ECOHZ is a Norwegian-based company with offices in Oslo and Geneva. Our primary business is to offer Guarantees of Origin from renewable energy to electricity providers, businesses and organisations across Europe, with distribution partners in 12 European countries. In 2012 ECOHZ managed a renewable energy portfolio of almost 48 TWh, making the company one of Europe’s largest independent suppliers. ECOHZ’s portfolio includes guarantees of origin from more than 200 power plants, based on fixed supplier agreements with over 20 power producers. Many of the power producers are based in Norway, but during 2012 ECOHZ increased its offering of renewable electricity from power plants located in other European countries. The portfolio comprises renewable electricity generated from hydropower, wind power, biomass, solar power and geothermal sources. ECOHZ can offer renewable energy from environmentally certified power plants.
ECOHZ has focused on ensuring increased traceability and improved documentation in connection with the purchase of electricity with guarantees of origin, and it has established a broad product portfolio.
In partnership with DNV (Det Norske Veritas), ECOHZ has verified the company’s value chain, with the focus on tracing the flow of goods and funds.
In 2012 the company also resolved to participate actively in the new Norwegian-Swedish green electricity certificate market. The company succeeded in taking a significant market position in 2012.
The company was established in 2002, with support from nine Norwegian power companies, and was formally named 'Enviro Energi'. From the start, the business concept was to be a European provider of Guarantees of Origin and value-added services for renewable energy. In 2007, Home Capital AS acquired a majority stake and the company's name was changed to ECOHZ. ECOHZ currently has 16 employees and is based in Oslo, Norway and Geneva, Switzerland.
ECOHZ is Europe's leading provider of renewable energy documented with Guarantees of Origin. Our business concept is to offer renewable energy with Guarantees of Origin (GO) to electricity providers, businesses and organisations. Working with other like-minded organisations, we firmly believe that we can play a significant role in changing energy behaviour over time.
As a company and as individuals, we strive to show that we are serious about taking the lead through changing our own behaviour. Success is largely based on our people, who represent an impressive pool of expertise. ECOHZ employees share both a keen understanding of the market, its customers and partners, as well as being guided by a common set of values - trust, boldness and openness.
Changing energy behaviour is our vision. This is a broad and ambitious vision that reflects a belief that change needs to come at many levels. On a global and national level, change in energy behaviour is needed to stimulate major changes in energy systems and infrastructure, enabling a rapid transition to a low-carbon energy and renewable intensive economy. Equally important is challenging and changing established truths at local levels. This work includes developing municipal electric mobility in Europe, installing solar-powered lightning in remote villages in the developing world, or educating school children in the importance of using less energy.
Our recent changes in energy behaviour:
- Financial support of village solar-lighting pilot project in Mitandi, Uganda.
- Educating employees in the 'wider environmental picture' in cooperation with various NGOs.
- Financial and practical support of NGOs and selected eMobility organisations.
- Establishment of an environmental management system based on ISO 14001. This provides a framework to help reduce our environmental impact and includes an ambitious environmental policy.