Post-COP26 – Reflections on Article 6 Outcomes

Gold Standard has, over the past few years, been preparing for the transition into the Paris Agreement, considering how we can continue to represent the very highest quality of carbon credit available, while supporting and creating new opportunities for project developers and our wider stakeholder community:


Why the Phase-out of Fossil Fuels Must be Linked with Renewable Energy Replacements

Emissions from burning fossil fuels are the dominant cause of global warming [IPCC]. As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres emphasised at COP 28, “the 1.5 °C limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels.” After two weeks of hard-fought negotiations, COP 28 ended with a Global Stocktake in which almost 200 countries unanimously agreed to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems.


The Future of Clean Cooking in the Carbon Market

About 28% of the global population, roughly 2.3 billion people, cook over open fires. For individuals this means both: a higher likelihood of diseases including childhood pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer; and (particularly for women and children) hours each week collecting fuel—time that could be better spent on income generation, education, or other activities. For the planet, it represents around 2% of global climate-damaging emissions and the loss of non-renewable biomass through wood burning.


Empowering gender equality: first gold standard "gender responsive" carbon credits issued

Gender equality: why it is essential in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Stark statistics from the United Nations underline the importance of gender equality in achieving the SDGs. 4.4 million more women than men live on less than US$1.90 a day in 89 countries. Almost half of teenage girls in Sub-Saharan Africa are denied education, reducing their earning potential. Women are underrepresented in leadership, and disproportionately feel the effects of environmental degradation and natural disasters.


The Business Case for Climate Adaptation: Why It’s a Profitable Investment

Recent events have starkly highlighted the urgent need for climate adaptation. The 2023 heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, the fires in Rhodes, the devastating floods in Germany and Belgium, and Madagascar's worst drought in decades all underscore the increasing risks of climate extremes. Coupled with the latest IPCC report warning of more frequent and severe climate events, these incidents emphasise the pressing need for investment in climate adaptation strategies. The time to act is now, to both safeguard our future and seize the opportunities this challenge presents.


Navigating Complexity, Criticism and Carbon Credits

The voluntary carbon market remains a powerful tool for businesses to address their emissions, meet government and regulatory requirements, and contribute to climate change mitigation and sustainable development. However, amid recent controversy, some companies may hesitate to engage with carbon credits.


Reducing emissions one grain at a time

The most productive rice farming currently requires the flooding of paddy fields, consuming vast quantities of water. It also creates a low oxygen environment, leading to soil microbes producing methane that escapes from the water into the atmosphere.


Empowerment of women: a key ingredient for sustainable development

PHOTO Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures

I heard the great (if controversial) pundit Christopher Hitchens make this claim in a debate. He continued that if you give women control over their own lives, perhaps a small amount of credit, “The whole floor, culturally, socially, medically, economically will rise. It works every time.”

At the time, the two points seemed to my untrained ear unrelated: economic development and gender equality. But the evidence is clear.


Showing the Climate Crisis the Red Card

Looking back on the World Cup, Qatar’s claim that it was “carbon neutral” wasn’t taken as seriously. Indeed, they led to widespread accusations of greenwashing across the media and likely more criticism of the competition than if they’d not been made at all.


The Mitigation Contribution under Article 6: key understandings and what it means for the VCM

Below is the text itself (bold font added), which forms part of the Decision on Article 6.4, the new carbon crediting mechanism that the UNFCCC will operate:

The [Article 6.4] mechanism registry shall track: