Yvo de Boer

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Yvo de Boer is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Defending the Clean Development Mechanism

In a March 2009 speech de Boer defended the effectiveness of the Clean Development Mechanism and argued that it had "experienced rapid growth beyond all expectations" over its three year life. "There have been improvements to the assessment of additionality, as well as to validation and verification. The way has also been cleared for a wide array of new projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Yet the success of the CDM has also led to challenges and criticism, some constructive, some less so. But the CDM is what we have and, for all the criticism, it has demonstrated that it works - and that it can be scaled up. So why should the baby be thrown out with the bath water?"[1]

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  1. Yvo de Boer, "Speech to the Carbon Market Insights 2009 Conference", United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Copenhagen, March 17, 2009.

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