News from EKOenergy

Edition 62  -  5th April 2016

1.   One TWH of EKOenergy
2.   Saimaan Juomatehdas brewery uses EKOenergy
3.   National Energy Foundation joined the network. More will follow
4.   Solar for Cameroon
5.   EKOenergy at upcoming "LEED in Europe Technical Meeting"
6.   EKOenergy for sustanainable hotels
7.   Antarctica is melting faster than predicted

1.    One TWh of EKOenergy

Three years ago, we launched the international EKOenergy-label. Since then, we have been growing fast.

At this time of the year, our licensed sellers send us their sales numbers for 2015. We are still waiting for some final confirmations, but we know that the total volume of EKOenergy certified electricity for 2015 is between 990 and 1002 GWh.

This is an increase of 86% compared to 2014. Based on our continued growth and development, we expect this trend will continue.

We would like to thank our licensed sellers and our 100,000 consumers. We are sure that your enthusiasm will convince many more to switch to using renewables.

2.    Saimaan Juomatehdas Brewery uses EKOenergy

The Finnish brewery Saimaan Juomatehdas, producer of famous Finnish beers and ciders, has switched to EKOenergy. They buy their EKOenergy from the local energy supplier Etelä-Savon Energia.

"We are committed to sustainable development and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce environmental impacts of our operations. We also consistently buy local ingredients. These same principles are also important when we buy electricity." says the director Jussi Laukkanen.

We want to make sure that our customers can do more with their power purchases. EKOenergy further substantiates our claim on renewable electricity and positive impacts.
Michael Weber, Senior Key Account Manager Energy, South Pole Group.

3.    Solar for Cameroon

EKOenergy will donate €20,000 to the Swiss organisation Solafrica and its Cameroonian partners, to finance the electrification of two health centres in Southern Cameroon.

By electrifying health centres,  the existing health infrastructure will see a vast improvement, by being able to provide light after sunset, and enabling the use of solar powered fridges to conserve vaccinations and medicine.

Find out more on our website.

4.    NEF joined the network - and more will follow

The British National Energy Foundation is our newest member.

The National Energy Foundation is an independent, national charity who have been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings since 1988. They help people, organisations and government improve their energy usage.

Welcome on board, National Energy Foundation. We are looking forward to promoting EKOenergy together in the UK.

Two more organisations are in the process of joining our network: Terre des jeunes Nord-Ouest Cameroun and RECOR (Rwanda Environmental Conservation Organization. Last summer we took the decision to open our structure for non-European stakeholders; these two organisations will become our first African members. Another great step for our young organisation.

5.    EKOenergy at upcoming "LEED in Europe Technical Meeting"

On the 27/28th April, LEED experts from all over Europe (and the US) will meet in Berlin, to discuss the implementation of the LEED Standard in Europe. One of the items on the agenda is LEED's green power chapter.

We recently made an online course about the topic and have now been invited to discuss the same issues live.

EKOenergy is official energy partner of the event, in cooperation with South Pole Group. The Hotel Westin Grand Berlin, where the event takes place, will use EKOenergy during the conference.

Click here for more information about the event, and let us know if you're attending!

6.    EKOenergy for sustainable hotels

Luonto Liitto (the Finnish Nature League) and the Finnish branch of Hostelling International published criteria for sustainable hotels. One the the requirements is that the hotel uses EKOenergy.

The first hotel to implement the new criteria is Hostel Domus Academica in Helsinki.

The Green Key standard refers to ecolabeled electricity too. In most countries, EKOenergy is the only available ecolabel.

With the rising demand by multi-national companies to meet Scope 2 emissions guidelines, Sterling Planet and EKOenergy are able to effectively bring solutions that help meet corporate sustainability goals on a global basis.
Robert Maddox, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sterling Planet.

Antarctica is melting faster than predicted

Another alarming study has been published in Nature (31 March 2016): Continued high emissions of heat-trapping gases could launch a disintegration of the Western Antarctic ice sheet within decades.

With ice melting in other regions too, the total rise of the sea could reach up to two meters by 2100. The melting won't seize in 2100, and may even accelerate.

We will all have to build walls: not on the borders, but on our coastlines...
We at EKOenergy are always looking to grow our network. If you want more information about becoming a partner of ours, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 
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