Operationalising Article 6 and enabling responsible claims

This webinar is part of the series of work we have been doing to align Gold Standard projects with the Paris Agreement and is part of our open consultation. It includes a presentation and Q&A with the Gold Standard Secretariat and opening remarks from:


Gold Standard and Swedish Energy Agency partner to ensure integrity in international cooperation under Paris Agreement


Gold Standard and the Swedish Energy Agency announce a partnership to facilitate the Swedish Government’s acquisition of quality Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, aiming to serve as a model for broader international cooperation in mitigating climate change.


Gold Standard launches program to support higher ambition in Paris era carbon markets


Gold Standard, with support from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), is working to define principles and guidance for additionality and higher ambition in international carbon markets. The project is intended to support higher ambition under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and to position buyers and host countries of Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) as partners in combating climate change. 

Renewable Energy Supply:

  • Project activities that generate and deliver energy services via a national/regional grid from non-fossil and renewable energy sources.
  • Grid connected off-shore wind projects and waste to energy projects that involve using landfill gas/biogas to generate electricity.
  • Renewable energy generation project activities such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, provided these are:
    • Located in a Least Development Country (LDC), Small Island Developing State (SIDS), a Land Locked Developing Country (LLDC) or conflict zone.
    • Located in a low income or low middle-income country where the penetration level of the proposed renewable energy technology type is less that 5% of the total grid installed capacity, at the time of the first submission to preliminary review.
    • Not covered by either of the above two conditions but are exceptional in circumstances, such as serve impoverished beneficiaries at preferential rates or where the project technology proposed is not common practice. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pre-approved exceptions for renewable energy technologies, are located in the Renewable Energy Activity Requirements

Community Service Projects: that provide improved end-use energy efficiency, such as efficient cooking, heating or lighting

Waste Management: Waste handling projects that deliver energy services, such as land fill gas methane recovery for electricity generation, or a usable product with sustainable development benefits, such as composting

Land Use and Forests: Includes Afforestation/Reforestation and agriculture projects. CDM A/R projects are not eligible for issuances of GSCERs, though such projects may transition to GS4GG and issue GSVERs

Innovation-Solution Category: VCM Transition framework

Consultation webinar: Integrity for scale Aligning Gold Standard projects with Paris Agreement

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Gold Standard seeks input on plans to align voluntary carbon market with Paris Agreement and ensure integrity as market seeks to scale

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 18 February 2021: As the voluntary carbon market is at a crossroads with rapid growth and international policy changes, Gold Standard today proposes new measures to ensure integrity principles as the market scales.


Post 2020 voluntary carbon market principles

A new context
Markets have evolved since the Kyoto Protocol. Science now tells us how we need to decarbonise and by when. The Paris Agreement accordingly includes emission reduction targets for all countries, improving upon the binary nature of the Kyoto regime.