International Renewable
Energy Certificates

Renewable Energy
in International Markets: I-RECs 

In more than 30 countries around the world, international renewable energy certificates
(I-RECs) provide
corporate buyers with a credible mechanism to support renewable energy. Whether you’re looking to address the emissions footprint of a manufacturing plant in China, or an office building in Brazil, 3Degrees will help you develop an I-REC strategy that best matches your goals.

I-RECs Map

I-REC (I-REC standard certificate)

I-REC features include:

  • Location: 30+ countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East
  • Governance: The I-REC Standard
  • Technical Restriction: Issuance limitations vary by country
  • Transparency: Verification processes ensure integrity and prevent double counting
  • Supporters: CDP, RE100

I-REC Technology Options

Small hydro Onshore wind Offshore wind
 
Large hydro Solar Biomass
Small hydro
Onshore wind
Offshore wind
Large hydro
Solar
Biomass

Regulatory Environment & Voluntary Standards

Although the same I-REC standard is applied in each country, the existence of diverse regulatory environments means that impacts and claims vary regionally. For example, although they meet essential Scope 2 quality criteria, not all I-RECs qualify for regulatory surplus. Additionally, CDP and RE100 reporting requirements impose strict geographic market boundaries for I-RECs.

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