WHITE PAPERS

Certified Energy commissions and authors topic-specific papers from time to time. These are intended to provide more detailed consideration of some of the topics that are of specific relevance to users of the NZECS, and those wishing to purchase renewable or low-carbon energy.

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THE ROLE OF ENERGY ATTRIBUTE CERTIFICATES IN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REPORTING

This paper demonstrates the basis for recognition and use of EACs (including NZ-ECs) by parties wishing to purchase renewable energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To understand the basis for usage, the paper provides the results of a thorough review of international best practice in this area. The best practice outlines and provides context of the pathway between standards, accreditation bodies, verification bodies and EAC system providers. 

 

The report also describes recognition of EACs by global entities within certification and commitment programmes, government-led programmes, global disclosure systems, policy organisations and sustainability consultants. 

 

The evidence presented shows robust existing international precedent for the recognition of EACs as appropriate instruments within market-based GHG reporting.

Author: Bindi Robertson, Certified Energy  (Aug 2021)

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ENERGY CERTIFICATES AND REPORTING - A guide commissioned by NZECS

This report describes the most commonly-used corporate reporting frameworks in NZ, their linkages to each other and their relationship to EACs. Many of the frameworks are related, so also highlight indirect relevance to EACs.

 

The report also shows the effect of EACs over time for a hypothetical electricity grid, where the use of EACs affects the residual grid mix, driving further certification and increased demand for zero carbon electricity.

Author: Emily Townsend, thinkstep-anz (April 2021)

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