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CERTIFHY™ GO ADVANTAGES

Driven by its energy policy objectives, the EU is looking at cost efficient ways to achieve 55% cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Hydrogen can play a significant role in contributing to this decarbonisation objectives as there is a significant potential and demand for renewable and low-carbon hydrogen in several sectors, including transport and refining as well as in the steel, chemicals and other industries.

In order to facilitate the development of the renewable and low carbon hydrogen market, a reliable and efficient Guarantees of Origin (GOs) system is required.

The advantages of CertifHy™ GOs for renewable and low-carbon hydrogen are detailed here below.

  • ECONOMIC
  • MARKETING
  • REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
  • GO ADVANTAGES BY SECTOR

ECONOMIC

Create new business model through product differentiation

CertifHy™ GOs provide product differentiation which will allow producers and consumers to improve their competitiveness and enhance their sustainability practices. The credibility of the CertifHy™ scheme will allow producers to sell hydrogen with confidence while meeting consumer’s requirements.

Increase liquidity and transparency thanks to a globalized European market

CertifHy™ aims at facilitating the creation of an EU-wide system. There is only one unique EU registry for CertifHy™ GOs to facilitate cross border trades at lower costs. CertifHy™ is compliant with AIB’s EECS (European Energy Certificate System) scheme and therefore be in line with the entire H2 EU GO market. This will contribute to the growth of the hydrogen market, to its liquidity and transparency.

Standardized solution recognized between the market players, easy to trade

CertifHy™ is compliant with AIB’s EECS as well as the CEN EN16325 standard applicable to all GOs in Europe. Therefore, CertifHy™ GOs are comparable to other EU H2 GOs issued under a national scheme.

MARKETING

Provide trust to end consumers

The CertifHy™ GO scheme provides a reliable and transparent instrument that gives trust to the consumer about the quality and origin of the product.

Allow consumers to transfer value towards the production method they want to support

The CertifHy™ GO scheme provides a reliable and transparent instrument fostering consumers empowerment as they can set specific criteria on the hydrogen they want to purchase (localisation, energy source, production pathway, CO2 footprint, etc.).

Use of renewable or low carbon H2 independent from the location

The CertifHy™ GO system decouples the green attribute from the physical flow of the product and makes renewable and low carbon hydrogen available EU-wide independently from its production sites.

Increase the role of hydrogen in the energy transition

A well established and transparent market of renewable and non-renewable hydrogen will be a facilitator for Europe’s energy transition and will help Europe become the number one in renewable energies by contributing to reach EU targets of cutting 80-95% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050, by increasing energy diversity enhancing renewable energy demand and supply.

Measure impact of CO2 emissions

By identifying and quantifying CO2 emissions, CertifHy™ GOs helps to point out excessive energy usage or inefficiencies. Managing the carbon footprint contributes to sustainability objectives but can also lead to costs savings.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Consumers disclosure

Art. 19 from RES Directive 2018/2001/EC (REDII) defines GOs as the instrument for disclosing product origin to end-users. It empowers consumers to make informed choices based on transparent and reliable information, and thus to buy renewable or low carbon hydrogen in full transparency.

The main provisions of Article 19

 

  • Define and limit the purpose of a GO
  • Set out the conditions under which they are issued
  • Specify the conditions for using a GO
  • Set out the conditions for appointing supervisory bodies for national GO systems
  • Lay down basic ground rules for the supervisory body
  • Specify the content of the GO
  • Enables GOs to be used for energy source disclosure
  • Define the impact of purchasing and selling GOs of the supplied energy mix
  • Lay down the conditions under which a Member State may refuse a GO
  • Provide the Commission with the power to require a member State to recognise a GO where a reported breach of such conditions has been successfully challenged
  • Enables Member States to define how GOs are used for the disclosure purposes of the Internal Electricity Markets Directive (2019/944/EC).

GO ADVANTAGES BY SECTOR

GOVERMENTS & POLICY MAKERS

A cost-effective and harmonised solution to fulfil the RED 2 requirement to have a GO scheme in place for hydrogen. A market-based instrument to support the production of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen. Allowing (regional) authorities to foster the development of local supply chains by supporting/requiring the use of “Local GO´s”.

PRODUCERS OF HYDROGEN

Allowing the market to make a distinction between grey, Green and Low-Carbon Hydrogen, and creating a demand for such higher value products in each category. Since a GO has a certain monetary value, this will serve as additional income for producers.

TRADERS

CertifHy™ GOs may open new business opportunities in various sectors that include industry, transport, heating and cooling.
CertifHy™ can also cater for specific labelling needs (in addition to the currently established labels Green & Low-Carbon hydrogen). This can foster the development of niche products for which a higher price could be obtained.

SUPPLIERS

Enabling differentiation by offering Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen.

END - USERS

Informed on the origin of the hydrogen used. Use of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen independent of location. To reduce overall company emissions as well as the lifetime emissions of sold products.

GOVERMENTS & POLICY MAKERS

A cost-effective and harmonised solution to fulfil the RED 2 requirement to have a GO scheme in place for hydrogen. A market-based instrument to support the production of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen. Allowing (regional) authorities to foster the development of local supply chains by supporting/requiring the use of “Local GO´s”.

PRODUCERS OF HYDROGEN

Allowing the market to make a distinction between grey, Green and Low-Carbon Hydrogen, and creating a demand for such higher value products in each category. Since a GO has a certain monetary value, this will serve as additional income for producers.

TRADERS

CertifHy™ GOs may open new business opportunities in various sectors that include industry, transport, heating and cooling. CertifHy™ can also cater for specific labelling needs (in addition to the currently established labels Green & Low-Carbon hydrogen). This can foster the development of niche products for which a higher price could be obtained.

