Gold Standard Annual Report 2022

Our projects and programs led to 32.5B USD in shared value: benefits from climate actions, clean energy access, improved health, forest conservation, and alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the real measure of our success. In carbon markets, we issued 43 million credits and retired 36 million in 2022 – a new high for Gold Standard. This stands as proof of our growing impact and our support for sustainable development and the world's progress towards net zero.


MRV Report on Pilot Projects, Roadmap and Resources

The pilots aimed to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of digital technologies in enhancing or replacing traditional MRV services in waste management projects. Key outcomes include the successful deployment of Digital MRV software, capacity building among participants, involvement of Dell Technologies, and the creation of a guide for future Digital MRV pilots.


Digital Assets in the Carbon Market: Maximising impact while minimising risk

The report, based on extensive consultation within the Working Group on Digital Assets for Climate Impact and across the market, highlights four areas where the use of blockchain could enable a step-change from current market practices, including for project pre-financing, information management and innovations in carbon credit transactions.


Report on recommendations for iterative infrastructure for climate markets

Tackling key issues such as antiquated manual processes and inefficiencies in methodology certification, the report advocates for the integration of digital MRV solutions with carbon registries via open infrastructure and APIs. Highlighting the importance of collaboration and open development, the report offers practical recommendations and architectural guidelines to foster a more efficient, transparent, and scalable climate market ecosystem.


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.