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EKOenergy and carbon accounting

Greenhouse Gas Protocol

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is a worldwide standard for carbon accounting. It is a joint product of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

In January 2015, the Secretariat of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol published a Guidance on how to account for the carbon emissions of purchased electricity. In ‘carbon footprint terminology’ these emissions are known as scope 2 emissions. Hence the name of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Guidance: the Scope 2 Guidance.

The Guidance refers to EKOenergy several times. Chapter 11, which encourages companies to go one step further, refers to EKOenergy’s Climate Fund.

CDP

CDP works with 3000 of the largest corporations in the world to help them calculate their carbon emissions and to help them develop effective carbon emission reduction strategies.

On page 15 and 16 of its technical notes for accounting of scope 2 emissions (i.e. emissions related to the production of purchased electricity), CDP explains how companies can do more.

“Ecolabels are a way for companies to do more with their purchases. EKOenergy, mentioned by the GHG protocol Scope 2 guidance, is such an option: it is a mark of quality which comes on top of tracking certificates. Electricity sold with the EKOenergy label fulfills strict environmental criteria and raises funds for new renewable energy projects. Involvement, transparency and ‘deeds not words’ are important principles of EKOenergy’s work.

Summaries and background information in many languages

Click on the link below for our summary of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. The document also contains a glossary.