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 Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the Science Based Targets Initiative. As part of their reduction strategy, companies may employ 'Interventions' to help partners upstream and downstream reduce emissions. Yet to date, emission reductions at this level could not be accounted for in the leading GHG accounting frameworks. Thus, companies were not recognised, nor incentivised to invest in these types of projects or programmes. 


Guidelines on Avoiding Double Counting for CORSIA

Guidelines on Avoiding Double Counting for CORSIA were published in June 2019. These guidelines were prepared by a working group that included Gold Standard and other voluntary market standards, and includes valuable guidance on the process of obtaining a Letter of Authorization and Assurance (LoAA) in preparation for securing Corresponding Adjustments to ensure environmental integrity as well as other relevant requirements.


Good practice guidance for the preliminary assessment of sustainable development in Article 6 actions

This report is produced by the Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI) with the support from the governments of Belgium, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

For more information on the SDI and the policy dialogue on Sustainable Development>> 


SDG Tool Guidance

Gold Standard and partners are pleased to publish a new guidance document to inform development of user-friendly tools that will help project developers capture the full range of their projects' contributions toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while also guarding against overclaiming, or "SDG washing."


Value Change in the Value Chain: Best practices for Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Management

3 December 2018, Katowice, Poland – On the opening days of COP24, Gold Standard, the Science Based Targets initiative, Danone, Mars and Livelihoods Fund have released a suite of new solutions>> to remove barriers to addressing corporate value chain emissions, under the banner of “Value Change.”


Corporate Climate Stewardship Guidelines

Gold Standard has published “Corporate Climate Stewardship: Guidelines for best practice climate action” with CDP and WWF to help companies set ambitious strategies in the era of the Paris Agreement. Four key pillars to climate stewardship are highlighted:


Defining A Corporate Climate Finance Commitment

This guide, "Defining A Corporate Climate Finance Commitment" focuses on the third pillar, “Finance the global transition to a zero-carbon, resilient economy.” It presents the rationale and guidance for business to engage in climate finance in the era of the Paris Agreement, which builds on the market instruments many companies have used to drive decarbonisation beyond their own borders.


ICS methodology guidebook + energy factsheet

In an effort to improve accessibility and streamline our processes for project developers, we are pleased to release the Gold Standard Improved Cookstove (ICS) Methodology Guidebook>>. Developed in partnership with the Fundación Natura Colombia (FNC), this guidebook aims to assist project developers in evaluating and choosing the methodology that is best suited to their cookstove projects.


Our new double-counting guidelines

We have updated our rules on double counting of emissions reductions. Double Counting is a risk that occurs where a Gold Standard carbon credit is issued from a project in a host country that engages in emissions trading (domestically or internationally). In these conditions it is possible that in addition to the claim on the Gold Standard credit a second unit is also inadvertently claimed by the host country or second buyer. This risk undermines the credibility of both the Gold Standard credit and the host country (or international) accounting.