NGOs dissatisfied with Swedish Energy Agency response, once again call on the Agency to cancel carbon credit purchase from Green Resources’ monoculture plantations in Uganda

Green ResourcesGreen Resources is a Norwegian company that claims to be “Africa’s largest forestation company.” The company has established a total of 45,000 hectares of industrial plantations in Africa. It also generates carbon credits from its plantations.

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Why not put a carbon tax on aviation rather than relying on REDD offsets? Because a tax lacks “environmental integrity”, says ICAO’s Jane Hupe

ICAOLast week, REDD-Monitor looked at the aviation industry’s plans to offset its ever-growing emissions using REDD credits. Kevin Conrad and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations are behind the plan. It’s supported by nine mainly US-based NGOs. And it’s opposed by more than 80 NGOs internationally.

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A recipe for burning the planet. Cooked up by Kevin Conrad and the aviation industry, with a little help from the UN

Burning the planetFor the past 10 years, Kevin Conrad has been working to push a carbon trading mechanism called REDD through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Last year, he turned his attention to the massively polluting aviation sector as a source of finance for REDD.

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More than 80 NGOs oppose aviation sector’s carbon offsetting plans

More than 80 NGOs oppose aviation sector's carbon offsetting plansAir travel has increased rapidly in recent decades, resulting in ever more greenhouse gas emissions from flying. Yet the aviation sector was nowhere to been seen the UN’s Paris Agreement agreed at the end of last year. Instead the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is planning “carbon neutral” growth from 2020. ICAO plans to achieve this largely through carbon offsets.

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Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia: “No one seems to be learning any lessons”

Oddar MeancheyFor the past three years, Timothy Frewer of the University of Sydney has been carrying out his PhD research in Cambodia, looking at the Oddar Meanchey REDD project. REDD-Monitor has written a series of posts about Oddar Meanchey, questioning how the project can sell carbon credits while deforestation continues.

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Deforestation is increasing in the Mai Ndombe REDD project area. And the project still sells carbon credits

2016-02-18-151642_1680x1026_scrotThe Mai Ndombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo covers about 300,000 hectares of forest. Project documents claim that without the project, the forest would be logged, and that communities in the area benefit from the project. A new article by Jutta Kill in the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin questions both of these claims.

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Roots of inequity in Wildlife Works’ Kasigau Corridor REDD Project

kasigau“Efficient reduction in carbon emission has … been the raison d’être of REDD+. A hotly debated issue surrounding REDD+ is how much such measures should adhere to social safeguards, address equity concerns and provide other co-benefits beyond carbon storage, such as bio-diversity conservation and poverty alleviation.”

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The Swedish Energy Agency has frozen carbon credits purchases from Norwegian plantation firm Green Resources

Green Resources is a Norwegian company with plantations in Africa. According to the company, its plantation operations follow, “high international practice for sustainable forest management, ESG [environmental, social and corporate governance] responsibilities and carbon sequestration”.

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Double-counting: What if both Brazil and California want Acre’s REDD credits?

Carlos Klink, secretary of the climate change unit at Brazil’s environment ministry, recently told Bloomberg that Brazil would use REDD credits generated in the country to meet its own emissions targets. Where does that leave California, which is considering using REDD credits from the Brazilian state of Acre?

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