New template toguide the project developers in evaluating the eligibility of their projects and compiling all necessary information for a fast and successful preliminary review process.  The preliminary review process gives an early indication to project developers, before resources are committed, of the eligibility of a project. This step is not a certification decision, but it helps project developers close project design gaps early in the process. This new template provides more structured guidance to streamline this process. It is to be submitted along with the Project Design Document, the stakeholder consultation report, and all other documents required for preliminary review.  BENEFITS Streamlined preliminary review process Guidance on project eligibility and relevant requirements Concrete questions in checklist format guide project developers Project design gaps are identified early in the process Integrated decision-making to keep communications together ...

New annex provides an alternative and less time-consuming method to monitor and calculate project fuel consumption and savings. The new SGDL model is based on code/software that has been developed by the Sea Grant Design Laboratory (SGDL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It uses regression models based on a ship’s physical characteristics and hydrodynamics, together with its speed, loading condition, and resistance traveling through the water, to calculate the project fuel consumption and savings. The code/software has been made publicly available at no cost via the MIT Sea Grant website. ...

New approach to quantify GHG impact from metered cooking devices through direct measurement of energy or fuel  This new methodology applies to modern energy cooking appliances that directly measure in real-time the amount of energy or fuel used in the project scenario. This includes, but not restricted to, LPG, electric and biogas metered cookstoves, and bio-ethanol cookstoves.   The methodology was developed and submitted by ClimateCare and Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) and aims to use the data capabilities of modern energy cooking appliances to scale carbon finance for clean cooking solutions.   ...

The COVID-19 Interim Measures will be further extended by six months to 30 June 2022. The interim measures will also be updated to include new requirements and procedures for physical stakeholder meetings and Stakeholder Feedback Rounds that are delayed due to the pandemic. These measures will be updated and released before the end of the year. ...

New SDG Impact Tool to more efficiently monitor, quantify and verify a project’s contributions to the SDGs, is ready for use. The Gold Standard SDG Impact Tool makes it easier and less expensive for project developers to deliver more positive impact and measure those impacts quantitively, ensuring specific and credible impact claims.  Built on principles formed in the  SDG Tool Guidance and piloted in the first half of 2021, this excel-based tool provides a standardised template to clearly and transparently monitor SDG impact alongside carbon reductions — simplifying the process, minimising the cost of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), whilst enabling consistent and meaningful contributions to the SDGs.  FEATURES Indicators map to relevant SDG targets based on published literature to ensure outcomes are real and measurable Built-in guidance helps to select parameters that will make the most difference to project beneficiaries Supporting resources are designed to make implementation clearer and more streamlined Reference values help auditors more efficiently assess monitoring reports and safeguard against over-claiming To support the use of this tool, we ...

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

Requirements for conducting a mandatory stakeholder consultation and engaging stakeholders affected by a project on an ongoing basis. ...

A step-by-step guide to help project developers conduct stakeholder consultations in an effective and meaningful manner and presents guiding questions to audit and validate the stakeholder consultation process. ...