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.


Good Practice Principles and Guidance for Activities within Cooperative Approaches under Article 6.2

This paper outlines fourteen principles that can underpin high-quality baseline-and-crediting activities under Article 6.2, filling in some of the ‘blank space’ left by Article 6.2 guidance adopted at COP26.



Additionality under Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement

This paper considers how the context for additionality has evolved with the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and principles that can underpin robust approaches to additionality in the post-2020 era.



Promoting Sustainable Development through Article 6 – The Role of Bilateral Agreements

Cooperation under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement is expected to be based not only on guidance adopted at the UN-level, but also bilateral agreements between governments. As well as providing a legal framework for cooperation, these bilateral agreements provide an opportunity for governments to set a higher bar for activities generating mitigation outcomes. The SDI has published recommended provisions for governments to include in future bilateral agreements, to underpin the promotion of sustainable development and ensure robust safeguards.

Co-operating for the SDGs: Article 6 through a Sustainable Development Lens

Following the adoption of Article 6 guidance at COP26, the SDI has published Cooperating for the SDGs: Article 6 Through a Sustainable Development Lens. This guide outlines how countries hosting Article 6 activities can maximise the sustainable development benefits of activities for their local citizens, communities and natural environment.


Navigating Blockchain and Climate Action - 2021 State and Trends

Blockchain technology grew in popularity once again in 2020 and 2021. Businesses from a multitude of industries are embracing new information technologies like the use of sensors, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things or remote sensing. They are seeking to improve the efficiency and trustworthiness of their business processes and to identify new business models.


Annual Report 2020

The year 2020 started with high levels of climate action, and despite COVID-19, we are grateful to see that this action continued throughout the year.