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CDM Executive Board Adopts Guidelines on Standardized Baselines

UNFCCC15 July 2011: During its 62nd meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted guidelines for the establishment of sector-specific standardized baselines and guidelines on suppressed demand, both of which are expected to enable low-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting countries and countries currently under-represented in the CDM to benefit more from the mechanism.

The Board held its 62nd meeting from 11-15 July 2011, in Marrakesh, Morocco, to consider issues relating to the operation of the CDM. In addition to adopting the two sets of guidelines, the Board considered matters relating to: accreditation of operational entities; methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans; small-scale CDM project activities; the CDM programme of activities; registration of CDM project activities; issuance of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) and the CDM registry; the CDM management plan and resources for the work on the CDM; regional and sub-regional distribution of CDM projects and capacity building; relations with Designated Operational and Applicant Entities; and relationship with stakeholders, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The Board also considered the results from the survey that was conducted to consider which CDM documents should be translated into UN official languages. The Board considered that non-technical guides should be considered the highest priority and requested the Secretariat to proceed with translations of relevant procedures and guidelines, as indicated in annex 10 of the annotated agenda of the meeting, and also requested the Secretariat to report on actions taken in this regard at future meetings. [CDM Executive Board 62 Report]