11-Feb-2023 | Facts and Factors
According to Facts and Factors, the global renewable energy certificate market size was worth around USD 13.65 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 111 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 27.22% between 2022 and 2030.
A renewable energy certificate (REC) is a market commodity or instrument representing the ownership of property rights to the social, environmental, and other types of non-power aspects of renewable electricity production. When one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity gets generated and delivered to the electricity grid, RFCs get generated. However, the electricity generated in such a case should be from renewable sources.
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Renewable energy certificates include various attributes like certificate type, data, project name, racking system identity, nameplate capacity of the project, renewable facility location, renewable fuel type, emission rate of the renewable source, certificate unique identification number, and some more relevant details. There is no way of concluding the source of physical electricity received in the household or industrial settings. RECs are created to account for, track, and assign ownership to the producers of renewable energy. It can be considered a way of incentivizing the efforts of people who are switching to renewable energy.
The global renewable energy certificate market is projected to grow owing to the rising adoption of renewable energy across the globe driven by factors like growing awareness of the depletion rate of non-renewable sources, the harmful environmental impact of using non-renewable energy, and the lack of a concrete plan for sustainable growth. Currently, the world majorly functions on non-renewable sources like fossil fuel. However, these sources are decreasing rapidly and at the same leaving an irreversible impact on the environment that leads to the emission of harmful greenhouse gasses which causes severe air pollution.
Furthermore, rising mandates laid down by regional governments on various large-scale companies functioning in the public utility segment are expected to drive the demand for RECs. For instance, many state governments have created an obligation for electricity providers to meet a certain quota of power generation using renewable sources as a means to promote clean energy. Additionally, the renewable energy certificate industry can benefit from the growing incorporation of RECs in private segments because REC can offset the air pollution index caused by the company thus benefiting both the original owner of the REC and the new buyer.
The global market growth may witness certain limitations due to the existence of various loopholes in regulations surrounding RECs. Many laws regulating the use and creation of RECs are incomplete which is not allowing the global market to reach its potential. Furthermore, state governments emphasize using locally generated RECs, which is good for the domestic production of renewable energy, however, it greatly impacts the international trade of RECs which results in a loss of revenue.
The growing revamping activities surrounding RECs may provide growth opportunities whereas less voluntary uptake of RECs could pose a major challenge to renewable energy certificate industry growth.
The global renewable energy certificate market is segmented based on end-user, energy type, capacity, and region
Based on the end-user, the global market is divided into voluntary and compliance.
- In 2021, the global market was led by the compliance segment due to the various initiatives undertaken by government bodies to ensure the promotion of renewable energy and allow seamless compliance with renewable purchase obligations (RPO)
- As per reports, currently, there are very limited voluntary buyers of RECs which can be attributed to multiple factors
- Onligates units like open-access consumers and discoms are the major buyers of RECs. A recent Intellecap report in India showed that nearly 60% of the country’s RECs were bought by discoms
Based on capacity, the global market is divided into more than 5,000 kWh, 1,100 kWh to 5,000 kWh, and 0 to 1,000 kWh
Based on energy type, the global market is segmented into wind power, solar power, gas power, and hydroelectric power.
- The global market registered the highest growth in the solar power segment in 2021 since the inception of the regulation was initially targeted toward encouraging the adoption of solar energy and to date, the majority of the players contribute to the same segment
- Hydropower plants are not included in the RECs
- The solar power segment is expected to continue dominating in the coming years as the efforts toward harnessing solar power continue to grow from strength to strength
- As per official data, almost 2.79% of the world’s electricity in 2019 was generated using solar energy
North America is projected to lead the global renewable energy certificate market due to the ongoing and consistently rising efforts of the US and Canadian governments toward encouraging renewable energy certificates. In Canada, RECs are mostly regulated through the EcoLogo label and big corporations like Ernst & Young or Deloitte work as auditors to track and maintain the sales of RECs. The growing demand for renewable energy further strengthened by the rising stringent laws pushing international corporations to reduce their carbon footprint could also lead to higher regional growth during the forecast period. Growth in Asia-Pacific is projected to be dominated by India as it continues to invest resources in higher adoption of RECs across the compliance and voluntary segments.
Market Size in 2021
USD 13.65 Billion
Projected Market Size in 2030
USD 111 Billion
CAGR Growth Rate
Key Market Players
The Environmental Tracking Network of North America, Western Area Power Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Green-e Energy, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission., and others.
By End-User, Energy Type, Capacity, and Region
Major Regions Covered
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East &, Africa
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The global renewable energy certificate market is led by players like the Environmental Tracking Network of North America, Western Area Power Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Green-e Energy, and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission.
- In May 2019, Microsoft and Google, global companies, announced their complete support for a collaborative approach towards more transparency for understanding how much electricity is generated using renewable sources. EnergyTag, a UK-based company, is working with global leaders toward developing frameworks that provide complete information on this matter
- In October 2021, the Singapore government said that it will be working toward strengthening international and domestic collaboration to encourage hydrogen trading and clean energy in the country. In the same month, the government already launched a new standard for RECs to support the new vision
The global renewable energy certificate market is segmented as follows:
By Energy Type
- Wind Power
- Solar Power
- Gas Power
- Hydroelectric Power
- More than 5,000 kWh
- 1,100 kWh to 5,000 kWh
- 0 to 1,000 kWh
- North America
- The UK
- Nordic Countries
- Benelux Union
- The Netherlands
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Southeast Asia
- Rest of Southeast Asia
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- The Middle East & Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest of the Middle East & Africa
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
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