CDM Transition

Featured Requirements This page provides quick access to guidance for projects wishing to transition to Gold Standard from other certification schemes and to the streamlined template for project developers.

This document provides specific rules and requirements for projects/PoAs seeking issuance of GS4GG specific products, namely Gold Standard Verified Emission Reductions (GSVERs), Gold Standard labels for Certified Emission Reductions (GSCERs) and Gold Standard Planned Emissions Reductions (PERs) for Land Use & Forests. It also provides the requirements for projects/PoAs transitioning from other standards to GS4GG.

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The projects transitioning from CDM or other Standards to Gold Standard for Global Goals (GS4GG) shall submit the transition request form and PDD (this document). The Transition Request Form is also to be completed for projects that are already registered with GS4GG for CER labelling and seek to move to GSVER stream to issue Gold Standard VERs.


FAQs on projects transitioning to Gold Standard


We’ve provided answers to some of the frequently asked questions on projects transitioning from other standards to Gold Standard for the Global Goals.

  CDM Transition FAQs  

If you still have any queries or questions about the process, email us.

Revised fee model to support high-impacts projects transitioning from the CDM

These rates apply to projects transitioning from the CDM and are applicable until 31 December 2022.
These rates do not apply to Land Use + Forests projects.

Cash fee SOP
Preliminary review fee $ 900.00 $ 900.00
Project design review $ 0.15 $ 0.05 per credit (1st year issuance) minus Preliminary Review Fee paid
Performance review $ 1,000.00 $ 1,000.00
Issuance fee for 1st year issuance $ 0.15 $ 0.05 + 2% issued GSVERs per credit (1st year issuance) minus Performance Review fee paid
Issuance fee for subsequent year issuances $ 0.30 $ 0.10 + 2% issued GSVERs per credit minus Performance Review fee paid


Voluntary Carbon Market Transition framework


Streamlining the transition process for high quality CDM projects is part of the broader work we are doing — with support from the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) — to ensure the voluntary carbon market is able to access and remain eligible for market opportunities, continues to represent best practice and is protected from reputational risk.


With the voluntary carbon market in the midst of major changes and developments that affect its operation now and into the future, we’d like to make sure we’re working proactively with all our partners and stakeholders in this changing context. We’ve therefore developed a hub, in our main website, that provides the most up-to-date information on what changes are expected, why they are needed, and how you can take action to move your projects forward.

  Access the Voluntary Carbon Market Transition Framework Hub