A blueprint for engaging in cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

Under Gold Standard’s Article 6 Early Mover Programme, we have today published a blueprint intended to guide governments through some of the key decisions and actions required to use Article 6. The blueprint seeks to provide guidance spanning all stages of Article 6 implementation, including initial preparations, authorisation of mitigation outcomes, and reporting and accounting, as well as providing guidance on how actions by the UNFCCC, governments and the private sector interact.


Independent External Outcome and Impact Evaluation of the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Certification Program

The evaluation report covers: project objectives and evaluation scope, technical approach and methodology, findings and analysis of the intended and unintended outcomes from GS4GG certification, and findings and analysis of the Gold Standard’s influence and advocacy efforts.


Fairly contributing to global Net Zero - Initial framework for organisational climate mitigation strategies

At the same time and recognising that this may be motivation enough for some organisations, others may need support in recognising the value of this shift in thinking and to have the tools and roadmap to implement it.

This document, a Framework for climate mitigation strategies, is intended for use by companies, their stakeholders and those that scrutinise corporate climate mitigation practices.


Fairly contributing to global Net Zero - Considerations for credible claims

This document provides supplementary input to organisations applying its associated document: Gold Standard’s ‘Initial Climate Strategies Framework for organisations’. Both documents are presented for initial consideration and use by organisations and for further discussion and feedback in 2023.


Implementing Article 6 - An Overview of Preparations in Selected Countries

With this in mind, we are pleased to share a new report presenting information on the latest status of Article 6 preparations in 20 countries as of April 2023. The countries studied are among the most important past suppliers of carbon credits, and most host significant numbers of certified Gold Standard activities. The detailed factsheets summarise preparations in each featured country, showing that preparations to implement Article 6 are progressing in a wide variety of countries, with a significant geographical diversity.


Supporting authorisations under article 6 of the Paris agreement

Supporting authorisations under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: Lessons learned and key considerations

With the Article 6 rulebook still relatively fresh, there has to date been only limited practical experience in the process of project developers seeking an authorisation from a host country. While there are some similarities to the now-familiar process of seeking approval under the Clean Development Mechanism, much is now different.


Carbon Credit Rights under the Paris Agreement

Gold Standard has also today published a new report prepared in collaboration with EY Law, exploring how the transition to the Paris Agreement and the adoption of Article 6 guidance may affect different rights related to carbon credits. The development of this report was supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.


Project developer output report

The last few years have seen significant change in the voluntary carbon market. Recent growth in activity and demand has created new opportunities but has also put additional pressure on already limited resources and capacity.

To fully understand what these current challenges and opportunities are and how we can better support our project developer community we convened a set of virtual roundtables and shared a survey to gather feedback and insight.


Annual Report 2021

2021 was an important year for our collective journey towards climate security and sustainable development for all. As the world came together at COP 26 to accelerate climate action, Gold Standard advocated for the adoption of ambitious rules underpinning Article 6. Immediately following the welcome decisions in Glasgow, work began on aligning our standard with Article 6 outcomes to ensure Gold Standard credits can be used for different and evolving purposes in a rapidly changing global market. 


Sustainable Development under Article 6 – An assessment of sustainable development provisions in Article 6 pilot activities

As part of the Sustainable Development Initiative, Gold Standard has prepared this paper focused on the inclusion of sustainable development within Article 6 cooperation:

This paper assesses the incorporation of sustainable development provisions into the design of two pilot activities to inform early development of activities under Article 6. It also tests the applicability of tools + guidance, such as the SDI Good Practice Guidance.