Gold Standard for the Global Goals is our next-generation standard, designed to accelerate progress toward climate security and sustainable development. The standard enables initiatives to quantify, certify and maximize their impacts toward climate security and the Sustainable Development Goals, while enhanced safeguards, holistic project design, management of trade-offs and local stakeholder engagement ensure Gold Standard continues to deliver the highest levels of environmental and social integrity.

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Guide to Standard Documents

Summary

GS4GG Standard documents are grouped in numbered sections by scope and purpose. Alongside Principles and Requirements (100) documentation – which applies to all projects – any and all Activity Requirements (200), Contextual Requirements (300), SDG Impact Quantification (400) and Product Requirements (500) documentation applicable to your specific project type must be followed. Note that Governance documents detail the governance procedures of the Standard and do not apply to projects.

It is important each numbered document section is checked for the Standard documents that are applicable to your specific project type. Each section is equipped with a set of filters and a search and sort function to help you find the applicable documents quickly.

Section Guide

Principles and Requirements (100): Mandatory requirements or guidelines that all projects must follow, including GS4GG Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines & GS4GG Safeguarding Principles & Requirements, Gold Standard Gender Policy and Claims Guidelines.*
Activity Requirements (200): Mandatory requirements that apply only to specific project types. There are activity requirements for Land-Use and Forest (LUF), Renewable Energy (RE) and Community Services (CSA) project types.
Contextual Requirements (300): Mandatory requirements for projects operating within a specific context, e.g. Cities
SDG Impact Quantification (400): Methodologies and/or tools that must applied to quantify SDG impacts from a specific project type (e.g. emission reductions, aDALYs etc).  Note multiple methodologies may be applied in one project.
Product Requirements (500): Mandatory requirements that apply only to specific GS certified products (e.g. VERs) that can be issued by following all applicable Principles and Requirements, Activity Requirements, Contextual Requirements and SDG Impact Quantification
Templates: All forms and templates that may be required during the project certification cycle.
Governance: documents related to the governance procedures of the standard.  These are not required to be read to develop a project.

*The Principles and Requirements (100) also contain specific requirements that apply only to certain types of project design (e.g. microscale and PoA requirements).

**Activity Requirements (200) may include exceptions to the Principles and Requirements applicable to specific project activity types.

Document types

Core Documents: numbered documents within a section are mandatorily applicable to all projects
Guidelines: documents within a section that provide mandatory guidance on a specific area or subject
Activity Requirements: documents within a section that are mandatory to specific Gold Standard project types only
Optional Requirements: documents within a section that are mandatory to specific Gold Standard project scales only
Assurance: documents within a section that provide mandatory guidance and requirements on assurance

 

Principles & Requirements

TitleVersionDatePDFShorthandTypeSummaryRevision History
Claims Guidelines1.030.06.2017101.1 G CGGuidelines

These guidelines are intended to assist project developers, partners and funders in communicating accurately and appropriately about the benefits derived from Gold Standard projects.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-06-30 12:17:21
Principles & Requirements1.101.03.2018101.1Core Documents

This document provides the mandatory Principles & Requirements that all Gold Standard projects must conform to. It represents the starting point for all projects seeking Gold Standard certification of any kind.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms, updated renewal of crediting period and ongoing financial need rules for transition projects, clarified the need for an official development assistance declaration. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:01
Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines1.101.03.2018101.1 GGCore Documents, SDG 5

Requirements and guidelines for applying the Gold Standard Gender certification process.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified applicaibility to transition project. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:11
Programme of Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018101.1 OR POAOptional Requirements

This document provides the requirements for Programmes of Activity, a term used to describe an ‘umbrella’ certification under which multiple projects may be developed.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Removed repetitive section on multi country programmes and provided further clarity on the sustainable development assessment process for mPOA and VPA level. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:12
Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines1.101.03.2018101.3Core Documents

This document details the stakeholder consultation & engagement Procedure, requirements & guidelines that all projects must apply.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Included numbering for clarity and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:25
Gender Policy1.001.03.2018101.1 GGuidelines

This document presents the Gold Standard Gender Policy, as applicable at an organisational level and to the standards and certification of Gold Standard projects.

