Currently, The Gold Standard focuses on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Waste Management and Land Use & Forest projects. The Gold Standard Project Pipeline is a summary of projects that are under development and lists information as to their stage of development.
The total number of Gold Standard projects as of 1st December 2013:
- New Project Applicants – 211
- Listed – 354
- Validated – 61
- Registered – 223
- Issued – 152
- 100+ project types (methodologies)
- 260+ project developers
- 1200+ projects in over 60 countries
- 65m+ GS tonnes CO2e issued and pending
- Approx 40:60 ratio of compliance to voluntary market projects
The Gold Standard Registry is a web-based software application that creates, tracks and enables the trading of Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reduction (VER) credits around the world. All Gold Standard VER credits are issued and tracked within the Registry via unique serial numbers.
Using the proven and trusted Markit Environmental Registry infrastructure, the registry manages the full lifecycle of a VER carbon credit from creation to retirement. In accordance with the Gold Standard Foundation’s premium standards, the registry ensures the transparency, quality, reliability and security of these carbon commodities for the marketplace.
The Registry also serves as The Gold Standard Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation project database, tracking the certification of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) and Emission Reduction Units (ERUs).
Key functions of the Registry:
- To maintain and manage project accounts for Gold Standard VER certification and provide an up-to-date list of GS-CER projects registered with the UNFCCC CDM
- Project Developers are required to use this registry to upload project documentation and review/implement required revisions during project design and validation stages DOEs (UN auditors) are required to use this system to upload their validation and verification reports
- Registered users can gain detailed information about Gold Standard carbon credits on offer in the voluntary offset market and the conditions of sale.
- The open-access section of the Registry is used by NGO Supporters during stakeholder review periods following the submission of validation and verification reports.
- Un-registered users can track the progress of an application and read project documentation that has been released to the public.