No More Carbon Credits for Incinerators and Landfills
The Clean Development Mechanism, the carbon market arm of the Kyoto Protocol, has been issuing carbon credits to landfills and incinerators on the belief that they reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste! In fact, incinerators and landfills generate significant greenhouse gas emissions and undermine alternatives, such as recycling and composting, that genuinely reduce emissions. When incinerators and landfills replace recycling, not only does the environment suffer but millions of informal sector recyclers are thrown out of work and further impoverished.
The CDM now has an opportunity to stop this crazy practice. At its next meeting, from 16-20 July 2012, the Executive Board will re-consider the rules that apply to landfills and incinerators. Now is the time for them to clearly say: no more support for incinerators and landfills!
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