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Your guide in the green power jungle Our Grüner Strom-Label

You want to change your electricity tariff, but lose the overview in the electricity comparison? When choosing your green electricity tariff, look out for our seal of approval! This guarantees you 100% genuine green electricity and the expansion of renewable energies.

Guarantees the expansion of renewable energies

A fixed amount per kilowatt hour flows into the expansion of renewable energies and into innovative energy transition projects - guaranteed!

Real green electricity with added value

Guaranteed green electricity 100% from renewable energy sources. Relabeling of nuclear and coal-fired electricity is excluded!

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Supported by associations for environment, peace & consumers.

Behind the seals of approval are NABU, DUH, BUND & other civil society organizations.

Independent certification

The highest environmental standards and demanding criteria are regularly audited.

Pioneer since 1998

First green electricity label in Germany.

Green electricity tariffs awarded with the Grüner Strom-Label guarantee investments in energy transition projects that are compatible with nature.

Energy transition projects

Tariffs with the Grüner Strom-Label actively promote the energy transition.

Guarantees the expansion of renewable energies

By choosing an electricity tariff with the Grüner Strom-Label, you have a double added value! You can be sure that you are buying 100% green electricity and automatically support the development of renewable energies.

This is because energy transition projects are implemented with a fixed amount per kilowatt hour consumed.

More than 90 million euros have already been 1.80invested in over 1,800 ecologically valuable projects .

By choosing a green electricity tariff with the Grüner Strom-Label, you support, for example: new green power plants, future technologies such as storage and smart grids, energy efficiency measures, e-mobility, citizen energy projects.

100% real green electricity

Wherever the Grüner Strom-Label is on it, it also contains 100% green electricity.

A relabeling of nuclear and coal-fired electricity into green electricity - otherwise common practice in the green electricity market - is excluded with the Grüner Strom-Label!

Legally, the term green electricity is not sufficiently defined and corresponding tariffs are only linked to a guarantee of origin , which only proves the generation, but not the supply, of electricity from renewable sources.

We guarantee you that the electricity you purchase also comes from renewable energy plants.

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Recommended by associations for the environment & consumers

Leading associations from civil society are behind the Grüner Strom-Label and Grünes Gas-Label. They play a key role in shaping the criteria for the labels.

Independent certification

The criteria of the Grüner Strom-Label are verified by an independent institute and are significantly co-determined by our supporting associations.

GUTcert ensures that all criteria are objectively assessed and fulfilled. Our honorary board of directors reviews the appraisals.

The certification is based on a detailed catalog of criteria , which was drafted by energy experts and is regularly reviewed and revised by the supporting associations.

Pioneer since 1998

The Grüner Strom-Label is the first seal of approval for green electricity on the German energy market.

The label was founded in 1998 by leading associations for environmental, peace and consumer:in.

The association behind it - Grüner Strom Label e.V. - is a pioneer in the certification of green electricity in Germany. Since the liberalization of the energy market in 1998, the association has made it its business to ensure greater transparency in the electricity market.

Obtain green electricity

Almost every energy supplier today offers green electricity. But not every green electricity tariff brings about an actual environmental benefit. Tariffs with the Grüner Strom-Label distinguish tariffs with added value.

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Michelle Markwart

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What you should know about green electricity

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Frequently asked questions

With Green Electricity-certified green electricity tariffs, guaranteed investments flow into the expansion of renewable energies. The level of investment is determined by a fixed amount per kilowatt hour consumed. Thus, your green power purchase indirectly influences investments in the energy transition.The funding areas include the mobility transition, energy infrastructure, energy efficiency, and other projects that serve the energy transition, such as nature conservation, development cooperation, and education.

The full range of funding opportunities can be found in the criteria catalog for the Grüner Strom-Label. Selected energy transition projects can be found here.

