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07May

Corresponding Adjustments not an Unsurmountable Obstacle - Interview with Hugh Salway

Q. The focus of Gold Standard’s recent consultation is how to align with the Paris Agreement. The growth and development of the voluntary market has in the past few decades been largely independent to government frameworks. Why is it important for you to align with the Paris Agreement?

07May

Claims + Credibility: Embracing Diversification to Scale Carbon Markets

If total greenhouse gas emissions in new or updated country plans offer a mere 0.5% reduction, greater ambition is needed from governments to fill this gap. Can a robust voluntary carbon market play an important role in this context?

27Jan

Task Force to Scale the Voluntary Carbon Market Report

Yet scale on it own is not the marker of success; it must go hand-in-hand with quality.

The key now is to scale voluntary carbon offsetting in the right way, not just to increase the market for its own sake.

15Jan

COMMENT: WWF 'Blueprint for Corporate Action on Climate and Nature' Key takeaways for the voluntary carbon market

It is welcome, clarifying guidance and provides much-needed leadership for how to prioritise and implement various levers for change companies have at their disposal, helping companies focus their efforts for greatest integrity and impact.

08Dec

COMMENT: Taskforce to Scale the Voluntary Carbon Market: How to scale without sacrificing quality

Originally published on Carbon Pulse.

Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Gold Standard

The Task Force’s objective to scale the voluntary carbon market, bringing increased investment capital to climate protection projects as well as infrastructure and processes to improve efficiencies and increase transparency is a welcome market development.

27Nov

COMMENT: How the credibility of sustainable development impact claims can strengthen – or compromise – the voluntary carbon market

In the early days of the Kyoto Protocol, sceptics claimed that sustainable development was too complex or expensive for carbon market projects. Or that markets could manage only one single indicator: carbon.

04May

CORSIA: What eligibility decisions mean for carbon markets

While Gold Standard believes the requirements for a carbon-intensive sector like aviation to take accountability only for emissions for growth compared to a baseline is insufficient, especially without more ambitious decarbonization expectations, it is a testimony to the integrity of the voluntary carbon market that some of its standards are among those recognized for this new compliance mechanism. Drilling down deeper, the selection criteria yield key takeaways that stand to set a new minimum bar in carbon markets.

30May

A New Paradigm for Voluntary Climate Action: ‘Reduce Within, Finance Beyond’

With commitments under the Paris Agreement falling short of what is needed to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C, there is a critical need for voluntary climate action to bridge the gap.