News from EKOenergy

Edition 73  -  3 November 2016

1.   Protect Our Winters: EKOenergy joins strengths with winter sport athletes
2.   EKOenergy wins award in Lausanne, CH
3.   EKOenergy for breweries
4.   Espoon Asunnot switched to EKOenergy
5.   News from the members: Wise publishes ranking
6.   News from Togo: Smart kiosks and minigrids
7.   Renewables overtake coal

1.   Campaign: Protect Our Winters

Protect Our Winters is an international network of professional winter sport athletes. Their aim is to mobilise the winter sport community to lead the charge towards positive climate action.

The Finnish branch of Protect Our Winters and EKOenergy are now launching a campaign to convince ski resorts and winter sport events to switch to EKOenergy-certified electricity. Click here for the campaign website. We have the first public event at the Ski Expo in Helsinki, from 4th to 6th November.

Ahead of the campaign, 4 ski resorts have already decided to switch to EKOenergy! More about this in the next edition of our Newsletter.

We are planning a lot of communication via social media. Winter Olympians Enni Rukajärvi and Aino-Kaisa Saarinen are the faces of the campaign.

Interested in bringing this campaign to your country? Contact us for more information.

2.    EKOenergy wins an award at GoodFestival 2016

GoodFestival is an international event in in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its focus is on showcasing innovative projects and approaches in sectors such as health, education, art, and environment.

EKOenergy was pre-selected as an interesting project and Elea Kunz, one of our supporters in Switzerland, got the opportunity to present EKOenergy on the stage.

She talked about our activities on behalf of a 100% renewable and sustainable world. She also showed how consumers of EKOenergy are using our logo in their own communication.

We are very happy and proud that our project convinced the international jury: we are one of the winners of the Good100 PremaGyan Award, an award for "sustainable innovators with projects that exemplify compassion and wisdom. Compassion, because they are working on sustainable development – addressing poverty or doing something about climate change, wisdom because they have a sustainable business model."
"Sappee has often been rewarded for being a frontrunner. We also see it as our role to be a frontrunner when it comes to environmental friendliness. Environmental friendliness should be one of the pillars of the travel sector"

Ski Resort Sappee explains why they switched to EKOenergy.

3.    EKOenergy for breweries

Earlier this year, Saimaan Juomatehdas, a Finnish brewery, switched to EKOenergy and started using our logo on its cans and bottles.

We are now launching a campaign to encourage their colleagues all over Europe (and elsewhere) to follow this example.

If you are a brewery, or you know breweries that may be interested, please bring put them in contact with us.

Click here for our "EKOenergy for breweries" - presentation. Our campaign materials are available in 8 languages.

4.    Espoon Asunnot switched to EKOenergy

Espoon Asunnot switched to EKOenergy!

Espoon Asunnot is a company owned by the City of Espoo, Finland’s second largest city. They own and manage over 15.000 apartments and build about 300 new residences each year. Together, about 30,000 people live in a residence of Espoon Asunnot.

Click here for Espoon Asunnot’s press release (in Finnish).
"We will launch an ecolabel for renewable gas, and as soon as there is a tracking system for hydrogen, we will be more than happy to promote EKOenergy certified hydrogen"

Steven Vanholme at the final conference of the CertifHy project (video-presentation)

5.    News from the members: Wise publishes ranking

Our Dutch member Wise developed several tools to help electricity consumers find the greenest contracts. 

Earlier this year, Wise launched its own green electricity price comparison tool.

Last week, working with other Dutch organisations, Wise published, a ranking of Dutch electricity suppliers. The ranking takes into account the origin of the sold electricity as well as the companies' investment policy.

The approach is different from EKOenergy's approach. EKOenergy only sets criteria for the electricity sold through EKOenergy contracts. We do not take into account characteristics of the sellers. Our label is therefore comparable to other product labels such as 'Fair Trade' and 'Organic'.

Obviously, rankings of suppliers are an extra useful and easily understandable tool to guide consumers. Good luck to Wise with all your initiatives.

6.    News from Togo: Smart kiosks and minigrids

Earlier this year we financed 3 solar kiosks in Togo. Solar kiosks are equipped with solar panels and batteries. At the kiosk, people can rent rechargeable lamps and have them charged for a small fee. They can of course charge other small electric devices too.

Solar without Borders, the organisation behind the project, is now launching new, more ambtious kiosks. Later this month, they will install "smart kiosks". In smart kiosks customers will pay via their mobile phone.

One of the smart kiosks will be connected to 6 neighbouring houses. This results in a solar powered minigrid. The people connected to the grid will also prepay for electricity via their phone and be able to use the electricity for small devices and lighting.

Great to see this project growing!

7.  Renewables overtake coal

About 500,000 solar panels were installed every day last year as a record-shattering surge in green electricity saw renewables overtake coal as the world’s largest source of installed power capacity.

Two wind turbines went up every hour in countries such as China, according to International Energy Agency officials who have sharply upgraded their forecasts of how fast renewable energy sources will keep growing.

“We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the global energy advisory agency.

Part of the growth was caused by falls in the cost of solar and onshore wind power that Mr Birol said would have been “unthinkable” only five years ago.

Text copied from the Financial Times, 25 October 2016, based on a new report of the IEA; picture IEA.
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