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E-news update August 1 2005 In this issue: POLICY 1.1. Six ... - Focus

E-news update August 1 2005

In this issue:

POLICY

1.1. Six nations agree on Asia-Pacific climate pact

1.2. EU Commission welcomes six-nation climate pact

1.3. Greenpeace media statement on US Asia climate 'pact'

1.4. EU pushes binding climate deal

ENERGY AND EMISSIONS

2.1. Public consultation underlines support for tackling aviation’s contribution

2.2. EU Emissions Trade to Dampen Aviation Demand – Study

2.3. Environment minister urges 'green holidaymaking'

2.4. More greenhouse gas found in rain forests

CONFERENCES

3.1. 'Beijing International Renewable Energy Conference 2005

3.2. UNIDO Francophone African CDM project

3.3. Invitation to attend meetings on CCS

3.4. Event: Forestry policy

3.5. European Emissions Trading 2005

PUBLICATIONS

4.1. The new issue of JIKO Info

4.2. Foundation JIN – CDM guide and thesis on unilateral CDM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

5.1. EBRD renewables website

5.2. The Gold Standard project registry for CDM projects online now

5.3. Flood protection: Commission consults public on EU action programme

5.4. Vacancy announcement, UKCIP

5.5. Vacancies for senior carbon experts at EcoSecurities

5.6. Vacancies at Ecofys

POLICY

1.1. Six nations agree on Asia-Pacific climate pact

28 July 2005, www.chinaview.cn

The United States has announced an agreement with Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea,

to use cleaner energy technologies in hopes of curtailing climate-changing pollution. The agreement,

dubbed the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate does not bind any country to

specific emission reductions. It also will not replace the 1999 Kyoto Protocol. Senior US presidential

aide, Jim Connaughton, laid out a series of areas where the accord aims to build on existing

cooperation: reducing methane emissions; promoting "clean coal" use; expanding civilian nuclear

power programs; promoting energy efficiency; and increased reliance on sources of energy other than

fossil fuels. The six countries pledged "enhance cooperation" to address the growth of climatechanging

pollution while still meeting their growing energy needs, and nonbinding commitments to

develop clean coal, nuclear and hydroelectric technologies that are less carbon intensive. Meanwhile,

the White House said the plan, which does not set precise new emissions targets or timetables, was to

be unveiled formally by Deputy US Secretary of State Robert Zoellick at 0330 GMT at a regional

summit in Laos.

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1.2. EU Commission welcomes six-nation climate pact

28 July 2005, Reuters


The European Commission on Thursday hailed a six-nation climate change pact unveiled by the United

States and Australia, saying it would boost efforts to fight global warming. "We welcome very much

this agreement," Commission environment spokeswoman Barbara Helfferich told journalists. "It

underlines our growing awareness of the seriousness of climate change and the need to address it."

She stressed that the countries in the pact said the agreement supported, but did not replace, the

Kyoto Protocol. Some environmental activists have said the pact is a U.S. attempt to create a

distraction ahead of U.N. talks in November, which will focus on how to widen Kyoto to include

developing countries after 2012. The European Union is considered a leader in fighting climate change

and was instrumental in getting Russia to sign the Kyoto agreement, which enabled the pact to go

into force. Helfferich said clean technology was not enough to fight global warming but was helpful

nonetheless. "We are also encouraged by this agreement because it is in line with our own efforts,"

she said. The countries that have joined the new agreement are the United States, Australia, China,

India, Japan and South Korea.

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1.3. Greenpeace media statement on US Asia climate 'pact'

Responding to the recent announcement by the USA of a six nation 'pact' on climate change,

Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Stephanie Tunmore said: The pact, rather than saving the climate, is

nothing more than a trade agreement in energy technologies between the countries in question. It is

entirely voluntary and does not even mention greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The best option

to cope with climate change is to increase energy efficiency and invest in renewable energy.

Unfortunately, it seems likely that Mr Bush and Mr Howard are seeking to protect the interests of their

domestic fossil fuel industries and to deflect criticism for their total failure to address climate change.

