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     EKOenergy Newsletter, Issue 52
     19th October 2015
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1.  ECOHZ launches EKOenergy campaign
2.  Connect4Climate
3.  EKOenergy for Russia
4.  New volunteers
5.  Sweden will be fossil-free
6.  Renewable Energy Markets conference
 

1.  ECOHZ launches EKOenergy campaign

 
ECOHZ, based in Norway and Switzerland, offers renewable energy solutions to electricity providers, businesses and organisations across Europe, North America and Asia.

The company has started a campaign to inform its business contacts about EKOenergy. In the coming 8 weeks, several aspects of EKOenergy will be highlighted: EKOenergy for LEED, the Climate Fund, the involvement of volunteers, the river restoration projects and much more.

Click here for the first campaign newsletter (containing general information and interview with Steven Vanholme of the EKOenergy Secretariat).
 

2.  Connect4climate

 
EKOenergy is now a partner of the Connect4Climate campaign.

The campaign is an initiative of the World Bank, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Environment, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Global Environment Facility.

It aims to empower people to act and help organisations promote solutions. Connect4Climate interacts with a global audience of more than a million people on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, and Instagram.
 

3.  EKOenergy for Russia

 
EKOenergy is interested in Russia. And we have indications that Russians could also be interested in EKOenergy...

One of our members is an environmental organisation from Kaliningrad. Last year ECOHZ sold EKOenergy to a Russian LEED project. And we have a licensed seller in Russia: ВИЭнерго from Moscow. Also in the EKOenergy Secretariat, over the past three years seven native Russian speakers have helped EKOenergy as volunteers and trainees.

We have decided to spend one year assessing the situation in Russia. We are systematically contacting relevant stakeholders to explore cooperation options. Katya Vediorchik from the EKOenergy Secretariat is in charge of the project. She is being supported by Ekaterina Shishkina, a Russian trainee. 

We welcome suggestions or comments. E-mail Katya.Vediorchik@sll.fi

Click here for our Russian website. Our comic and leaflets have also been translated into Russian.
 

4.  New volunteers for France and Czech Republic

 
Two new EVS volunteers (European Voluntary Service) have joined our team.

Sophie d'Argentré from France has just finished her Master's in Economic Analysis and Risks Governance at the University of Versailles. She will focus on the launch of EKOenergy in France. You'll read more about this next month!

Lenka Kašová from the Czech Republic has a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies (Masaryk University). Lenka is the second Czech volunteer at our office. She'll help Pavla in contacting Czech stakeholders and will explore opportunities for EKOenergy in Poland and Slovakia.

Welcome!
 

5.  Sweden will be fossil-free

 
The Swedish government is quite serious about its renewable energy goals, seeking to become the world’s first fossil fuel–free nation. According to “The Budget Bill for 2016 – Investing in Sweden’s Future”, the country will be spending an extra €480 million on renewable energy and climate change action. Sweden means clean business.

Their aim is none other than to become the world’s first nation to end dependence on fossil fuels. Sweden is focusing on increasing its solar and wind energy capacity, and increasing transport sustainability, by switching to electric and human-powered transport.

Bloomberg points out, “the Government will increase support for solar, wind, energy storage, smart grids and clean transport.” The majority of the budget increase will reportedly be financed by heavier taxes on petrol and diesel fuel. “Sweden is closing airports and nuclear plants, selling off coal mines, spending billions to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, increasing green spending in developing countries, and is determined to lead by example at COP21 in Paris,” The Ecologist notes.

Most text copied from Cleantechnica.com .
 

6.  Renewable Energy Markets

 
Our American friends from Green-e and the Center for Resource Solutions organize their 20th(!) Renewable Energy Markets Events. Congratulations!

The Renewable Energy Markets is the most important annual event for the clean energy industry, focused on the states, businesses and organizations that choose renewable electricity every day.

This year's conference started yesterday in Washington, D.C.  There are speakers from Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Etsy, CDP, SunPower, SunEdison and more.

Click here for the website of the Renewable Energy Markets.
 
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