EKOenergy's Climate Fund will donate â‚¬28,000 to the Dutch development organisation HIVOS. HIVOS, together with its Indonesian partners, will use the money to install solar panels on two schools in Sumba, an Indonesian island.
Summer is traditionally a time of coming and going at the EKOenergy Secretariat. Several of our long term volunteers and trainees have left, but many have been eagerly queuing to take over.
In the past few weeks, we have welcomed Ana Calvete from France, Ginevra Poli from Italy and Pavla HoleÄkovÃ¡ from the Czech Republic. They will focus on the development of EKOenergy in their home countries.
In the coming weeks, we are welcoming more volunteers and trainees, from Germany, Spain and Belarus.
The EKOenergy team is full of ideas and enthusiasm and is looking forward to being in contact with you.
3. Residual mix: numbers 2014 and article
More and more of the electricity on the European market is "explicitly tracked", in particular via Guarantees of Origin. That means that suppliers and consumers use Guarantees of Origin to prove that they sell and buy electricity from specific sources. In most cases they use Guarantees of Origin to prove that they are using green electricity.
EKOenergy agrees, along with many other stakeholders on the market, that these are very important numbers. Consumers, and in particular corporate consumers buying electricity whose origin is not proven by Guarantees of Origin, should fall back on residual mix numbers to calculate their carbon footprint.
Click here for the article "Residual Mix Calculation at the Heart of Reliable Electricity Disclosure in Europeâ€”A Case Study on the Effect of the RE-DISS Project", published in Energies
4. Partnerships: Action/2015 and "Green Energy & Expo"
EKOenergy has formed many new partnerships this month!
We are now part of the Action/2015 movement, made up of over 1600 organisations around the world. We are joining strengths to put pressure on leaders to set ambitious goals to tackle climate change and inequality in 2015.
EKOenergy is also supporting the International Conference on Green Energy & Expo held September 21-23rd, 2015 in Florida, USA. See their website for more information and for registration.
5. Website and leaflet in Chinese
As we mentioned earlier, several Asian stakeholders are getting interested in EKOenergy.
A Taiwanese environmental organisation is in the process of becoming the first Asian member of the EKOenergy Network. We are looking forward to promoting renewable energy together!
6. Worst predictions come true, but there is hope
Researchers once again have more bad news: the increase of world temperatures seems to be in line with the worst predictions and as a result sea level rise could well reach over 3 meters in the coming decades. But even under less dramatic scenarios, many species are at high risk of extinction, sea turtles for instance.
But there is hope. Catastrophic climate change can be avoided if we phase out fossil fuels soon. And this is possible. "The new emerging energy system of renewables and storage is a technology business, more akin to information and communications technology; where prices keep falling, quality keeps rising, change is rapid and market disruption is normal and constant." "Renewables are, today, on the verge of being price competitive with fossil fuels â€“ and already are in many situations. So in 10 years, maybe just five, it is a no-brainer that renewables will be significantly cheaper than fossil fuels in most places and will then just keep getting cheaper. And better."Read the full article of Paul Gilding here.
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