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Strategic Initiatives

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Key strategic initiatives support the development, deployment and scaling of the various applications of Gold Standard for the Global Goals. To learn more about these initiatives or to participate in programme working groups, consider becoming part of the Gold Standard platform>>

Environmental markets

The standard maximises the positive impacts – and associated value – of assets in carbon markets and renewable energy markets to ensure environmental integrity and contributions to sustainable development. Projects certified under Gold Standard for the Global Goals can issue tradable products, including carbon credits – verified emission reductions (VERs) for voluntary carbon markets, labels for certified emission reductions (CERs) for compliance markets – labels for renewable energy products (e.g., International Renewable Energy Certificates, or I-RECs), and Water Benefit Certificates.

Results-based finance for development

Certified impacts toward the Sustainable Development Goals allow for innovative pay-for-performance financing structures for development agencies, foundations, and other donors. Gold Standard current provides Certified SDG Impacts for Health and Gender.

VALUECHANGE: Corporate climate and SDG reporting

Using Gold Standard for the Global Goals for sustainable supply chain programmes enables credible, third-party verified claims for Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, while also capturing the additional SDG impacts of these initiatives for reporting on shared value creation or progress to net-positive goals.

Large-scale climate and development

To support urgently-needed scaling up of climate and development action, the standard provides practical applications for sustainable urban development and infrastructure as well as fund-level certification and landscape approaches (both in development).

Environmental Markets

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Future proofing voluntary carbon market
Despite the proven track record of the voluntary carbon market to increase ambition beyond international commitments, it faces an important risk of double counting post-2020. With support from the German government, Gold Standard is working with our project developer partners to identify projects at risk for double counting and to develop new mechanisms to continue incentivizing voluntary climate action in the post-Paris world. To get involved with the "Future Proofing the Voluntary Carbon Market" programme, join the Gold Standard network platform.>>

Results Based Finance for Development

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Building demand for Certified SDG Impacts
In 2017 Gold Standard led a market assessment to explore the demand for Certified SDG Impacts related to clean cooking and heating technologies, including short-lived climate pollutants, health and gender equality. In 2018, we are interested in working with partners to develop go-to-market strategies to build demand for funding these impacts.
 
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Corporate Climate + SDG Reporting

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VALUE CHANGE: Value Chain Interventions

Value chain or “Scope 3” emissions are often the largest source of corporate carbon footprints, yet to date they have been the lowest area of focus for most companies. Many have not taken direct action in value chains due a number of barriers, including a lack of guidance on how to account for the reductions from investments in their supply chains. With support from EIT Climate KIC, Gold Standard is working with the Science Based Targets partners and others to develop the Value Change programme, featuring several practical tools to remove barriers to addressing Scope 3 emissions.

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Corporate Climate Leadership Guidelines
It’s clear that the business sector needs to get involved if we are to have any chance of staying within the 2C threshold deemed acceptable by scientists. Gold Standard, CDP and WWF have co-developed guidelines for best practice climate action – elevating climate strategies from carbon management to climate stewardship. With the overarching message to ‘reduce within: finance beyond’, these guidelines encourage corporates to mitigate their own greenhouse gas emissions in line with science, while supporting developing countries’ low-carbon development.
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Large-scale Climate + Development

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Sustainable Urban Development + Infrastructure
Developed with support from WWF, World Bank, UNDP and Climate KIC, the 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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Technology

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The IT Revolution
Transparency of our projects, processes and claims are vital in ensuring the ongoing integrity of our work. An important part of ensuring this transparency is through our IT systems and infrastructure. Anyone, anywhere can view all the information and documentation around Gold Standard projects in our public registry>> We are also working to develop next-generation technology solutions, including Gold Standard IQ TM, a next-generation Impact Quantification system designed to dramatically reduce project development time and costs while improving ability to demonstrate impacts.
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