Xiaoxi and Xiaogushan CDM Hydropower Projects: Report from a Field Trip, November 2008

Abstract German power utility RWE, one of the biggest CO2 emitters in Europe, intends to buy CDM credits from numerous large hydro projects in China. RWE has commissioned certification company TÜV SÜD to write WCD compliance reports for the Xiaoxi and Xiaogushan dams. TÜV SÜD has ruled both projects WCD compliant. (TÜV SÜD was previously hired by the developer of Xiaoxi to validate its eligibility for the CDM. It gave the dam a positive validation). Xiaogushan Dam was “registered” (approved) by the CDM Executive Board in 2006. Xiaoxi’s application for approval was stalled in October 2008 when the Executive Board requested a review of the project’s validation on several grounds related to additionality. The aim of this report is to present findings relevant to judging whether the Xiaoxi and Xiaogushan hydropower stations are indeed likely to be WCD compliant. We also make some remarks relevant to the issue of additionality. It is not the aim of this report to make an argument for or against the expansion of hydropower in China (or, for/against particular dam projects).
Author Tina Lea, International Rivers, 27 November 2008
Link http://www.internationalrivers.org/files/attached-files/xiaoxixiaogushanreport.pdf
4 Hydropower, 4.2 International Rivers Reports, 4.2.1 Dams in China