Achieving net positive impact using the SDGs

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are one of the biggest trends in sustainability, attracting interest across the spectrum, including the private sector. They include 17 goals and 169 targets, reflecting a comprehensive summary of the challenges our society faces that we must address in order to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

Coop: A leader in climate action

Gold Standard: Can you give us an overview of Coop’s climate strategy?
Annina Böhlen: From production and transport through to the sales outlet, Coop makes a conscious effort to use energy carefully to protect the climate.
In 2008, Coop drew up its “CO2-neutral by 2023” vision.

The Water Benefit Standard: Getting technical with the TAC

Given the other water programmes out there, why did you decide to participate in The Gold Standard Water Benefit Standard?


Building bridges for the future we want

In 2015, several international policy processes have geared up to reach historical agreements. The countdown began with the Sendai global framework for disaster risk reduction in March and continued in July with the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action on financing sustainable development. Now, countries are meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York to agree on a set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Cool Farm Tool: Driving sustainability in supply chains

Agriculture contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and often the largest release of emissions is not in the factory, on the road or from the packaging, but from the farm where the raw agricultural ingredients are produced.

How can supply chains address this?

As more and more companies analyze and report on their GHG emissions, supply chain emissions have grown in both focus and importance. GHG abatement measures are available and many provide multiple benefits beyond climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Fairtrade Carbon Credits: Supporting smallholders in their fight against climate change

Climate change is having an enormous impact on millions of smallholder farmers around the globe, including the 1.5 million Fairtrade producers in developing countries. Extremes of temperature and rainfall combined with a sharp increase in pests and diseases not only make planning when to sow and harvest difficult, it puts their very livelihoods at risk. Farmers are telling us that they quickly need more support to get the skills and finance they need to adapt to the changing climate, while also doing their part to reduce their own emissions.


Strategy Update - October 2015

Hello friends of Gold Standard – old and new,

I’m delighted to report that our team has made an almost unbelievable amount of progress since we last shared an update. I outline here the initiatives we’ve pursued and how that supports your work (find further detail below). We will also provide an opportunity for all our stakeholders to ask questions to our management team during a webinar scheduled for 29 October at 15:00 CET, an official invitation to be emailed shortly.

In our last communication, we shared that our focus would be to strengthen our core by:


Climate Finance Transparency Initiative FAQs

We believe that carbon markets will strengthen and grow for everyone involved with greater credibility and transparency delivered through better access to market information.

This initiative is expected to encourage prospective buyers to enter the market by providing access to pricing data they need to inform their purchasing decisions and help project developers understand what prices they can expect.


Curbing carbon: cities and climate finance get connected

Cities now host half the world’s population and urbanisation will continue over the coming decades. ‘’Between 2010 and 2025, the global urban population will grow by 65 million people a year,’’ says LoCaL Programme Manager Victor Gancel. Cities, he says, are the nexus for climate action, both in terms of population and in terms of economic growth and social and technological innovation. Low Carbon City Lab (LoCaL) was launched in 2015 by Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative.