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Alleged Honduran Murders Cause More Controversy for ETS

Carbon credits from palm oil plantations in Honduras are still for sale in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme despite the reported murder of 23 farmers in a dispute with the plantations’ owners.

The 23 now-deceased farmers had laid claim to land that they said had been stolen from them and illegally sold to large palm oil plantations such as Grupo Dinant, European policy news web site EurActiv reports.

In July, a report by a coalition of human rights advocacy groups was presented to the European Parliament alleging that 23 farmers, one journalist and his partner, had all been murdered in Honduras’s Bajo Aguán region between 2010 and March 2011 as a result of the land dispute.

The report alleges that “direct involvement” of private security firms employed by the palm oil plantations resulted in the deaths.

Green MEP Bas Eickhout is to push for a total ban of the sale of credits from the plantations in the ETS, he told EurActive.

This is the most severe, but not the first, controversy to rock the Emissions Trading Scheme.

It emerged last week that a leaked American diplomatic cable from July 2008, called most carbon credits certified in India “questionable” and said that they do not represent real greenhouse gas reductions.

In 2010 the European Commission announced plans to clamp down on a £1.6 billion ($2.5 billion) carbon trading scam operation in China that was selling credits with a “total lack of environmental integrity.”

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