Version Date Remarks View
1.0 01.03.18 Formatting changes. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.08.17 First version.
2018-03-01 08:00:47
Microscale Project Requirements1.101.03.2018101.1 OROptional Requirements

This document provides the specific requirements and adjustments to requirements that apply to micro-scale projects.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:47
Validation & Verification Body Requirements1.001.03.2018101.A VVBRAssurance

This document describes how Gold Standard certification decisions are made and how VVBs are approved to audit Gold Standard projects. It also includes which GS-VVBs are eligible to audit different Gold Standard project certification pathways.

No change in March 2018 review.

2018-03-01 08:00:51
Transition Requirements1.101.03.2018101.5Core Documents

This document describes the timing, requirements and procedures under which existing Gold Standard projects transition to Gold Standard for the Global Goals.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms, updated renewal of crediting period and ongoing financial need rules for transition projects. Removed out of date information regarding early transitions. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:51
Safeguarding Principles & Requirements1.101.03.2018101.4Core Documents

This document details the safeguarding principles and associated requirements that all projects must assess and conform to.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Clarified that assessment questions determine how Requirements shall be met for each principle Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:53

Activity Requirements

TitleVersionDatePDFShorthandTypeSummaryRevision History
Land-use & Forests Risks & Capacities Guideline1.001.07.2017201 LUF G R&CGuidelines

This document is to be read and used in conjunction with the Gold Standard LU&F Activity Requirements. It provides the Risks & Capacities Guideline to help Projects better consider, articulate and mitigate risk.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-07-01 08:00:15
Community Services Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018201 CSActivity Requirements

This document provides specific requirements for Community Services projects, including renewables (mini/off-grid), end-use energy efficiency, waste management and handling and WASH. It is to be read in conjunction with the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:01
Land-use & Forests Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018201 LUFActivity Requirements

This document provides specific requirements for Land-use and Forest projects, including A/R and Agriculture. It is to be read in conjunction with the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Clarification on new AR certification. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:08
Renewable Energy Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018201 REActivity Requirements

This document provides specific requirements for renewable energy projects. It is to be read in conjunction with the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:52

Contextual Requirements

TitleVersionDatePDFShorthandTypeSummaryRevision History
Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development1.001.07.2017301 SUDCore Documents, SDG 11

This document provides the Requirements and pathway to certification for Sustainable Urban Development projects and programmes.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-07-01 08:00:33

SDG Impact Quantification

TitleVersionDatePDFShorthandTypeSummaryRevision History
Cookstove Usage Rate Guidelines1.006.09.2017401.13 GUIDELINE ANNEXSDG 13

This document sets out the Requirements and Guidelines for carrying out usage surveys for projects implementing improved cooking devices. It is an annex to several methodologies related to clean cooking.

2017-09-06 01:30:30
Ecologically Sound Fuel Switch to Biomass with Reduced Energy Requirement1.014.06.2017401.13 ER ESFSBSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from fuel switch to biomass projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:44:14
Fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass residues in boilers for heat generation1.014.06.2017401.ER 13 FFBBSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from biomass residue projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:12:15
Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines1.101.03.2018101.1 GGCore Documents, SDG 5

Requirements and guidelines for applying the Gold Standard Gender certification process.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified applicaibility to transition project. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:11
GHG Emission Reductions from Manure Management Systems and Municipal Solid Waste1.014.06.2017401.13 ER MMSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from manure management projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:22:35
GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements1.101.03.2018501 ERCore Documents, SDG 13

This document provides the Requirements for projects seeking the issuance of Gold Standard carbon credits (PERs, GS-VERs and GS-CERs).

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF
2018-03-01 08:00:31
Gold Standard A/R GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology1.003.07.2017401.13 ARSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration from A/R activities. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-07-03 19:16:40
Gold Standard Agriculture Methodology for Increasing Soil Carbon Through Improved Tillage Practices0.922.06.2017401.13 AGR SCTITPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration from improved tillage projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-22 09:52:49
Gold Standard Agriculture Smallholder Dairy Methodology1.022.06.2017401.13 GS AGR SDMSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify and issue Emissions Reductions from smallholder dairy projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-22 09:58:12
Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development1.001.07.2017301 SUDCore Documents, SDG 11

