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Guaranteeing the origin of European energy


AIB - "guaranteeing the origin of European energy"

The purpose of the AIB is to develop, use and promote a standardised system of energy certification for all energy carriers: the European Energy Certificate System - "EECS".

EECS is based on structures and procedures which ensure the reliable operation of energy certificate schemes in Europe. These schemes satisfy the criteria of objectivity, non-discrimination, transparency and costs effectiveness, in order to facilitate the international exchange of guarantees of origin.

In order to further facilitate this, the AIB operates an inter-registry communications Hub.

AIB’s members are the Competent Bodies for the administration of Guarantee of Origin schemes in 28 countries ( EU, EEA and Energy Community member states). Two more countries are likely to join by the end of 2021.

In 2019, 707 million certificates (707 TWh) were issued, while 613 million were transferred internationally and 613 million were used and cancelled. The market for electricity GOs continues to grow at about 10% per year.

The AIB also provides a knowledge centre for energy certificate authorities across Europe, providing and sharing advice and guidance.


Report with conversion rules

AIB led the drafting of a report with “Harmonised Rules for handling guarantees of origin for energy carrier conversion”, which is now finalised. The report proposes harmonised rules for energy carrier conversion, for issuing bodies and registry operators.  More here.

Interested in joining AIB?

If you are an issuing body for GOs or voluntary certificates and wish to join, then read more here. See a generic presentation about AIB and GOs or take a look at our Youtube channel, which contains videos about the AIB and guarantees of origin.
All these documents, presentations and information are developed by the AIB, its members and market parties.


AIB welcomes issuing bodies administering energy certificates for electricity, gas, hydrogen etc.

The AIB facilitates a forum for issuing bodies who administer a reliable system of internationally tradeable energy certificates. AIB now also facilitates independent decision making by gas issuing bodies on gas related aspects.

The European Energy Certificate System (EECS) provides a basic ruleset for energy certificates for all energy carriers and several purposes. The Electricity Scheme has been operational for almost two decades, the EECS Gas Scheme has been added in November 2019. The EECS Rules have also adopted rules that facilitate GO issuing following energy carrier conversion.

AIB operates a Hub for international trade of energy certificates, avoiding bilateral connections between registries. 600 TWh of electricity guarantees of origin were transferred internationally in 2019.

The EECS Gas GO Scheme fully facilitates guarantees of origin for gaseous energy carriers (including hydrogen) under article 19 of the Renewable Energy Directive 2018/2001, and their effective cross border transfer. It also facilitates voluntary data fields on the gas certificate, which can be used for other purposes (sustainability criteria, green house gas emission data, assessment reports certifying their value, etc). This is a building block towards also art. 25-31 of REDII certification and can be further developed.

AIB encourages and facilitates (aspiring) gas issuing bodies to join the EECS Gas Scheme Group and share experience, establish practice and further refine the rules.

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AIB General Meeting

With the implementation of new Articles of Association (Feb. 2020), the AIB will hold two General Meetings from 2021 onwards. The second AIB General Meeting will take place on 3 December 2021 (Members only, observers on invitation).



Upcoming public events

OMC 2021/22

The Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB) and RECS International bow to the health situation in Europe, and with regret, postpone the OMC to spring 2022, aiming for a physical meeting.
Once a year we jointly organize the Open Markets Committee (OMC) for our members and interested stakeholders.

REC Market Meeting 2021/22

The REC Market Meeting is postponed to 5&6 April 2022.
The conference will take place at the NH Collection hotel Grand Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Preconference sessions will be held on 4 April.
AIB members can join at a discount via the link below.