Grievances + Deregistration
Our certification process is designed with several checks to ensure that projects remain in conformity with Gold Standard rules and requirements for the duration of their project activity.
Gold Standard welcomes complaints from local stakeholders if they reasonably believe that a project isn’t following our rules. In such cases, we will review the complaint and decide whether to open an investigation. See below for more information on our grievance process and click here for guidance on how to make a submission>>.
|Title & Description||Date of Submission|
Observations of cookstove project GS824 in Politiken "Climate Deceived" series
In January 2020, Politiken, a news source in Denmark, published a series of articles under the banner "Climate Deceived" that...
|14 Jan 2020|
Non-conformity allegations against Çeşme Wind Power Project, Turkey (GS2542)
On 30 April 2019, Madeleine Staaf Kura submitted a letter requesting an official grievance be raised against a registered Gold Standard project - Çeşme Wind...
|29 Apr 2019|
Sustainable Deployment of the Lifestraw Family in Rural Kenya GS886
In June 2011, Kevin Starr wrote a blog for the Stanford Social Innovation Review criticising Vestergaard Frandsen ́s approach of using carbon markets to...
|16 Jun 2011|
Kikonda carbon tree plantation project
A report titled, “REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies,”...
|20 Nov 2015|
Geris Wind Power Plant
Geris Platform raises a formal complaint against the Geris Wind Power Plant GS3623.
|22 Jan 2015|
When non-conformities with Gold Standard rules and requirements are not resolved in a reasonable amount of time, the project is deregistered from Gold Standard certification and is no longer permitted to issue and/or trade emission reductions (carbon units).
|Title & Description||Date of Deregistration|
De-registration of project GS3667 Afforestation in the Montreal Metropolitan area.
In March 2020, this A/R project was deregistered from Gold Standard due to a long-standing non-conformity status
|23 March 2020|