Clean Development Mechanism - What It Is, Videos, RSS Feed


What is the Clean Development Mechanism CDM? 

Clean Development Mechanism 

The CDM allows emission-reduction (or emission removal) projects in developing countries to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2. These CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialized countries to a meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

The mechanism stimulates sustainable development and emission reductions, while giving industrialized countries some flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction limitation targets.

The projects must qualify through a rigorous and public registration and issuance process designed to ensure real, measurable and verifiable emission reductions that are additional to what would have occurred without the project. The mechanism is overseen by the 
CDM Executive Board, answerable ultimately to the countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol.

In order to be considered for registration, a project must first be approved by the 
Designated National Authorities (DNA). 

Operational since the beginning of 2006, the mechanism has already registered more than 1,000 projects and is anticipated to produce CERs amounting to more than 2.7 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 2008–2012. 

The mechanism is seen by many as a trailblazer. It is the first global, environmental investment and credit scheme of its kind, providing a standardized emissions offset instrument, CERs.


From the Carbon Finance Unit at the World Bank: Methodologies for CDM projects:

>> CDM Methodology Overview: An overview of basic concepts and rules for CDM methodologies and of the approved methodologies for regular and small scale project activities including A/R CDM project activities. The objective of this section is to assist project developers in using and developing appropriate methodologies and to contribute to a systematization of presentation and explanation of approved methodological tools.
>> CDM Methodology Database: A searchable database including a one page description of all approved CDM methodologies using a common classification scheme. The objective of the database is to assist project developers in finding the most appropriate methodology for their project activities and to assist in understanding the basic requirements of the approved methodology. Methodology developers and experts working on CDM methodology rules and concepts will find the underlining classification scheme useful for comparing approved methodologies.
>> CDM Methodology Papers: Reports on methodological issues regularly published by the World Bank; reports on methodological workshops, information on methodological work done at the World Bank, position papers, lessons learned papers and World Bank input on methodologies and procedures for consideration by the regulatory process.


Below is a video of a CDM natural gas project replacing coal in Mongolia.



Here are more CDM Videos.


Below is an AUDIO FILE of CDM project developers; other CDM audio files are available HERE

CDM project developers
play mp3
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What are they looking for?

- Leo Perkowski, Project Developer Forum


Here is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) RSS Feed:




Dash, J. (2010). Clean Development Mechanism - What It Is, Videos, RSS Feed. Retrieved from


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