The Grüner Strom Label e.V. Association (“GSL” or “Our Association”) was established in 1998 at the initiative of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy, by several non-profit environmental organizations, including consumer information groups and peace-furthering organizations. At that time, certification programs for green electricity did not exist. Farsighted leaders and energy experts like Klaus Traube, the then spokesman for energy policy of BUND, and Dr Hermann Scheer (†), president emeritus of EUROSOLAR, developed a set of exacting criteria for underpinning the accreditation for green electricity. Grüner Strom was the first seal of approval for green electricity in Germany.
Since the liberalisation of the electricity market in 1998 tenants and homeowners choose their electricity tariff freely. The majority of the people want to do good for the environment. However, those that want to put their wish into practice are often mislead by the tariffs.
Our aim is 100% energy supply from renewable energy sources.
As it is the only seal of approval supported by environmental associations, the Grüner Strom-label constitute the compatibility of environmental protection and energy revolution.
From an intense coordination process with experts from the supporting associations and the associated industry resulted the first criteria list in 2013. Since 2014 the first biogas products have been certificated with the Grünes Gas-label.
The label Grünes Gas is the first seal of approval for biogas in Germany that assesses the production of biogas on all processing steps. The holistic view guarantees nature-compatible biogas and stands for a renewable energy future.
Board of directors
Head of transport policy , NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.
EUROSOLAR Europäische Vereinigung für Erneuerbare Energien e.V.
Deputy Spokesperson of the work group energy, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)
The Grüner Strom-Label indicates support of the group of seven non-profit organizations referenced below. Their focus is environmental protection, oriented towards spurring the development of renewable forms of energy and the economical, efficient and resource saving use of energy. Through their voluntary role in the Board of Directors and in the General Assembly of our Association they are actively involved in the certification to this day. Any changes in the criteria for example – the most salient requisite for underpinning the accreditation – must be discussed and approved by them.
BUND works on all levels and is supported by more than 580.000 people: Nationwide there are approximately 2.000 voluntary BUND groups that engage in regional issues.
For instance, the BUND engages in ecological agriculture, healthy food, climate protection and the expansion of renewable forms of energy, the protection of threatened species, forests and waters. The association is a leading one in Germany.
EUROSOLAR aims to completely replace nuclear and fossil energies with renewable energies. The association understands solar energy supply as the significant prerequisite for the conservation of natural habitats and for a sustainable economy.
NABU belongs to the leading environmental associations in Germany and is widely known. More than 620.000 members and sponsors support their engagement for mankind and nature. In every of the 16 federal states there are full-time employees standing up for the concerns of NABU.
Deutscher Naturschutzring, Dachverband der deutschen Natur-, Tier- und Umweltschutzorganisationen (DNR) e.V.
DNR engages in nature conervation and sustainability: The umbrella association was found in 1950 and represents 87 nature conservation, animal protection and environmental protection organizations, producer associations, foundations and institutes that all together have access to 10 million people.
The Verbraucher Initiative is a politic association and follows the guidelines of a sustainable society that is worth to live in. To achieve this goal it requires a lot of patience and the cooperation of many actors.
Deutsche Sektion der Internationalen Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges/Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung e.V. (IPPNW)
The IPPNW is composed by 6.500 doctors, medical students and support members in Germany. In the international context there are even more: Thousands of doctors engage in more than 60 countries on every continent for a peaceful, non-nuclear and humane world. As a reward for their commitment the IPPNW received 1985 the Nobel Peace Price.
The NaturwissenschaftlerInnen-Initiative (NatWiss) is an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-ideological charitable association composed of scientists that mainly come from natural sciences.