Green heating

Green Heating

The Federal Environment Agency maintains an electronic register of guarantees of origin for green electricity, which is not subject to pay-as-you-go financing under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Such certificates of origin are important for operators of renewable energy plants so that their customers - for example energy suppliers - can resell the electricity as green electricity and later each consumer can see on his invoice which energy sources he has been produced from.






Benefits of Proof of Origin of Green Electricity

  • With Proof of Origin for electricity from renewable energy sources, generating companies can fulfil the requirements of the German Energy Industry Act and the Renewable Energy Sources Act.

  • In addition, proof of origin creates the basis for onward sale to energy supply companies - because only electricity with proof of origin can be sold to end consumers as “green”.

Making optimal use of market opportunities

As with green electricity, green heat offers enormous potential for reducing greenhouse gases; this opens up large market opportunities for correspondingly marked products.
With TÜV NORD CERT, the only body to certify green heat, suppliers of heat can utilise these opportunities to generate economic advantages. The expansion of the product portfolio can be successfully communicated by means of the TÜV test mark.

FAQs on Green Heating

For whom is the certification interesting?
  • operators of renewable energy plants
  • if the electricity they produce is not remunerated by the EEG levy and their customers - for example energy suppliers - want to continue marketing the electricity as green electricity.


What are the prerequisites for certification of Green Heating?

Guarantees of origin can be issued for electricity from renewable energies such as solar, wind, hydro or biomass if neither a feed-in tariff under the Renewable Energy Sources Act nor a market premium is granted. In this way, the respective electricity producer fulfils the legal requirements and creates the basis for successfully marketing its electricity.

Heating with a green conscience

Rising numbers of consumers want to make their contribution to environmental and climate protection when it comes to their energy consumption. This has long been possible with green electricity, and now there is also green heat: Through corresponding certification and the associated test mark, TÜV NORD CERT offers local and district heating suppliers – and in particular municipal utilities – the ability to communicate their responsibility in terms of resource conservation, and to open up new customer groups.

Conventional heat permitted on the network

Certification from TÜV NORD CERT confirms that the heat being fed into a district or local heat network has been generated in an environmentally friendly manner from renewable energies. To this end, the heat balances of the provider are audited under TÜV NORD Climate Change Standard TN-CC 011. Exact accounting for energy input and output ensures that the quantity of heat fed into the network from renewable energies at least matches the quantity of heat sold from conventional generation, where the relevant network also contains conventionally generated heat in addition to green heat.

Our know-how for your success

TÜV NORD's environmental verification unit is an internationally recognized and reliable partner for verification services. Our environmental assessors have in-depth knowledge and are always permanently employed by TÜV NORD. This guarantees independence and neutrality as well as continuity in the support of our customers. The benefit to you is clear: assessors accompany and support the development of your company and provide you with objective feedback.

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