UN suspends Norwegian CDM verification firm

Executive board of clean development mechanism tells Det Norske Veritas to put house into order

The United Nations has suspended the Norwegian consulting firm Det Norske Veritas (DNV) from the verification of emission reduction projects in developing countries under the UN's clean development mechanism (CDM).

The move was taken last week after a spot check in early November found flaws in DNV's internal handling of the verification process.  The company said it was taking steps to solve the problem and expected the suspension to be lifted within two months.  The CDM executive board's move was a "strong reaction", it said.

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