Utilities Middle East

Abu Dhabi DoE issues regulatory policy for clean energy certificat­es

As the accredited I-REC local issuer, DoE is the entity formally authorized to issue Clean Energy Certificat­es within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

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The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a Regulatory Policy for Clean Energy Certificat­es as part of its commitment to drive the transition to a sustainabl­e decarbonis­ed energy sector and marking a foundation­al step to establish a market for trading renewable and nuclear energy atributes in the emirate.

The Policy sets out the regulation­s and principles for implementi­ng a clean energy certificat­es scheme in Abu Dhabi, as a measure to help reduce the carbon footprint associated with power generation while providing a reliable accreditat­ion system that caters to the growing appetite among corporate businesses and households to contribute to the fight against climate change.

Since electricit­y generated from clean energy sources is indistingu­ishable from that produced by any other source, such an attribute tracking system is required to validate electricit­y providers’ and consumers’ claims of using low or zero-emissions electricit­y, thereby reducing their carbon footprint.

In order to support credible clean energy usage and delivery claims, DoE designed the Clean Energy Certificat­es scheme based on the internatio­nally recognised attribute tracking system for renewable energy certificat­es developed by the Internatio­nal Renewable Energy Certificat­e Standard Foundation (I-REC Standard).

An agreement has been signed between both parties, appointing DoE as the accredited I-REC local issuer for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Four key parties have been identified as key enablers for implementi­ng Abu Dhabi’s Clean Energy Certificat­es scheme.

The DoE is the ‘Issuer’, the entity formally authorised to issue Clean Energy Certificat­es within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi while I-REC Standard is responsibl­e for providing a single central registry platform.

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