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SDG Impact Tools:
Ensuring credibility + comparability in SDG claims 

Quantification and claims of sustainable development outcomes must be rigorous, reliable and yet simple to achieve. Gold Standard is developing SDG Impact Tools that will ensure credible and accurate SDG impact claims, help standardise impact indicators and enable multiple SDG impacts while minimising the extra burden of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV).

We are still seeking partners to help deliver the next phase of this SDG Impact Tools Development Programme, especially for projects focused on community services or renewable energy. By contributing to the technical development of the tools, you can ensure the modules are developed in-line with your projects, receive recognition for market innovation and development, and benefit from other profiling opportunities.

 How to get involved 

Read an overview of the SDG Impact Tools Programme>>

More information on the open call for development partners>>

Please submit your expressions of interest to, indicating the activity type that is of most interest to you (e.g. community services, renewable energy, waste management, forestry or agriculture).


Envisioning the role of the voluntary carbon market post-2020:
Public Consultation

The Paris Agreement poses a new framework for carbon markets. While the Kyoto Protocol was limited in both coverage and ambition, the Paris Agreement applies to all countries and its ambition introduces global net zero emissions targets.
This provides the voluntary carbon market with an opportunity to help close the emissions gap, the finance gap and the time gap, accelerating the transition towards net zero emissions. With support from the German government, Gold Standard convened a working group, including WWF, CDP, WRI, The Nature Conservancy, Carbon Market Watch, ICROA and other standards bodies, to reflect on how the voluntary carbon market can best contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

"The role of voluntary carbon credits shifts from an instrument to go beyond compliance targets in the Kyoto era to an instrument to accelerate the global transition towards net zero emissions by helping close the emissions gap, the finance gap and the time gap."

We are pleased to share the output of this working group, a statement on the role and design of the voluntary carbon market post-2020 for public consultation>> The working group notes that this statement for consultation does not formally represent the positions of the individual members of the group.

 How to get involved 

Review the Working Group statement for consultation>>

The consultation is open through 03 July 2019. Submit your feedback to or join our webinar on 25 June 2019 at 16:00 CEST to provide feedback directly.

Public Consultation Webinar:
25 June 2019 at 16:00 CEST

Vote Gold Standard in the Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings

In the past 12 months, Gold Standard has:
We’re also just about to release an updated version of the study that valuated the impact of project co-benefits. This report will provide higher resolution on the value of improved cooking solutions, featuring a broader set of development benefits, updated primary data from all issued projects and regional- and technology-specific data. (Spoiler alert: The values for both improved cookstoves and domestic biogas are even higher than previously estimated!)
If you appreciate the work we’ve been doing to support your efforts and to ensure a strong carbon market post-2020, we’d appreciate if you considered casting your ballot for Gold Standard.

Reminder: Showcase your project on ClimateSeed

Join Gold Standard and ClimateSeed, a social enterprise supported by BNP Paribas, to learn how a new digital marketplace can help you connect to organisations interested in offsetting their carbon emissions.

An introduction to the ClimateSeed Platform
Tuesday 18 June 2019
15:00-16:00 CEST

Listen Back: Project Developer Rule Update Session

Gold Standard recently issued new rule updates. Listen back to the Q&A webinar to find out more about:
  • Renewable Energy Label Product Requirements
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) added to Renewable Energy Activity Requirements
  • Requirements for transitioning CDM projects to GS4GG
  • Rule clarification for CDM Tool 32: Positive list of Technologies for Additionality

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Bonn, Germany
17-27 June 2019

Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) Conference Europe 

Zurich, Switzerland
12-13 June 2019