Energy Attribute Certificates


The infrastructure for generating and supplying renewable energy is one of the fastest growing sectors worldwide. Never before has the market environment been more favorable for companies to source green energy and thereby contributing to climate change mitigation. First Climate has a team of experts that will work with you to develop and to implement tailored green energy sourcing strategies. We source unbundled renewable energy certificates to match your company‘s electricity consumption with green energy credits generated by facilities in the same region.

Electricity consumption is one of the main contributors to a company’s carbon emissions. Therefore, sourcing electricity from renewable energy sources is an integral part of any comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy. It can improve your company’s sustainability rating. While some companies generate their own power on-site, for many this is still not possible. This is where Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) come in.

Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) verify that one megawatt-hour of electricity was generated and fed into the grid from an eligible renewable source. By purchasing an Energy Attribute Certificate you are entitled to claim the environmental benefits related to green power generation. This is a flexible and cost-efficient option for your company not only to meet your green energy targets but to also reduce your Scope-2 carbon footprint.

Accordingly, Energy Attribute Certificates are the most important instrument for reducing Scope 2 corporate carbon footprints. Recent figures from RE100 show that 60 percent of the green energy sourced globally by RE100 members came from unbundled renewable attribute certificate purchases. For the U.S. alone, this figure amounted to 85 percent.

First Climate has been selected as a CDP Silver Renewable Energy Partner for the UK and the DACH region. As an accredited provider First Climate supports companies in developing and implementing sustainable strategies for the use of renewable energy. Companies that report to the CDP and want to switch to renewable energy will find an experienced partner in First Climate.

First Climate sources Energy Attribute Certificates worldwide


According to the GHG Protocol guidelines, EACs must always be sourced from the same market as the electricity footprint. This presents a challenge for businesses with global operations, to implement the green energy procurement process. First Climate sources EACs globally and provides green energy solutions for all your corporate sites worldwide.

Europe: Guarantees of Origin (GoOs)
Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) Guarantees of Origin are the established standard for renewable energy certificates under the European Energy Certificate System (EECS). GoOs represent a wide range of renewable energy types including hydro, wind, biomass, solar and geothermal from all across Europe.

At First Climate, we make sure that your GoO-purchase strategy is in line with international standards (e.g. GHG Protocol, CDP).
United States and Canada: North American Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
RECs are the standard instruments for reducing your company’s Scope 2 carbon footprint in the United States. First Climate is a participant of the Green-e Energy program and supports REC purchases adhering to the standards set forth by the Green-e. Green-e is the leading certification program for renewable energy in North America and an important quality label for green energy products for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

In 2016, more than 53,000 companies purchased Green-e certified renewable energy products. To achieve certification, renewable energy products must, among other things, be based on energy generated from new facilities and marketed in a transparent manner that guarantees that they are not sold more than once or claimed by more than one party.

First Climate is a leading provider of green energy products approved by Green-e. We have industrial knowledge to ensure compliance with Green-e’s rigorous consumer protection and environmental standards.

The certifed product “Renewable Power North America” by First Climate is based on renewable energy certificates sourced from 100% renewable generation. It is compliant with CDP and GHG Protocol guidelines and can help to reduce a carbon footprint resulting from power consumption at sites all across the U.S. and Canada. “Renewable Power North America” is Green-e Energy certified, and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.

Green-e REC Disclosure Your purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) supports renewable electricity production in the region of generation. A REC represents the environmental benefits of 1 megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable energy. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced, and by purchasing and pairing RECs with your electricity service you are using and receiving the benefits of that renewable electricity. Your REC purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity. Increased demand for, and generation of, renewable electricity helps reduce conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. It also has other local and global environmental benefits which may include emitting little or no regional air pollution or carbon dioxide.

The RECs in“Renewable Power North America” by First Climate are verified and certified by Green-e Energy, and First Climate is required to disclose the quantity, type and geographic source of each certificate. Please see the Product Content Label for this information. 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.
International: International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs)
The International REC Standard is a voluntary standard which issues, tracks and redeems renewable energy certificates in countries where other tracking systems are currently unavailable. I-RECs are issued, transferred and redeemed in one central I-REC Registry.

Through our engagement with the IREC-Standard host organization, we actively contribute to the development of the I-RECs system and promote the use and generation of renewable energy globally. First Climate delivers green energy credits for various countries, including China, India, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico.

I-RECs purchases are a reliable, sustainable, and a convenient way for businesses with global operations to reduce scope 2 emissions and encourage the development of the green energy sector. They can be used to meet voluntary renewable energy targets as well to meet compliance requirements for renewable energy policies.
International: Tradable Instruments for Global Renewables (TIGRs)
In order to create a globally trusted market structure for renewable energy, TIGRs were introduced in September 2016 as an alternative global registry for renewable energy certificates -in addition to the I-REC Standard.

Based on demand, the range of available TIGRs will be extended gradually to all major projects and countries. First Climate has strong business ties with the TIGRs standard and provides EACs certificates according to this scheme.
Australia, Japan and South Africa
These countries use their own regionally based, national accounting systems for renewable energy certificates: Australian GreenPower, Japanese Green Energy Certificates, and South African zaRECs. First Climate has access to these national schemes and can help you source certified renewable energy products for all three countries.

First Climate works closely with RECS International, an association of market players trading in renewable energy certificates. The association’s aim is to improve and develop the system of tracked electricity in Europe and worldwide. First Climate strongly supports the Renewable Good Practice Guidance as developed by RECS International, which provides guidelines for the reliable procurement of renewable electricity for corporates and consumers.

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Kilian Glas

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Jenny Oakes

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Ginger Woods

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Sarah Drevermann

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