Can technology help mainstream high-impact climate action?

The urgency for climate change mitigation seems to rise every week. Record-breaking temps have been scorching across Europe and the US. While the numbers of individuals and businesses taking climate action is increasing, incremental change cannot measure up to this exponential, existential threat.

For any chance to bend the emissions curve toward 1.5 degrees, climate action should be integrated into everything we do – our work, our purchases, our diet, our leisure. But for this to be possible, taking action must be simple and inspiring. 


SDG Impact Tools development: Open call

To ensure market mechanisms effectively channel finance to high-impact projects and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a meaningful way, while also stemming the emergence of “SDG washing”, quantification and claims of sustainable development outcomes must be rigorous, credible and yet simple to achieve.

To this end, Gold Standard has initiated the development of IT-based SDG Impact Tools to:


Gold Standard launches public consultation on future of voluntary carbon market

The Paris Agreement poses a new framework for carbon markets. While the Kyoto Protocol was limited in both coverage and ambition, the Paris Agreement applies to all countries and its ambition introduces global net zero emissions targets.


Reducing climate impacts in cattle industry: New Value Change methodology

Ensuring global food security while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the most significant global challenges for sustainable development. Emissions from ruminants, especially dairy cows and beef cattle, play a central role in this field. According to FAO, livestock supply chains account for 7.1 GT CO2, equivalent to 14.5% of global anthropogenic GHG emissions. Cattle (beef, milk) are currently responsible for about two-thirds of that total, largely due to methane emissions resulting from rumen fermentation.


Rooting sustainable development in Article 6

Provisions for sustainable development in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement are essential if we are to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C and meet the ambitions set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. In this pursuit, a series of "SD Dialogues" were hosted around the world, leading to the publication of six policy briefs>> in the fall of 2018. 


New guidance unveiled to spur climate-positive action in corporate value chains

3 December 2018, Katowice, Poland – On the opening days of COP24, Gold Standard, the Science Based Targets initiative, Danone, Mars and Livelihoods Fund have released a suite of new solutions>> to remove barriers to addressing corporate value chain emissions, under the banner of “Value Change.”


Gold Standard launches social enterprise SustainCERT to mainstream SDG impact certification

3 December 2018, Geneva, Switzerland - With demand for sustainable goods and sustainability claims on the rise, Gold Standard, the benchmark standard for climate and development interventions, has launched SustainCERT>>, a social enterprise that will provide user-centric and tech-driven impact assessment for sustainability-minded businesses and investors.


Yvo de Boer and Eric Soubeiran join Gold Standard Board

A fond farewell—and warm welcome—from the President of our Board:

As my term as President of the Gold Standard Board comes to a close, I reflect on the past eight years—the challenges we’ve faced and the opportunities that these challenges have created. This has culminated in the development and launch of Gold Standard for the Global Goals, which has the potential to catalyse action toward climate security and sustainable development at a massive scale.