Glossary - Article 6 of the Paris agreement

This document is available for download in English and Spanish. 



Guidance launched to help value low carbon commodities

In parallel, many standards have embedded sustainability factors into their certified goods that command a price premium, though largely to date through process-oriented evaluations.

The next frontier is to capture more granular sustainability data in purchased goods and services that can also be used for reporting to key targets or commitments, further boosting the value of those goods.


Scope 3 Value Chain Interventions Guidance

Many companies are motivated to set value-chain GHG emissions targets and report on their progress, using approaches such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the Science Based Targets Initiative. As part of their reduction strategy, companies may employ 'Interventions' to help partners upstream and downstream reduce emissions. Yet to date, emission reductions at this level could not be accounted for in the leading GHG accounting frameworks. Thus, companies were not recognised, nor incentivised to invest in these types of projects or programmes. 


Guidelines on Avoiding Double Counting for CORSIA

Guidelines on Avoiding Double Counting for CORSIA were published in June 2019. These guidelines were prepared by a working group that included Gold Standard and other voluntary market standards, and includes valuable guidance on the process of obtaining a Letter of Authorization and Assurance (LoAA) in preparation for securing Corresponding Adjustments to ensure environmental integrity as well as other relevant requirements.


SDG Tool Guidance

Gold Standard and partners are pleased to publish a new guidance document to inform development of user-friendly tools that will help project developers capture the full range of their projects' contributions toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while also guarding against overclaiming, or "SDG washing."


Value Change in the Value Chain: Best practices for Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Management

3 December 2018, Katowice, Poland – On the opening days of COP24, Gold Standard, the Science Based Targets initiative, Danone, Mars and Livelihoods Fund have released a suite of new solutions>> to remove barriers to addressing corporate value chain emissions, under the banner of “Value Change.”


Soil Carbon Guidance

Focusing first on the food & beverage sector, this Soil Guidance is aimed at any company with a Scope 3 emissions reduction target that seeks to account for interventions that impact total net Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) associated with purchased goods and services. It demonstrates how to quantify carbon sequestered in soil, a severely neglected source of carbon sinks and a linchpin in farmer productivity.


Corporate Climate Stewardship Guidelines

Gold Standard has published “Corporate Climate Stewardship: Guidelines for best practice climate action” with CDP and WWF to help companies set ambitious strategies in the era of the Paris Agreement. Four key pillars to climate stewardship are highlighted:


Defining A Corporate Climate Finance Commitment

This guide, "Defining A Corporate Climate Finance Commitment" focuses on the third pillar, “Finance the global transition to a zero-carbon, resilient economy.” It presents the rationale and guidance for business to engage in climate finance in the era of the Paris Agreement, which builds on the market instruments many companies have used to drive decarbonisation beyond their own borders.


ICS methodology guidebook + energy factsheet

In an effort to improve accessibility and streamline our processes for project developers, we are pleased to release the Gold Standard Improved Cookstove (ICS) Methodology Guidebook>>. Developed in partnership with the Fundación Natura Colombia (FNC), this guidebook aims to assist project developers in evaluating and choosing the methodology that is best suited to their cookstove projects.