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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 water?
The World Economic Forum names water crises as the #1 greatest risk facing the world. Freshwater sustains life – neither people nor nature can exist without it. But many of the world’s water systems are dangerously stressed and experts predict that ‘business as usual’ water use will expose 4.8 billion people to severe water scarcity by 2050.

Clarification Requests and FAQs

For project specific inquiries please see our FAQs or contact our technical staff via info@goldstandard.org

Fees
 Description  Fees (USD)
 Project eligibility assessment  $1000 (small-scale); $2500 (rest)
 Initial certification  $0.20/WBC; min $4000
 Periodic certification  $0.20/WBC; min $4000
 Annual report fee (waived if certification occurs in the same year)  $1500
 Certificate issuance (payable on sale of certificates)  $0.10/WBC

 

The Water Benefit Standard was developed with support from First Climate.

Water Methodologies

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Methodologies
PDF icon Water Access & WASH Methodology

Please also see our new positive list for WASH programmes, developed to simplify the approach to the Financial Needs (additionality) Assessment.

PDF icon Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) Methodology
File Water Access and WASH Project Example
File Water Access and WASH PoA Example