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Making Carbon Offsets Work in the Developing World: Lessons from the Chinese Wind Controversy
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Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #90

March 2010

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the leading international carbon market and a driving force for sustainable development globally. But the eruption of controversy over offsets from Chinese wind power has exposed cracks at the core of how carbon credits are verified in developing economies. It has become almost impossible to determine whether offsets from Chinese wind are "additional" and that they in fact represent "real" reductions beyond business as usual.

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