Guarantees of Origin

Supporting renewable energy in Europe through Guarantees of Origin (GOs)

A Guarantee of Origin (GO) is a critical tool for organizations looking to address their Scope 2 emissions from their operations across Europe. 3Degrees works with global customers to find best-fit GO solutions for their European energy footprint, helping them make credible renewable energy claims, navigate complex regulatory environments, and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GO features include:

  • Location: 25+ countries in Europe
  • Governance: EU Law and/or European Energy Certificate System (EECS)
  • Technical Restriction: None
  • Supporters: CDP, RE100, LEED
  • Transparency: National laws prevent double counting
  • Vintage: 12 month window with no online date restriction

Guarantees of Origin map

AIB GO (AIB Guarantee of Origin)

Guarantees of Origin map

AIB GO (AIB Guarantee of Origin)

GO features include:

  • Location: 25+ countries in Europe
  • Governance: EU Law and/or European Energy Certificate System (EECS)
  • Technical Restriction: None
  • Supporters: CDP, RE100, LEED
  • Transparency: National laws prevent double counting
  • Vintage: 12 month window with no online date restriction

GO TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS IN EUROPE

Hydro

Small hydro
Norway, Sweden, Italy

Onshore wind
Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland

Offshore wind
Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium

Large Hydro

Large hydro
Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy

Solar
Spain, Italy

Biomass
Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France

Regulatory Environment & Voluntary Standards

The EU Renewable Energy Directive II requires the cancellation of GOs to substantiate renewable energy claims. The majority of countries in the EU (and some non-EU members) have also strengthened the GO market through voluntarily joining the Association of Issuing Bodies by demonstrating compliance with European Energy Certificate System Rules. Reporting initiatives such as CDP and RE100 may impose further criteria for renewable energy claims in Europe.

3Degrees helps companies evaluate options for increasing their impact, such as adding ecolabel certification to their GO purchase. We are proud to be a licensed supplier of EKOenergy certified GOs.