EKOenergy Newsletter, issue 36
  23 September 2014

1.  EKO-Sofia, a comic about green energy
2.  Polarstern brings EKOenergie to Germany
3.  Environmental Fund: call for projects
4.  Donations to EKOenergy
5.  People's Climate March
6.  Renewables as most rational choice

1.  EKO-Sofia, a comic about green energy

Our comic is online!

‘EKO-Sofia’ tells the tale of a spirited young girl who decides to take matters of energy into her own hands. As her city wavers between Fossilia and SunBeam, crucial points of the energy debate get mentioned.

The comic introduces green contracts and Guarantees of Origin. It argues for green electricity in a way accessible for a young (and old) audience.

Take a look at: - please open the pdf in acrobat reader if you wish to print the comic.

The script has been translated into 16 languages, and more are on their way. We will upload 2-3 new language versions per week, visit our website for updates. First in line are: German, Italian, Finnish.

2.  Polarstern brings EKOenergie to Germany

Good news for the many Germans interested in EKOenergy. The German energy supplier Polarstern  signed the EKOenergy Licence Agreement.

Florian Henle, co-founder of Polarstern, states on the Polarstern website, why Polarstern exists. "With Polarstern, we want to contribute to the global energy transition. I do not want to pretend that we are saving the world, but we want to be a small bright star in the energy sky - a clearly visible alternative on the horizon. And together, we shine."

This reads like our own EKOenergy ambitions. So, obviously, we are happy and proud that we can team up with Florian and his team. We'll fully go for it.

3.  Environmental Fund: call for projects

For each Megawatt-hour sold as EKOenergy hydropower, a contribution of minimum 0,10 € is paid into the EKOenergy Environmental Fund. The money from that Fund is used to finance river restoration projects, in particular measures that mitigate the adverse environmental effects of hydropower installations, e.g. by restoring aquatic ecosystems and improving the natural habitats of species affected by hydropower plants.

We have now launched the first call for projects. We are looking for projects in the countries where EKOenergy was produced and sold in 2013 and 2014. So, main beneficiaries will be projects in Norway and Finland. We also accept small project proposals from Romania, Latvia and Iceland.

The amount to be granted is maximum 50,000 EUR. The project has to start in 2015, preferably in the first half of 2015.

4.  Donations to EKOenergy

The EKOenergy Climate Fund and the EKOenergy Environmental Fund are financed with contributions from the sales of EKOenergy. But we hope that this won't remain the only source of income.

The more money there is in the Funds, the more projects can be financed.

In February we selected several positive and much-needed climate projects. And we are sure that a lot of river friends will now respond to our recently launched call for river restoration projects (see item 3 of this newsletter). 

To realise as many as possible of these, we also welcome donations. E.g: earlier this year, SunEdison donated solar panels for our first climate project. If you also want to help us to do even more, click here for our sponsor page.

5.  People's Climate March

Today, September 23rd, heads of state are gathering in New York City for the UN summit on climate change.

In the past days, people from all over the world mobilised to demand "action, not words". The main rally, in New York City, gathered 400,000 people. In total, there were more than 2800 events and actions in 166 countries: the biggest global climate action ever. 

"We are demanding the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities". (

Is this the long-awaited beginning of real change? We are ready for it!

Picture: some of the EKOenergy activists participating in the Helsinki Climate March.

6.  Renewables as most rational choice


"Renewables should not only be a question of political ideology but rather the result of rational decision-making in line with the EU’s threefold goal of increased climate protection, competitiveness and energy security."

"The cost assessment of different decarbonisation pathways, which is based on a cost-effective delivery of the greenhouse gas target, is the main driver behind the reasoning for the 2030 decisions. If you take a closer look at the modeling of the cost-effectiveness scenarios as a basis of the Commission’s 2030 proposals, it becomes clear that misleading cost estimates make renewables appear more expensive than they actually are. In fact, renewables are the most cost-effective option for the EU’s future energy mix. A biased methodology has by the way also provided arguments to lower ambition for an energy efficiency target for 2030".

This, and much more, in our newest blogpost "Renewables as most rational choice", by Silvia Brugger, Director of the Climate and Energy Programme at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union.

Picture: Foto: Stephan Röhl, CC BY-SA 2.0

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