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Consultations & Grievances

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We rely on public stakeholder consultations to make our rule-making transparent, informed and conservative. Comments and feedback from our committed stakeholders allow us to make decisions that are based on evidence, experience, and the views of those local communities who will be most affected by the rules or decisions.

When Gold Standard is considering a decision or rule that requires a public stakeholder consultation process, we will publish a call for stakeholder comments that will be open for 30 days. Immediately following each consultation, we will publish the initial call for comments, responses and the ultimate decision or rule made. For more details on our public stakeholder consultation policy>>

Open Consultations

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Below lists our active public consultations. Please feel free to provide your input and opinion.

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Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements

Gold Standard is exploring the possibility of expanding its 'Renewable Energy Label Requirements' to include flexibility for retroactive Renewable Energy...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 11. Sustainable Cities, 12. Responsible Consumption, 13. Climate Action 18 Feb 2019
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Eligibility Requirements for MSW Incineration Activities

Gold Standard expands the scope of its 'Renewable Energy Activity Requirements' to include Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) incineration project activities. Gold...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 11. Sustainable Cities, 12. Responsible Consumption, 13. Climate Action 18 Feb 2019
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Value Chain Interventions: Guidance for Soil Organic Carbon

This guidance is designed to support the Value Chains Interventions Guidance, with specific focus on how to select and apply methods for the quantification...

13. Climate Action 31 Jan 2019

Closed Consultations

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Below are the feedback summaries and results from our past consultations

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Best practices in scope 3 greenhouse gas management

To manage their carbon footprint, many companies have been focusing on reducing emissions within their direct ownership or operational control (scope 1) and...

13. Climate Action 5 Oct 2018
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Renewable Energy Eligibility Criteria

Gold Standard is reassessing the role of carbon finance in supporting the transition to renewable energy to reflect market evolution and to direct funding...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 12 Sep 2018
Scope 3 Value Chain Interventions Guidance

Many companies are motivated to set value-chain GHG emissions targets and report on their progress, using approaches such as the...

13. Climate Action 27 Jul 2018
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Future Proofing the Voluntary Carbon Market

The voluntary carbon market has played a significant role in delivering climate action at scale. Yet post-2020, a significant share of voluntary carbon...

13. Climate Action 10 May 2018
Best Practice Corporate Climate Action

With the ambition of the Paris Agreement set at keeping temperatures rises ‘well below 2oC’ but country commitments that lead us on a path to 3- 4 oC,...

13. Climate Action 30 Nov 2017
Gender Equality Guidelines & Requirements Consultation

With generous support from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure – Department of Environment, Gold...
17 Sep 2017
Renewable Energy Label Consultation

As part of its new standard Gold Standard for the Global Goals, Gold Standard will launch a new...

7. Affordable Clean Energy 21 Jul 2017
Turkish National Forestry MRV System Design Consultation

Draft MRV document, subject to this consultation, has been prepared in the context of Integrated Forest Management, which is executed by General Directorate...

19 May 2017
UN Climate Change Secretariat and Gold Standard Collaboration

Gold Standard is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with UNFCCC secretariat, forged with a shared goal of supporting non-party stakeholders in...

17. Partnership 4 May 2017
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Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development consultation

The Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development is intended as a pathway to certification within the ...

11. Sustainable Cities, 13. Climate Action 2 Apr 2017
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Gold Standard for the Global Goals: Claims Guidance consultation

Claims Consultation Feedback

Can you provide more clarity between SDG contributions and Certified SDG Impacts?...

2 Apr 2017
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Gold Standard for the Global Goals consultation

Summary of the second consultation of Gold Standard for the Global Goals

Gold Standard thanks all reviewers for the hundreds of...

2 Apr 2017
Consultation for Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) methodology

The development of the Methodology to Estimate and Verify Averted Mortality and Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) from Cleaner Household Air was...

1. No Poverty, 3. Good Health, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 1 Dec 2016
Fraction of Non-Renewable Biomass (fNRB): Assessment for Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras

The 'Financing efficient cookstoves for rural Andean communities' project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision Australia, aims to...

7. Affordable Clean Energy 31 Aug 2016
Fraction of Non-Renewable Biomass (fNRB): Assessment for Peru

We are working with Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision Australia to promote the development of improved cookstove (ICS) activities in Peruvian...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 9. Infrastructure, 13. Climate Action 30 Apr 2016
Methodology to estimate and verify Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) from cleaner cooking and cleaner household air

Gold Standard is looking at developing a methodology to calculate health benefits using Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years  (ADALYs) as the impact...

1. No Poverty, 3. Good Health, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 7 Mar 2016
Gold Standard V3.0 Public Consultation

We are restructuring our standard to better enable us to meet our vision of a climate secure world where sustainable development brings life changing...

6. Clean Water, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 15. Life on Land, 13. Climate Action 15 Apr 2016
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Cool Farm Methodology

Gold Standard is pleased to present our latest Agriculture development, the Cool Farm Methodology, for public comment. The methodology helps farmers...

2. Zero Hunger, 13. Climate Action 18 Feb 2016
Web-based platform for improved cookstove activities

We are working with Microsol and World Vision Australia to develop an online platform for calculating greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission reductions from Gold...

1. No Poverty, 3. Good Health, 13. Climate Action 20 Nov 2015
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Climate Finance Transparency Initiative

We're asking for feedback on a proposed initiative meant to improve transparency in carbon markets.

13. Climate Action 20 Nov 2015
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Seeking Inputs on New Drip Irrigation Methodology

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new drip irrigation methodology to quantify water savings in agriculture. This methodology is currently...

6. Clean Water 3 Aug 2015
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Seeking Inputs on New Positive List Approach for Water (WASH) Programmes

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new positive list approach within the Water Standard.

6. Clean Water 3 Aug 2015
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Seeking Inputs on New Double Counting Guideline

We are seeking inputs and feedback on our proposed new guideline for dealing with Double Counting risks concerning GS VERS. These risks occur in countries...

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 13. Climate Action 17 Jul 2015
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Black Carbon Quantification Methodology

Black Carbon Quantification Methodology

13. Climate Action, 7. Affordable Clean Energy 3 Mar 2015
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Sustainable Cities Programme Framework

Sustainable Cities Programme Framework

13. Climate Action, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 9. Infrastructure, 6. Clean Water 6 Feb 2015
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Black Carbon Emission Reductions - Scope Expansion

Certification of emissions reductions from black carbon

13. Climate Action 18 Jul 2014
Incentivizing Supply Chain Resource Efficiency

Incentivizing supply chain resource efficiency

13. Climate Action 1 Jun 2014
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Land Use & Forests Framework, A/R Requirements

Land Use & Forests Framework, A/R Requirements

15. Life on Land 28 Jun 2013
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Low GHG Food Preservation Methodology

Low greenhouse gas food preservation

2. Zero Hunger, 9. Infrastructure 30 Jun 2013
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Agriculture product processing methodology

Agriculture product processing methodology

7. Affordable Clean Energy, 2. Zero Hunger, 9. Infrastructure 30 Mar 2013
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Microscale Cookstove Methodology

Microscale cookstove methodology

7. Affordable Clean Energy 30 Mar 2013
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Gold Standard Version 2.2

The Gold Standard Secretariat is presently working on a revision of its...

7. Affordable Clean Energy 12 Mar 2012

Grievances

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Our certification process is designed with several checks to ensure that projects follow our rules. We recognize, however, that sometimes a project requires more attention. We welcome 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>> .

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Title & Description Date of Submission
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