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.
|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 Access & WASH Methodology
Please also see our new positive list for WASH programmes, developed to simplify the approach to the Financial Needs (additionality) Assessment.
|Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) Methodology|
|Water Access and WASH Project Example|
|Water Access and WASH PoA Example|