Standard Documents

To apply for certification under Gold Standard for the Global Goals, projects must adhere to a set of principles, rules and requirements. Please use the tiles below and menu icon to your top-left to navigate these documents.

 

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Governance

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Principles & Requirements

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Claims Guidelines
Claims Guidelines30.06.2017Guidelines1.0101.1 G CG

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

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Principles & Requirements
Principles & Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.1

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.

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Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines
Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 51.1101.1 GG

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

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Programme of Activity Requirements
Programme of Activity Requirements01.03.2018Optional Requirements1.1101.1 OR POA

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

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Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines
Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.3

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

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Gender Policy
Gender Policy01.03.2018Guidelines1.0101.1 G

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

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Microscale Project Requirements
Microscale Project Requirements01.03.2018Optional Requirements1.1101.1 OR

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

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Validation & Verification Body Requirements
Validation & Verification Body Requirements01.03.2018Assurance1.0101.A VVBR

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.

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Transition Requirements
Transition Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.5

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

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Safeguarding Principles & Requirements
Safeguarding Principles & Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.4

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

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Activity Requirements

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Land-use & Forests Risks & Capacities Guideline
Land-use & Forests Risks & Capacities Guideline01.07.2017Guidelines1.0201 LUF G R&C

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.

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Community Services Activity Requirements
Community Services Activity Requirements01.03.2018Activity Requirements1.1201 CS

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.

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Land-use & Forests Activity Requirements
Land-use & Forests Activity Requirements01.03.2018Activity Requirements1.1201 LUF

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.

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Renewable Energy Activity Requirements
Renewable Energy Activity Requirements01.03.2018Activity Requirements1.1201 RE

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.

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Contextual Requirements

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Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development
Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development01.07.2017Core Documents, SDG 111.0301 SUD

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

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SDG Impact Quantification

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Suppressed Demand Methodology Micro-scale Electrification and Energization
Suppressed Demand Methodology Micro-scale Electrification and Energization14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER SDMSEE

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.

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Programme, baseline and monitoring methodology for the introduction of an alternative ignition technique as measure to improve the energy efficiency of domestic coal fires
Programme, baseline and monitoring methodology for the introduction of an alternative ignition technique as measure to improve the energy efficiency of domestic coal fires14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER AI

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.

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Methodology for Biodiesel from waste oil/fat from biogenic origin for use as fuel
Methodology for Biodiesel from waste oil/fat from biogenic origin for use as fuel14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER BFWOF

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.

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Indicative Program, Baseline and Monitoring Methodology for the Large Scale Supply & Distribution of Efficient Light Bulbs, Shower Heads and Other Water Saving Devices to Households
Indicative Program, Baseline and Monitoring Methodology for the Large Scale Supply & Distribution of Efficient Light Bulbs, Shower Heads and Other Water Saving Devices to Households14.06.2017SDG 132.0401.13 ER CFL

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.

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Ecologically Sound Fuel Switch to Biomass with Reduced Energy Requirement
Ecologically Sound Fuel Switch to Biomass with Reduced Energy Requirement14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER ESFSB

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.

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Suppressed Demand Small-­scale Methodology for Energy Use for the Processing of Agricultural Products
Suppressed Demand Small-­scale Methodology for Energy Use for the Processing of Agricultural Products14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER SDSS PAP

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.

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Suppressed Demand Small-scale Methodology for Low GHG Food Preservation
Suppressed Demand Small-scale Methodology for Low GHG Food Preservation14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER SDSS FP

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.

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Fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass residues in boilers for heat generation
Fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass residues in boilers for heat generation14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.ER 13 FFBB

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.

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GHG Emission Reductions from Manure Management Systems and Municipal Solid Waste
GHG Emission Reductions from Manure Management Systems and Municipal Solid Waste14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER MM

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.

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Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships
Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER FIE

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.

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The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology for Efficient Cookstoves
The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology for Efficient Cookstoves14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER MS CS

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.

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Thermal energy from plant oil for the user of cooking stoves
Thermal energy from plant oil for the user of cooking stoves14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER TEPO

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.

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Gold Standard Methodology for Thermal performance improvements in low-income dwelling structures
Gold Standard Methodology for Thermal performance improvements in low-income dwelling structures14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER TPI

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.

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Methodology to Estimate and Verify ADALYs from Cleaner Household Air
Methodology to Estimate and Verify ADALYs from Cleaner Household Air14.06.2017SDG 31.0401.3 ADALYS

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.

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Reducing Vessel Emissions Through the Use of Advanced Hull Coatings
Reducing Vessel Emissions Through the Use of Advanced Hull Coatings14.06.2017SDG 132.0401.13 ER AHC

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.

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Gold Standard Agriculture Methodology for Increasing Soil Carbon Through Improved Tillage Practices
Gold Standard Agriculture Methodology for Increasing Soil Carbon Through Improved Tillage Practices22.06.2017SDG 130.9401.13 AGR SCTITP

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.

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Gold Standard Agriculture Smallholder Dairy Methodology
Gold Standard Agriculture Smallholder Dairy Methodology22.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 GS AGR SDM

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.

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Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development
Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development01.07.2017Core Documents, SDG 111.0301 SUD

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

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Gold Standard A/R GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology
Gold Standard A/R GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology03.07.2017SDG 131.0401.13 AR

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.

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UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Methodology - Gold Standard Eligibility
UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Methodology – Gold Standard Eligibility07.07.2017SDG 131.0401.13 CDM

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Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping
Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping02.08.2017SDG 131.0401.13 REES

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.

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Gold Standard Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralized Thermal Energy Consumption
Gold Standard Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralized Thermal Energy Consumption25.08.2017SDG 133.1401.13 TPDDTEC

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
2.0 24th April 2015 Addition of default WCFT values, quarterly monitoring of water quality, hygiene campaigns, default baseline fuel consumption for wood fuel use
1.0 11th April 2011 Initial Publication

Applicable Activity Requirements:

  • Community Services

Example Project Types:

  • Improved cookstoves
  • Biodigesters
  • Safe water supply
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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 cookstoves
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 cookstoves25.08.2017SDG 131.1401.13 CR SLCP

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

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Cookstove Usage Rate Guidelines
Cookstove Usage Rate Guidelines06.09.2017SDG 131.0401.13 GUIDELINE ANNEX

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.

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Gold Standard Methodology for Accreditation of Water Benefit Certificates
Gold Standard Methodology for Accreditation of Water Benefit Certificates10.10.2017SDG 61.0401.6

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

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Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Methodology to Quantify Water Efficiency Outcomes from Seedling Nurseries
Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Methodology to Quantify Water Efficiency Outcomes from Seedling Nurseries10.10.2017SDG 61.0401.6

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).

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Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines
Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 51.1101.1 GG

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

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GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements
GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 131.1501 ER

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

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Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements
Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 71.1501 RE

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.

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Product Requirements

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GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements
GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 131.1501 ER

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

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Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements
Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 71.1501 RE

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.

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All Documents

TitleDateTypePDFVersionShorthandSummarycategories_hfilter
Suppressed Demand Methodology Micro-scale Electrification and Energization
Suppressed Demand Methodology Micro-scale Electrification and Energization14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER SDMSEE

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.

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Programme, baseline and monitoring methodology for the introduction of an alternative ignition technique as measure to improve the energy efficiency of domestic coal fires
Programme, baseline and monitoring methodology for the introduction of an alternative ignition technique as measure to improve the energy efficiency of domestic coal fires14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER AI

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.

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Methodology for Biodiesel from waste oil/fat from biogenic origin for use as fuel
Methodology for Biodiesel from waste oil/fat from biogenic origin for use as fuel14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER BFWOF

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.

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Indicative Program, Baseline and Monitoring Methodology for the Large Scale Supply & Distribution of Efficient Light Bulbs, Shower Heads and Other Water Saving Devices to Households
Indicative Program, Baseline and Monitoring Methodology for the Large Scale Supply & Distribution of Efficient Light Bulbs, Shower Heads and Other Water Saving Devices to Households14.06.2017SDG 132.0401.13 ER CFL

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.

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Ecologically Sound Fuel Switch to Biomass with Reduced Energy Requirement
Ecologically Sound Fuel Switch to Biomass with Reduced Energy Requirement14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER ESFSB

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.

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Suppressed Demand Small-­scale Methodology for Energy Use for the Processing of Agricultural Products
Suppressed Demand Small-­scale Methodology for Energy Use for the Processing of Agricultural Products14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER SDSS PAP

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.

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Suppressed Demand Small-scale Methodology for Low GHG Food Preservation
Suppressed Demand Small-scale Methodology for Low GHG Food Preservation14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER SDSS FP

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.

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Fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass residues in boilers for heat generation
Fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass residues in boilers for heat generation14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.ER 13 FFBB

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.

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GHG Emission Reductions from Manure Management Systems and Municipal Solid Waste
GHG Emission Reductions from Manure Management Systems and Municipal Solid Waste14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER MM

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.

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Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships
Installation of Flow Improvement Equipment on Ships14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER FIE

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.

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The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology for Efficient Cookstoves
The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology for Efficient Cookstoves14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER MS CS

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.

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Thermal energy from plant oil for the user of cooking stoves
Thermal energy from plant oil for the user of cooking stoves14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER TEPO

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.

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Gold Standard Methodology for Thermal performance improvements in low-income dwelling structures
Gold Standard Methodology for Thermal performance improvements in low-income dwelling structures14.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 ER TPI

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.

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Methodology to Estimate and Verify ADALYs from Cleaner Household Air
Methodology to Estimate and Verify ADALYs from Cleaner Household Air14.06.2017SDG 31.0401.3 ADALYS

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.

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Reducing Vessel Emissions Through the Use of Advanced Hull Coatings
Reducing Vessel Emissions Through the Use of Advanced Hull Coatings14.06.2017SDG 132.0401.13 ER AHC

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.

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Technical Governance: Guiding Principles
Technical Governance: Guiding Principles22.06.2017Governance Documents1.0001

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.

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Technical Governance Committee Terms of Reference
Technical Governance Committee Terms of Reference22.06.2017Governance Documents1.0001 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.

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Gold Standard Agriculture Methodology for Increasing Soil Carbon Through Improved Tillage Practices
Gold Standard Agriculture Methodology for Increasing Soil Carbon Through Improved Tillage Practices22.06.2017SDG 130.9401.13 AGR SCTITP

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.

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Gold Standard Agriculture Smallholder Dairy Methodology
Gold Standard Agriculture Smallholder Dairy Methodology22.06.2017SDG 131.0401.13 GS AGR SDM

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.

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Standards Setting Procedure22.06.2017Uncategorized1.0001 PRO1 SSP

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.

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Claims Guidelines
Claims Guidelines30.06.2017Guidelines1.0101.1 G CG

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

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Land-use & Forests Risks & Capacities Guideline
Land-use & Forests Risks & Capacities Guideline01.07.2017Guidelines1.0201 LUF G R&C

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.

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Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development
Gold Standard for Sustainable Urban Development01.07.2017Core Documents, SDG 111.0301 SUD

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

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Gold Standard A/R GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology
Gold Standard A/R GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology03.07.2017SDG 131.0401.13 AR

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.

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UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Methodology - Gold Standard Eligibility
UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Methodology – Gold Standard Eligibility07.07.2017SDG 131.0401.13 CDM

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Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping
Retrofit Energy Efficiency Measures in Shipping02.08.2017SDG 131.0401.13 REES

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.

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Gold Standard Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralized Thermal Energy Consumption
Gold Standard Technologies and Practices to Displace Decentralized Thermal Energy Consumption25.08.2017SDG 133.1401.13 TPDDTEC

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
2.0 24th April 2015 Addition of default WCFT values, quarterly monitoring of water quality, hygiene campaigns, default baseline fuel consumption for wood fuel use
1.0 11th April 2011 Initial Publication

Applicable Activity Requirements:

  • Community Services

Example Project Types:

  • Improved cookstoves
  • Biodigesters
  • Safe water supply
sdg_13 400
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 cookstoves
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 cookstoves25.08.2017SDG 131.1401.13 CR SLCP

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

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Cookstove Usage Rate Guidelines
Cookstove Usage Rate Guidelines06.09.2017SDG 131.0401.13 GUIDELINE ANNEX

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.

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Gold Standard Methodology for Accreditation of Water Benefit Certificates
Gold Standard Methodology for Accreditation of Water Benefit Certificates10.10.2017SDG 61.0401.6

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

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Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Methodology to Quantify Water Efficiency Outcomes from Seedling Nurseries
Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Methodology to Quantify Water Efficiency Outcomes from Seedling Nurseries10.10.2017SDG 61.0401.6

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).

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Impacts Monitoring & Evaluation Manual
Impacts Monitoring & Evaluation Manual18.12.2017Governance Documents1.0001 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.

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Transition Requirements for existing projects
Transition Requirements for existing projects15.02.2018Core Rule Updates

The following clarifications are relevant to all Project Proponents, regardless of the version of the standard under which your project is Registered. It provides a clarification to the ‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals Transition Requirements’ document in the following areas:

  1. Certification Renewal and maximum certification periods for existing projects (i.e. those Registered under earlier versions of the Standard)
  2. Use of existing sustainable development monitoring indicators

In addition to the above Gold Standard also clarifies Requirements concerning:

  1. Additionality and Ongoing Financial Need

 

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Project Design Document
Project Design Document22.02.2018Core Templates1.1t.02

Project Design Document template

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Cover Letter
Cover Letter22.02.2018Core Templates1.0t.08t_ t
Risks and Capacities
Risks and Capacities22.02.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.15t_luf t
Microscale Validation Appraisal Report
Microscale Validation Appraisal Report22.02.2018Micro Scale1.1t.10t_micro t
VPA Design Document
VPA Design Document22.02.2018Micro Scale, Programme of Activities1.0t.14t_micro t_poa t
Principles & Requirements
Principles & Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.1

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.

