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06Apr

Supporting stakeholders through the coronavirus crisis

Our Technical Advisory Committee has approved measures that can be adopted by projects to ensure that they are not adversely impacted during the duration of this crisis, while still maintaining credibility and rigour. This guidance is based on a project’s status, commitments and on-ground circumstances and provides alternatives for:

08Dec

COMMENT: Taskforce to Scale the Voluntary Carbon Market: How to scale without sacrificing quality

Originally published on Carbon Pulse.

Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Gold Standard

The Task Force’s objective to scale the voluntary carbon market, bringing increased investment capital to climate protection projects as well as infrastructure and processes to improve efficiencies and increase transparency is a welcome market development.

27Nov

COMMENT: How the credibility of sustainable development impact claims can strengthen – or compromise – the voluntary carbon market

In the early days of the Kyoto Protocol, sceptics claimed that sustainable development was too complex or expensive for carbon market projects. Or that markets could manage only one single indicator: carbon.

19Nov

PRESS RELEASE: Pioneering Sub-national Climate Finance initiative launched with global consortium and commitment from Green Climate Fund

Mid-sized infrastructure projects at a sub-national level (e.g. municipalities, provinces) of around USD 30 to 50 million are playing a central role in improving the resilience of local communities to the impacts of climate change, especially in developing countries. However, the comparatively smaller size of these projects has historically limited their access to traditional investors, thereby creating a funding gap.

05Oct

COMMENTARY on the Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting

New analysis and initiatives point to continued growth in voluntary carbon offsetting, including Mark Carney's Task Force on Scaling the Voluntary Carbon Market. This underscores the potential for markets to catalyse high integrity, science-aligned climate action.

24Aug

Sustainability standards join forces to scale climate impact

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 25 August 2020: With increasing demand for more sustainable, climate-friendly goods and services, ISEAL member standards are collaborating with Gold Standard to define common practices to calculate carbon reductions and sequestration that companies can easily report against their Science Based Targets or other climate performance objectives.

06Jul

PRESS RELEASE: Gold Standard and Mongolian government partner to meet ambition of Paris Agreement pledge

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 6 July 2020  
As countries are asked to increase commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury, Gold Standard and the Government of Mongolia are partnering to deliver on greater ambition, integrity of outcomes, and transparent reporting to the global community.

04May

CORSIA: What eligibility decisions mean for carbon markets

While Gold Standard believes the requirements for a carbon-intensive sector like aviation to take accountability only for emissions for growth compared to a baseline is insufficient, especially without more ambitious decarbonization expectations, it is a testimony to the integrity of the voluntary carbon market that some of its standards are among those recognized for this new compliance mechanism. Drilling down deeper, the selection criteria yield key takeaways that stand to set a new minimum bar in carbon markets.