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Quantifying Emission Reductions in NMM and FVA: Additionality Determination and Benchmark Setting

Staff: Lazarus, M.

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Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: INFRAS / Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) and Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI staff are supporting INFRAS in assessing the status and potential outcomes of ongoing UNFCCC negotiations on “a framework for various approaches” and the new market mechanism

Technical Advisory Services to the Partnership for Market Readiness

Staff: Lazarus, M.

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Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: UNEP / Global Environment Facility

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI staff are providing support to the PMR, a forum for collective innovation and action and a fund to support capacity building to scale up climate mitigation. We are leading expert feedback teams in support of the development of market readiness proposal in several countries (Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia), and helping to develop a guidance document on baselines.

Carbon Offset Programs: Design, Review and Assessment

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Kollmuss, A. ; Erickson, P. ; Lee, C.M. ; Kartha, S.
Date: 2007-ongoing
Client/Funder: U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI conducts research on the design and implications of various regional, national, and international offset programs. We evaluate elements of existing and proposed offset programs, from the comparison of project methodologies to the evaluation of program infrastructures.
Related Publication(s): Discounting Offsets: Issues and Options
A Review of Offset Programs: Trading Systems, Funds, Protocols, Standards and Retailers
Maximizing the Positive: Interactions between Offset Programs and Other Climate-related Policies
Key Issues in Benchmark Baselines for the CDM: Aggregation, Stringency, Cohorts, and Updating
Evaluation of Benchmarking as an Approach for Establishing Clean Development Mechanism Baselines

CDM Policy Dialogue: Analyzing the Net Emissions Impact of the CDM

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Erickson, P.
Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: UNFCCC

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI is researching the net climate mitigation impact of the Clean Development Mechanism and contributing to a report being developed for the CDM Policy Dialogue. The research focuses on evidence that particular CDM project types have not been additional (a project is additional if it would not have happened without the incentive provided by the CDM) as well as on evidence that certain project types have been issued more or fewer credits than actual emissions abatement achieved

Carbon Offset Research and Education Website: www.co2offsetresearch.org

Staff: Kollmuss, A. ; Lee, C.M. ; Lazarus, M. ; Chandler, C. ; Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Date: 2009-ongoing
Client/Funder: SEI

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI's Carbon Offset Research and Education (CORE) website provides an up-to-date 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.
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Support to Western Climate Initiative - Offset Policy

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Erickson, P. ; Lee, C.M.
Date: 2006-ongoing
Client/Funder: Western Climate Initiative, U.S. member states

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: The Western Climate Initiative is a regional collaboration between seven U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. SEI has advised and supported the Initiative in the development of program design, including offset, cap setting, allowance distribution, and competitiveness issues. SEI staff serve as advisors supporting the work of the offset committee.

Support to the UNFCCC Secretariat on New Market Mechanisms and a Framework for Various Approaches

Staff: Lazarus, M.

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Date: 2012
Client/Funder: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Emissions Trading & Offsets ; Bioenergy

Description: SEI staff have supported the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in developing a technical paper, workshop, and negotiation support for work on a framework for various approaches.
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