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U.N.F.C.C.C. launches “help desk” to fast track carbon mitigation projects

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has launched a help desk service designed to assist developing countries in improving their involvement in the clean development mechanism program.

The help desk is accessible to designated national authorities which are bodies tasked to look at the potential C.D.M. projects and decide whether approving these projects will help to achieving a country’s “green” goals.

The help desk will be made available for D.N.A.’s in Africa, least developed countries, small island developing states and countries that currently have 10 or less registered C.D.M. projects as of December 31, 2010.

The new service will guide the developing countries in the submission of proposals for standardizing baselines, recommendations of the additionality of microscale renewable energy technologies, and grid emission factors.

The U.N.F.C.C. said requests can be made concerning any of these areas, adding it is open for D.N.A.’s inquiries regarding specific procedures or standards that may seem unclear.

The clean development mechanism is one of the schemes under the Kyoto Protocol intended to assist participating parties to achieve sustainable development, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It has helped in driving more investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon-mitigation projects among developing countries.

So far, there are over 4,370 registered C.D.M. projects across 75 developing countries and more than 970 million “certified emission reductions” have been issued. – EcoSeed Staff

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