In July 2017, we published Gold Standard for the Global Goals, our next-generation standard to quantify, certify and maximise impacts toward climate security and sustainable development. This new standard supersedes all earlier versions of our standards. To learn how to transition your current project to Gold Standard for the Global Goals, refer to our Transition Requirements>>
However, you can access documents from our earlier standard below.
How important is agriculture?
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an estimated number of 805 million people on our planet are chronically undernourished. Furthermore, global climate change disproportionately affects the farming systems of already vulnerable people by increased frequency and severity of droughts, floods and storms as well as shifts in temperature. Agriculture contributes 10-12% of global anthropogenic emissions, but will be 50% in 2050 if we don't change our practices.
To ensure we maintain the highest standards our Technical Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss regulatory decisions for methodologies, rules and procedures. For more information on our latest rule updates>>
Methodologies currently in development:
- Cool Farm Tool – to reduce emissions for agricultural commodities along the production and supply chain
Methodologies recently developed:
- Smallholder Dairy Methodology – Increase input efficiency while reducing emissions per kilogram of milk
The Gold Standard Low Tillage Methodology
The Low Tillage Methodology accounts for the GHG emissions from agriculture by changing soil tillage practices within agricultural systems.
Smallholder Dairy Methodology
Methodology for Quantification of GHG Emission Reductions from Improved Management in Smallholder Dairy Production Systems
Guidelines for our methodology approval process
This guideline describes the procedure that needs to be followed for any methodology that seeks approval under the ‘Gold Standard Land Use & Forests’ scope.