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     EKOenergy Newsletter, Issue 54
     16th November 2015
Content

1.  EKOénergie by Planète OUI
2.  Invitations to webinars about EKOenergy
3   Green power for LEED and carbon accounting
4.  We are looking for sales agents in Finland
5.  River restoration: new videos on our Youtube channel
6.  Stop subsidies for fossil fuels
 

1.  EKOénergie by Planète OUI

 
Again an important step forward for EKOenergy. Planète OUI, a French supplier of 100% renewable electricity, starts selling EKOenergy in France.

For many years Planète OUI has been a frontrunner on the French electricity market, making 100% renewable electricity accessible for all. Just before the Climate Summit in Paris, the company takes this one step further by bringing EKOenergy to the French market.

EKOenergy by Planète OUI is a mix of 50% wind power and 50% French hydropower. Planète OUI also guarantees that 1% of the sales price goes to EKOenergy’s Climate Fund and EKOenergy’s Environmental Fund, to finance climate and river restoration projects.

Click here for more information about the EKOenergy offer of Planète OUI (in French).

2.  Invitation to webinars about EKOenergy

 
ECOHZ, based in Norway and Switzerland, is organising a series of webinars about EKOenergy.

What is EKOenergy? How can it be sold and bought? How can companies use EKOenergy to become more sustainable? Why does the Greenhouse Gas Protocol recommend EKOenergy...?

Between 19th-27th November, there will be webinars for electricity suppliers, as well as for interested consumers. There are different sessions in English, German and Norwegian. (The German session is organised in cooperation with the EKOenergy Secretariat.)

Click here for more information, for the calendar and for registration.

3.  Green power for LEED and carbon accounting

 
Our course "Green power for LEED and carbon accounting" is now part of the USGBC's education program.

Green Power, Renewable Energy, Green Electricity, RECs, Guarantees of Origin, Carbon Offset, Ecolabels... Join us as we clarify green power and specifically LEED's green power credit. This course explains how to fulfil LEED's green power credit requirements: independently or with LEED-recognised ecolabels, i.e. EKOenergy and Green-e. You will also learn how the purchase of green power can be used for carbon accounting.

Click here to watch the course (for USGBC members; others have to pay separately).

The German version of this course has also been submitted and will come online around the end of November. The French and Russian versions are in preparation.
 

4.  We are looking for sales agents in Finland

 
Energysolutions24 is a German company specialised in the direct marketing of electricity and gas. Last summer, Energysolutions24 started a cooperation with EKOenergy, to promote the sales of EKOenergy-labelled electricity in Finland.

We are now recruiting sales agents all over Finland. Our sales agents will help Finnish households and small companies to switch to EKOenergy-certified electricity contracts.

We are looking for friendly and sociable people with residence in Finland. Sales agents should have an interest in the environment and believe in EKOenergy’s ambition to promote sustainable, renewable energy. There are no initial investment costs. The salary is  commission-based.

Contact anu.vihma@sll.fi for further information, or see http://www.ekoenergy.org/es24/ and http://www.energysolutions24.fi/

5.  River restoration: videos online

 
Last month, The Latvian Fund for Nature organised restoration activities on the River Norina in Northern Latvia.

The activities made it to the Latvian news! We have uploaded the videos shown on the Latvian television to our own Youtube channel.

They are in Latvian (they will be subtitled in the coming weeks) but as we all know, a picture is worth a thousands words. And EKOenergy is understandable in all languages.

6.  Stop subsidies for fossil fuels

 
Oil Change International and the Overseas Development Institute have released a new report, ‘Empty Promises: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production,’ documenting the governmental support from G20 countries to the fossil fuel industry.

When it comes to phasing out subsidies to the production of polluting oil, gas and coal – something G20 leaders have committed to every year since 2009 – we’re seeing little progress.

In fact, as fossil fuel prices have fallen, some countries have even increased subsidies in response. Although there has been some progress in reforming consumer subsidies, when it comes to production, progress is much more limited.
 
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