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Clean Energy Network for Europe (CLEAN-E)

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The project set out to establish a system of labelling on electricity generation, making it possible for consumers to select providers using environmentally friendly production as a criterion. Promoting the notion of ‘green energy you can trust’, CLEAN-E set about establishing new, and improving existing, green power labels in certain EU countries. Objectives included the development of ecological minimum standards for the renewable technologies of hydropower and biomass and an investigation into the feasibility of widening the scope of green power labelling to renewable heat, as well as energy efficiency. CLEAN-E analysed the interface of green power labels with renewable energy-related policies at the national and EU levels, including the Guarantee of Origin for renewable electricity and Electricity Disclosure. The project also included a wide range of activities aimed at disseminating and sharing best practices for green power procurement.

Results

  • In France the development and introduction of a new green power label was successfully carried out during the CLEAN-E project;
  • Several workshops with 10-20 stakeholders from industries, NGOs, the electricity market and public authorities were held in the following countries: France (5 workshops), Spain (2 workshops), Italy (2 workshops), Austria (2 workshops). In Sweden a conference on hydropower with 65 external participants was held;
  • An E-Bulletin in the form of a newsletter was sent to 2000 readers;
  • The project set up its own website receiving some 100 ‘hits’ a day;
  • A forum bringing together local authorities, the business community and corporate buyers offered a platform for the sharing of information and an opportunity to network on green energy and green electricity options. Multinational companies participated in the workshops and two new contracts for green electricity were signed with, respectively, Tetra Pak and the FIFA World Cup 2006 organising committee.
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Lessons learned

  • Electricity customers (residential customers and also business firms) are interested in green power products and look for independent eco-labels as a guidance to their purchase decision.
  • The prospect of success for voluntary green power offers especially depends on the market conditions a green supplier is operating in.
  • Widespread acceptance of the concept of 'additionality' as well as a minimum demand for labelled green power (in particular from some large business customers) are key prerequisites for a successful start up of a new quality label. Last updated: 10.06.2010
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Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology
Germany
Contact point: 
Name: 
Veit Bürger
Tel: 
0049-761 45 295-59
Name: 
Mr Christof Timpe
Tel: 
+49 761 45 295 25
Name: 
Dominik Seebach
Tel: 
+49-761-45295-225
Name: 
Veit Buerger
Tel: 
0049 (0) 761 452 95 59
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
0049-761-45 295 25
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
00497614529525
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
0049-761-45 295 25

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2006
Contract number: 
EIALT/EIE/04/136/2004

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