LIFE is the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU.
EKOenergy is a main partner in a recently approved large-scale LIFE project focussing on river restoration in various parts of Finland. The project, which has a total budget of â‚¬20 million, runs from 2016-2022. One of the objectives is to construct fish passages on three rivers.
EKOenergy will be in charge of coordinating with hydropower plant owners in the area. We will also actively involve electricity consumers, encouraging them to buy 'fish passage electricity' from power plant owners committing to build fish passages. This way consumers can actively contribute to the realisation of the project. More news will follow soon.
2. Public vote about next year's river restoration project
Within EKOenergy, the Board (i.e. the environmental organisations) take the final decision about how to spend the money of EKOenergy's Climate and Environmental Funds. However, we always actively involve EKOenergy sellers and consumers in the selection of the projects.
Right now, there is a (binding) public vote about some of 2016's river restoration projects.
The consultation is in cooperation with Fortum, the main seller of EKOenergy-certified hydropower in Finland. The vote is open to everybody.
Four projects are in the running. They have been submitted in response to our Call for projects and have been pre-selected by river experts.
The proposal is waiting for final approval by the EKOenergy Board, but the message is clear: we are eager to start testing EKOenergy in Taiwan. Do you want to join us in this step forward? Let us know!
4. Greetings from Sumba
Last summer, EKOenergy decided to financially support the Sumba, Iconic Island project of the Dutch development organisation Hivos. The project's ambition is to make the Indonesian Island Sumba 100% renewable.
We financed solar installations in two remote schools in Kataka. The local partners have informed us that the preparations are advancing well. They organised several information sessions and the local communities are looking forward to the installation.
5. From Paris back to the parish
Those following climate related news are being flooded with information from meetings and side-events in and around the Climate Summit in Paris at the moment.
Two of the most remarkable trends are definitely the increasing focus on local and regional action, and the unstoppable push for a 100% renewable world.
Even if the political outcome of Paris wouldn't be enough to stick to the 2Â° target, more and more cities, regions and companies are taking action, understanding that even a 1.5Â° temperature increase is a threat to global security. Celebrities such as Schwarzenegger and Leonardo DiCaprio are calling on cities and regions to start a fast transition to 100% renewable energy. Eliot Musk is convincing industries to do the same. And one multi-national after the other is joining the RE100 initiative.
The prize for the most shocking news goes to Greenpeace's undercover investigation, exposing how fossil fuel companies can secretly pay academics at leading American universities to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies' commercial interests. In Paris itself, many protested against the presence at the Climate Summit of large companies that are still investing in coal .