South Pole is proud to announce the first-ever CER issuance from a PoA in South-East Asia. Programs of Activities (PoAs) are bundles of similar projects to protect the climate.

South Pole’s Renewable Energy PoA in Thailand can accommodate six technologies under its umbrella, namely wind, solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP), small hydro, biomass power and biogas based power generation. The PoA is growing steadily and so far it has included a solar PV and a biomass based power generation projects.

The Small-Scale Renewable Energy PoA in Thailand has successfully issued 12,783 CERs from its IFEC Solar PV plant.

This continued success demonstrates South Pole’s strength in not only designing PoAs but also  successfully operating and managing the programs, and monetizing the carbon credits in the middle of a challenging market environment.

The complexity of PoA Registration and CPA Inclusion were the topics of the 3rd edition in the series of webinars co-organised and developed by South Pole Carbon and Perspectives within the PoA Information and Assistance Platform. Having first hand experience as the largest private Programme of Activities (PoA) developer worldwide, South Pole Carbon together with Perspectives answer the main questions:

How long does it take to register a PoA? What needs to be considered to assure a successful registration of the PoA? How to define eligibility criteria for successful inclusion of CPAs at a later stage? The main conclusions and recommendations include:

– Well defined eligibility criteria ease the subsequent inclusion

– Proper CME management system helps to streamline processes for inclusion and monitoring

– Multi technology/measure programmes can become complex

- Good understanding of CDM requirements helps to not get lost

Did you miss the webinar? Please listen to it or download the presentation here.

If you are at the beginning of your PoA journey, we recommend taking a close look to the Resources Library of the PoA Platform. Getting Started with PoAsFinancing PoAs and/or CPAsCDM PoA Cycle and how to Operate & Manage a PoA are all well covered by the webinar series.

South Pole Carbon will continue the knowledge and best practice sharing sessions in the future. Operation and management of a PoA and Management of the MRV process of PoAs are topics for the two upcoming webinars.


South Pole has partnered with Beijing-based consulting firm Environomist, the Shanghai Environmental an Energy Exchange, and Chinese testing and certification organization CTI to profile and compare all seven pilot emission trading schemes (ETS) of China. 2013 has witnessed five out of the seven pilots going live – enabled by a wealth of legislation and regulations forming the foundation of China’s future carbon markets. The China Carbon Market Research Report 2014 summarizes key aspects across several dimensions for all the pilots, highlights implications of particular policy decisions, and puts them into perspective by comparing to an established cap-and-trade scheme, the EU ETS.

At the launch event at UNDP China’s headquarters on February 28, South Pole’s country director Caspar Chiquet, one of the lead authors of the report, pointed out the significance of sharing information among market participants. “We hope that this report helps emitters engaging in a dialogue with policy makers, identifying gaps in current legislation and disseminating best practice approaches to problems such as allowance allocation, compliance enforcement, or monitoring, measurement and reporting (MRV)”, Mr. Chiquet stated, and invited present industry representatives to collaborate on future updates of the report.

South Pole’s team in Beijing is actively participating in the ongoing development of the world’s biggest carbon market in China through activities such as the IETA BPMR, the China Carbon Forum, and through its continuous dialogue with Chinese policy makers and emitters under the cap. To learn more about the emerging Chinese ETS pilots, contact South Pole’s country director for China, Caspar Chiquet:

You can download the full report here.

Download the Chinese version here.

How can Co-benefits (the direct positive outcomes associated with an offset project) be delivered alongside carbon-offset projects in Australia and how can they be priced into Australias Direct Action Plan? The Government’s Direct Action Plan is currently being built on the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and includes an Emissions Reduction
Fund (ERF) to provide incentives for mitigation activities across the Australian economy.
A new paper by Netbalance Foundation, with an international steering group that includes South Pole’s Christian Dannecker, now looks at barriers to more widespread focus of mitigation projects in Australia on co-benefits. It concludes that more communication of the need for cobenefits, and the proof of the business case (balancing additional MRV cost with expected price premium) are essential for more widespread delivery of cobenefits in the Australian market.

We are pleased to invite you to WOCAN’s COP19 Side Event, “W+: Ensuring Benefits to Women- Supporting Women’s Empowerment through Climate Mitigation Projects”, which will be held on Gender Day 19 November from 16:45 to 18:15 in room Torun in Warsaw, Poland. The speakers from Code REDDSouth Pole Group and Wildlife Works Carbon will introduce key design features of W+ and how these are applied to two pilot projects that are under implementation. The session will be moderated by Jeannette Gurung, Executive Director, WOCAN, who will also provide an update on the progress of the W+ standard.

In most of the world, the contribution of women to creating environmental and social capital is neither adequately recognized nor compensated. While ongoing efforts to quantify and monetize the delivery of development benefits through results-based approaches have produced operational frameworks and led to the creation of environmental capital, i.e. in the form of carbon credits from climate mitigation activities, such frameworks currently do not specifically recognize the contributions of women.

WOCAN recognizes the beneficial discussion on “co-benefits” within the context of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), it has decided to go further and develop the W+ Standard to facilitate the quantification, monetization and transfer of social capital to women in relation to six women’s empowerment-related development domains: income and assets, time, health, education, leadership and food security. The W+ Standard is modeled on the procedures and methods of established carbon standards. It seeks to provide a trusted platform that allows development agencies, impact investors, organizations and companies interested in CSR to channel financial resources into projects that increase social capital created by women while providing assurance that results are real and quantified.

