Can technology help mainstream high-impact climate action?

The urgency for climate change mitigation seems to rise every week. Record-breaking temps have been scorching across Europe and the US. While the numbers of individuals and businesses taking climate action is increasing, incremental change cannot measure up to this exponential, existential threat.

For any chance to bend the emissions curve toward 1.5 degrees, climate action should be integrated into everything we do – our work, our purchases, our diet, our leisure. But for this to be possible, taking action must be simple and inspiring. 


Agriculture: Gold Standard Tillage Methodology Approved

The Gold Standard “Low Tillage Methodology” is a globally applicable methodology under Gold Standard Agriculture that addresses the most potent greenhouse gas (GHG) sink in the agricultural sector.

With this methodology it is possible to account for GHG emissions from agriculture by changing soil tillage practices within agricultural systems. Activities can prevent emissions from the soil as well as sequestration of carbon in the soil, both of which result in increased soil organic carbon (SOC) content.


The Process Behind Developing Our New Black Carbon Methodology

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when The Gold Standard sets out to create a methodology that will enable projects to mitigate climate change? Owen Hewlett, our Chief Technical Officer, gives us a look into the process that was undertaken to develop our new Black Carbon Methodology.


Pioneering Methodology for Tackling Black Carbon

GENEVA, 31 March 2015 – The Gold Standard, experts in climate and development, have launched a pioneering methodology for quantifying and monitoring emissions from black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants, in an effort to drive finance into projects that provide an immediate and measurable impact on mitigating climate change at a local level.


The Female Faces of Gold Standard

We wanted to celebrate International Women’s Day and what better way than with our very own international women. We are extremely proud of our projects and the work that we do on the ground, but we’re also proud of the work that we do within our organisation. Over half of our Secretariat is made up of inspirational women, all doing an incredible job. So scroll down to find out more about some of the female faces behind Gold Standard.


Gold Standard Thinking – Issue 3

We are pleased to present the third issue of our Gold Standard Thinking publication, which explores the latest trends and innovations in environmental and development finance and governance.


Gold Standard Newsletter: January 2015

Dear Reader,

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2015, at the start of an extremely important year in climate negotiations as we collectively work to drive a meaningful, effective and integrated intergovernmental agreement in Paris this December.

As many of you will be aware, I hand over the leadership baton in February to Marion Verles, formerly Executive Director of Nexus Carbon for Development, so I will take the prerogative of introducing this newsletter for the last time to publicly say a few words of thanks and praise.


We welcome Marion Verles as new CEO

We are excited and proud to announce the appointment of Marion Verles as our new CEO. Effective from 1st February 2015, Marion will take over operations from Adrian Rimmer, who has served as CEO since June 2010.


The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

A new UN-led initiative to help finance cities to become more sustainable and resilient was launched at the Climate Summit in New York. The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, founded by 20 organisations including The Gold Standard, World Bank and Bank of America, will stimulate investment into low carbon and climate resistance urban infrastructure.


New methodology for fuel efficiency in shipping

Developed by AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, International® and FReMCo, this first of its kind, peer-reviewed methodology will allow ships to generate carbon credits, thus income, for the CO2 emission reductions they achieve.