This document provides the Requirements and pathway to certification for Sustainable Urban Development projects and programmes.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-07-01 08:00:33
Gold Standard Methodology for Accreditation of Water Benefit Certificates1.010.10.2017401.6SDG 6

Gold Standard Methodology for Water Access and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects

2017-10-10 23:01:07
Gold Standard Methodology for Thermal performance improvements in low-income dwelling structures1.014.06.2017401.13 ER TPISDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from thermal improvements in buildings. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:59:12
Gold Standard Quantification of climate related emission reductions of Black Carbon and Co-emitted Species due to the replacement of less efficient cookstoves with improved efficiency cookstoves1.125.08.2017401.13 CR SLCPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify SLCP Emissions Reductions for improved cookstove projects.

2017-08-25 12:47:25
Gold Standard Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralized Thermal Energy Consumption3.125.08.2017401.13 TPDDTECSDG 13

Methodology Summary:

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from projects that displace decentralized thermal energy technologies. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

Methodology Shorthand:

  • 401.13 TPDDTEC

Revision History:

Version Date Remarks
3.1 25th August 2017 Addition of Annex 10, Usage Rate Guidelines
3.0 10th July 2017 Publication with GS4GG

Applicable Activity Requirements:

  • Community Services

Example Project Types:

  • Improved cookstoves
  • Biodigesters
  • Safe water supply
2017-08-25 12:32:55
Indicative Program, Baseline and Monitoring Methodology for the Large Scale Supply & Distribution of Efficient Light Bulbs, Shower Heads and Other Water Saving Devices to Households2.014.06.2017401.13 ER CFLSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from household device projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:32:27
Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships1.014.06.2017401.13 ER FIESDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:31:08
Methodology for Biodiesel from waste oil/fat from biogenic origin for use as fuel1.014.06.2017401.13 ER BFWOFSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from biodiesel from waste projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:19:09
Methodology to Estimate and Verify ADALYs from Cleaner Household Air1.014.06.2017401.3 ADALYSSDG 3

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify ADALYs, a measure of mortality and morbidity, from cleaner household air projects.

2017-06-14 20:15:40
Programme, baseline and monitoring methodology for the introduction of an alternative ignition technique as measure to improve the energy efficiency of domestic coal fires1.014.06.2017401.13 ER AISDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from alternative ignition projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 17:52:13
Reducing Vessel Emissions Through the Use of Advanced Hull Coatings2.014.06.2017401.13 ER AHCSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from advanced hull coating projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 20:37:55
Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements1.101.03.2018501 RECore Documents, SDG 7

This document provides the requirements and process for Renewable Energy projects to be able to issue Gold Standard labels for eligible Renewable Energy Products such as Renewable Energy Certificates.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:47
Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping1.002.08.2017401.13 REESSDG 13

This document provides a methodology to quantify Emissions Reductions from the retrofit of energy efficiency measures in shipping. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-08-02 07:52:12
Suppressed Demand Methodology Micro-scale Electrification and Energization1.014.06.2017401.13 ER SDMSEESDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from microscope energisation and electrification projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 17:19:07
Suppressed Demand Small-­scale Methodology for Energy Use for the Processing of Agricultural Products1.014.06.2017401.13 ER SDSS PAPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from agricultural product processing projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:50:24
Suppressed Demand Small-scale Methodology for Low GHG Food Preservation1.014.06.2017401.13 ER SDSS FPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from small scale food preservation projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:03:25
Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Methodology to Quantify Water Efficiency Outcomes from Seedling Nurseries1.010.10.2017401.6SDG 6

This methodology is specific to an adaptation of a particular planting method for sugarcane, which is part of the much more comprehensive package of practices known as the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI).

2017-10-10 23:14:56
The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology for Efficient Cookstoves1.014.06.2017401.13 ER MS CSSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from micro-scale cookstove projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:40:42
Thermal energy from plant oil for the user of cooking stoves1.014.06.2017401.13 ER TEPOSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from thermal energy from plant oil projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:48:07
UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Methodology – Gold Standard Eligibility1.007.07.2017401.13 CDMSDG 132017-07-07 08:14:18

Product Requirements

TitleVersionDatePDFShorthandTypeSummaryRevision History
GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements1.101.03.2018501 ERCore Documents, SDG 13

This document provides the Requirements for projects seeking the issuance of Gold Standard carbon credits (PERs, GS-VERs and GS-CERs).

