The world’s most advanced standard for certifying a project’s sustainable development impacts.

The world’s most advanced standard for certifying a project’s sustainable development impacts.

The Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) Program

The Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) is the premier standard for certifying the real-world benefits of social and environmental projects, from gender equity to economic development, and affordable clean energy to restoration of wildlife.

SD VISta aims to facilitate large-scale investment in sustainable development by providing developers and investors with reliable data on the social and environmental benefits of their projects.

Using world-class systems, a project’s benefits are not only logged, but also independently verified for their impact, meaning all stakeholders can have full trust in their credibility and value. SD VISta is the only certification standard that uses expert, third-party auditors to verify that a project advances the global Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.

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How It Works

Projects developed under the SD VISta Program must follow a rigorous assessment process in order to be certified.

  • SD VISta: The standard (and associated program documents) lays out the rules and requirements which all projects must follow in order to be certified.
  • Independent Assessment: All SD VISta projects will be subject to assessment by qualified independent third parties to ensure that the rules and requirements of the SD VISta Program are met.
  • Methodological Guidance: Projects may use any method to meet the core SD VISta requirements. Verra will provide guidance on appropriate methodologies and, in cases where projects generate SD VISta assets, Verra will approve methodologies.
  • Registry System: Verra tracks and makes publicly available data on all SD VISta projects. The Verra registry tracks the generation, retirement and cancellation of any SD VISta asset as well as all Verified Carbon Units that bear a SD VISta label, which indicates that an emission reduction unit was generated during a SD VISta-verified period.
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