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GCS is an environmental markets and project development consultancy that helps business develop the necessary climate change management frameworks to protect and enhance shareholder value, address the foreseeable impacts of climate change on business and manage the transition to fully carbon-conscious business over the long-term.

Our team is led by a strong executive and consulting team comprised of environment, forest, energy, climate change, carbon finance and strategic risk experts. The core team is complemented by a strategic partnership with leading international carbon advisory firm Climate Focus, enabling us to provide to our clients a team with unmatched depth of expertise in the development of policy and projects in environment, ecosystem services, agriculture, forestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and capacity building.

GCS has expertise in the following sectors:

Agriculture, forestry and land use (AFOLU)

Our team has extensive experience in the development of a range of methodology areas including AFOLU, biofuel, innovative waste processing and energy efficiency in the building sector. Within the forest sector, GCS and our partners are leading the way through our Improved Forest Management (IFM) methodology, approved by the Voluntary Carbon Standard in February, and a set REDD and agriculture methodology modules under review.

Our consultants have diverse experience drafting and negotiating complex carbon agreements, including transactional and structuring support to carbon projects such as establishing carbon funds, implementing projects and contracting intermediaries. This has included drafting and negotiating forest carbon sale and purchase contracts for projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as preparing template contracts for the sale and purchase of forest carbon credits.

GCS’s project experience includes work on some of the world’s largest carbon forestry projects and initiatives. We work on project identification, development, management of validation and verification process and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. We pride ourselves on our rigorous due diligence, which identifies and analyses a range of risks associated with carbon credit projects that can affect their ability to generate credits.

Energy

Our team has extensive experience in project development within the energy generation sector, including renewable energy science and engineering, energy efficiency, waste to energy production and carbon capture and storage.

GCS can help industry reduce energy costs as well as measure, minimise and report greenhouse gas emissions. Our work in this area includes energy audit of sites or processes, energy management plans and feasibility studies on long-term projects.

GCS consultants have assisted the energy industry with management of carbon asset portfolios for a decade.

International development

The GCS team presents an unmatched track record in the development of policy and projects in environment, ecosystem services, agriculture, forestry, climate change adaptation/mitigation, renewable energy and capacity building. Our team is comprised of experts with experience from non-governmental organisations as well as leading institutions such as the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Global Environment Facility and African Union.

GCS’ work in international development includes policy and advisory services to governments and private sector agents engaged in forestry and land management in Asia-Pacific and Africa. Our team is also involved in project development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building for a variety of environment and sustainable resource management initiatives.