Gold Standard for the Global Goals sets requirements for maximum positive impact in climate and development — and measures and reports outcomes in the most credible and efficient way. The standard customises safeguards, requirements, and methodologies to measure and verify impact on a wide range of activities — from climate protection projects seeking to issue carbon credits or renewable energy labels to corporate supply chain interventions to national/subnational programmes looking for the most credible claims for their impact reporting.
Developers have multiple options for certification:
Originate a project
Transition an existing project from the UN CDM or other standards to Gold Standard
Certify the sustainable development impacts of a project issued under another standard
Greater impact + value:
Rigorous safeguards, stakeholder engagement, and methodologies maximise the climate and SDG impacts of your projects. For those issuing environmental commodities like carbon credits, this often leads to price premiums. Gold Standard also offers the ability to calculate the economic value created by your specific project and communicate this impact in compelling
Streamlined project development process:
Our partnership with SustainCERT, the official certification body for Gold Standard for the Global Goals, is geared to reduce costs and complexities of the certification process, with an aim to fully digitise the certification process by 2020.
Our NGO Supporter Network and strategic partnerships with industry thought leaders helps ensure that we remain the highest standard for climate and development initiatives.
Process to be certified Gold Standard:
The full list of documentation can be found under standards, the first one to start with is the Principles & Requirements. This provides the principles, including the eligibility criteria, that projects must follow to be certified Gold Standard.
Training + Support
You can find more information about the certification process in the SustanCERT knowledge base, or listen back to the latest training webinars.