European Energy Certificate System

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The European Energy Certificate System (EECS) is a commercially funded, integrated European framework for issuing, holding, transferring and otherwise processing electronic records. It was developed by the Association of Issuing Bodies[1] to provide a properly regulated platform for Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin, as proposed by the Renewables Directive which supports Directive 2009/72/EC[2] (the Internal Electricity Market Directive). EECS builds upon the concept proposed by the Basic Commitment of the Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) and now supports all types of electricity, regardless of source or production technology.

The scope and focus of EECS now encompasses all forms of electricity, and supports Directive 2004/8/EC[3] (the CHP Directive). Work is currently under way to adapt EECS to support forms of energy other than electricity.

The EECS Rules set out the energy certificate issuing activities of members of the AIB at an international level; while the implementation of EECS at a national or regional level is set out in a series of Domain Protocols.

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