Powering the Future: New Methodology Concept for Early Phase-out of Coal Plants and a Just Transition to Renewable Energy Generation

Coal-fired power plants are one of the major sources of base power supply globally, but also the largest source of GHG emissions. Transforming such an industry can seem insurmountable. According to Decommissioning US Power Plants, the mean cost to retire a coal-fired plant was $117,000 per mega Watt and up to $466,000, requiring millions of dollars to prematurely close plants. But viable solutions have been mapped out.


Tokenisation consultation feedback and next steps for Gold Standard

In March 2023, Gold Standard will initiate a readiness phase of a new model for digital asset creation, integrated with the Gold Standard Registry. In this phase, Gold Standard will conduct structured consultations with invited organisations from Web3 and other sectors, to assess the suitability and completeness of potential new guidelines for the creation of digital assets, as well as engagement on the development of enabling software.


Post-COP27 Reflections

Gold Standard works with Project Developers, Governments, Corporates, and Investors to raise their ambition to achieve climate security and sustainable development for all.

Article 6: Paper with EY Law on the Right to Use Carbon Credits, and Impact Registry Updates

New Impact Registry Functionality

Gold Standard has introduced new functionality into its Impact Registry, which will enable its carbon credits to be labelled as authorised and correspondingly adjusted under Article 6. This is an important milestone, which will enable project developers, buyers and other users to distinguish Article 6-authorised credits in the registry, as well as underpinning the transparent and robust implementation of Article 6.


A new framework for furthering emission reductions whilst adapting to a warming world

Despite continued efforts to meet mitigation goals of less than 2 degrees celcius above pre-industrial levels, the world is experiencing significant societal and infrastructure losses and will continue to do so for decades to come. Unless countries and communities start adapting to the effects of global warming – alongside continuing mitigation efforts - the damage caused by climate-related disasters may reach trillions of dollars.


Previewing COP 27 with Yvo de Boer, President the Gold Standard

Gold Standard: You’ve been to 24 COP summits. What is unique about the current time? What do you hope to see from this COP?

Yvo de Boer: Let me begin with the positive part of the answer to this question. This CoP really represents a unique opportunity to show progress on three fronts, two of them related.


Gold Standard respond to the UK Climate Change Committee’s report on the Voluntary Carbon Markets and Offsetting

Gold Standard recognises that there are several good recommendations in the Climate Change Committee’s report, which we hope the UK Government takes into account. We cannot offset our way to net zero, and the voluntary carbon market should always be treated as a complement to rather than a substitute for abatement within a company’s value chain.


New ways of valuing climate and sustainable development impact to unlock funding for innovative regenerative agroforestry project in South Africa

Gold Standard and R20 will work with TERRAGRN and partners to explore innovative ways of managing, measuring, and valuing its impact on the climate and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Valuing a diversity of impacts such as mitigation, adaptation, water, soil health, gender and welfare will allow projects like TERRAGRN’s to use the impacts as a form of collateral that increases the amount of investment in their project.


Impact fund requirements pilot launched

Impact management requires a fund to define an investment strategy that delivers both financial and positive social and environmental change and can be used to enhance financial and ESG data since they are two different types of metrics. The new Gold Standard impact fund requirements have been developed for fund managers wanting to make a positive contribution to sustainable development and towards achieving the SDGs through one or more of their funds.