September 19, 2008


September 19, 2008

Carbon accounting missing from World Bank climate framework

The World Bank's strategic framework on climate change will go before the board on September 23, without provisions for a shadow carbon accounting framework. This omission caught the attention of a number of academic, government and NGO participants in a recent CGD-hosted discussion with the bank. A summary of the event, plus a transcript are available now in World Bank Rebuffs Experts’ Call for Carbon Accounting. Video clips will be up on Monday.

Controversy over Indian power sector's CARMA

A controversy over the carbon intensity of India's power sector erupted recently in local press, with representatives of the National Thermal Power Corporation questioning the estimates on As CGD researcher Kevin Ummel shows using the latest official data and CARMA estimates, the numbers actually hold up well under scrutiny. See Just the Facts: On The State of NTPC’s CARMA.

My thanks to Robin Kraft for his help in preparing this letter.

Best wishes,

David Wheeler
Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development


China mulls green tax to curb pollution: report (Reuters)

Clinton Foundation mulls world's largest solar project in Gujarat (Business Standard)

Africa: Can Carbon Trading Spur Growth? (

West Africa's coastline redrawn by climate change: experts (Agence France Presse)

Climate change threatens South Asia foodsupplies (International Herald Tribune)

Costa Rica bids to go carbon neutral (BBC)

Aid agencies plan CO2 offsets that also help poor (Reuters)

Power Plant News:

Inside CARMA


Schwartz Pumpe

The world's first power plant outfitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) opened last week in Germany. Emissions are expected to be reduced by 95% at the tiny plant, but efficiency will also go down while electricity prices will increase. CCS may be viable at utility scale in a decade or so, but will it matter?