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A variety of interventions -- from renewable energy to climate-smart agriculture to sustainable infrastructure -- can be certified to Gold Standard for the Global Goals to demonstrate best practices and achieve the greatest impacts. 

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Community energy efficiency
The distribution of technologies like clean cookstoves, off-grid solar, energy saving lamps or even water filtration devices not only reduce greenhouse gases, they help vulnerable households gain access to the most basic of human rights, such as clean air, energy for basic services, and safe water.

Renewable energy

Utilising resources that do not deplete, such as wind, solar, biomass, biogas, geothermal and hydro activities, these projects represent tremendous progress towards a future free of fossil fuels. Projects range from small-scale domestic programmes that improve local livelihoods through to large-scale initiatives that are helping countries economically and politically by reducing their dependency on energy imports.

Waste management

These projects help regions and cities manage the huge amounts of solid waste that heavily burden the municipal infrastructures and local environment. They create value from waste, enhancing livelihoods and empowering communities. The scope includes all waste handling activities that deliver an energy service or a usable product that has sustainable development benefits (e.g. composting).

Afforestation & reforestation

Afforestation is the establishment of a forest in an area that previously was not forested. Reforestation is the reestablishment of forest, either naturally or by direct seeding or planting. The key benefit of Afforestation and Reforestation projects are the trees. As they grow, the trees absorb and hold CO2, contributing to global carbon reduction. In addition, Afforestation and Reforestation projects provide other ecological and social benefits by increasing biodiversity and creating employment opportunities.

Improved Agriculture

With climate change, water scarcity and land degradation as well as the need to produce 50% more food to feed an expected 9.1 billion people by 2050, global food production must increase in real terms by 75% to provide enough food. Gold Standard certified agricultural projects work to ensure food security by empowering smallholder farmers to produce more with less, increasing agricultural productivity and the income of smallholders, whilst helping them to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

Safe water access

These projects provide people with greater access to safe drinking water. The projects displace the use of firewood, so reduce emissions whilst also alleviating pressure on local woodlands. They reduce indoor air pollution, improving health and living conditions and provide economic benefits, including more employment opportunities and less time and money spent acquiring fuel for cooking.

Fairtrade Carbon Credits

The Fairtrade Climate Standard enables smallholder farmers to access climate finance through carbon markets while supporting climate adaptation. Fairtrade Carbon Credits are Gold Standard VERs that have been generated by producer organisations that meet Fairtrade criteria and are sold a Faitrade minimum price and premium. Minimum prices ensure project costs are covered, and an additional Fairtrade premium creates revenue to finance activities that help communities adapt to climate change. For more info>>

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our planet

Deforestation is responsible for up to 20% of all carbon emissions globally

$1 trillion in low carbon energy technologies required by 2030

Indoor air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people every year

Agriculture consumes 70% of the world’s fresh water