The Grüner Strom-Label is awarded for a green electricity tariff, not for the provider itself. The label criteria therefore relate primarily to the tariff.Thus, the Grüner Strom-Label can be found on tariffs of independent green electricity providers as well as on tariffs of municipal utilities that sell conventional electricity in addition to the certified green electricity.

Nevertheless, the Green Electricity certification also looks at aspects concerning the supplier. For example, the Grüner Strom-Label will not be granted to any company that is still directly involved in a coal-fired power plant on the cut-off date of 1.1.2027, i.e. operates a coal-fired power plant itself or is involved in an operating company with share capital/share capital. Participation in nuclear power plants is also an exclusion criterion.

In our Tariff portal of the environmental associations "vergleich-dich-gruen" You will find all tariffs and can easily switch to a real green electricity tariff with a Grüner Strom-Label.

Green Electricity

Green electricity is electrical energy that comes from renewable sources. It can be generated from solar radiation, wind and water power, biomass, geothermal energy or sewage gas. Electricity from renewable sources is ecologically and socially sound because it protects the climate and reduces the consumption of fossil, finite resources. In addition, it does not produce hazardous waste, such as radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. When you buy green electricity, it doesn't mean that green electricity is actually coming out of the pipe. Every kilowatt hour generated flows into an electricity lake, from which it is then redistributed to end customers. In other words, everyone gets the same physical electricity. But every single green electricity customer helps to make the electricity lake ever greener. However, green electricity does not automatically promote the energy transition. For this, additional investments must be made in the expansion of renewable energies. This is guaranteed by tariffs that carry the Green Electricity label. - -

Electricity from renewable energies is ecologically and socially acceptable because it protects the climate and the environment. Consumption of fossil, finite resources reduced is produced. In addition, no hazardous waste is produced, such as radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.

When you buy green electricity, this does not mean that green electricity actually comes out of the line. Every kilowatt hour generated flows into a Stromseefrom which it is then redistributed to the end customers. In other words, everyone receives the same physical electricity. But every single green electricity customer helps to make the electricity lake ever greener.

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The numerous green electricity tariffsavailable on the energy market differ significantly from one another.

The crucial point with a green electricity tariff is whether consumers are choosing a green electricity tariff with their purchase decision. . . environmentally compatible expansion of renewable energies is subsidized. This is not the case with many green electricity offers.

It is important to make the electricity mix greener, Incentives for the expansion of renewable energies This is where the Grüner Strom-Label comes in: if you choose a tariff that has been awarded our seal of approval, you can be sure that every kilowatt hour you consume will go towards the expansion of renewable energies. The guaranteed investments in the environmentally compatible expansion of renewable energies are an essential Distinguishing feature compared to many other green electricity labels and green electricity tariffs.

Green electricity tariffs for private customers require an investment of at least 0.5 cents per kilowatt hour. Many energy providers also invest more than 0.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

. tariff portal of the environmental associations for switching energy providers. .

For trade customers, the Subsidy contribution are lower due to the higher consumption values: they range from 0.1 cents to 0.4 cents per kilowatt hour.

Yes. Green electricity tariffs do not necessarily have to bear a label. Certification by the Grüner Strom-Label or other seals of approval is voluntary. There are electricity providers who do not have their tariffs independently verified at all. Here, consumers must decide for themselves how credible the offer is.

In addition, it is not the energy providers that are certified, but only the individual tariffs. You can find more information about our certification here.

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Green Electricity

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On this page you will find all the important documents about the Green Electricity and Green Gas Label.

Grüner Strom-Label

Here you can find all the documents about the Green Electricity Label.

Green electricity tariffs awarded with the Grüner Strom-Label guarantee investments in energy transition projects that are compatible with nature.

Green Gas Label

Here you can find all the documents about the Green Gas Label.

Grünes Gas-Label

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Green electricity tariffs awarded with the Grüner Strom-Label guarantee investments in energy transition projects that are compatible with nature.

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Elisa Voß

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Green Gas Certification Manager

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