Criteria of the EKOenergy ecolabel
Renewable, and more
EKOenergy sets criteria for the following elements:
- Consumer information: Sellers of EKOenergy have to inform consumers and potential consumers about the origin of their EKOenergy labelled electricity. They have to mention at least the country of origin and the type of renewable energy (wind, solar…). In parallel, the EKOenergy network invests time and energy in informing all consumers about the environmental impacts of electricity production.
- Renewability and sustainability: EKOenergy is renewable electricity. Besides, it fulfills the sustainability criteria set by the EKOenergy Network. Wind, solar and geothermal installations should not be located in protected nature areas. Hydropower can only be sold as EKOenergy if it comes from EKOenergy approved power plants. For biomass, there are criteria for the origin of the biomass and the biomass installations need to have an efficiency rate of at least 75%.
- Climate and additionality: For each MWh of EKOenergy sales, a contribution of at least €0.10 (ten eurocents) has to be made to the EKOenergy Climate Fund. The fund is used to create additional investments in clean electricity in developing countries.
- Tracking and avoidance of double counting: Only properly tracked can be sold as EKOenergy. In Europe, this has to happen via the Guarantees of Origin system, as regulated by European legislation. In other countries we work with the I-REC system.
- Auditing and verification: An external independent auditor checks the volumes of EKOenergy sold by an electricity supplier, the origin of it, and also the amount of money that goes to the Environmental Fund and Climate Fund.
The criteria are also listed in our main document, the text ‘EKOenergy – Network and label‘, approved by the EKOenergy Network in February 2013 and downloadable in more than 20 languages.