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South Pole is proud to announce the inclusion of the first of a series of CDM Project Activities (CPA) in Vietnam. South Pole and its local partner VNEEC run a so-called CDM Programme of Activities (PoA) for hydropower in Vietnam. Under UN rules, a PoA can include many small project activities of similar type, meaning that transaction costs can be saved compared to seeking UN approval for every individual project separately. In total, already 9 small hydro projects have been contracted in Vietnam and will join the PoA soon.

The project involves the construction of the Ea Sup 3 Hydropower plant in the hilly North of Viet Nam. The CPA’s installed capacity and estimated annual gross power generation is 6.4 MW and 24,540 MWh1, respectively.

The project will supply the local grid with a stable source of clean power, thereby enhancing local communities and business. Being a run-off-river project, no cultivated land was affected by the project, while the project brings positive social and environmental benefits to the rural population.

Find the full documentation here:

Please contact our sales team if you wish to acquire carbon credits from this (and many more!) innovative project:

South Pole hat zum ersten Mal die CO2-Bilanz eines Aktienfonds zertifiziert. Dabei konnte South Pole Carbon dem Steyler FuN – Aktien eine hervorragende Ökobilanz attestieren: Die Unternehmen, in die der Fonds investiert, verursachen fast vier Mal weniger CO2-Emissionen als die Unternehmen des deutschen Aktienindex DAX.

„Wir fordern seit Jahren Transparenz in den Geldanlagen. Jeder Anleger sollte wissen, was sein Investment bewirkt. Für uns ist das Prüfsiegel von South Pole Carbon ein erster, wichtiger Schritt in die Richtung. Wir wünschen uns, dass andere nun nachziehen“, hofft Norbert Wolf, Geschäftsführer der Steyler Bank, der sich freut, mit dem CO2-Ausstoss eine griffige Kennziffer zu haben, die Vergleiche möglich machen.

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A survey of China‐based experts conducted by the Australian National University (ANU) and the China Carbon Forum shows confidence that China will introduce permanent carbon pricing mechanisms by 2020, and that the price of emitting carbon dioxide in China will gradually rise over time. China is currently establishing seven pilot emissions trading schemes, which the survey estimates will have an average trading price of RMB 41 per ton of CO2 emissions by 2016. The survey’s average expectation is for the price of carbon emissions to be RMB 76 (EUR 9) per ton in 2020. 62% of the respondents expect the price of emitting carbon in China to be similar to or higher than the EU emissions trading scheme by 2025.
The China Carbon Forum reached out to its member base and identified China‐based carbon market experts to take part in the survey. South Pole’s China director, Caspar Chiquet, supported the survey in his capacity as an associate of the China Carbon Forum. “The results of the survey show the confidence Chinese market participants and experts place in the ability of the Chinese government to deliver on their policy and establish a functioning market-based mechanism to reduce the carbon intensity of their economy,” he commented.
The positive sentiment of the Chinese survey contrasts with the outcome of a recent report undertaken by the EU Commission, which estimates that the EU’s carbon prices will need another 15 years to climb back to pre-crisis levels.


Clean cookstoves – there is no better way to combine the fight against climate change with direct sustainability benefits for the local population. Now, a landmark project has been launched by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, in partnership with South Pole and Geres: The Carbon Finance Platform for Clean Cooking
Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires, resulting in negative social and environmental impacts. Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires causes four million premature deaths annually, with women and young children the most affected. Inefficient traditional cookstoves also increase pressures on local natural resources and contribute to climate change at the regional and global level.
In order to mitigate the negative impacts that are associated with the use of traditional cookstoves and open fires, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is leading a worldwide effort to replace traditional cookstoves with cleaner and more energy efficient cooking solutions. Development of a global clean cookstove industry that is constantly innovating to improve design and performance, while lowering the cost of cookstoves, can lead the way to widespread adoption of clean cooking solutions.
The Alliance has partnered with South Pole and French NGO GERES to develop a comprehensive website which explains the concepts of carbon finance in simple terms. Interactive elements visualize the necessary steps to get a project registered under a carbon standard, and an extensive database and map with all registered cookstove projects to date makes it easy for buyers of high-quality offsets to find projects. Finally, South Pole ported the GERES project screening tool to the web, so that developers can assess the carbon revenue potential of their projects under planning conveniently from within their web browser.
South Pole and GERES will hold a series of webinars in the coming weeks, introducing the website in English, Chinese, Spanish and French.


The UNFCCC is in charge of running the Clean Development Mechanism, under which greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions from sustainable project are measured. This UN body approved its first calculation methodology in 2002. Now, after 11 years, South Pole for the first time received the approval for a methodology in the scope of construction.

The new approved methodology AMS.III.BH is the first methodology in sectoral scope 6 i.e. related to construction activities. The methodology quantifies the GHG emission reductions resulting from the displacement of GHG intensive construction material i.e. brick and cement mortar by gypsum concrete wall panels. The methodology has been developed for the client Rapid Building Systems Pty Ltd for their precast gypsum concrete wall panel product called Rapidwall.

Apart from the GHG emission reductions, the gypsum concrete wall panel also has other environmental and social benefits. The product helps in solid waste management through effective use of industrial waste such as phosphor-gypsum from fertiliser industries or flue gas desulfurization waste from coal-fired power plants. Rapidwall offers affordable housing solutions for the developing world that meet the highest construction standards using recycled material.

The development of such innovative methodologies once again demonstrates the dedication of the South Pole team to combat climate change with sustainable projects that deliver real, measured emission reductions.