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF
2018-03-01 08:00:31
Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements1.101.03.2018501 RECore Documents, SDG 7

This document provides the requirements and process for Renewable Energy projects to be able to issue Gold Standard labels for eligible Renewable Energy Products such as Renewable Energy Certificates.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:47

 

Templates

TitleVersionDateTemplateType
Project Design Document1.122.02.2018Core Templates2018-02-22 06:10:58
Cover Letter1.022.02.2018Core Templates2018-02-22 06:26:48
Risks and Capacities1.022.02.2018Land Use and Forests2018-02-22 06:34:52
Microscale Validation Appraisal Report1.122.02.2018Micro Scale2018-02-22 06:39:30
VPA Design Document1.022.02.2018Micro Scale, Programme of Activities2018-02-22 06:41:24
AGR Additionality (AGR Projects)1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 11:58:49
Soil Carbon1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:06:29
Other Emissions1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:08:56
Leakage1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:11:20
CO2 Fixation1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:13:01
Carbon Performance1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:14:33
Baseline1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:15:44
Applicability1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:17:15
A/R Additionality (A/R Projects)1.001.03.2018Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:18:54
Design Consultation Report1.001.03.2018Micro Scale, Programme of Activities2018-03-01 12:21:05
POA Design Document1.001.03.2018Micro Scale, Programme of Activities2018-03-01 12:22:36
Microscale Verification Appraisal Report1.101.03.2018Micro Scale2018-03-01 12:24:42
Emissions Reduction Acquisition Agreement1.001.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:26:12
Official Development Assistance Declaration1.001.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:27:44
Terms and Conditions1.001.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:32:36
Monitoring Report1.001.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:33:57
Annual Report1.101.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:35:11
Stakeholder Consultation Report1.001.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:36:34
Transition Template1.001.03.2018Core Templates2018-03-01 12:38:01

 

Governance

TitleVersionDatePDFShorthandSummary
Technical Governance: Guiding Principles1.022.06.2017001

This document sets out the principles that guide all Gold Standard technical developments, including standards-setting, methodology, tools and guideline development and certification structures and decision making.

2017-06-22 07:49:21
Technical Governance Committee Terms of Reference1.022.06.2017001 TGC

This document defines the role, remit, authority and modalities of the Gold Standard Technical Governance Committee (TGC). The TGC is responsible for the mandating of technical governance in Gold Standard, in line with the Technical Governance Guiding Principles.

2017-06-22 07:55:28
Impacts Monitoring & Evaluation Manual1.018.12.2017001 M&E MAN

This document sets out Gold Standard’s approach to the monitoring and evaluation of its impacts.  It is intended to indicate how the the ISEAL Code of Good Practice; “Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards Systems” is/will be applied.

2017-12-18 12:44:44
Standards Setting Procedure1.122.03.2018

This document sets out the procedures and guidelines for all standards setting activities at Gold Standard. This includes the development and revision of standards, tools, guidelines, methodologies and procedures.

2018-03-22 12:44:38

 

All Documents

TitleVersionDatePDFTemplateShorthandTypeSummaryRevision History
A/R Additionality (A/R Projects)1.001.03.2018t.16Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:18:54
AGR Additionality (AGR Projects)1.001.03.2018t.24Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 11:58:49
Annual Report1.101.03.2018t.04Core Templates
Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Improved clarity of template structure, included dates of key milestones, added a specific reporting requirement for A/R Projects applying FSC dual certification Validation Appraisal Report. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 12:35:11
Applicability1.001.03.2018t.17Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:17:15
Baseline1.001.03.2018t.18Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:15:44
Carbon Performance1.001.03.2018t.19Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:14:33
Claims Guidelines1.030.06.2017101.1 G CGGuidelines

These guidelines are intended to assist project developers, partners and funders in communicating accurately and appropriately about the benefits derived from Gold Standard projects.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-06-30 12:17:21
CO2 Fixation1.001.03.2018t.20Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:13:01
Community Services Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018201 CSActivity Requirements

This document provides specific requirements for Community Services projects, including renewables (mini/off-grid), end-use energy efficiency, waste management and handling and WASH. It is to be read in conjunction with the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:01
Cookstove Usage Rate Guidelines1.006.09.2017401.13 GUIDELINE ANNEXSDG 13

This document sets out the Requirements and Guidelines for carrying out usage surveys for projects implementing improved cooking devices. It is an annex to several methodologies related to clean cooking.

