Project Development Standards

The standards under which we develop emission reduction projects include the following:

  • GS (Gold Standard) A best practice methodology and a high quality carbon credit label for both Kyoto and voluntary markets.
  • VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) A robust global standard and program for approval of credible voluntary offsets.
  • Social Carbon (add-on Standard) A standard to certify voluntary emission reduction projects for their contributions to sustainable development.
  • CCBA (Climate, Community and Biodiversity) for forestry projects. A standard aiming to promote integrated solutions to land management around the world.
  • CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) including Programme of Activities PoAs. A mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol to assist parties not included in Annex I in achieving sustainable development
  • JI (Joint Implementation) offers parties a flexible and cost-efficient means of fulfilling a part of their Kyoto commitments, while the host party benefits from foreign investment and technology transfer.
  • NCOS (National Carbon Offset Standard of Australia). The Australian Government introduced the standard in 2010 to provide national consistency and consumer confidence in the voluntary carbon market.

- in depth

GS (Gold Standard)

A best practice methodology and a high quality carbon credit label for both Kyoto and voluntary markets.

Founded as an international non-profit organisation based in Switzerland, the Gold Standard Foundation operates a certification scheme for Gold Standard carbon credits. More than 60 NGOs worldwide support the Gold Standard mission of driving premium offset quality and sustainable development in carbon markets. All those wishing to engage with the Gold Standard must demonstrate - through actions and written commitments - their dedication to promoting robust carbon markets which stimulate sustainable development.

The Gold Standard Foundation only engages in fully transparent interactions with carbon market actors, supporters, contributors and sponsors.

Learn more on the Gold Standard website

And have a look at some of our Gold Standard-projects


VCS (Verified Carbon Standard)

The VCS Program provides a robust global standard and program for approval of credible voluntary offsets. VCS offsets must be real, additional, measurable, permanent, independently verified and unique.

The Verified Carbon Standard was initiated by The Climate Group, the International Emissions Trading Association, the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council in 2005 and is backed by the world's largest companies.

Learn more on their VCS website

And have a look at some of our VCS projects


Social Carbon (add-on Standard)

A standard to certify voluntary emission reduction projects for their contributions to sustainable development.

The Social Carbon Standard was developed by the Ecologica Institute to certify voluntary emission reduction projects for their contributions to sustainable development. It is founded on the principle that transparent assessment and monitoring of the social and environmental performance of projects can improve their long-term effectiveness, thus adding value to the voluntary emission reductions generated.

The Social Carbon Standard is typically used in conjunction with a carbon accounting standard, such as the VCS, The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard, or the CDM.

Learn more on their Social Carbon Website

And have a look at some of our Social Carbon projects



CCBA (Climate, Community and Biodiversity) for forestry projects

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) is a partnership of international NGOs and research institutes seeking to promote integrated solutions to land management around the world. With this goal in mind, the CCBA has developed voluntary standards to help design and identify land management activities that simultaneously minimise climate change, support sustainable development and conserve biodiversity.

The final edition of the CCBA standards was released in 2005.

Read more on their CCBA website

And have a look at some of our CCBA projects


CDM

CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) including Programme of Activities PoAs. A mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol to assist parties not included in Annex I in achieving sustainable development

Under the Clean Development Mechanism, emission-reduction projects in developing countries can earn certified emission reduction credits. The CDM is the main source of income for the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund, which was established to finance climate adaptation projects and programmes.


JI

JI (Joint Implementation) Offers parties a flexible and cost-efficient means of fulfilling a part of their Kyoto commitments, while the host party benefits from foreign investment and technology transfer.

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