Gold Standard Program Model
The Gold Standard certification process is used worldwide to certify renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management and land use & forest carbon offset projects to ensure that they all demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and sustainable development benefits in local communities that are measured, reported and verified. It is used to certify Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism projects and voluntary programs.
When to Use This Tool
This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:
Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).
Calculation of co-benefits arising from improvements in environmental quality, health impacts, physical infrastructure impacts, the availability and price of transportation, energy, and other infrastructure and services that impact quality
How to Use This Tool
Level of Expertise
All Gold Standard projects must adhere to a stringent and transparent set of criteria. Gold Standard application requirements detailed at http://www.cdmgoldstandard.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/GSv2.2_Requirements.pdf
Examples of how Gold Standard Program Model has helped people assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies in countries and regions:
Case studies available at the GS website: http://www.cdmgoldstandard.org/our-activities/case-studies