2017-09-06 01:30:30
Cover Letter1.022.02.2018t.08Core Templates2018-02-22 06:26:48
Design Consultation Report1.001.03.2018t.13Micro Scale, Programme of Activities2018-03-01 12:21:05
Ecologically Sound Fuel Switch to Biomass with Reduced Energy Requirement1.014.06.2017401.13 ER ESFSBSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from fuel switch to biomass projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:44:14
Emissions Reduction Acquisition Agreement1.001.03.2018t.09Core Templates2018-03-01 12:26:12
Fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass residues in boilers for heat generation1.014.06.2017401.ER 13 FFBBSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from biomass residue projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:12:15
Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines1.101.03.2018101.1 GGCore Documents, SDG 5

Requirements and guidelines for applying the Gold Standard Gender certification process.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified applicaibility to transition project. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:11
Gender Policy1.001.03.2018101.1 GGuidelines

This document presents the Gold Standard Gender Policy, as applicable at an organisational level and to the standards and certification of Gold Standard projects.

Version Date Remarks View
1.0 01.03.18 Formatting changes. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.08.17 First version.
2018-03-01 08:00:47
GHG Emission Reductions from Manure Management Systems and Municipal Solid Waste1.014.06.2017401.13 ER MMSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from manure management projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:22:35
GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements1.101.03.2018501 ERCore Documents, SDG 13

This document provides the Requirements for projects seeking the issuance of Gold Standard carbon credits (PERs, GS-VERs and GS-CERs).

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF
2018-03-01 08:00:31
Gold Standard A/R GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology1.003.07.2017401.13 ARSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration from A/R activities. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-07-03 19:16:40
Gold Standard Agriculture Methodology for Increasing Soil Carbon Through Improved Tillage Practices0.922.06.2017401.13 AGR SCTITPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration from improved tillage projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-22 09:52:49
Gold Standard Agriculture Smallholder Dairy Methodology1.022.06.2017401.13 GS AGR SDMSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify and issue Emissions Reductions from smallholder dairy projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-22 09:58:12
Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development1.001.07.2017301 SUDCore Documents, SDG 11

This document provides the Requirements and pathway to certification for Sustainable Urban Development projects and programmes.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-07-01 08:00:33
Gold Standard Methodology for Accreditation of Water Benefit Certificates1.010.10.2017401.6SDG 6

Gold Standard Methodology for Water Access and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects

2017-10-10 23:01:07
Gold Standard Methodology for Thermal performance improvements in low-income dwelling structures1.014.06.2017401.13 ER TPISDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from thermal improvements in buildings. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:59:12
Gold Standard Quantification of climate related emission reductions of Black Carbon and Co-emitted Species due to the replacement of less efficient cookstoves with improved efficiency cookstoves1.125.08.2017401.13 CR SLCPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify SLCP Emissions Reductions for improved cookstove projects.

2017-08-25 12:47:25
Gold Standard Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralized Thermal Energy Consumption3.125.08.2017401.13 TPDDTECSDG 13

Methodology Summary:

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from projects that displace decentralized thermal energy technologies. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

Methodology Shorthand:

  • 401.13 TPDDTEC

Revision History:

Version Date Remarks
3.1 25th August 2017 Addition of Annex 10, Usage Rate Guidelines
3.0 10th July 2017 Publication with GS4GG

Applicable Activity Requirements:

  • Community Services

Example Project Types:

  • Improved cookstoves
  • Biodigesters
  • Safe water supply
2017-08-25 12:32:55
Impacts Monitoring & Evaluation Manual1.018.12.2017001 M&E MANGovernance Documents

This document sets out Gold Standard’s approach to the monitoring and evaluation of its impacts.  It is intended to indicate how the the ISEAL Code of Good Practice; “Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards Systems” is/will be applied.

