Gold Standard Opens Public Commenting On Version 3.0, Aims To Integrate Water, Carbon, and Health

Kelli Barrett

The Gold Standard has opened a public consulting period for its latest standard, which promises to integrate water, carbon, and health benefits in one certification. Commenting will run for 60 days, closing on Monday, April 4. Here’s how you can participate.

4 February 2016 | The Gold Standard is looking for comments on its Gold Standard 3.0, which it says “will serve as one comprehensive and integrated standard that will enable various outcomes — from reduced greenhouse gas emissions to water benefits to improved health — to be certified through a … single certification process.”

The organization is using an interactive system called Collaborase, which is designed to give users the flexibility to comment quickly and lightly or in more depth. You’ll find guidance for using the system here.

The following is adapted from their announcement.

General Comments on the Direction of the new Standard

For a quick overview of the standard, you can view this video. You can provide your general comments in the first section of their requirements document here.

Feedback on the new Gold Standard 3.0 Requirements

This is the core document for the new standard. It provides the eligibility criteria and certification cycle that all activities using the standard must apply. A short presentation outlines the new elements and key differences between Gold Standard V3.0 and the existing scopes here.

You can provide feedback on the Gold Standard 3.0 Requirements here.

A Deeper Dive

For those who would like to comment on the more specific elements of the new standard, they have developed three additional documents that provide guidance on stakeholder engagement, safeguarding principles and a tool for assessing an activity’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These can be accessed through the links below:

Gold Standard Version 3.0 – Stakeholder Guideline
Gold Standard Version 3.0 – Safeguarding Principles
Gold Standard Version 3.0 – Sustainable Development Goals Framework

The consultation will run for 60 days, closing on Monday 04 April 2016.

For further questions, you can contact the Gold Standard here.

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