Gold Standard Verifications

Verifying your Gold Standard (GS VER) carbon credit project

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo. Carbon offsetting project - Western Australia: Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.
Gold Standard project: Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, WA.

Pangolin Associates is accredited as a Validation & Verification Body (VVB). We conduct independent audits to confirm that carbon credit projects meet Gold Standard requirements. Whilst we verify Gold Standard projects worldwide our auditors are the only approved verifiers for Gold Standard Land Use & Forests projects in Australia.

The Gold Standard verification simplifies the certification for high-impact climate protection initiatives and streamlines access to carbon credit markets in the context of the Paris Agreement.

Our verification and assurance services include:

  • Transitioning an existing project from the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (UN CDM) or other standards to the Gold Standard.
  • Verifying the sustainable development impacts of a project issued under another standard.

About the standard (founded 2003)

Logo-Gold Standard (GS VER), a global carbon offsetting standardThe WWF and other international NGOs established the Gold Standard (GS VER). These organisations wanted to ensure quality and genuine emissions reductions in the voluntary carbon offsetting market. Significantly, this is an international standard aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): designed for both maximum positive impact on the environment and sustainable community development.

Tailoring your Gold Standard project

From design to robust monitoring, reporting, and verification (known as MRV) the Gold Standard framework allows tailoring of your project to meet specific activities and objectives. For example:

  • Using a market mechanism for altruistic objectives such as improving biodiversity and raising the standard of living for developing countries,
  • Monetising the impacts through issuance of carbon credits or other instruments,
  • Enhancing the value of your organisation for stakeholders.

A project may involve diverse sectors and activities. For example:

  • Land use such as forestry and agriculture,
  • Nature-based solutions such as soil carbon,
  • Renewable energy,
  • Community-based energy efficiency,
  • Waste management,
  • Water management, sanitation, and other improvements.

The Gold Standard ensures gender-sensitive and inclusive stakeholder design, environmental and social safeguards, and a contribution towards at least three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here are three Gold Standard Projects we have verified:

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo. Carbon offsetting project - Western Australia: Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.

Western Australia: Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

This is a Gold Standard (GS VER) project in Western Australia. The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor links small patches of remaining woodland and shrub land with newly planted vegetation. The corridor sits on WA’s wheatbelt north of Perth, where agriculture has devastated more than 90% of native habitat.

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Rainforest. Carbon credit project WithOneSeed, Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste (East Timor): WithOneSeed community forestry sustaining development

WithOneSeed is the first Gold Standard verified (GS VER) carbon forestry program in Timor-Leste. It is working with subsistence  farming communities to replant forests, creating a carbon store. This project helps build local economies.

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UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on LandHawaii, U.S.A.: Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) reforestation project

This project is part of the Legacy Carbon program which restores native forests on land that was used for cattle. The focus of HLH is to improve biodiversity as well as developing opportunities for the people of the area. HLH contributes to the UN Sustainability Development Goals, including number 15: Life on Land.

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Information on Gold Standard-certified projects and those undergoing the certification process is available on a public registry (GS-VER). The registry also tracks associated sustainable development impacts of project interventions.

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