The EKOenergy ecolabel
The EKOenergy label is an internationally recognised mark of quality for renewable electricity, gas, heat and cooling. The ecolabel is also a communication tool and is used by individuals and companies to demonstrate their commitment to renewable energy, which encourages others to do the same. This helps speed up the transition to a 100% renewable world.
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EKOenergy’s criteria in a nutshell
EKOenergy-labelled energy is 100% renewable and goes beyond that. The ecolabel proves that the consumed energy fulfils extra quality criteria, set by a network of environmental NGOs. Using the ecolabel also helps consumers make a concrete and additional impact through our Climate Fund and Environmental Fund.
1. Reliable tracking and avoiding double counting
EKOenergy is renewable, green energy. To prove that, we require that the origin of the energy is reliably tracked and excludes double counting of environmental attributes (i.e. we are absolutely sure that only 1 person or company can claim the same MWh of renewable energy). Therefore, we only accept instruments that fulfil the quality criteria of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. In Europe, this has to happen via the Guarantees of Origin system, as regulated by European legislation. In Northern America, we use RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates). Elsewhere we accept national schemes or I-RECs. The production and consumption of energy have to take place within the same market boundaries.
EKOenergy is sustainably produced renewable energy. EKOenergy-labelled energy must fulfil the sustainability criteria set by the EKOenergy Network. Green energy can be sold with the EKOenergy label after power plants have been approved by EKOenergy’s Secretariat or by EKOenergy’s Board. Contact EKOenergy’s Secretariat for more information about the approval process. Approval is free of charge.
Our sustainability criteria cover the following aspects:
- Wind energy and solar energy can be sold as EKOenergy-ecolabelled electricity if the installations are located outside protected nature areas and outside important bird areas. The same rules apply to energy from geothermal installations and from marine energy installations.
- EKOenergy-labelled hydropower comes from installations that fulfil EKOenergy’s sustainability criteria. They safeguard a continuous flow, take into account fish migration and leave suitable habitats for aquatic species.
- For bioenergy, we only accept the use of organic waste and woody biomass (excluding roots, stumps and large logs). At least 50% of the fuel used in the installation has to come from EKOenergy-eligible biowaste and only an equivalent proportion of that produced energy can be sold as EKOenergy. The bioenergy must also be used in installations with a minimum efficiency of 75%.
- For biogas, EKOenergy only accepts fuel sourced from residues rather than from energy crops (i.e. plants grown specifically for the purpose of biogas). Eligible sources include, for example, organic waste from agriculture, municipalities and industry. We also approve ‘power-to-gas’ if the electricity used in the gas production fulfils our electricity sustainability criteria.
3. Additionality through new clean energy projects
Using the EKOenergy label leads to real change. Through your demand for EKOenergy-labelled energy, new installations are born where they are needed the most.
When you buy EKOenergy-ecolabelled electricity, gas or heat, a minimum of 0.10 € (ten Eurocents) per MWh must go to our Climate Fund. This finances clean energy projects in remote communities of developing countries. By choosing EKOenergy you effortlessly contribute to concrete change that wouldn’t happen otherwise.
All projects that we finance are selected through a transparent process and contribute to the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These climate projects are one of EKOenergy’s ways to ensure additionality, i.e. that your green power purchase leads to additional benefits.
4. Auditing and verification
The EKOenergy ecolabel is based on audits and verification made by national and regional authorities. If the necessary information is not available, an external independent auditor checks if EKOenergy’s requirements are fulfilled. More information about our auditing criteria can be found in the text EKOenergy – Network and label.