More than â‚¬50,000 was added to EKOenergyâ€™s Environmental Fund through last yearâ€™s sales of EKOenergy certified hydropower. Last autumn, we organised a call for projects to allocate the funding. The focus was on projects based in countries where EKOenergy was sold in 2013 and early 2014.
With the help of an external jury, we selected the following projects.
- River Murronjoki Restoration, Central Finland (â‚¬23,000)
- Saaristomeri Area River Restorations, South-West Finland (â‚¬15,000)
- River Restorations in South-East Finland (â‚¬10,000)
- River Norina Restoration, Latvia (â‚¬4,000)
An ecomony based on 100% renewable energy is technically and economically possible. And an ecological must. The only barriers we have are psychological and political. Yes we can!
At the end of February, the EKOenergy team participated in the very last action in support of the Finnish Climate Law. The law was finally approved on 6th March. It sets a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of -80% by 2050. The law is a result of years of hard work from many Finnish NGOs, in particular Friends of the Earth. Climate action works. Congratulations!
EKOenergy also actively contributes to the recently launched Finnish 'Energiaremontti' campaign, a widely supported initiative of Finnish organisations, invidual experts and politicians from all political parties. The main objective of the campaign is to make Finland 100% renewable energy by 2050.
5. EKOenergy for Germany
The German website kein-atomstrom.de published an interview with our German volunteer Marie Schaardt.
"AlthoughEKOenergiestill isa young organisation,wemake a lot ofprogress and seean increasing demandanda positive response toour concept.Especially in France andItaly, weare very faradvanced and we are starting to selling EKOenergie certified electricity. Also in Spain,we are onthe way.For me, all this is aneven greaterincentive to go for it inGermanyas well."
Deutsche Bank has produced another major report that suggests solar will become the dominant electricity source around the world. It beats conventional fuels, will generate $5 trillion in revenue over the next 15 years, and displaces large amounts of fossil fuels. See the full report.
In another report, "Financing the future of Energy", one of the biggest banks in the Middle East and the oil-rich Gulf countries says that fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price, and that the vast bulk of the $48 trillion needed to meet global power demand over the next two decades will come from renewables. Click here for the report.
The RECS Market Meeting is a unique occasion. Itâ€™s the only conference that is capable of giving you a full picture of the current market for renewable electricity in Europe.
Participants receive first-hand information about recent developments in the wholesale market â€“ in terms of prices and volumes â€“ and about the constantly changing regulations which are affecting the renewable electricity market.
The RECS Market Meeting 2015 takes place on 29th and 30th April 2015, at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo, Norway.