International standards that recommend EKOenergy
International standards such as Greenhouse Gas Protocol and LEED recommend consumers to buy electricity with the EKOenergy label. CDP and WWF Green Office also encourage EKOenergy’s approach of bringing additionality to renewable energy.
EKOenergy is more than green electricity. The ecolabel proves that the power plants fulfil extra sustainability criteria. And for each MWh sold, the seller pays €0.10 to the EKOenergy Climate Fund, to make sure new renewables are born elsewhere.
LEED, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system for green buildings.The European versions of the LEED Standard explicitly recommend the use of EKOenergy labelled electricity. As a result, buildings aiming at LEED certification can get extra points if the electricity used in that building is EKOenergy labelled.
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. (p.82).
The same is mentioned on page 37 of the standard for Existing Buildings – Operations and Maintenance Guide (EBOM). Reference Guide Supplement with Europe ACPs, which is also applicable for the new LEED O+M. Projects making a 5 year contract for EKOenergy-certified electricity get up to 2 points under LEED V4 (and up to 4 points under O+M)
Outside of Europe, using EKOenergy also brings additional points and it is assessed on a case by case basis.
See the online course: EKOenergy for LEED ‘Green Power – buying renewable electricity for LEED and carbon accounting’, from Education@USGBC
Greenhouse Gas Protocol
EKOenergy labelled electricity is always in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. To learn more about how Greenhouse Gas Protocol refers to EKOenergy, see EKOenergy and carbon accounting.
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. And in most countries, EKOenergy is the only available ecolabel for electricity.