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CDM Executive Board Seeks Options to Increase Attractiveness of Small-scale Projects

11 May 2012: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has concluded its 67th meeting with the adoption of various tools, guidelines and methodologies aimed at improving the CDM's operation and effectiveness.

At the meeting, which was held from 7-11 May 2012 in Bonn, Germany, the Board considered issues relating to: the work of the CDM Policy Dialogue and other matters of strategic planning and direction; the Board's performance management; the Board and its structure; the operation of panels and working groups, including the appointment of new members; accreditation of operational entities; the CDM Programme of Activities; registration of new CDM project activities; issuance of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs); and relations with forums and other stakeholders.

The Board also considered various regulatory matters, including on small-scale CDM projects. It requested the Secretariat to recommend a positive list of off-grid renewable electricity generation technologies and other isolated units/technologies of very small size in distributed locations for automatic additionality. The aim of this measure is to extend the simplified modalities for demonstration of additionality for small-scale CDM project activities, in order to make small-scale projects more attractive.

On policy issues, the Board requested the Secretariat to develop a voluntary tool, for consideration at its next session, that would allow project participants to report on the sustainable development co-benefits of CDM projects in a more streamlined way. [Report of 67th Meeting of CDM Executive Board]