How GECCJ was established
In November 2000, Japan Natural Energy Company Limited announced the concept of commercializing a green power certification system, the first system of its kind to be introduced by a private business in Japan. This system involves transactions between users and green power producers. Concretely users outsource green power generation by paying a certain amount of premium. The above-mentioned transaction can be verified and made public in the form of ‘certificates’.
(For details, please refer to the web site of Japan Natural Energy Company Limited: http://www.natural-e.co.jp/english/index.html)
In promoting the system, it is essential that
- the amount of green power generated by certified facilities be verified according to the descriptions of the certification rules,
- green power be certified by independent and neutral organizations,
- public understanding and awareness of Green Power be enhanced .
For this purpose, Green Power Certification Council, Japan (GPCCJ), was organized in 2001.
However, GPCCJ couldn’t take legal responsibilities for its actions as an organization, because GPCCJ was not legally qualified to be juridical person. Therefore to strengthen the system, in April 2008, Green Energy Certification Center, as a branch of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, which is a legal entity, was established to succeed all the tasks of GPCCJ.