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Green‑e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification Launched

Framework establishes criteria for the development of Green‑e regional and country-specific certification standards


Jeff Swenerton

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 7, 2017)—Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is pleased to announce the release of the Green-e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification, a guidance document that establishes baseline criteria for the development of regional Green-e certification standards around the world that will govern the sale and use of renewable energy that is consistent, credible, and impactful. The Framework addresses the longstanding need for international criteria that enforce the quality of renewable energy generation, transactions, and use, while providing a way to address local stakeholder and market-development goals. With the release of the Framework, companies and individuals who want the environmental benefits of high-quality clean energy can drive the development of new regional Green-e standards.

This new Framework serves as the baseline for new Green-e regional and country-specific certification standards, and outlines the common core technical requirements for certification of renewable energy transactions that occur through electric service providers and other sellers of tradable certificate products, direct power purchase agreements (PPAs), and onsite generation. These requirements ensure that Green-e certified clean energy:

  • is from newly created renewable electricity generation facilities
  • meets resource-type eligibility screens to promote sustainable energy types
  • contains all of the environmental attributes of the generation that can be owned, including all carbon dioxide attributes
  • can consistently be used for Scope 2 emissions reporting
  • fulfills the advertising claims made by the seller, is not sold more than once, and is not claimed by any other end-user
  • is not counted against existing governmental renewable energy mandates


To read the Framework, visit Green-e Energy Documents. To participate in the current stakeholder comment period for the regional standard for Singapore, see "Second Comment Period Open for the Green-e Renewable Energy Code for Singapore".

As a result of the publication of the Framework, the Green-e Energy National Standard is now the Green-e Renewable Energy Standard for Canada and the United States.


About Green-e and Center for Resource Solutions

A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification services through Green-e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green-e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green-e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green-e certified products and programs available in North America, visit