EEX Press Release - EEX and IncubEx to expand European environmental markets with new GO Futures

    Leipzig / Chicago, 4 July 2024 – The European Energy Exchange (EEX), a leading energy and commodity exchange and IncubEx, a specialist environmental commodity and climate risk product development firm, announced today the launch of a new suite of Guarantees of Origin (GO) futures contracts on 2 September 2024.

    EEX will list four new GO contracts:

    • EEX European Renewable Power GO Future (any technology GOs: Hydro/Wind/Solar/Biomass)
    • EEX European Hydro GO Future
    • EEX European Wind GO Future
    • EEX European Solar GO Future

    GOs are a key component of the energy transition as they provide transparent tracking of origins of renewable energy within the EU and help facilitate investment into renewable energy projects. The verified certificates, each representing 1 MWh from renewable energy sources, can be traded and used across Europe. The new standardised EEX futures contracts will allow market participants to hedge these markets.

    "EEX offers the most liquid power market in Europe today, therefore listing GO futures is very complementary to our existing power, natural gas and environmental market offerings," says Peter Reitz, EEX Chief Executive Officer. "GOs and registry services are central to our efforts to support the energy transition, and these new products are another important step of this journey. The evolving environmental markets require product innovations, and we are excited to respond to this need with new products while looking forward to further building this market by leveraging our long-standing experience."

    "We have seen massive growth in the European GO market in recent years with activity that reflects the broader push towards renewables along with macro impacts from the energy crisis and climate events such as droughts," adds Dan Scarbrough, President and COO of IncubEx. "Participants from the utility sector to corporates are looking for ways to hedge their exposure and expand the flow of investment capital, which makes GO futures a valuable product set as further evidenced by the significant development of the renewable energy certificate futures market in the U.S. over the last 15 years."

    Over the past several years, the supply and demand for GOs has increased significantly, driven by renewable energy policies and more corporations decarbonising their operations via the purchase of GOs. The volume of GOs issued in Europe has grown 46% to 987 TWh over the past five years (2019 – 2023), while the number of physical GO transfers has risen 60% to 1,409 TWh, according to the Association of Issuing Bodies.

    The new physically delivered GO futures offer participants standardisation, price transparency with capital efficiencies via clearing on European Commodity Clearing (ECC), which also reduces counterparty risk. The GO contracts also complement the GO spot auction platform, offered by another EEX Group company, EPEX SPOT, as well as EEX’s registry services. GO futures will be listed and cleared alongside power, natural gas and European emission allowances (EUA) futures and options.

    EEX and IncubEx have a proven track record in building environmental markets. Since November 2018, Nodal Exchange, an EEX subsidiary and IncubEx have worked together to develop and list the broadest suite of futures and options contracts on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), carbon and renewable fuels. Nodal also offers the largest set of North American REC futures, which is a close proxy to the GO market in Europe.

    Press contacts:

    EEX Public Relations
    T +49 341 2156-300

    Jim Kharouf, Communications Director
    P: 773-391-0439



    About EEX

    The European Energy Exchange (EEX) is a leading energy exchange which builds secure, successful and sustainable commodity markets worldwide – together with its customers. As part of EEX Group, a group of companies serving international commodity markets, EEX offers contracts on power, natural gas and emission allowances as well as freight and agricultural products. EEX also provides registry services as well as auctions for Guarantees of Origin, on behalf of the French State. More information:


    About IncubEx

    IncubEx is an incubator for products, services and technology solutions in environmental markets with partners and stakeholders to design and develop new financial markets, technologies and trading solutions in global environmental, climate risk, and related commodity markets. The company collaborates with the European Energy Exchange (EEX) and its U.S. subsidiary, Nodal Exchange on listed environmental products and operates The Voluntary Climate Marketplace (TVCM). The IncubEx team is led by former key executives from Climate Exchange, which pioneered exchange-listed environmental futures and options contracts and CCX, the world’s first and only voluntary, but legally binding greenhouse gas emission reduction and trading program. IncubEx, a privately held company founded in 2016 with offices in Chicago and London, is uniquely positioned to capture these opportunities globally with its partners. For more information, please visit