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FaStGO - Facilitating Standards for Guarantees of Origin

This project provided expert advice to the European Commission DG ENER, based on the terms of Reference N° ENER/C1/2019-517: “Technical support for RES policy development & implementation. Establishing technical requirements and facilitating the standardisation process for guarantees of origin on basis of Dir (EU) 2018/2001.”

FaStGO took place under a one year service contract to DG ENER of the European Commisison,  during  the  preparation  of  the  entry  into  force  of  the Renewable Energy Directive  (EU)  2018/2001. The project team consisted of a cooperation between the Association of Issuing Bodies, RECS International, EEX, CertiQ, Grexel Systems, Gaia Consulting, Hinicio, ERGaR and the European Biogas Association.

The FaStGO project has published its final report on December 11th, 2020. The project was led by AIB in the person of Katrien Verwimp. Its reports facilitate upgrades to the European Guarantee of Origin system. In the first half of 2020 the project team mapped challenges in the management of guarantee of origin systems, identified areas for update in standardisation and developed a text proposal for a revised EN16325 standard on guarantees of origin. In the second half of the year the team brought forward a vision for a future IT architecture, a data transfer protocol and system requirement specification, development opportunities for the GO statistics, essentials for the residual mix for all energy carriers and a proposal for increased VAT fraud prevention measures.

While developing this content, the project team was in constant dialogue with a wide scale of stakeholders. In the course of 1 year the project team organised 3 public webinars, 4 public consultations, and many discussions with a variety of stakeholders. See all public reports and consultation results and webinar recordings in the sidebar.


Overview of Tasks 

  1. Mapping currently existing standardisation frameworks 

  2. Specification of the technical requirements for the extended coverage of GO 

  3. IT system specifications and the requirements for the associated infrastructure for cross-border exchange of GO for all energy carriers 

  4. Systems for EU-based market supervision statistics 

  5. Methodologies for enhanced prevention of financial fraud 

  6. Stakeholder consultation processes

The project ran for one year, starting on 16th of December 2019.

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Introduction to FaStGO

FaStGO Webinars

29 October 2020: FaStGO stakeholder workshop

Design specification for GO statistics, Residual mix, IT infrastructure
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11 June 2020: FaStGO proposal for a revised EN16325 standard on GOs

Proposal how to revise the European standard on Guarantees of Origin.
See more here.

10 March 2020: New Residual Mix calculation methodology

AIB has updated the Residual Mix calculation methodology to overcome issues with the previous methodology.
See more here.