• Additional relevant websites

    These selected websites offer information on GHG emission issues, standards, offsets, product carbon footprints, project preparation and financing

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC is the leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. Very informative technical insights in the origin, potential effects and mitigation of GHG emissions are available at

    The Clean Development Mechanism 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. Overview, regulations, methodologies, project activities.

    The United States Agency for International Development - USAID supports Climate Change initiatives in a number of countries - visit this website for an overview.

    The Product Carbon Footprint Pilot Project Germany aims at the methodical development and international coordination for implementing transparent and scientifically substantiated methods for measuring Product Carbon Footprints. Site offers explanations of how PCFs are measured and a number of downloadable studies, including one on coffee from Tanzania. Provides links to websites dealing with product labelling.

    Voluntary Carbon Standard Association - VCS aims to standardize and provide transparency and credibility to the voluntary offset market, thereby enhancing consumer and government confidence in voluntary offsets, by creating a trusted and tradable voluntary offset credit: the Voluntary Carbon Unit. (VCU). Provides much information on standards for the reduction of GHG, project regulations and certification, and the marketing of Certificates of Emission Reduction or CER.

    The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance - CCB is a private sector/civil society partnership that aims at setting standards to be used for the identification of projects that simultaneously address climate change, support local communities and conserve biodiversity. Current standards can be downloaded from this website.

    The Carbon Offset Research and Education Initiative - CORE is a project of the Stockholm Environment Institute and provides an analysis and synthesis of the most influential offset programs and activities. It reflects on lessons learned, and aims to inform consumers as well as participants and designers of current and future offset programs.

    The Carbon Trust is a United Kingdom Government initiative to accelerate the move towards a low carbon economy. It offers advice on reducing carbon footprints and helps develop low carbon methodologies and products. In particular look for the report entitled 'The Carbon Trust three stage approach to developing a robust offsetting strategy'.

    The Gold Standard Foundation is a civil society initiative that operates a certification service for premium carbon credits. Apart from the Gold Standard itself the site also lists accredited service providers in different fields, including project development financing.

    The Carbon Neutral Company a private sector carbon offset and management business. Site offers interesting perspectives on modern day carbon management issues and systems.

    Carbon Footprint Ltd is a carbon management and offset consultancy. Site offers a range of interesting insights and includes calculator and management tools.

    The International Emissions Trading Association aims to develop a functional international framework for trading in GHG emission reductions. Site offers a number of publications and explanations.

    http://www.chicagoclimatex.com/ and http://www.ecx.eu are formal exchanges for the pricing and trading of carbon offsets. Offer information on how and by who this can be done.

    The Ecosystem Marketplace, a private initiative of Forest Trends, is a leading source of news, data, and analytics on markets, prices and payments for ecosystem services (such as water quality, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity). The site offers wide-ranging information on environmental markets, ecosystem markets and carbon markets, including a comprehensive glossary. Also offers a number of tools.

    Finally, a very useful listing of a large number of annotated and thematically sorted links to websites focusing on climate protection and development is available from the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) website - http://www.gtz.de/en/index.htm.

    Or, directly from http://www.gtz.de/en/themen/umwelt-infrastruktur/umweltpolitik/4859.htm.
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