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European Union’s carbon credits scheme is tarnished by alleged murders in Honduras, argue critical legislators

Monday, October 3, 2011


The reported killing of 23 Honduran farmers in a dispute with the owners of UN-accredited palm oil plantations has called into question the integrity of the European Union's emission trading scheme, as carbon credits from the plantations remain on sale.

In Brussels, Green MEP Bas Eickhout called the alleged human rights abuses "a disgrace", and said he would be pushing the European Commission to bar carbon credits from the plantations from being traded under the trading scheme.

Several members of the CDM board have been "personally distressed" by the events in Bajo Aguán, northern Honduras, according to the board's chairman, Martin Hession, and have placed under review the CDM's stakeholder consultation process.

Original source: The Guardian