CDM/JI – flexible instruments for combating climate change
There are two flexible procedures for trading available to operators of CO2 emitting facilities within the framework of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), makes it possible for a industrialised nation subject to a reduction commitment to purchase CERs (certified emission reductions) in a developing country in order to comply with the obligation to reduce CO2 emissions. This is generally much less expensive than in the developed country itself and promotes industrial development in developing countries.
With Joint Implementation (JI), trade is carried out between two states subject to a reduction obligation. The basis of this procedure is that emission reductions themselves become the primary focus and not the location of the reduction.
We advise and support a number of operators who participate in one of two methods all over the world, partly in collaboration with partner companies. Here, our main focus is the monitoring of components that have a much higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) than CO2 but are traded as CO2 equivalents (for example, N2O with a GWP of 312).
Our work, which is based on the requirements of EN 14181, comprises regular inspections and the calibration of measurement devices that are installed for measuring emissions at the facilities (AST and QAL2).