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.


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.

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.

The role of voluntary carbon offsetting in a post-Paris world

A couple of months ago, the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement was in the headlines of every major news outlet around the world. The Paris Agreement represents a major landmark, not only because of its significance as the first truly global climate treaty, but also because of the unprecedented mobilization of state and non-state actors in creating the right conditions to facilitate the adoption of a text that was agreed to by over 190 countries.
This unprecedented mobilization is tangible at every level.

Gold Standard 3.0 FAQs

In simple terms, why and what is Gold Standard 3.0?


CARBON PRICING: What is a carbon credit worth?

First, let’s define value. The Natural Capital Protocol provides a good basis for its different aspects: