Gold Standard version 2.0 instituted minimum site visit frequency requirements for Validation/Verification Bodies (VVBs) as part of the project verification process, subject to reasonable exceptions. This rule update provides requirements and guidelines for VVBs to address the instances when the project/VPAs are in non-compliance with the minimum site visit requirements. ...

The new safe water supply methodology will come into effect on 02 August 2021. This rule update provides guidance on the timelines and requirements for project developers currently applying Annex 3 of the TPDDTEC methodology, including information on registry submission, and changes + flexibilities provided for the issuance of Gold Standard Verified Emission Reductions (GSVERs). ...

The Global Warming Potential values - for calculating the carbon dioxide equivalence of anthropogenic emissions and removals - have been updated as per the IPCC Fifth Assessment report (AR5). These updates have been implemented by the Gold Standard Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) and apply to all vintages of Gold Standard credits on or after 01 January 2020. ...

This methodology update expands the scope of applicability of the current usage requirements and guidelines to include Household Biogas Digesters. This update ensures consistency, and sound monitoring and reporting. ...

The Gold Standard has put in place interim Covid-19 measures to provide as much flexibility as possible to enable the ongoing success of Gold Standard projects. These Covid-19 measures will be in place globally until 31 December 2021, and may be extended. ...

This rule update introduces flexibility to the Gold Standard Programme of Activities (PoAs) requirements through changes to the VVB compliance check requirements with regards to the inclusion of project activities, the documentation required for PoA design change requests and the time of submission for design change requests. ...

Gold Standard for the Global Goals is regularly updated in accordance with ISEALs Code of Best Practice. A 60-day public consultation was held between 17/06/19 and 18/09/19. Comments received were consolidated and fed into the Standard’s rule update. The main updates to the standard documents are summarized in this document. ...