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CT3 - 5th Plenary Meeting in Copenhagen

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Highlights Core Theme 3: Guarantees of Origin and Disclosure

Headline 1: Finding a Common understanding for Validity and Expiry in RED II

The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) introduces separate notions of “validity” and “expiry” for Guarantees of Origin (GO). There are currently differing approaches in Member States related to expiry and validity, which hinder the harmonized effort across European Union Member States to improve available information on the origins of renewable energy sources. The importance of such a common understanding of the GO market was demonstrated through the example of a recent court case in The Netherlands as well as through a Member State presentation on the refusal of certain renewable energy imports. Participants discussed the similarities and differences of these two approaches in order to identify best practices and challenges for the future.

Headline 2: Improving National Energy Disclosure

Although GOs are currently governed by a directive, the concept of electricity disclosure is not very well covered under any legislation. Large differences across Member States can have a widespread impact across borders, and could even make the system of GOs less reliable. The 2nd session of CT3 focused on looking at the requirements and impacts of the current directives and of the Clean Energy Package to identify opportunities for better coordination through existing frameworks like the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) or the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB).

Headline 3: Energy Labels

The third session of CT3 continued the discussions on labelling issues and best practices in the Member States that were initiated in the 4th Plenary Meeting in Vienna. During the last Plenary Meeting, it became apparent that most people had contending ideas of energy labels. The idea of this session was to hear the preliminary results of the Taskforce’s research into providing a common understanding of energy labels. Furthermore, the Taskforce prepared an inventory on the types of labels that exist in Europe (quality labels, commercial labels, commercial brands and independent ranking), while adding guidance as to how to improve the information provided in the label. Participants then used the opportunity to discuss how energy labels, possibly based on Guarantees of Origin or on energy disclosure, can enhance the energy markets.