That's the whole point, poster Carbontax.Renewable Energy Certificates are no longer only about Renewable Electricity. Now Renewable Certificates for Cooling and Heating can be Traded between EU Nations to meet National Targets, per the latest Renewable Energy Directive.
Guarantees of origin of electricity, heating and cooling
produced from renewable energy sources
1. For the purposes of proving to final customers the share or
quantity of energy from renewable sources in an energy supplier’s energy mix in accordance with Article 3(6) of Directive
2003/54/EC, Member States shall ensure that the origin of electricity produced from renewable energy sources can be guaranteed as such within the meaning of this Directive, in accordance
with objective, transparent and non-discriminatory criteria.
2. To that end, Member States shall ensure that a guarantee of
origin is issued in response to a request from a producer of electricity from renewable energy sources. Member States may
arrange for guarantees of origin to be issued in response to a
request from producers of heating and cooling from renewable
energy sources. Such an arrangement may be made subject to a
minimum capacity limit. A guarantee of origin shall be of the
standard size of 1 MWh. No more than one guarantee of origin
shall be issued in respect of each unit of energy produced.
Member States shall ensure that the same unit of energy from
renewable sources is taken into account only once.
Member States may provide that no support be granted to a producer when that producer receives a guarantee of origin for the
same production of energy from renewable sources.
The guarantee of origin shall have no function in terms of a Member State’s compliance with Article 3. Transfers of guarantees of
origin, separately or together with the physical transfer of energy,
shall have no effect on the decision of Member States to use statistical transfers, joint projects or joint support schemes for target
compliance or on the calculation of the gross final consumption
of energy from renewable sources in accordance with Article 5.
3. Any use of a guarantee of origin shall take place within 12
months of production of the corresponding energy unit. A guarantee of origin shall be cancelled once it has been used.
4. Member States or designated competent bodies shall supervise the issuance, transfer and cancellation of guarantees of origin. The designated competent bodies shall have non-overlapping
geographical responsibilities, and be independent of production,
trade and supply activities.
5. Member States or the designated competent bodies shall put
in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure that guarantees of origin shall be issued, transferred and cancelled electronically and are
accurate, reliable and fraud-resistant.
6. A guarantee of origin shall specify at least:
(a) the energy source from which the energy was produced and
the start and end dates of production;
(b) whether it relates to:
(i) electricity; or
(ii) heating or cooling;
(c) the identity, location, type and capacity of the installation
where the energy was produced;
(d) whether and to what extent the installation has benefited
from investment support, whether and to what extent the
unit of energy has benefited in any other way from a national
support scheme, and the type of support scheme;
(e) the date on which the installation became operational; and
(f) the date and country of issue and a unique identification
7. Where an electricity supplier is required to prove the share
or quantity of energy from renewable sources in its energy mix
for the purposes of Article 3(6) of Directive 2003/54/EC, it may
do so by using its guarantees of origin.
8. The amount of energy from renewable sources corresponding to guarantees of origin transferred by an electricity supplier to
a third party shall be deducted from the share of energy from
renewable sources in its energy mix for the purposes of
Article 3(6) of Directive 2003/54/EC.
9. Member States shall recognise guarantees of origin issued by
other Member States in accordance with this Directive exclusively
as proof of the elements referred to in paragraph 1 and paragraph 6(a) to (f). A Member State may refuse to recognise a guarantee of origin only when it has well-founded doubts about its
accuracy, reliability or veracity. The Member State shall notify the
Commission of such a refusal and its justification.
10. If the Commission finds that a refusal to recognise a guarantee of origin is unfounded, the Commission may adopt a decision requiring the Member State in question to recognise it.
11. A Member State may introduce, in conformity with Community law, objective, transparent and non-discriminatory criteria for the use of guarantees of origin in complying with the
obligations laid down in Article 3(6) of Directive 2003/54/EC.
12. Where energy suppliers market energy from renewable
sources to consumers with a reference to environmental or other
benefits of energy from renewable sources, Member States may
require those energy suppliers to make available, in summary
form, information on the amount or share of energy from renewable sources that comes from installations or increased capacity
that became operational after 25 June 2009.