M&S and UNICEF Financing Projects that Tackle Climate and Health

We are delighted to announce the issuance of carbon credits from a micro-programme of activities based in Bangladesh. This project was developed by UNICEF with funding from British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S). This initiative improves the health and lives of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions that cause climate change.


First US-Based Project to Issue Gold Standard Credits

We are delighted to announce the certification of our first US based Gold Standard project. This reforestation project developed by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH), as part of the Legacy Carbon program, is restoring the native forests on land that was part of a cattle ranch, restoring the natural biodiversity whilst providing multiple opportunities for local communities.


New micro-scale methodology for shipping industry

Shipping is a major contributor to worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Correlated with fuel consumption, CO2 emissions from shipping are estimated to range between approximately 739 – 1135 million tonnes per year (IMO, 2014). And these emissions are set to increase significantly in the coming decades, anything from 50% to 250%. Emissions projections demonstrate that improvements in efficiency are important in mitigating the increase in these emissions.


Agriculture: Gold Standard Tillage Methodology Approved

The Gold Standard “Low Tillage Methodology” is a globally applicable methodology under Gold Standard Agriculture that addresses the most potent greenhouse gas (GHG) sink in the agricultural sector.

With this methodology it is possible to account for GHG emissions from agriculture by changing soil tillage practices within agricultural systems. Activities can prevent emissions from the soil as well as sequestration of carbon in the soil, both of which result in increased soil organic carbon (SOC) content.


The Process Behind Developing Our New Black Carbon Methodology

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when The Gold Standard sets out to create a methodology that will enable projects to mitigate climate change? Owen Hewlett, our Chief Technical Officer, gives us a look into the process that was undertaken to develop our new Black Carbon Methodology.


Pioneering Methodology for Tackling Black Carbon

GENEVA, 31 March 2015 – The Gold Standard, experts in climate and development, have launched a pioneering methodology for quantifying and monitoring emissions from black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants, in an effort to drive finance into projects that provide an immediate and measurable impact on mitigating climate change at a local level.


The Female Faces of Gold Standard

We wanted to celebrate International Women’s Day and what better way than with our very own international women. We are extremely proud of our projects and the work that we do on the ground, but we’re also proud of the work that we do within our organisation. Over half of our Secretariat is made up of inspirational women, all doing an incredible job. So scroll down to find out more about some of the female faces behind Gold Standard.


Gold Standard Thinking – Issue 3

We are pleased to present the third issue of our Gold Standard Thinking publication, which explores the latest trends and innovations in environmental and development finance and governance.


Gold Standard Newsletter: January 2015

Dear Reader,

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2015, at the start of an extremely important year in climate negotiations as we collectively work to drive a meaningful, effective and integrated intergovernmental agreement in Paris this December.

As many of you will be aware, I hand over the leadership baton in February to Marion Verles, formerly Executive Director of Nexus Carbon for Development, so I will take the prerogative of introducing this newsletter for the last time to publicly say a few words of thanks and praise.


We welcome Marion Verles as new CEO

We are excited and proud to announce the appointment of Marion Verles as our new CEO. Effective from 1st February 2015, Marion will take over operations from Adrian Rimmer, who has served as CEO since June 2010.