Following such a strategy could wreak untold harm on the most vulnerable - many of whom are living

in the very region from which this absurd pact was issued. Up to 70-80% of global emissions must be

reduced by industrialised countries by mid-century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Voluntary technology agreements, negotiated by the world's worst polluters, are not going to get us

there. 152 countries have now ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding emissions

cuts for industrialized countries for the period from 2008-2012 (the first commitment period) and

negotiations for the second and subsequent commitment begin in earnest later this year in Montreal.

This 'pact' looks like yet another attempt by the US and Australia to derail these negotiations and

condemn future generations to a world ravaged by climate change.

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1.4. EU pushes binding climate deal

28 July 2005, BBC On-Line

By Richard Black: The European Union says it will push for legally binding global restrictions on

greenhouse gas emissions. A spokeswoman's comments came after the announcement of a voluntary

pact, based on new technology, between the US and five Asia-Pacific states. She also told BBC News

that the new pact was unlikely to bring a significant reduction in emissions. The EU's intention to

pursue further legally binding reductions could lead to political disputes later this year. 'Superior' deal:

The new pact will allow signed-up countries - currently the United States, Australia, China, India,

South Korea and Japan - to set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions individually, with no

enforcement mechanism. The core approach is to develop clean technologies, such as low-emission

coal-fired power stations, which can be used in developing countries as their energy needs increase.

The signatories argue it complements, rather than weakens, the 1997 Kyoto agreement, which

imposes targets on industrialised countries to cut their emissions. Speaking at the announcement,

which came during the Regional Forum of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) in

Laos, US Deputy Secretary of State, Robert Zoellick, said the six nations "view this as a complement,

not an alternative" to Kyoto. Both the US and Australia have refused to ratify Kyoto, which came into

effect earlier this year - partly, they say, because big developing countries like India and China escape

emissions limits. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told BBC News: "Our view is you really

need to focus on technological change to solve the climate change problem... and you do have to

involve the major developing countries, which are very substantial emitters." A Chinese spokesman

called the pact a "win-win solution" for developing countries. But environmental groups argue that the

new agreement undermines the Kyoto Protocol, and will make the process of agreeing a successor

treaty more difficult. The Geneva-based Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said: "A deal on climate

change that doesn't limit pollution is the same as a peace plan that allows guns to be fired." 'No


substitute': The European Commission's environment spokeswoman Barbara Helferrich told the BBC

News website that Europe remained committed to further legally binding reductions in emissions. "We

welcome any initiative that can combat climate change, but this has to be seen in a global context,"

she said. "If it is simply technology and clean coal, it is no substitute for agreements like the Kyoto

Protocol and we do not expect it to have a real impact on climate change. "There will have to be

binding global agreements, but on what scale and what basis is yet to be decided." The designated

forum for making those decisions is the next round of United Nations climate negotiations, which

opens in Montreal in November - shortly after the Asia-Pacific grouping holds its first meeting in

Adelaide. There is concern in environmental circles that the United States and Australia will present

the new pact as evidence that a "son-of-Kyoto"-style treaty is not needed. Europe, which for many

years has been the leading pro-Kyoto force, is unlikely to agree.

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ENERGY AND EMISSIONS

2.1. Public consultation underlines support for tackling aviation’s contribution

29 July 2005, EU press release

A public internet consultation conducted by the European Commission has shown broad support

among the aviation industry, NGOs and citizens for taking action to limit the aviation sector’s growing

impact on climate change. The results of the two-month consultation are published today. The

Commission is also publishing a new study which shows that it would be feasible to include airlines in

the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. This is one of the options that the Commission is

considering as it prepares to put forward an EU strategy for tackling aviation’s contribution to climate

change. This strategy is scheduled for after the summer break. Environment Commissioner Stavros

Dimas said: “The message from the many citizens and organisations who expressed their views is very

clear: it is time for the air transport sector to start contributing to the fight against climate change.

