Issuing bodies

Association of Issuing bodies (AIB)

The AIB is an umbrella association that tries to coordinate rules, transfers and cancelations of energy tracking certificates within Europe. The organisation has recently introduced the AIB-inter registry hub to help facilitate the international exchange of energy certificates between all countries.

RECS International

RECS International is a non-profit organization striving for an open pan-European renewable energy market, facilitated by commonly accepted and harmonized tracking systems. Its main objectives are to stimulate renewable energy demand across Europe by adopting harmonized standards & principles for a transparent transfer of information to the end-user, and encourage the further generation of immerging renewable energy technologies by increasing competition and cost-efficiency through the expansion of cross-border trade and international cooperation mechanism.

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd carries out a range of certification and consumer protection activities all of which promote sustainable energy. Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd's activities fall under two headings: consumer codes and certification schemes. The organisation has been working with a range of partners since 2010 to deliver certification schemes in the areas of biogas and bioenergy.

EU regulation on Guarantees of Origin

European Renewable Energy Directive, Article 15

According to Article 15 of the European Renewable Energy Directive, each Member States must be able to guarantee the origin of electricity, heating and cooling produced from renewable energy sources. In line with the legislation, Member States shall ensure that a guarantee of origin is issued in response to a request from a renewable energy producer, or from producers of heating and cooling from renewable energy sources. Such an arrangement has to be made subject to a minimum capacity limit.

The legislation foresees that Member States shall ensure that the same unit of energy from renewable sources is taken into account only once. In addition, the issuance, transfer and cancellation of guarantees of origin shall be supervised by Member States or the competent authorities through appropriate mechanisms.

According to Article 15 a guarantee of origin shall also specify the energy source, the start and end dates of production, the identity, location, type and capacity of the installation where the energy was produced. In addition, it also has to indicate whether it relates to electricity, heating or cooling, whether and to what extent the installation has benefited from investment support or in any other way from a national support scheme.