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CT3 - 6th Plenary Meeting in Brussels

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Highlights Core Theme 3: Guarantees of Origin and Disclosure

Headline 1: Differing Usages of GOs in the National Disclosure Figures and Statistics

During the first session of CT3, participants had the chance to discuss and address issues regarding energy disclosure, like usage across sectors, conversion of energy to another energy vector and risks of double counting. The idea of the first session was to have in-depth discussions on what measures could be implemented in order to make best use of GOs and the information they provide. Participants came to the conclusion that all claims towards consumers related to the consumption of RES (i.e. disclosure) should be backed with GOs, and that a physical boundary for GO trade and for disclosure would be preferable when designing approaches for non-electricity GOs (e.g. district heating network).

Headline 2: Non-electricity GOs - First Experiences, Similarities and Differences to Electricity GOs

The second session focused on an exchange of experiences in order to identify both similarities and differences to tackle the issue of non-electricity GOs, while trying to determine potential pitfalls when designing an integrated system of GOs for energy. It turned out that multiple stakeholders and (EU) projects are working on topics like biogas GOs and that opportunities for (future) collaborations exist. CT3 participants emphasized that it is the responsibility of Member States to ensure having both GOs and sustainability certificates does not lead to a situation where the same batch of renewable gas can be sold twice. A representative from the H2020 project REGATRACE also shared some lessons learned on the topic of non-electricity GOs.

Headline 3: Consumer Information

This session was used to improve understanding of innovative practices and generate ideas about reaching out to consumers in a better and more coherent way. A representative from EURELECTRIC helped participants widen their perspective on consumer information by presenting the case of renewable electricity usage in EVs. Participants came to the conclusion that the information whether the energy is renewable should be available at the point (and moment) of consumption. The charging company could pass this information on from the disclosure information it has received from its supplier. Beyond that, it remains unclear how GOs can be used to provide consumers more accurate / timely information.