Rules & Toolkit
The Gold Standard Version 2.2 is comprised of:
The smart, practical toolkit provides clarity and guidance helping project proponents to successfully implement high quality greenhouse gas reduction projects that also make measurable positive impacts on sustainable development.
For ease of use The Gold Standard has split out the toolkit, listing all the relevant sections in easily downloadable mandatory guidlines, guidance notes, legal documents or templates. It has also created a summary document of the amendments and additions to the new Gold Standard rulebook.
If you cannot find the required document/template please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat.
For projects implemented under older Gold Standard Versions (e.g. Version 1.0, Version 2.0 or 2.1) the relevant details can be located in the document archive.
MANDATORY GUIDELINES (open/close)
GUIDANCE NOTES (open/close)
LEGAL DOCUMENTS (open/close)
GS V2.1 DOCUMENT ARCHIVE (open/close)
Gold Standard Version 2.1
The Gold Standard Version 2.1 (GSv2.1) was superseded by The Gold Standard Version 2.2 (GSv2.2) on June 1, 2012. For project developers that applied to list a project prior to this date, but after 1st July 2009, please use the rules outlined below throughout the lifetime of the project.
The Gold Standard Version 2.1 is comprised of:
For ease of use The Gold Standard has split out the toolkit, listing all the relevant sections in easily downloadable guidance notes, templates or legal documents.
A. Gold Standard Structure and Guidance
D. ODA Declaration Template
L. Gold Standard Fee Schedule
GS v2.0 DOCUMENT ARCHIVE (open/close)
Gold Standard Version 2
The Gold Standard Version 2 (GSv2) was superseded by The Gold Standard Version 2.1 (GSv2.1) on July 1, 2009. For project developers that applied to list a project prior to this date, but after 1st August 2008, please use the rules outlined below throughout the lifetime of the project.
GS v1.0 DOCUMENT ARCHIVE (open/close)
Gold Standard Version 1
For project developers who applied to list a project with The Gold Standard prior to August 1st, 2008, the rules in force at the time of application remain valid throughout the project lifetime. The following GSv1 documents can be accessed here for reference:
GS-VER Validation and Verification Manual
The CDM Rulebook is the definitive online database of the CDM rules and is freely available to the public:
CDM PDD Template
This link downloads the latest UN template for the CDM Project Design Document (PDD):back to top