Recognized by International Standards
International standards that recommend EKOenergy
International standards such as Greenhouse Gas Protocol and organisations such as CDP and RE100 explicitly encourage consumers to take leadership by using renewable energy and doing more. Extra steps drive the worldwide energy transition and you can do this by buying electricity with the EKOenergy label.
EKOenergy labelled electricity fits perfectly to companies and other stakeholders who use other standards and rating systems: the Global Reporting Initiative, Science Based Targets, the Covenant of Mayors, and others.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system for green buildings. LEED calls EKOenergy one of the best available options and its rating system gives extra points to buildings using EKOenergy-labeled electricity.
The European version of the LEED Standard explicitly recommends 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). 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.
For more information on EKOenergy for LEED, see the online course:‘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, the worldwide standard for carbon accounting. EKOenergy has translated a summary of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance to 19 languages. To learn more about how Greenhouse Gas Protocol refers to EKOenergy, see EKOenergy and carbon accounting. The translations are available on the same page.
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 “Accounting of scope 2 emissions” (i.e. emissions related to the production of purchased electricity) CDP writes:
“Ecolabels are a way for companies to do more with their purchases. The GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance mentions that EKOenergy label as an option, as 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.”
The report Business Leadership in the Transition to Renewable Electricity by the RE100, CDP and the Climate Group refers to “the international EKOenergy label, which tackles energy poverty through its Climate Fund and provides additional environmental guarantees to protect nature and habitats” p.19
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.