And there is an understanding and acceptance that this must happen even if it may lead to a modest

rise in ticket prices.” The issue: Aircrafts contribute to climate change in many ways, of which the

emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is the best understood and quantified. Aviation’s

share of overall EU greenhouse gas emissions is rapidly increasing. From 1990 to 2003, EU

greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation rose by 73%, corresponding to annual growth of

4.3%. While new technologies may bring significant improvements in the decades to come, these will

need to be developed and introduced much faster than at present if they are to match the expected

growth in air traffic. With the world passenger aircraft fleet likely to double by 2020, the growth in

emissions could continue if no further action is taken. Public consultation: Almost 5,600 individuals

and 200 organisations submitted responses to the internet consultation carried out during the spring.

A large majority of those citizens responding (82%) fully agreed with the policy objective of including

the air transport sector in efforts to mitigate climate change. Nine out of ten fully or rather agreed

with the objective of strengthening economic incentives for air transport operators to reduce their

impact on the climate. Only 13% did not agree that increasing the price of air transport would be

acceptable if it is necessary to reduce its impact. Organisations such as airports, airlines and NGOs

also believe that action is required: 99.5% of respondents fully or rather agreed that the air transport

sector should be included in efforts to mitigate climate change, although opinions differ on how this

should be done. Study on emissions trading: The Commission is currently looking at the options

available and in particular those which can strengthen airlines’ economic incentive to reduce

emissions. To complement previous studies on fuel taxation and emissions charges, the Commission

had a study carried out into the possibility of including aviation in the EU greenhouse gas emissions

trading scheme (ETS). The study, whose final report is published today, shows that including aviation

in the ETS would be feasible. It analyses different possibilities for doing so and gives indications of the

possible impacts. It shows that flights from the EU to non-EU countries are responsible for more than

60% of all emissions from aircraft taking off from EU airports. The study concludes that it would be

legally possible for the EU to include these emissions in the scheme provided that all aircraft operators

are treated in the same way, regardless of nationality. Both reports are available at:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/climat/aviation_en.htm.

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2.2. EU Emissions Trade to Dampen Aviation Demand – Study

26 July 2005, Planet Ark


Passenger demand for air transport will grow at a "slightly slower rate" if aviation is included in the

European Union's emissions trading scheme, a document by the EU executive Commission showed on

Monday. Airlines would pass on the cost of being part of the trading scheme to consumers, who would

see ticket prices rise by up to 9 euros ($10.86) for a return flight, the document said. The EU has

been looking at ways to reduce airline pollution in the fight against global warming, and Environment

Commissioner Stavros Dimas has said inclusion in the bloc's landmark emissions trading system was

the most probable measure to be recommended by the executive Commission. Commissioners are

expected to discuss the issue this autumn. Other options being considered include a fuel tax and extra

ticket charges. A Commission document, seen by Reuters, confirmed Dimas' preference for emissions

trading and laid out some of the practical and financial consequences to the sector. "Air transport

demand would not fall but simply grow at a slightly slower rate," the document said. It estimated that

demand growth would slow by 0.2-3.0 percent over a five-year period "compared to business-as-usual

growth of more than 4 percent per year". The Commission wants the scope of the system to include

emissions from all flights departing from the 25-nation EU in order to keep a level playing field

between European carriers and other airlines. This would ensure EU airlines were not put at a

competitive disadvantage in the sector, the paper said. It said limiting the system's scope to intra-EU

flights alone would also have a fewer environmental benefits. The EU launched its current emissions

trading system in January. The scheme sets limits on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) energyintensive

installations like power plants can emit and allows them to buy or sell allowances that give

them the right to release the main gas blamed for global warming. European airports and some major

airlines, especially British Airways, have come out in favour of an inclusion in the scheme. Dimas has

said the Commission will study adding new gases and sectors but cautioned it would take time to do

so. He said earlier this year it would be difficult to bring airlines into the system before the end of

2012, when the first time period covered by the climate change treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol

ends. Story by Jeff Mason.

