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Consultations & Grievances

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We rely on public stakeholder consultations to make our rule-making transparent, informed and conservative. Comments and feedback from our committed stakeholders allow us to make decisions that are based on evidence, experience, and the views of those local communities who will be most affected by the rules or decisions.

When Gold Standard is considering a decision or rule that requires a public stakeholder consultation process, we will publish a call for stakeholder comments that will be open for 30 days. Immediately following each consultation, we will publish the initial call for comments, responses and the ultimate decision or rule made. For more details on our public stakeholder consultation policy>>

Because we require transparency and accountability in our projects and from our partners, we hold ourselves to these same expectations. We therefore publish grievances submitted to Gold Standard below along with our responses once they are fully addressed and resolved. For more information on our grievance mechanism and how to make a submission>> 

Open Consultations

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Below lists our active public consultations. Please feel free to provide your input and opinion.

Closed Consultations

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Below are the feedback summaries and results from our past consultations

Title & Description Scope/Activity Closing Date
Turkish National Forestry MRV System Design Consultation

Draft MRV document, subject to this consultation, has been prepared in the context of Integrated Forest Management, which is executed by General Directorate...

19 May 2017
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UN Climate Change Secretariat and Gold Standard Collaboration

Gold Standard is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with UNFCCC secretariat, forged with a shared goal of supporting non-party stakeholders in...

17. Partnership 4 May 2017
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Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development consultation

The Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development is intended as a pathway to certification within the ...

11. Sustainable Cities, 13. Climate Action 2 Apr 2017
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Gold Standard for the Global Goals: Claims Guidance consultation

Gold Standard is currently developing Gold Standard...

2 Apr 2017
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Gold Standard for the Global Goals consultation

Gold Standard is currently developing Gold Standard...

2 Apr 2017
Consultation for Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) methodology

The development of the Methodology to Estimate and Verify Averted Mortality and Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) from Cleaner Household Air was...

1. No Poverty, 3. Good Health, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 1 Dec 2016
Fraction of Non-Renewable Biomass (fNRB): Assessment for Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras

The 'Financing efficient cookstoves for rural Andean communities' project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision Australia, aims to...

7. Affordable Clean Energy 31 Aug 2016
Fraction of Non-Renewable Biomass (fNRB): Assessment for Peru

We are working with Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision Australia to promote the development of improved cookstove (ICS) activities in Peruvian...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 9. Infrastructure, 13. Climate Action 30 Apr 2016
Methodology to estimate and verify Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) from cleaner cooking and cleaner household air

Gold Standard is looking at developing a methodology to calculate health benefits using Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years  (ADALYs) as the impact...

1. No Poverty, 3. Good Health, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 7 Mar 2016
Gold Standard V3.0 Public Consultation

We are restructuring our standard to better enable us to meet our vision of a climate secure world where sustainable development brings life changing...

6. Clean Water, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 15. Life on Land, 13. Climate Action 15 Apr 2016
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Cool Farm Methodology

Gold Standard is pleased to present our latest Agriculture development, the Cool Farm Methodology, for public comment. The methodology helps farmers...

2. Zero Hunger, 13. Climate Action 18 Feb 2016
Web-based platform for improved cookstove activities

We are working with Microsol and World Vision Australia to develop an online platform for calculating greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission reductions from Gold...

1. No Poverty, 3. Good Health, 13. Climate Action 20 Nov 2015
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Climate Finance Transparency Initiative

We're asking for feedback on a proposed initiative meant to improve transparency in carbon markets.

13. Climate Action 20 Nov 2015
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Seeking Inputs on New Drip Irrigation Methodology

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new drip irrigation methodology to quantify water savings in agriculture. This methodology is currently...

6. Clean Water 3 Aug 2015
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Seeking Inputs on New Positive List Approach for Water (WASH) Programmes

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new positive list approach within the Water Standard.

6. Clean Water 3 Aug 2015
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Seeking Inputs on New Double Counting Guideline

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new guideline for dealing with Double Counting risks concerning GS VERS. These risks occur in countries...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 17 Jul 2015
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Black Carbon Quantification Methodology

Black Carbon Quantification Methodology

13. Climate Action, 7. Affordable Clean Energy 3 Mar 2015
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Sustainable Cities Programme Framework

Sustainable Cities Programme Framework

13. Climate Action, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 9. Infrastructure, 6. Clean Water 6 Feb 2015
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Black Carbon Emission Reductions - Scope Expansion

Certification of emissions reductions from black carbon

13. Climate Action 18 Jul 2014
Incentivizing Supply Chain Resource Efficiency

Incentivizing supply chain resource efficiency

13. Climate Action 1 Jun 2014
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Land Use & Forests Framework, A/R Requirements

Land Use & Forests Framework, A/R Requirements

15. Life on Land 28 Jun 2013
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Low GHG Food Preservation Methodology

Low greenhouse gas food preservation

2. Zero Hunger, 9. Infrastructure 30 Jun 2013
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Agriculture product processing methodology

Agriculture product processing methodology

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 2. Zero Hunger, 9. Infrastructure 30 Mar 2013
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Microscale Cookstove Methodology

Microscale cookstove methodology

7. Affordable Clean Energy 30 Mar 2013
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Gold Standard Version 2.2

The Gold Standard Secretariat is presently working on a revision of its...

7. Affordable Clean Energy 12 Mar 2012

Grievances

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Title & Description Date of Submission
Sustainable Deployment of the Lifestraw Family in Rural Kenya GS886

In June 2011, Kevin Starr wrote a blog for the Stanford Social Innovation Review criticising Vestergaard Frandsen ́s approach of using carbon markets to...

16 Jun 2011
Kikonda carbon tree plantation project

A report titled, “REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies,”...

20 Nov 2015
Geris Wind Power Plant

Geris Platform raises a formal complaint against the Geris Wind Power Plant GS3623.

22 Jan 2015