2017-12-18 12:44:44
Indicative Program, Baseline and Monitoring Methodology for the Large Scale Supply & Distribution of Efficient Light Bulbs, Shower Heads and Other Water Saving Devices to Households2.014.06.2017401.13 ER CFLSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from household device projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:32:27
Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships1.014.06.2017401.13 ER FIESDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:31:08
Land-use & Forests Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018201 LUFActivity Requirements

This document provides specific requirements for Land-use and Forest projects, including A/R and Agriculture. It is to be read in conjunction with the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Clarification on new AR certification. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:08
Land-use & Forests Risks & Capacities Guideline1.001.07.2017201 LUF G R&CGuidelines

This document is to be read and used in conjunction with the Gold Standard LU&F Activity Requirements. It provides the Risks & Capacities Guideline to help Projects better consider, articulate and mitigate risk.

No change in March 2018 review.

2017-07-01 08:00:15
Leakage1.001.03.2018t.21Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:11:20
Methodology for Biodiesel from waste oil/fat from biogenic origin for use as fuel1.014.06.2017401.13 ER BFWOFSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from biodiesel from waste projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:19:09
Methodology to Estimate and Verify ADALYs from Cleaner Household Air1.014.06.2017401.3 ADALYSSDG 3

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify ADALYs, a measure of mortality and morbidity, from cleaner household air projects.

2017-06-14 20:15:40
Microscale Project Requirements1.101.03.2018101.1 OROptional Requirements

This document provides the specific requirements and adjustments to requirements that apply to micro-scale projects.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:47
Microscale Validation Appraisal Report1.122.02.2018t.10Micro Scale
Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Improved clarity of template structure, removed detailed guidance for objective observer, included templates requiring evaluation. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-02-22 06:39:30
Microscale Verification Appraisal Report1.101.03.2018t.11Micro Scale
Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Improved clarity of template structure, removed detailed guidance for objective observer, included templates requiring evaluation. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 12:24:42
Monitoring Report1.001.03.2018t.05Core Templates2018-03-01 12:33:57
Official Development Assistance Declaration1.001.03.2018t.07Core Templates2018-03-01 12:27:44
Other Emissions1.001.03.2018t.22Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:08:56
POA Design Document1.001.03.2018t.12Micro Scale, Programme of Activities2018-03-01 12:22:36
Principles & Requirements1.101.03.2018101.1Core Documents

This document provides the mandatory Principles & Requirements that all Gold Standard projects must conform to. It represents the starting point for all projects seeking Gold Standard certification of any kind.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms, updated renewal of crediting period and ongoing financial need rules for transition projects, clarified the need for an official development assistance declaration. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:01
Programme of Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018101.1 OR POAOptional Requirements

This document provides the requirements for Programmes of Activity, a term used to describe an ‘umbrella’ certification under which multiple projects may be developed.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Removed repetitive section on multi country programmes and provided further clarity on the sustainable development assessment process for mPOA and VPA level. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:12
Programme, baseline and monitoring methodology for the introduction of an alternative ignition technique as measure to improve the energy efficiency of domestic coal fires1.014.06.2017401.13 ER AISDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from alternative ignition projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 17:52:13
Project Design Document1.122.02.2018t.02Core Templates

Project Design Document template

2018-02-22 06:10:58
Reducing Vessel Emissions Through the Use of Advanced Hull Coatings2.014.06.2017401.13 ER AHCSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from advanced hull coating projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 20:37:55
Renewable Energy Activity Requirements1.101.03.2018201 REActivity Requirements

This document provides specific requirements for renewable energy projects. It is to be read in conjunction with the Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:52
Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements1.101.03.2018501 RECore Documents, SDG 7

This document provides the requirements and process for Renewable Energy projects to be able to issue Gold Standard labels for eligible Renewable Energy Products such as Renewable Energy Certificates.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:47
Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping1.002.08.2017401.13 REESSDG 13

This document provides a methodology to quantify Emissions Reductions from the retrofit of energy efficiency measures in shipping. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-08-02 07:52:12
Risks and Capacities1.022.02.2018t.15Land Use and Forests2018-02-22 06:34:52
Safeguarding Principles & Requirements1.101.03.2018101.4Core Documents