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2.3. Environment minister urges 'green holidaymaking'

25 July 2005, DEFRA

Holidaymakers flying to the sun this summer are being are being encouraged to consider 'carbon

offsetting' as way of reducing the environmental impact of their holiday travel by Environment Minister

Elliot Morley. Carbon dioxide emissions from aeroplanes are a growing contributor to climate change,

and emissions from air travel can form a large part of the environmental impact of holidaymaking.

Carbon off-setting enables airline passengers to donate money to schemes which reduce carbon

emissions either in this country or overseas. The UK has decided to offset the carbon dioxide

emissions arising from the G8 this year and Whitehall departments will be offsetting their air flights

from April next year. Mr Morley said: "Large numbers of Britons head for their well-earned holidays at

this time of year and flying by air can deliver them safely to exciting destinations at great speed. "But

there is an environmental cost; in particular, flying has a significant environmental impact because of

the distances covered and the amount of CO2 emitted; there is also much scientific opinion which

believes that emitting these gases at high altitude increases the climate change impact. For example,

a return transatlantic flight can produce up to two tonnes of carbon dioxide per passenger. "Obviously

a great many things individuals do, both essential and for pleasure, cause emissions, not all of which

can be offset; however, I would ask travelers to consider whether, in addition to enjoying their

holidays, they counter some of the environmental damage by subscribing to one of the offset schemes

available. "It's relatively cheap, for example, to offset the climate change impact of a flight to the

Mediterranean only costs around £5 to offset." Government have tackled climate change at the G8

Summit, where leaders reached significant agreement on climate change with an agreed a Plan of

Action focused on things we can do right now. The inclusion of aviation emissions within the EU-

Emissions Trading Scheme is a priority for the UK presidency of the EU. Carbon offsetting is one of a

number of ways in which holidaymakers can make their tourism more sustainable. Sustainable

tourism means taking responsibility for your actions to make sure that the social, environmental and

economic impacts of overseas travel are positive ones i.e. minimises negative impacts on local

cultures, the environment, natural resources and on wildlife habitats and species. Offsetting schemes

are available from several companies including Climate Care and Future Forests, further information

can be found on the following websites, www.climatecare.org and www.futureforests.com.

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2.4. More greenhouse gas found in rain forests

27 July 2005, CNET News.com

By Michael Kanellos: The rain forests of South America are holding onto carbon dioxide for a lot less

time than previously believed, which raises implications for how to deal with global warming,

according to a new study. Most of the carbon dioxide being "exhaled" or released by wetlands and

rivers has spent around five years sequestered in trees, according to a new study performed by

researchers from the University of Washington, Rice University and the Stroud Water Research Center.

The tropical forests in the 2.4 million square miles of the Amazon river basin gulp in carbon dioxide

during photosynthesis. Scientists have long believed that most of the carbon dioxide ingested by the

forest stays there until the trees decompose decades later. Carbon found in water samples have been

shown to be 40 to 1,000 years old, according to Emilio Mayorga of the University of Washington.

Because carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that can trap solar energy, many scientists postulated

that the rain forests could help curb the impact of global warming caused by industrialization. Policy

makers in turn could view saving forests as a form of carbon-credit trading. Mayorga, Carrie Masiello

of Rice and Anthony Aufdenkampe of Stroud, however, decided to also measure atmospheric carbon

in the region. They found that an enormous amount of carbon dioxide, exhaled by river organisms, is

being released after only a few years. "Previous studies failed to detect the rapid recycling of forest

carbon because they never dated the invisible greenhouse gas as it is literally exhaled by the river

organisms," Aufdenkampe said in a statement. "They (previous observers) assumed that the return of

this forest carbon to the atmosphere must be a slow process that offered at least temporary respite

from greenhouse effects." A full report will be released in the July 28 issue of Nature. Although

scientists and policy makers differ over how much human activity they believe contributes to global

warming, the growing consensus is that the atmosphere is definitely getting hotter.