SUPPLIERS

Enabling differentiation by offering Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen.

END - USERS

Informed on the origin of the hydrogen used. Use of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen independent of location. To reduce overall company emissions as well as the lifetime emissions of sold products.

  • ECONOMIC
  • MARKETING
  • REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
  • GO ADVANTAGES BY SECTOR

ECONOMIC

Create new business model through product differentiation

CertifHy™ GOs provide product differentiation which will allow producers and consumers to improve their competitiveness and enhance their sustainability practices. The credibility of the CertifHy™ scheme will allow producers to sell hydrogen with confidence while meeting consumer’s requirements.

Increase liquidity and transparency thanks to a globalized European market

CertifHy™ aims at facilitating the creation of an EU-wide system. There is only one unique EU registry for CertifHy™ GOs to facilitate cross border trades at lower costs. CertifHy™ is compliant with AIB’s EECS (European Energy Certificate System) scheme and therefore be in line with the entire H2 EU GO market. This will contribute to the growth of the hydrogen market, to its liquidity and transparency.

Standardized solution recognized between the market players, easy to trade

CertifHy™ is compliant with AIB’s EECS as well as the CEN EN16325 standard applicable to all GOs in Europe. Therefore, CertifHy™ GOs are comparable to other EU H2 GOs issued under a national scheme.

MARKETING

Provide trust to end consumers

The CertifHy™ GO scheme provides a reliable and transparent instrument that gives trust to the consumer about the quality and origin of the product.

Allow consumers to transfer value towards the production method they want to support

The CertifHy™ GO scheme provides a reliable and transparent instrument fostering consumers empowerment as they can set specific criteria on the hydrogen they want to purchase (localisation, energy source, production pathway, CO2 footprint, etc.).

Use of renewable or low carbon H2 independent from the location

The CertifHy™ GO system decouples the green attribute from the physical flow of the product and makes renewable and low carbon hydrogen available EU-wide independently from its production sites.

Increase the role of hydrogen in the energy transition

A well established and transparent market of renewable and non-renewable hydrogen will be a facilitator for Europe’s energy transition and will help Europe become the number one in renewable energies by contributing to reach EU targets of cutting 80-95% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050, by increasing energy diversity enhancing renewable energy demand and supply.

Measure impact of CO2 emissions

By identifying and quantifying CO2 emissions, CertifHy™ GOs helps to point out excessive energy usage or inefficiencies. Managing the carbon footprint contributes to sustainability objectives but can also lead to costs savings.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Consumers disclosure

Art. 19 from RES Directive 2018/2001/EC (REDII) defines GOs as the instrument for disclosing product origin to end-users. It empowers consumers to make informed choices based on transparent and reliable information, and thus to buy renewable or low carbon hydrogen in full transparency.

The main provisions of Article 19

 

  • Define and limit the purpose of a GO
  • Set out the conditions under which they are issued
  • Specify the conditions for using a GO
  • Set out the conditions for appointing supervisory bodies for national GO systems
  • Lay down basic ground rules for the supervisory body
  • Specify the content of the GO
  • Enables GOs to be used for energy source disclosure
  • Define the impact of purchasing and selling GOs of the supplied energy mix
  • Lay down the conditions under which a Member State may refuse a GO
  • Provide the Commission with the power to require a member State to recognise a GO where a reported breach of such conditions has been successfully challenged
  • Enables Member States to define how GOs are used for the disclosure purposes of the Internal Electricity Markets Directive (2019/944/EC).

GO ADVANTAGES BY SECTOR

GOVERMENTS & POLICY MAKERS

A cost-effective and harmonised solution to fulfil the RED 2 requirement to have a GO scheme in place for hydrogen. A market-based instrument to support the production of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen. Allowing (regional) authorities to foster the development of local supply chains by supporting/requiring the use of “Local GO´s”.

PRODUCERS OF HYDROGEN

Allowing the market to make a distinction between grey, Green and Low-Carbon Hydrogen, and creating a demand for such higher value products in each category. Since a GO has a certain monetary value, this will serve as additional income for producers.

TRADERS

CertifHy™ GOs may open new business opportunities in various sectors that include industry, transport, heating and cooling.
CertifHy™ can also cater for specific labelling needs (in addition to the currently established labels Green & Low-Carbon hydrogen). This can foster the development of niche products for which a higher price could be obtained.

SUPPLIERS

Enabling differentiation by offering Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen.

END - USERS

Informed on the origin of the hydrogen used. Use of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen independent of location. To reduce overall company emissions as well as the lifetime emissions of sold products.

GOVERMENTS & POLICY MAKERS

A cost-effective and harmonised solution to fulfil the RED 2 requirement to have a GO scheme in place for hydrogen. A market-based instrument to support the production of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen. Allowing (regional) authorities to foster the development of local supply chains by supporting/requiring the use of “Local GO´s”.

PRODUCERS OF HYDROGEN

Allowing the market to make a distinction between grey, Green and Low-Carbon Hydrogen, and creating a demand for such higher value products in each category. Since a GO has a certain monetary value, this will serve as additional income for producers.

TRADERS

CertifHy™ GOs may open new business opportunities in various sectors that include industry, transport, heating and cooling. CertifHy™ can also cater for specific labelling needs (in addition to the currently established labels Green & Low-Carbon hydrogen). This can foster the development of niche products for which a higher price could be obtained.

SUPPLIERS

Enabling differentiation by offering Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen.

END - USERS

Informed on the origin of the hydrogen used. Use of Green & Low-Carbon Hydrogen independent of location. To reduce overall company emissions as well as the lifetime emissions of sold products.