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Other standards that recommend EKOenergy

EKOenergy is renewable electricity. The label also proves that the electricity comes from power plants which fulfil extra sustainability criteria. And for each MWh sold, the seller pays at least €0.10 to the EKOenergy Climate fund, to finance new renewable energy installations.

Widely used standards, such as Greenhouse Gas Protocol and LEED, appreciate our approach and encourage consumers to buy electricity with the EKOenergy label.

LEED

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. It is developed and managed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is increasingly popular in Europe.

In most European countries, there is a national Green Building Council overviewing the implementation of the LEED Standard.

The European versions of the LEED Standard explicitly recommend the use of EKOenergy labelled electricity. Buildings aiming at LEED certification can get extra points if the electricity used in that building is EKOenergy certified.

The text LEED 2009 BD+C Supplemental Reference Guide with Alternative Compliance Paths for Europe gives EKOenergy the same status as Green-e certified RECs in the US. On page 82, we read  “Within Europe, EKOenergy is considered an acceptable equivalent to the Green-e program for electricity. EKOenergy is a network of European environmental NGOs promoting the consumption and production of renewable electricity. The EKOenergy electricity certification scheme represents the best available pan-European option for the sustainable and additional consumption of renewable electricity within Europe. EKOenergy certifies renewable electricity that goes beyond the regulations of European directives and national governments of Europe.”

The same is mentioned on page 37 of the standard for Existing Buildings – Operations and Maintenance Guide (EBOM).

  Online course ‘Green Power – buying renewable electricity for LEED and carbon accounting’, on the website of Education@USGBC
  Leaflet ‘EKOenergy for LEED’, with basic information for LEED certifiers (pdf, 2 pages, version June 2014)

Greenhouse Gas Protocol

See the Chapter on carbon footprinting.

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.

WWF Green Office

The WWF Green Office program recommends the purchase of ecolabelled green electricity. In most countries, EKOenergy is the only available ecolabel for electricity.