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CONFERENCES

3.1. 'Beijing International Renewable Energy Conference 2005

The Chinese government has officially announced to host an international conference on the

promotion of renewable energies from 7 to 8 November 2005. The 'Beijing International Renewable

Energy Conference 2005' forms part of the broad follow-up process to the renewables 2004

conference hosted by the German government in Bonn last year. In June 2005, the global Renewable

Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, REN21, was already launched as a follow-up activity. The

most important issues addressed at the conference will be: global status of the expansion of

renewable energies in 2005, options for review mechanisms, and technology transfer (capacity

building, overcoming barriers, policy, financing mechanisms). For further information on the

conference please visit the conference website: http://www.birec2005.cn. Visit the REN21 network

website at www.ren21.net.

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3.2. UNIDO Francophone African CDM project

UNIDO assistance in relation to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has been requested by a

few Francophone African countries therefore the Organization put in place a regional project that will

cover 10 Francophone Africa countries; activities are about to begin. One of the activities will be a

project technical meeting & training to be held in Vienna, Austria the week of 19th September, the

first 2 days of which (19-20 September) will be an 'open meeting' of the project team with interested

donors, national CDM programmes, carbon funds and investors. Unfortunately, the number of

participants is limited by the size of the room, so priority attendance will be given to the former.

Further information on the project and the meeting will be posted/updated on our project Web site

(http://www.unido.org/doc/40167) as it becomes available.

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3.3. Invitation to attend meetings on CCS

A few invitations have gone around for which CAN Europe will take on coordinating the attendance of

NGOs to these meetings - therefore if you are interested in attending please contact

kirsten@climnet.org ASAP. A pre-meeting workshop in Brussels on Monday 5 September is proposed,

to discuss key issues around CCS. Meetings agenda: Monday 5 September - NGO pre-meeting

workshop and discussion on CCS. Time: 14.00 - 17.00, Brussels (venue to be confirmed). Tuesday 6


September - CCP2 NGO Focus Group Meeting. Time: 8.30 - 13.30 (end time still to confirm), Brussels.

Details: CCP is a joint industry project to develop new technologies for CO2 Capture and Storage as a

climate change mitigation option. Phase 1 of the project delivered a number of technologies to benchscale.

Phase 2 of the project has recently started and is aimed at developing those technologies to

pilot scale. Details are available at www.co2captureproject.org. Tuesday 6 September - Carbon

Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) pre-meeting with European CCS stakeholders. Time: 14.00 -

17.00, Brussels. Details: this is being organised by the INCA CO2 Project Group in co-operation with

the EC, DG Research. The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for various European

Stakeholders to express their views and priorities on CSS, with a particular emphasis on topics and

possible ways forward for international co-operation on CCS. It is the intentions that the findings of

the meeting are to be presented at the Berlin CSLF meeting. For more information

www.CSLForum.org. Also other events on CCS for your information: 15-16 September - Reduction of

Emissions and Geological Storage of CO2 – Paris, 27-30 September - Meeting of CSLF Policy and

Technical Groups – Berlin; 26-27 September CAN General Assembly (27/28 September - Emissions

Trading Workshop).

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3.4. Event: Forestry policy

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), European Forest Institute (EFI) and the European

Network for long-term Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Research, COST Action E 25 (ENFORS)

together with their collaborators are arranging International Conference on Bridging the Gap - Policies

and science as tools in implementing Sustainable Forest Management, 17-19/21 October 2005, Alnarp,

Sweden: http://www2.ess.slu.se/bridgingthegap/homepage.htm. The deadline for submitting

abstracts for oral presentations and posters is 30 July 2005. More information is available at the

website.

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3.5. European Emissions Trading 2005

Optimise your carbon strategy in phase 1 and position yourself perfectly to fully capitalise from phase

2 of the EU ETS. 28th – 29th September 2005, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels. Pre-conference

workshops 27th September. Take a close look at the programme at: www.iqpc.co.uk/2510a. 20%

discount on the conference fee for CAN members has been arranged, or a 1 day ticket (50% off full

price) for those attending CAN meeting on the 28th September. To receive your discount, quote CAN

when booking. Please fax back the booking form (+44 (0)207 368 9303) to the organisers, IQPC, or

phone +44 (0)207 368 9300 to reserve your seat.

