WHO PURCHASES RECS AND GLOBAL EQUIVALENTS?
BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS
- To reduce the environmental impact of their electricity use to meet individual and company-wide sustainability goals
GREEN BUILDING PROFESSIONALS
- To qualify for LEED® points through offsetting the environmental impact of the electricity used in their buildings
- To offer their customers through voluntary programs to meet demand for green power
Renewable Energy Services
The RECs in Green America are verified and certified by Green-e, and the seller of a Green-e Energy certified product is required to disclose the quantity, type and geographic source of each certificate. Green-e Energy also verifies that the renewable energy certificates are not sold more than once or claimed by more than one party. For information on Green-e Energy please visit its website, www.green-e.org
EKOenergy certification is accepted by LEED for building certification and CDP for Scope 2 reporting. EKOenergy started in 2013 in Europe and is gradually increasing its global reach. Every member organization appoints one person to the EKOenergy Board, the Network’s highest governing authority. The Board takes decisions in consultation with the Advisory Group, which consist of experts from different stakeholder groups, including electricity industry, consumers and environmentalists, among others.
Businesses are meeting the challenge to decarbonize their operations in order to reduce their GHG emissions. It is nearly impossible for even the most energy efficient and sustainable organizations to completely avoid activities that result in emissions which negatively impact the environment. Organizations can take immediate action on the GHG emissions that are otherwise difficult to address by investing in sustainability projects.