, 2010

“Used” CO2 permits sparks EU concern

Filed under: climate — Tags: , — inece @ 6:05 pm

Reuters reports that Hungary is selling 2 million U.N.-backed carbon emissions permits which have already been surrendered by companies, raising concern that their buyers could use them again to comply with the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme ETS.

Jos Delbeke, the Commission deputy director general for environment said in a statement that he was concerned about government sales of such CERs even though such sales were possible under the rules of the Kyoto Protocol. “However, European legislation does not allow for such CERs to be re-used for compliance in the EU ETS to avoid double counting of emission reductions,” Delbeke said. “Furthermore, a company buying such CERs in good faith and for compliance use in the EU ETS could incur economic losses.”

Miles Austin, director of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association said Hungary’s deal used a gap in EU regulations by selling CERs and covering it with AAUs which have a lower price. “There is the risk that other countries might go to market and buy the AAUs and pocket the price difference,” he told Reuters. “This is the first instance of this happening,” he said. “If this becomes a widespread practice it could double the volume of CERs available to the market which would have an effect on the CER price and therefore the (ETS trading unit) EUA price.”

March 12, 2010

Interpol Environmental Crime Newsletter Released

Filed under: Environmental Crime — Tags: — inece @ 10:18 pm

The 3rd Newsletter reviews news and program activities of the Interpol Environmental Crime Programme. Download the Newsletter at http://www.interpol.int/Public/EnvironmentalCrime/Newsletters/Issue03.pdf.

Indonesia: Environmental Audit Requirements Will Be Enforced

Filed under: Asia — Tags: — inece @ 9:43 pm

The Jakarta Post reports that the Indonesian government has warned companies operating without environmental standards to start complying with environmental regulations, giving them a two-year grace period before it starts revoking business permits.

“Two years is more than enough time for companies to prepare an environmental audit,” Ilyas Asaad, an environmental compliance official at the Environment Ministry said Thursday. “If they fail to meet the deadline, the companies will be deemed as operating illegally. We will impose sanctions as stipulated in the 2009 Environmental Law,” he said.

The need for an environmental audit is stipulated in the 2009 Environmental Law, which says that if businesses fail to fulfill their obligations on environmental audits, the Environment Ministry can assign an independent auditor to assess the company.

New DFID Climate Network to Help Developing Countries

Filed under: climate — inece @ 3:06 pm

The Guardian reports that the UK Department for International Development is set to launch the climate and development knowledge network with £50m over five years, linking poor countries with a network of experts.

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) will have access to £50m over five years to co-ordinate the supply of research and policy information from thinktanks, NGOs, and universities to governments and civil society organizations in up to 60 of the world’s developing countries.

Developing countries face a dual challenge. Climate change will force them to adapt their development paths – a traditional staple crop, for example, may no longer be viable – and these paths are running into opposition from developed countries who do not want them to contribute to the climate change already caused by rich country industrialisation.

March 11, 2010

Attempted Illegal Export of Hazardous Waste Results in $15,000 Fine

Filed under: Environmental Crime, North America, seaports — Tags: — inece @ 8:31 pm

A Canadian-based exporter of electronic scrap pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to one count of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, Environment Canada announced. The plea follows an environmental enforcement investigation by Environment Canada, which ended February 25, 2010. Following the discovery of 39 skids of miscellaneous plastic and electronic scrap in a Port of Vancouver shipment destined for Hong Kong, Environment Canada opened an investigation into suspected violations of exporting hazardous waste without a permit. Of the discovered material, there were approximately 30 skids of broken and non-working computer monitors containing cathode-ray tubes.

“Strong and effective enforcement of Canada’s environmental laws is a cornerstone of the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting clean air and clean water. This guilty plea will help deter others from failing to follow the rules for proper export of hazardous goods,” says Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister.

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March 10, 2010

New Environmental Crime Media Update from MEA-REN

Filed under: Environmental Crime — inece @ 6:30 pm

Access the current issue of MEA-REN’s Environmental Crime Media Update at http://www.mea-ren.org/ecmu.php.

March 9, 2010

China and India Join Climate Accord

Filed under: Asia, climate — Tags: , , — inece @ 5:25 pm

The New York Times reports that China and India have agreed to join the list of countries signing on to the non-binding Copenhagen Accord.

China and India join more than 100 countries that have signed up under the accord, which calls for limiting the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, beyond pre-industrial levels. The agreement also calls for spending as much as $100 billion a year to help emerging countries adapt to climate change and develop low-carbon energy systems , accelerated energy technology transfers to the developing world and steps to protect tropical forests from destruction.

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