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PUBLICATIONS

4.1. The new issue of JIKO Info

The new issue of JIKO Info, a quarterly newsletter on the Kyoto mechanisms CDM & JI, is now

available. This time, we look at the CDM Gold Standard and the rapidly developing carbon funds. We

also review two new guidebooks on the CDM. The issue can be downloaded directly at:

http://www.wupperinst.org/download/JIKO-Info_2005-3e.pdf. Further information: Project site JIKO

development phase 2005-2007: http://www.wupperinst.org/Sites/Projects/rg2/1078.html; URL for

subscription: http://www.wupperinst.org/sites/projects/rg2/jiko-info.

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4.2. Foundation JIN – CDM guide and thesis on unilateral CDM

In the context of his research project for JIN on Unilateral CDM, Joris Laseur prepared a guidance

report on the CDM project cycle. The report introduces the CDM concept and the Kyoto Mechanisms

jargon, explains CDM project eligibility and development, and distinguishes among potential project

participants and their distinguished roles in the project cycle. Not only has considerable attention been

paid to scrutinising each step in the project cycle, also the rationale behind the steps is elaborated

upon, including guidance (for project developers) and implications. In doing so, a clear and

comprehensive overview results that may either refresh your knowledge on the CDM, or enlighten

those parts that you may not yet be familiar with. The CDM guide and his master's thesis on unilateral

CDM - Addressing the participation of developing countries in CDM project development - can be


found on the Foundation JIN website: http://www.jiqweb.org or via direct link:

http://jiq.wiwo.nl/CDM.htm and http://jiq.wiwo.nl/unilateralcdm.pdf respectively.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

5.1. EBRD renewables website

A new website supporting the development of renewable energy in the EBRD countries of operation

will shortly be launched. The countries of operation comprise 27 countries from from Central and

Eastern Europe to Central Asia. The objective of the website is to support development of renewable

energy in the region. The website is located at http://www.ebrdrenewables.com. The project is

financially supported by USAID. The website will serve as an information resource to project

developers, policy makers, and researchers. The website covers the entire spectrum of renewable

energy sources including solid biomass, biogas, biofuels, hydro, wind, solar, ocean, and geothermal.

The website has areas devoted to each of the 27 countries in the region, including Czech Republic,

Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. The website will also allow developers of renewable energy

projects to apply for financing from EBRD.

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5.2. The Gold Standard project registry for CDM projects online now

The project registry of The Gold Standard, the premium quality label for carbon credits backed by over

30 NGOs, is now on-line. Because demand in Gold Standard credits has been rapidly growing, The

Gold Standard would like to invite you to consider developing your projects to The Gold Standard

methodology and Gold Standard registration. Developers can benefit from using the Gold Standard in

many ways: High reputational benefits – methodology endorsement by the global NGO community

and improved consultation consultation of stakeholders involved; Lower risks – identification and

proven tools to address crucial issues early in the design process; Potential for a price premium –

increasingly, powerful buyers are interested in demonstrating a link between carbon investments and

sustainable development; and last but not least – environmental integrity and a positive impact on

sustainable development! If you feel your project(s) could comply with the Gold Standard, please visit

our website for more information and download of the Gold Standard PDD

(http://www.cdmgoldstandard.org ). To register potential Gold Standard projects, please go to

http://www.cdmgoldstandard.org/database.php to register your projects. The Gold Standard’s

services are free of charge and fully integrated in the standard CDM project cycle.

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5.3. Flood protection: Commission consults public on EU action programme

The European Commission is seeking the views of citizens and organisations in Europe on forthcoming

EU action to reduce the risk of floods to people, property and the environment. An internet

consultation will run for eight weeks. The results will feed into a proposal for a Floods Directive, which

is one of the components of an action programme on flood risk management that the Commission is

preparing. It is foreseen that the action programme will also comprise actions to improve the

exchange of information and knowledge, and targeted use of EU funding. The internet consultation of

10 questions available only in English consists of nine multi choice and one space for concluding

remarks. The deadline for submitting to the consultation is 14 September 2005. The on-line

questionnaire is available via the following link:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water/flood_risk/consult.htm. Why an action programme?

