When you offset your carbon emissions with Gold Standard, you’re not only helping to protect the planet from the effects of climate change; you’re helping to improve the lives of people in vulnerable communities by supporting sustainable development. Gold Standard projects lead to benefits such as the creation of jobs, protection of endangered species, access to safe water, and improved health and livelihoods.
Through our ‘support a project page’ Gold Standard sells verified emission reductions (carbon credits) on behalf of the project developers running these projects. There’s no easy way to set a price on these benefits. However, we have used the Fairtrade carbon credit pricing model as a basis and have adjusted the price according to the market value of these projects and the added benefits different types of projects deliver beyond simply reducing carbon.
Gold Standard takes a 20% share of proceeds to cover administration costs and PayPal service charges. The rest of the proceeds go toward helping project developers maintain and expand their life-changing, climate-saving projects.