RULE UPDATES  APPLICATION OF TPDDTEC METHODOLOGY TO SAFE WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS  This rule update provides an approach to calculate the parameter value for the quantity of fuel to treat 1 litre of water using baseline/project technologies in cases where advanced technologies, such as improved cookstoves, are used in the baseline. COVID-19 INTERIM MEASURES   Current interim measures have been extended from 30/06/2022 to 31/12/2022 only for those projects which are located in a place where COVID-19 related restrictions still exist.  To apply these interim measures the project developer must provide evidence to confirm that regulations or other restrictions indeed prohibited the project from complying with Gold Standard for the Global Goal requirements and/or implementing the registered monitoring plan. As this is an extension to the previous rule update, no grace period applies.  IMPORTANT DATE: Deviations already approved with an earlier version of the COVID-19 interim measures will end on 12 September 2022. After this date, the project developer shall demonstrate compliance with GS4GG requirements and/or a registered monitoring plan for ...

 NEW TEMPLATE   The Gold Standard Secretariat receives numerous queries, questions and/or concerns from various stakeholders daily. This form is for any entity seeking clarification or interpretation of Gold Standard for the Global Goals and provides a workflow to formalise the review process and to provide resolutions in a transparent and timely manner. Resolved clarification requests deemed useful to other stakeholders will be made publicly available on the Gold Standard for the Global Goals website. ...

 CONSULTATION  Revised methodology for project activities that recover and use methane from manure and agricultural waste This methodology applies to activities that recover and use methane from manure and agricultural waste that would otherwise decay anaerobically and emit methane into the atmosphere. This methodology will displace the application of Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralised Thermal Energy Consumption (TPDDTEC) v3.1 methodology for biogas generation and thermal energy project activities. It has been consolidated to integrate both animal waste management systems (AWMS) and thermal application of biogas to provide a one-stop solution for such projects.  HOW TO SUBMIT FEEDBACK We are seeking general comments on the methodology and whether it’s fit for purpose as well as specific feedback on whether a simplified methodology should be developed for micro/small scale project activities. Please submit all feedback and questions via email to Anshika Gupta by 08 August 2022. ...

 METHODOLOGY  Methodology developed to support the origination of high-impact microscale clean cooking projects This methodology was first published in 2013 with the explicit intention to lower transaction costs for microscale activities seeking carbon finance to support improved cookstove technologies.  Taking into consideration feedback from the consultation held in April, we are pleased to publish a revised methodology that now aligns with latest science, introduces further efficiencies for project developers, provides more clarity and promotes consistency between our methodologies. This methodology is published alongside an Emission Reduction Calculation Tool and baseline/project survey questionnaire template. Key changes include:  Expansion to charcoal stove projects Revision of the requirements to calculate project cookstove efficiency  Inclusion of new data, parameters, and related requirements, to ensure consistency across all improved cookstoves/distributed technology methodologies  Simplified monitoring approach Updates to the sample survey questionnaires  ...

 NEW METHODOLOGY  Tech-based carbon removal and storage in recycled concrete  Currently, demolished concrete is crushed into concrete aggregate before it is either used as a substitute to gravel and sand or sent to landfill. This new tech-based carbon removal methodology, developed by neustark, facilitates CO2 sequestration in demolished concrete using either direct or indirect mineral carbonation before it enters downstream processes. ...

 NEW METHODOLOGY  Catalysing nature-based sequestration from industrial waste  This new Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Activity Module developed by Soilfood Oy allows European-based pulp and paper manufacturing to reduce waste and remove carbon from the atmosphere by recycling the mill sludge from industrial operations. What would otherwise go to landfill or be incinerated is used to enhance soil organic matter in agriculture systems, which beyond biologic sequestration, helps improve soil quality, increase soil PH, and provide nutrients for better productivity. ...

 REQUIREMENTS  Updated to ensure consistency in process and improve response times to deviation requests The requirements, procedures and template for the deviation process have been updated to clarify the process and speed up responses to deviation requests. The path for requesting reconsideration of a deviation decisions has also been clarified. Related Documents Deviation Request Form v.5.0 3.05.2022 ...

 REQUIREMENTS  Stakeholder consultation process streamlined to make requirements more user friendly for project developers and VVBs  Stakeholder consultations and meaningful engagement with those who may be affected by a project is an essential element for ensuring project success.  Key updates include: More cohesive requirements for Programme of Activities (PoAs) to reduce time spent navigating multiple documents Reduction in the mandatory duration of Stakeholder Feedback Round from 60 to 30 days New requirements for engagement of an expert stakeholder Revision to the submission timeline for stakeholder consultation reports We have also added a new case study to the stakeholder consultation guidelines to showcase how the requirements work in practice and updated the relevant related resources. Related Documents PoA Design Consultation Report v.2.0 5.05.2022 Stakeholder consultation and engagement Guidelines v.2.0 4.05.2022 Stakeholder Consultation Report v.2.0 5.05.2022 ...

 REQUIREMENTS  More clarity on requirements for PoAs, scope expansion into Land Use & Forestry projects and simplifications to PoA project cycle procedures   Programme of Activities enable replicable projects access to carbon finance through coordinated implementation, supporting high-impact projects that may have previously struggled to finance activities due to project size and associated transaction costs. Key updates include: New PoA hierarchy defined and corresponding rules and requirements established Scope expansion to include requirements and procedures for Land Use and Forestry projects Simplifications to the PoA project certification cycle and inclusion of new PoAs ...

 REQUIREMENTS  A step closer to supporting the creation and transfer of Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) under Article 6.  The GHG Emissions Reduction and Sequestration Product Requirementswhich provides the specific rules for projects seeking issuance of products (i.e., GS VERs, GS CERs and PERs) has been updated to: Incorporate latest understanding and developments within the global climate policy regime, following the adoption of Article 6 guidance Introduce further clarity on key aspects related to GHG specific product requirements Promote consistency between various standard documents These updates have been made based on outputs from COP26, feedback from multiple consultations, and participation within working groups including the Voluntary Carbon Market Integrity Initiative and our own Working Group on Article 6 set up to ensure environmental integrity and that carbon finance continues to flow where it has the greatest impact. Key changes include: Revised double counting requirements to incorporate new procedures to manage VERs authorised for use under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement Buffer requirements for non-carbon sequestration projects and clarification on issuance ...

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 ...