ENVIRONMENTAL MARKET

Certification – Validation – Verification

SustainCERT is the certification, validation, and verification partner for independent and corporate project developers When it comes to generating carbon credits, project developers must often choose between speed and quality. At SustainCERT, we are striving for both because we believe creating a race to the top in carbon markets is the only way to truly meet our climate objectives. And because we know carbon markets, we understand the role digital technologies can play in bringing the credibility, transparency, and efficiency it needs.

We are an official certification body for Gold Standard for the Global Goals, the most credible and robust standard to ensure climate action also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

ENVIRONMENTAL MARKET

High quality Carbon Credits + Internationally Transferrable Mitigation Outcomes


  • Gold Standard Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) for voluntary climate action

  • Gold Standard labels for Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) for compliance targets

  • Voluntary Cooperative Approaches (ITMOs)

About Gold Standard
for the Global Goals

Gold Standard for the Global Goals is a next-generation standard designed to accelerate progress toward climate security and sustainable development.

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Introducing the SustainCERT Platform

High quality carbon standards require third party verification. While this is key to ensuring credits correlate to real impact, most verifiers are still using manual or analogue processes that are inefficient and cumbersome. The paper trail alone is hard to keep track off.

Our work is designed to bring impact verification for carbon markets into the digital age and increase the speed, accuracy and frequency at which carbon credits can be verified and issued.

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How to certify a project

The certification process is geared to help design projects for maximum positive impact and to provide the necessary assurance that they achieved what they intended. This includes hiring an approved third-party auditor, called a validation and verification body or VVB, to provide independent verification for project design and performance.


Project ConceptualizationProject DesignPreliminary ReviewThird Party ValidationDesign ReviewProject MonitoringThird Party VerificationPerformance Review

  1. Submit a Project Idea Note and our Business Development Team will follow up with you to discuss your project idea and key questions.
  1. Plan project and hold stakeholder consultation
  2. Prepare a non-technical note of the project summarising
    1. Basic project design
    2. Assessment against Gold Standard Safeguards
    3. Estimation of climate and sustainable development impacts.
  1. Submit a completed Stakeholder Consultation Report
  2. Submit a Draft Project Design Document (PDD) including
    1. Safeguarding Principles Assessment
    2. Assessment against Gold Standard Safeguards
    3. Monitoring plan
  3. Submit a signed GS4GG Cover Letter
  4. Submit signed Gold Standard Terms & Conditions
  1. Identify and contract a third-party VVB to carry out validation. CLICK HERE to see a list of accredited VVBs
  2. Provide a fully completed Project Design Document (PDD) and all relevant supporting documentation for VVB validation.
  1. Submit a VVB approved Project Design Document (PDD) and all supporting documentation
  2. Submit VVB final Validation Report
  1. Continuously engage with stakeholders
  2. Submit Annual Reports in years when verification does not occur
  3. Prepare a Monitoring Report for verification to request issuance of impact statements and/or products
  1. Identify and contract a third-party VVB to carry out verification
  2. Provide a fully completed Monitoring Report and all relevant supporting documentation for VVB validation
  1. Submit a VVB approved Monitoring Report and all relevant supporting documentation
  2. Submit VVB Final Verification Report


Your partner to the Voluntary Carbon Market

We support the development of the Voluntary Carbon Market with capacity building on certification processes, methodology drafting and submissions, as well as market intelligence studies. 

CONCEPT NOTE
REVIEW

We review concept notes and assist with a motivational piece for submission to Gold Standard.

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METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
REVIEW

We review and help with the development of new methodologies under carbon standards.
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CAPACITY
BUILDING

We support all market players to better understand carbon markets (history, key players, certification, key trends).

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