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    Emissions reductions through the deployment of Electrical vehicles infrastructure

    Electrical vehicles (EVs) can provide significant benefits compared to traditional (baseline) vehicles that are powered by internal combustion engines vehicles (ICE-Vs). While the adoption of EVs in many high-income countries is widespread, the global adoption of EVs is still in a nascent state.

    period of consultation 22 May - 19 June 2024
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    Blue Carbon Activity Requirements

    The Blue Carbon and Freshwater Wetlands Activity Requirements explains the basic eligibility conditions of Blue Carbon and Freshwater Wetlands activities

    period of consultation 15 May - 13 June 2024
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      Methodology for Sustainable Management of Mangroves

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 05 April 2024
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      Soil Organic Carbon Activity Module for Enhancing Carbon Stocks in Managed Pasture

      The recent IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (2019) highlighted the contribution of land-use change and food production systems to global GHG emissions (approximately 23% of all emissions).

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 21 March 2024
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      Soil Organic Carbon Activity Module for Cover Crops

      Public comments are invited on a new Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Activity Module which focuses on cover crops planted to cover the bare soil during fallow periods to increase soil organic carbon (SOC). The Activity Module is applicable globally.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 21 March 2024
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      Emissions reductions from landfills

      This methodology is applicable to project activities that use on-site waste processing to avoid methane emissions caused by organic waste being sent to landfills.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 13 March 2024
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      Policy Requirements and Procedures

      These requirements and procedures would allow certification and crediting of mitigation outcomes achieved as a direct result of the introduction of new policies or regulations

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 26 February 2024
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      Public consultation on methodology for a just transition through the early phase-out of coal fired power plants

      This methodology supports a Just Transition through the simultaneous actions of closure of coal-fired power plants and the installation of renewable energy power plants in a way which does not hinder access to energy and is fair and inclusive for all stakeholders.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 05 January 2024
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      Just transition Public consultation

      This document is intended for use as a tool to facilitate project development in line with the Just Transition (JT) principle. The use of this tool is mandatory only when required by the applicable methodology.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 05 January 2024
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      Activity requirements - agriculture

      Gold Standard has developed updated standard requirements under Gold Standard for the Global Goals. Based on the suggestions from the technical advisory committee the Agriculture and Forestry Activity Requirements have been separated.The updated Agriculture Activity Requirements (AGR AR) explains the basic eligibility conditions of Agriculture activities, and enables such eligible projects to undergo Design and Performance Certification, including issuance of Certified SDG Impact Statements and Products. The overarching conditions are explained in this document.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 02 December 2023
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      ​​Emission reduction by shore-side or off-shore electricity supply system​ public consultation

      A revision is proposed to the GS approved CDM methodology AMS-III.BP, Emission Reductions by Shore-Side Electricity Supply Systems. This methodology encompasses project activities where ships can dock at shore and – instead of using their fossil-fuel generators to provide auxiliary power while in port – can connect to electricity supply systems. The revision is to expand the applicability to off-shore electricity supply systems.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 02 November 2023
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      GHG emission calculation for marine fuels and bio bunkers

      This methodology is designed for projects that involve reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in shipping sector. The methodology is applicable to projects that involves biofuel and bio-bunker blending to reduce GHG emissions by displacing traditional fossil bunkers for use in sea vessels.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 05 October 2023
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      SOC Activity Module for biostimulants for soil revitalization

      The proposed Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Activity Module focuses on using biostimulants to sequester carbon in soil. Biostimulants are substances or microorganisms that improve natural processes in the soil, enhance crop quality, improve tolerance to abiotic stress, increase nutrient availability, condition the rhizosphere, and promote soil microflora. Biostimulants work by activating and stimulating microorganisms, including fungal flora. These biostimulants must be approved or registered by the relevant authority and backed by peer-reviewed literature or published studies specific to the region or similar regions.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 04 August 2023
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      Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Activity Module for Zero Tillage

      This activity module is proposed to be globally applicable for activities that grow crops or pasture without mechanically disturbing the soil through tillage. Zero till not only enhances soil carbon sequestration, but GHG emissions are also reduced through the decreased use of fossil fuels in field preparation. In line with the SOC Framework Methodology, this SOC Activity Module only accounts for benefits in the soil organic carbon pool. No other pools or emission reductions (e.g. in N2O due to reduced fertilizer need or reduced fossil fuel use) can be accounted as benefits.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 04 August 2023
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      Gold Standard’s Protocol to Assess the Accuracy of Earth Observation-Based Models in Forestry Carbon Credits

      To issue carbon credits for forest projects credible and accurate measurement is needed. The measures used in existing projects are expensive. By using and analysing images obtained by satellites and other remote sensing technology, so called Earth Observation (EO) data, it may be possible to reduce costs. To ensure accuracy is not compromised Gold Standard, in collaboration with SIG, are consulting on a new consistent protocol for evaluating new EO methods.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 01 August 2023
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      Biocide revision on retrofit energy efficiency measures in shipping methodology

      Gold Standard is seeking stakeholders’ views and feedback on a proposal from the project developer requesting a revision to the applicability criteria of the Gold Standard approved Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping methodology. The revision requested involves the expansion of the current applicability conditions i.e., biocide-free hull coating to hull coatings/paints with below-average levels of biocidal materials to encourage increased adoption rates and greater GHG emission reductions.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 15 July 2023
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      Methodology development procedure

      The Methodology Procedure is a key part of the GS4GG framework. It outlines the process for approving new methodologies and updating existing ones. It also creates new tools and revises existing ones, which are essential for implementing the GS4GG. The Procedure clarifies questions and concerns about approved methodologies and tools, which makes the GS4GG more transparent and effective.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 02 July 2023
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      Toolkits for assessing forest health and potential for Gold Standard eligibility using Google Earth

      Gold Standard has released two new documents for consultation that will support users to use Google Earth to assess forest health and to carry out a preliminary estimation of the extent of potential eligible areas for Gold Standard certification.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 24 June 2023
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      Methodology for biomass fermentation with carbon capture and geological storage

      New methodology for biomass fermentation with carbon capture and geologic storage. This is the first Gold Standard methodology for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) with geological storage.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 09 June 2023
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      Considerations for iterative digital infrastructure for carbon markets

      The Open Collaboration, led by Gold Standard, the IOTA Foundation and ClimateCHECK have released a new consultation seeking views on proposed recommendations for enabling interoperability and transparency for projects seeking certification for the creation of carbon credits.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 05 May 2023
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      Microscale consultation

      We are seeking your feedback on the proposal to mainstream the microscale project requirements into Gold Standard for the Global Goals (GS4GG).

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 27 April 2023
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      Safeguarding Principles and Requirements Update

      As part of a scheduled update, the Safeguarding Principles and Requirements have been updated to align with the Paris Agreement provisions and recent updates of the underlying environmental and social framework, e.g., UNDP, UNEP, IFC and FAO. In addition, the revised draft further strengthens the safeguards and requirements for core principles such as human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment, Indigenous people, labour rights and working conditions. Furthermore, the draft introduces a checklist for risk assessment for ease of implementation and application to help project developers.

      CONSULTATION CLOSED 27 April 2023

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