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Community Services Activity Requirements
Community Services Activity Requirements01.03.2018Activity Requirements1.1201 CS

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.

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Land-use & Forests Activity Requirements
Land-use & Forests Activity Requirements01.03.2018Activity Requirements1.1201 LUF

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.

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Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines
Gender Equality Requirements & Guidelines01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 51.1101.1 GG

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

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Programme of Activity Requirements
Programme of Activity Requirements01.03.2018Optional Requirements1.1101.1 OR POA

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

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Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines
Stakeholder Procedure, Requirements & Guidelines01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.3

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

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GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements
GHG Emissions Reductions & Sequestration Product Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 131.1501 ER

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

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Microscale Project Requirements
Microscale Project Requirements01.03.2018Optional Requirements1.1101.1 OR

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

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Gender Policy
Gender Policy01.03.2018Guidelines1.0101.1 G

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

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Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements
Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents, SDG 71.1501 RE

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.

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Transition Requirements
Transition Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.5

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

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Validation & Verification Body Requirements
Validation & Verification Body Requirements01.03.2018Assurance1.0101.A VVBR

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.

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Renewable Energy Activity Requirements
Renewable Energy Activity Requirements01.03.2018Activity Requirements1.1201 RE

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.

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Safeguarding Principles & Requirements
Safeguarding Principles & Requirements01.03.2018Core Documents1.1101.4

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

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AGR Additionality (AGR Projects)
AGR Additionality (AGR Projects)01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.24t_luf t
Soil Carbon
Soil Carbon01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.23t_luf t
Other Emissions
Other Emissions01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.22t_luf t
Leakage
Leakage01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.21t_luf t
CO2 Fixation
CO2 Fixation01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.20t_luf t
Carbon Performance
Carbon Performance01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.19t_luf t
Baseline
Baseline01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.18t_luf t
Applicability
Applicability01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.17t_luf t
A/R Additionality  (A/R Projects)
A/R Additionality (A/R Projects)01.03.2018Land Use and Forests1.0t.16t_luf t
Design Consultation Report
Design Consultation Report01.03.2018Micro Scale, Programme of Activities1.0t.13t_micro t_poa t
POA Design Document
POA Design Document01.03.2018Micro Scale, Programme of Activities1.0t.12t_micro t_poa t
Microscale Verification Appraisal Report
Microscale Verification Appraisal Report01.03.2018Micro Scale1.1t.11t_micro t
Emissions Reduction Acquisition Agreement
Emissions Reduction Acquisition Agreement01.03.2018Core Templates1.0t.09t_ t
Official Development Assistance Declaration
Official Development Assistance Declaration01.03.2018Core Templates1.0t.07t_ t
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions01.03.2018Core Templates1.0t.06t_ t
Monitoring Report
Monitoring Report01.03.2018Core Templates1.0t.05t_ t
Annual Report
Annual Report01.03.2018Core Templates1.1t.04t_ t
Stakeholder Consultation Report
Stakeholder Consultation Report01.03.2018Core Templates1.0t.03t_ t
Transition Template
Transition Template01.03.2018Core Templates1.0t.01t_ t
Standards Setting Procedure
Standards Setting Procedure22.03.2018Governance, Governance Documents1.1

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.

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Deviation Request Form
Deviation Request Form03.05.2018Core Templates, Templates2.0

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GS4GG Transition FAQ04.06.2018GS4GG Transition FAQ

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GS4GG Project Cycle FAQ04.06.2018GS4GG Project Cycle FAQ

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Community Services Activities FAQ04.06.2018Community Services Activities FAQfaq_csa faq
Land Use and Forestry Activities FAQ04.06.2018Land Use and Forestry Activities FAQfaq_luf faq
Renewable Energy Activities FAQ04.06.2018Renewable Energy Activities FAQ

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Gold Standard CDM FAQ04.06.2018Gold Standard CDM FAQ

faq_cdm faq
Renewable Energy Labels FAQ04.06.2018Renewable Energy Activities FAQ

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Gold Standard:  Standards Setting Work Plan
Gold Standard: Standards Setting Work Plan08.06.2018Governance Documents1.0

This document provides an overview of previous, current and proposed standards setting.

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Impact Methodologies FAQ15.06.2018Impact Methodologies FAQ

faq_methodologies faq
ISEAL 113.07.2018ISEAL Documentsisdoc 000

 

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