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 EXPRESSION OF INTEREST 

CARBON REMOVALS WORKING GROUP

 
While it is critical to follow a mitigation hierarchy that prioritises not emitting greenhouse gases in the first place, it is well established that as the global economy decarbonises, a shift from avoiding and reducing emissions to carbon removals will be needed.

Many approaches to removing carbon from the atmosphere have either high upfront costs, long time scales for delivery of impact, or both. Moreover, some emerging technology-based removals can perpetuate the use of fossil fuels or pose other serious risks to ecosystems. 

For these reasons, Gold Standard sought stakeholder feedback and a Board decision on considering technologies and practices for carbon removals within our scope of work. With this input, we are now convening a Carbon Removal Expert Working Group to provide technical expertise to design and develop best practices aimed at ensuring integrity as the market for carbon removals develops.
 
We invite expressions of interest from leading thinkers on carbon removals to join this working group to co-create with Gold Standard:

  1. A high level vision
  2. Scope and Activity Requirements and eligibility criteria (e.g. similar to those for Land Use and Forests)
  3. Updates to Gold Standard for the Global Goals Principles & Requirements documents, particularly Safeguarding Principles, as needed
  4. An SDG Impact Reporting Tool, similar to those launched for testing in other activity types
  5. Gold Standard-approved methodologies for specific activities, including digital approaches


If you are an expert in this field and would like to register your interest, please submit this carbon removals working group application form or to nominate a candidate email vikash.talyan@goldstandard.org by 20 June 2021.

SUBMIT INTEREST: CARBON REMOVALS WORKING GROUP
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 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 

CO-DEVELOP NEW METHODOLOGY FOR EFFICIENT NITROGEN FERTILISER

 
To help address the problem of N2O emissions in land-based agriculture, Gold Standard intends to develop a methodology for reduced/avoided nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from the management of Nitrogen-based fertilisers in agricultural activities. The proposed scope of the methodology includes:
  • Application of Enhanced Efficiency Fertiliser (“EEF”) such as nitrification inhibitor, urease inhibitor
  • Application of slow release fertilisers
  • Reduction in use and loss of nitrogen fertilisers
  • Optimised nitrogen fertiliser management
  • Best practice approaches for reduced use of nitrogen fertiliser
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FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED SCOPE
We are seeking feedback on the proposed scope of the methodology as outlined above, including any other potential activities. Email feedback to standards@goldstandard.org
 
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JOIN CONSORTIUM TO CO-DEVELOP THIS METHODOLOGY
 
We would like to invite expressions of interest from stakeholders who wish to co-develop this methodology. Gold Standard will assemble a consortium of interested parties to contribute to and co-fund the methodology development and appoint an experienced consulting firm to develop the methodology. 
 
To express your interest, email standards@goldstandard.org by 25 June 2021, the modalities of the consortium will be shared with interested parties. 
 
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SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM CONSULTING FIRMS 
 
Gold Standard also invites expressions of interest from consulting firms available to develop this methodology in collaboration with Gold Standard Secretariat and consortium partners.
 
Interested consulting firms can submit their expressions of interest by 25 June 2021 via the following form:
SUBMIT INTEREST: METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Any clarification questions can be sent to standards@goldstandard.org
 
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