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 Offset Your Emissions page, Gold Standard sells verified emission reductions (carbon credits) on behalf of the project developers running these projects. We have used the Fairtrade carbon credit pricing model as a basis and have adjusted the price according to the value of the added benefits different types of projects deliver beyond simply reducing carbon.
Gold Standard takes a 20% share of proceeds to cover PayPal service charges and administrative costs in maintaining the platform. The rest of the proceeds go to project developers to help maintain and expand their life-changing, climate-saving projects.
To help those wanting to offset with a variety of projects, you can now choose to offset with a Climate+ Portfolio. The portfolio includes Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). Prices are set by calculating the average price across the project types available in the portfolio. Proceeds from CERs go directly to Gold Standard to support our Initiatives and Innovations and the ongoing improvement of Gold Standard for the Global Goals.