This document details the safeguarding principles and associated requirements that all projects must assess and conform to.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms and removed typos. Clarified that assessment questions determine how Requirements shall be met for each principle Tracked Changes
1.0 10.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:53
Soil Carbon1.001.03.2018t.23Land Use and Forests2018-03-01 12:06:29
Stakeholder Consultation Report1.001.03.2018t.03Core Templates2018-03-01 12:36:34
Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines1.101.03.2018101.3Core Documents

This document details the stakeholder consultation & engagement Procedure, requirements & guidelines that all projects must apply.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Included numbering for clarity and removed typos. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:25
Standards Setting ProcedureStandards Setting Procedure1.022.06.2017001 PRO1 SSPUncategorized

This document sets out the procedures and guidelines for all standards setting activities at Gold Standard. This includes the development and revision of standards, tools, guidelines, methodologies and procedures.

2017-06-22 11:22:31
Standards Setting Procedure1.122.03.2018Governance, Governance Documents

This document sets out the procedures and guidelines for all standards setting activities at Gold Standard. This includes the development and revision of standards, tools, guidelines, methodologies and procedures.

2018-03-22 12:44:38
Suppressed Demand Methodology Micro-scale Electrification and Energization1.014.06.2017401.13 ER SDMSEESDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from microscope energisation and electrification projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 17:19:07
Suppressed Demand Small-­scale Methodology for Energy Use for the Processing of Agricultural Products1.014.06.2017401.13 ER SDSS PAPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from agricultural product processing projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 18:50:24
Suppressed Demand Small-scale Methodology for Low GHG Food Preservation1.014.06.2017401.13 ER SDSS FPSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from small scale food preservation projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:03:25
Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Methodology to Quantify Water Efficiency Outcomes from Seedling Nurseries1.010.10.2017401.6SDG 6

This methodology is specific to an adaptation of a particular planting method for sugarcane, which is part of the much more comprehensive package of practices known as the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI).

2017-10-10 23:14:56
Technical Governance Committee Terms of Reference1.022.06.2017001 TGCGovernance Documents

This document defines the role, remit, authority and modalities of the Gold Standard Technical Governance Committee (TGC). The TGC is responsible for the mandating of technical governance in Gold Standard, in line with the Technical Governance Guiding Principles.

2017-06-22 07:55:28
Technical Governance: Guiding Principles1.022.06.2017001Governance Documents

This document sets out the principles that guide all Gold Standard technical developments, including standards-setting, methodology, tools and guideline development and certification structures and decision making.

2017-06-22 07:49:21
Terms and Conditions1.001.03.2018t.06Core Templates2018-03-01 12:32:36
The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology for Efficient Cookstoves1.014.06.2017401.13 ER MS CSSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from micro-scale cookstove projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:40:42
Thermal energy from plant oil for the user of cooking stoves1.014.06.2017401.13 ER TEPOSDG 13

This document provides the Requirements to be followed by projects seeking to quantify GHG Emissions Reductions from thermal energy from plant oil projects. Used in conjunction with the GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Product Requirements project may be issued with carbon credits.

2017-06-14 19:48:07
Transition Requirements1.101.03.2018101.5Core Documents

This document describes the timing, requirements and procedures under which existing Gold Standard projects transition to Gold Standard for the Global Goals.

Version Date Remarks View
1.1 01.03.18 Clarified and harmonised key terms, updated renewal of crediting period and ongoing financial need rules for transition projects. Removed out of date information regarding early transitions. Tracked Changes
1.0 01.07.17 First version. PDF

 

2018-03-01 08:00:51
Transition Template1.001.03.2018t.01Core Templates2018-03-01 12:38:01
UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Methodology – Gold Standard Eligibility1.007.07.2017401.13 CDMSDG 132017-07-07 08:14:18
Validation & Verification Body Requirements1.001.03.2018101.A VVBRAssurance

This document describes how Gold Standard certification decisions are made and how VVBs are approved to audit Gold Standard projects. It also includes which GS-VVBs are eligible to audit different Gold Standard project certification pathways.

No change in March 2018 review.

2018-03-01 08:00:51
VPA Design Document1.022.02.2018t.14Micro Scale, Programme of Activities2018-02-22 06:41:24

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