Vi konsumerar - de kompenserar (We consume, they compensate) is the title of a report produced by Swedwatch in cooperation with Diakonia and the Church of Sweden. The report examines one of the many projects Sweden will be buying carbon credits from in the future – a hydropower project in northern India.
Migrant workers from Nepal. The entire family, including the 13 year old daughter, is working for the project.
Hydropower in Rampur, North India
One of the CDM projects included in the Swedish carbon offsetting is a hydropower project in northern India named Rampur Hydroelectric Power Plant. The project is part of an investment fund administered by the World Bank.
350 million Indians are currently without electricity, and the country is in great need of expanding its energy production. The Indian government has developed a strategy to increase the energy production, and a significant portion of this production is planned to stem from large-scale hydropower. The river Satluj in Himachal Pradesh is one of the rivers that have been identified for the development of hydropower, and it is there the CDM project examined in Swedwatch's and Diakonia's report takes place.
Shortcomings in working condition and health
The report shows several problems concerning health and safety issues within the CDM project, asnd it also presents problems related to the working conditions of the many migrant workers who are temporary employees. In addition, many villagers and small-scale farmers near the Satluj river states that they have not received adequate compensation from the project company, and that there have been a lack of clear information about the negative effects relted to the project.
Three main issues with Swedish carbon offsetting
The study highlights three main problems with Sweden's commitment to carbon offsetting: a lack of accountability in certain multilateral projects, as well as doubts about additionality and sustainable development.
The front of the report produced by Swedwatch, Diakonia and the Church of Sweden.