SP Group Launches One of the World’s First Blockchain-Powered Trading of Renewable Energy Certificates
SP Group (SP) launched one of the world’s first blockchain-powered renewable energy certificate (REC) marketplace at the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) recently. In conjunction with the launch, AEBF forum participants saw screenshots of the first purchases by buyers, City Developments Limited (CDL) and DBS Bank (DBS). Designed and built in-house by SP’s team of digital energy experts, this marketplace enables local and international organisations – regardless of size, business or location in the world – to trade in RECs. The unique attributes of blockchain technology will ensure the security, integrity, and traceability of each REC transaction. This will drive the greater integration of renewable energy sources on the electricity grid.
Launching the marketplace innovation at the opening session of the Forum on Monday 29 October 2018, SP’s Chief Digital Officer, Samuel Tan, said, “Through blockchain technology, we enable companies to trade in renewable energy certificates conveniently, seamlessly and securely, helping them achieve greener business operations and meet their sustainability targets.” The SP REC marketplace supports local, regional and international RECs. It also supports different supply options including types of sellers and renewable energy sources.
SP announced that local organisations such as CDL and DBS, who are keen drivers of sustainable solutions, have signed on as REC buyers. Solar developers such as Cleantech Solar Asia and LYS Energy Solutions, with local and regional solar assets, have signed a collaboration with SP to place their solar assets on the marketplace for sale of RECs. Katoen Natie Singapore, a global chemical logistics company who will be launching Singapore’s largest single unit rooftop solar facility at a warehouse, has also come onboard as a REC seller.
When companies purchase RECs, they are consuming electricity from renewable sources, sold to them by other companies that produce green energy. With SP’s blockchain-powered marketplace, buyers are automatically matched with sellers, around the globe, according to their preferences. This helps big and small organisations to achieve their green targets and strengthens cross-border sustainability efforts with SP’s international reach. It contributes to Singapore’s low carbon targets, as part of its Paris COP-21 agreement.
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