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Certified SDG Impacts

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Gold Standard for the Global Goals can customise certification pathways depending on the objectives of the project developer and funders:

  1. Impact reporting: Project certification ensures adherence to the requirements of Gold Standard for the Global Goals and issues Certified SDG Impact statements for reporting purposes.
  2. Monetisation of impact: If a project developer wishes to monetise specific climate or development impacts to fund their project, as in carbon markets or through results-based finance structures, they must demonstrate proof of financial need and must follow a Gold Standard-approved methodology.
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We all have a role to play in the fight against climate change. Actions, however small, can have a profound impact when combined with thousands of others wanting to make a difference. Reducing a carbon footprint is a first step, yet, however much we try, some emissions are simply unavoidable. Purchasing emission reductions is therefore a core component of any responsible climate action, for companies and individuals alike. Not only does it provides a direct way of contributing to the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting climate change to ‘well below 2°C.’ but also delivers much needed benefits - such as safe drinking water, jobs, improved health and gender equality - to local communities. 
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SDG 13: Reducing Black Carbon and SLCPs
Black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are by-products of burning diesel, coal, firewood, and crop residue. Recent studies show that black carbon may be responsible for close to 20% of the planet’s warming, making it the second highest contributor to climate change. We’ve developed the first-ever methodology to measure SLCP reductions in improved cookstoves projects. By financing these impacts, you are supporting projects that provide an immediate and measurable impact on mitigating climate change at a local level, whilst delivering a host of other positive impacts. 
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SDG 7: Renewable Energy Product Labels
More and more businesses are setting ambitious renewable energy targets to spur the global transition to clean energy. Our Renewable Energy Labels are a tool to help drive this transition. This label represents one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable source. They can be bought and sold on various markets, and are “retired” when a purchaser makes a green energy claim. Applicable under RE100 and the GHG Protocol, by purchasing these labels, you are making real-world emission reductions whilst contributing to SDG target 7.2, increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
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SDG 6: Water Benefit Certificates
Water has been repeatedly named the single biggest risk the world faces. These threats are only exacerbated by increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns. Our Water Benefit Certificates represent quantified and certified impacts to securing access to water – the most fundamental human need. As well as contributing to SDG 6 - ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all - companies investing in Water Benefit Certificates, are also supporting high impact projects that would not have otherwise happened. 

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SDG 5: Gender Equality Framework
Empowering women and girls is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change. What’s more, closing the gender gap can accelerate progress towards many other SDGs. This is why our new Standard, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, features strengthened safeguards around gender equality, making all Gold Standard projects “Gender Sensitive”. In addition, projects can proactively assess and certify their contributions to SDG 5 - Gender Equality by following our “Gender Responsive” Framework.
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SDG 3: Health Impacts - Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs)
The WHO estimates that exposure to smoke from the simple act of cooking is the fourth leading risk factor for disease in developing countries, causing 4.3 million premature deaths per year. Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs) is a commonly used metric for public health reporting. They represent the number of years of healthy life made possible by a given intervention. We’ve built upon the ground-breaking work of Kirk Smith and the Berkeley Air Institute to develop a first-of-its-kind methodology to quantify the health benefits from interventions that reduce household air pollution from clean cooking and heating technologies.
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SDG 13: Sustainable Urban Development + Infrastructure
Developed with support from WWF, World Bank, UNDP and Climate KIC, our Gold Standard Sustainable Urban Development module is designed to help urban projects achieve best practice and quantify their climate and development impacts to help attract investments for low carbon development in urban areas.
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Investors face growing pressure to invest sustainably and to measure the positive environmental and social impacts of their portfolios. This has triggered an increased need for ways to measure the positive impact of investments. Gold Standard for the Global Goals can now be applied at a fund level. Helping funders to de-risk investment, optimize costs and benefit from more robust governance whilst enabling credible and comparable reporting, better assurances and greater brand value. 
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Learn more about using Gold Standard for the Global Goals to develop your projects and review the complete Standard Documents
 
We are delighted to be working with ClimateCare and EcoAct, strategic partners in the implementation of our new standard.