Human activities such as the clearing of forests, the straightening of rivers, the suppression of natural

flood plains and poor land planning have contributed significantly to increasing the risk of floods.

Moreover, this risk will probably increase during the coming decades. Two trends point to this. Firstly,

the magnitude and frequency of floods are likely to increase in the future as a result of climate

change, which is expected to lead to higher intensity of rainfall as well as rising sea levels. The second

trend is that the impact of flood events may become heavier because greater numbers of people are

living in areas at risk of flooding and more economic assets (business and industry) are located in

such areas. To manage the risk of floods better, it is firstly important to identify the areas at risk, and

to determine the extent of that risk. This information is important for spatial planners but also for

other authorities and for the people living in those areas so that they can prepare themselves.

Secondly, it is essential to develop a plan at river basin level and for coastal areas to prevent problems


from being passed on from one area to another. For this reason, the Commission intends to develop a

proposal for a directive which will require the development and implementation of flood maps and

flood risk management plans. The Commission will also ensure that, where appropriate, all relevant

EU policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy and the new Cohesion policy, contribute to flood

risk management. For more information on the planned action programme and the Communication on

flood risk management of July last year see: Communication on Flood risk management; flood

prevention, protection and mitigation, COM(2004)472

http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water/flood_risk/index.htm.

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5.4. Vacancy announcement, UKCIP

There are currently 3 posts available at UKCIP: I. Two Project Officers (Business and Local

Authorities): We are looking to recruit two Project Officers to join our newly-created Knowledge

Transfer team at UKCIP, at Oxford University Centre for the Environment. The successful candidates

will be principally responsible for taking forward UKCIP's expanded programme to build the capacity of

businesses and local authorities to adapt to a changing climate. The postholders will also represent

UKCIP on a portfolio of climate change partnerships, including a wide range of stakeholders, providing

them with advice and support. II. Scientific Officer: UKCIP is looking to recruit a science graduate with

relevant post-graduate experience to assist in the provision of scientific advice and data to

stakeholders on how to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. The Scientific

Officer will also be responsible for some of the research studies in UKCIP's portfolio as well as

supporting the development and take-up of UKCIP data and tools, including web-based information.

For further details please see http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/news/vacancy.htm or contact the HR Officer on

Tel. 01865 285079. Closing date: 3 August 2005. Interviews: week beginning 22 August 2005.

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5.5. Vacancies for senior carbon experts at EcoSecurities

EcoSecurities is looking for the following staff for its Oxford and The Hague offices: Senior originators

of CDM/JI projects with experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America; Senior CDM/JI project

managers; Consultants with relevant experience in carbon markets, capacity building and/ or climate

policy analysis; Market analysts with relevant experience in modelling and/or risk analysis in the

carbon/energy sectors; Lawyers with experience in the carbon market. Candidates need at least a

minimum of 3 years of experience in the GHG mitigation sector or in other relevant sectors.

Candidates are encouraged to respond before 12th August, 2005. Interviews will take place in Oxford

or The Hague during the course of August. Short-listed candidates should expect an invitation from

EcoSecurities by August 26, 2005. Only short-listed candidates will receive a response. EcoSecurities

can offer a competitive salary with bonus and excellent career opportunities within a very exciting

market environment. Candidates can send their CV to: Personnel Unit, jobopportunities@ecosecurities.com.

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5.6. Vacancies at Ecofys

Ecofys is an international consultancy, specialising in sustainable energy and climate issues. Around

200 professionals work in our offices in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Italy and

the UK. The Ecofys UK office in London is currently expanding and we are recruiting for intermediate

and senior level consultants in the areas of Energy & Climate Strategy and Carbon Management. For

more details of the current vacancies please see our website:

http://www.ecofys.co.uk/uk/work/vacancies.htm. Note that the closing date for all vacancies is the

14th of August 2005.

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