San Francisco, CA USA–based NGO Center for Resource Solutions ("CRS") announced the release of the Green-e Renewable Energy Standard for Chile ("Chile Standard"), which details the requirements and standards for Green-e certification of renewable electricity sales and consumption in Chile. The new standard defines eligible renewable resources, requirements for customer disclosure and transparency, and use of renewable energy tracking systems. With the release of this Standard, large buyers and clean energy sellers in Chile can apply for Green-e certification of their renewable energy procurement and retail renewable electricity products, respectively.
As the first Chilean company to implement the new certification, Viña Concha y Toro's Sunrise brand, which is produced with 100% solar power, will be Green-e certified. Sunrise Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varietals will be distributed globally carrying the Green-e Certified logo, beginning in 2020.
"Chile is limitless in its clean energy potential, and we are excited to play our part in helping ensure market integrity along the way," said Jennifer Martin, executive director of Center for Resource Solutions, which administers the Green-e certification program. "We couldn't be more pleased to work with a global sustainability leader like Concha y Toro to establish the Green-e brand in Chile and reinforce the message that sourcing from clean energy generation is just as beneficial to the brand as it is to the planet."
"Since 2012, Concha y Toro has made sustainability a priority throughout its operations," said Valentina Lira, Sustainability Manager of Viña Concha y Toro. "Through our use of Green-e certification, we hope to encourage other Chilean companies to switch to clean, renewable energy, while educating consumers about sustainable products made from the power of sun, wind, and water."
Green-e works with retail electricity sellers and consumers to increase consumer confidence, reduce purchasing risk, ensure environmental impact, and support purchasing goals toward RE100 and other initiatives. Green-e™ certification will help accelerate the development of renewable generation and renewable electricity markets in Chile, and provides consumers with assurances that their renewable electricity purchases are a meaningful mechanism for expressing demand for cleaner electricity options.
Green-e certification in Chile includes self generation and use; electricity purchasing where electricity and EACs are delivered together, including direct supply or renewable electricity offered by generation company; and electricity delivered from the generator to the user through the electricity grid, including through a power purchase agreement (PPA).
As more electricity consumers are able to choose their power, Green-e certification gives electricity retailers, businesses, and consumers a way to distinguish their activity and demonstrate their commitment to impactful renewable electricity and EAC purchasing.
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