29 August, 2017: Rule update - limited issuance of Planned Emissions Reduction Units (a name change from Validated Certificates) to a maximum of 5 years forward from a verification
- Validated Certificates are hereby renamed as Planned Emission Reductions (PERs)
- The issuance of PERs is now optional – Project Developers may choose not to issue PERs if preferable
- The issuance of PERs is limited to a maximum of 5 years forward from any verification, including for New Area Certifcations
20 March, 2017: Rule update – clarification on the use of GS and IPCC default values for the calculation of carbon sequestration for A/R projects:
Conservative GS default factors have been provided in Boxes 3 and 4 on page 29 of the A/R Requirements for use in baseline and project carbon calculations. If preferred, project developers may also select the more precise IPCC defaults when available in place of the GS defaults for factors relating to tree and non-tree biomass with no justification required.
15 November, 2016: Rule update – clarification on the permitted retroactive project crediting duration for all land use projects (A/R and AGR):
All land use projects shall be permitted to submit retroactive activities up to a maximum of three years from the date of project registration as stated in the updated Retroactive Guideline. This rule shall supersede any previous rules contained in the A/R Requirements and shall also apply to any projects transitioning from other standards (see Transition Guidelines).
15 November, 2016: Rule update – clarification on the use of the A/R Risk Register and Land Use Risks and Capacities assessments for land use project registration:
All land use projects (A/R and AGR) shall follow the Risks and Capacities Guideline and use the Risks and Capacities Template for inclusion in the PDD. The Risks and Capacities assessment supersedes the Risk Register from A/R Requirements version 0.9.
15 November, 2016: Rule update – change to the mapping requirement for smallholder and microscale land use projects:
All A/R and AGR projects involving smallholders and using the Smallholder and Microscale Guidelines shall be required to submit digital polygons of each plot area (as by Google Earth or other online tools, on-site GPS or lidar measurements). A single GPS point and hand-drawn maps will no longer be permitted.
15 November, 2016: Rule update – clarification on the submission of carbon performance data for A/R project certification:
All carbon emission and sequestration figures shall be submitted using the templates available on the Gold Standard A/R website, and shall not be submitted using resources available at www.climateprojects.info or submitted to an account through this website as these are no longer available.
19 December, 2016: Rule update – clarification on the definition of project area and project region for A/R projects:
The definition of ‘project area’ is as follows in the A/R Requirements, page 17:
“The project area is the spatial area submitted for certification, managed to a set of explicit long-term management objectives. Within a project region, existing project areas can be expanded and new project areas can be added or removed after the initial certification.”
For clarification, ‘project area’ as the area of certification shall be limited to planting areas, any riparian or other buffer zones located within planting areas, and areas set aside for conservation in accordance with GS requirements. All A/R requirements referring to ‘project area’ shall pertain to these areas only.
Any future project area added to the existing project area that has not fulfilled all requirements at the time of the project’s initial certification must undergo a new area certification to demonstrate compliance before the issuance of any credits from this land.
For areas influenced by the project’s activities, but not subject to all project area requirements, the term ‘project region’ shall be introduced to the A/R Requirements with the following definition:
“The project region is the spatial area where people and environment are influenced by the project activities. A project region can be expanded over time. All project areas are located within the project region.”
The ‘project region’ must be identified in the Key Project Information template and may indicate areas of future project growth through new area certifications.
19 December, 2016: Rule update – clarification on the demonstration of secured title for A/R projects:
According to the A/R Requirements page 22 under Secured Titles, the project must demonstrate that uncontested legal land title and timber rights have been obtained from all project areas.
For clarification, project area shall refer to planting areas, any riparian or other buffer zones located within planting areas, and areas set aside for conservation in accordance with GS requirements only.
16 January, 2017: Rule update – clarification on the use of the A/R Soil Carbon Calculation Tool for A/R projects:
Projects complying with all A/R Requirements sufficient to certify their project activities with the Gold Standard may use the A/R Soil Carbon Tool in order to earn soil carbon credits with no additional monitoring required.
The A/R Soil Carbon Tool estimates the change in soil organic carbon stocks due to the planting of forests and applies to soils on planting areas only. Once a project has undergone a successful Initial Certification, VERs generated using this tool may be issued for previous vintages following a successful performance certification. Projects may not issue validated credits resulting from this calculation tool.
Use of the A/R Soil Carbon Tool to earn additional carbon credits costs $500 and is subject to a successful review by the Secretariat. For more information, see A/R Soil Carbon Tool under the A/R Guidelines and contact the Land Use Secretariat