Highlights Core Theme 3: Guarantees of Origin and Disclosure

CT3 - 3rd Plenary Meeting in Warsaw

Headline 1: Usage of GOs across Sectors. The Case of the Transport Sector

The discussions in the first parallel session of CT3 complemented previous discussions related to energy conversion and energy usage across sectors (“Sektorkopplung”) and the consequences these issues could have for GOs. Participants discussed the use of Guarantees of Origin (GOs) in the transport sector and specifically how the connection between these two areas is growing, for example due to the usage of biomethane or renewable energy electricity at charging stations. Participants discussed how GOs are currently being used in RES in transport, while discussing options to continue doing so in a transparent way in order to avoid double-counting. Participants concluded that it is imperative to look into the consistency of rules coming from different policies and regulations in this regard.

Headline 2: Large versus Small Consumers

An external speaker was invited in order to bring insights to the discussion from the consumer perspective, in particular from the side of large corporations. Participating countries came to the conclusion that a significant share of the market demand is now coming from corporate buyers or through public procurement. Large consumers tend to make three types of claims, namely renewable energy use, carbon footprint and additionality. Most large corporations tend to choose unbundled electricity products, having one contract with an electricity supplier and a separate contract with a GO supplier. In case of unbundled purchase of GOs, there is a need for regulation and 3rd party auditing.  As such, GOs are a crucial element to bring such information from the producers to the consumers.  

Headline 3: Environmental Information Contained in GOs

During the 3rd CT3 parallel session, participants explored the information items provided in GOs and whether or not some of this information is used by the market or regulatory (governmental) bodies. The discussions showed that some Member States are using the various information contained in GOs, for example, to identify which electricity will be auctioned. In some participating countries, the information in the GOs can provide crucial information like the country or region of production or the exact source of electricity production.

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