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Flexible certification pathways

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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. PROJECT CERTIFICATION + REPORTING

This confirms that a project met all standard requirements and has followed a compliant monitoring plan. Project certification also provides certified impact statements that capture the project’s contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals. This option is generally used to de-risk projects and provide credible impact data to report on their SDG contributions.

 

 

 

2. IMPACT CERTIFICATION FOR MONETISATION

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 for the delivery of those Certified SDG Impacts and must follow an official methodology approved by the Gold Standard Technical Advisory Committee. This provides the levels of assurance needed for some funders and for trading of financial instruments like carbon credits.

Certified SDG impacts

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Emission Reductions (carbon credits) contribute to meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement as well as SDG 13 by financing a direct and quantifiable impact on climate change mitigation. The purchase of these can be used to meet ‘carbon neutral,’ ‘climate neutral,’ and ‘climate positive’ claims.
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SDG 13: Emissions Reductions: Black Carbon and SLCPs
Supporting a Black Carbon or Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) Certified SDG Impact Statement, represents a contribution to meeting the Paris Agreement as well as SDG 13 by financing a direct and quantifiable impact on climate change mitigation.
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SDG 7: Renewable Energy Product Labels
Renewable energy market instruments with a Gold Standard label, contribute to SDG Target 7.2, representing a direct + quantifiable impact on increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
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SDG 6: Water Benefit Certificates
Water Benefit Certificates contribute to SDG 6, representing a direct impact on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
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SDG 5: Gender Impacts
Funders of any Gold Standard certified project may claim to have supported a ‘Gender Sensitive’ project, reflecting its compliance with the latest best practices in gender equality. When financing or sponsoring Certified SDG 5 Impacts, funders may also claim direct contributions to SDG target 5.1, target 5.4 and target 5.5.
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SDG 3: Health Impacts - Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs)
Funding Averted Disability Adjusted Life Years (ADALYs), represents a contribution to SDG 3, and target 3.9 specifically, by having a direct and quantifiable impact on human health.
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