- EKOenergy has been mentioned in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance (see below).
- Since 1st January, Latvian households can buy EKOenergy from Baltcom.
- Our Licensees in Italy and Spain are proceeding well with the development and promotion of their own "EKOenergy product".
- We are organising consultations on German, French and Italian hydropower plants.
- Suppliers and corporate consumers in over 10 countries are preparing to sell or buy EKOenergy.
- Our Board is about to give their decision on which three solar energy projects will get funding from our Climate Fund and which four river restoration projects will be funded by our Environmental Fund.
We'll keep you informed.
Picture: a lot of fun and ideas at our weekly team meetings
2. Greenhouse Gas Protocol: summaries in 17 languages.
On 20th January, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched its Scope 2 Guidance. The text refers to EKOenergy several times. Chapter 11 refers to EKOenergy's Climate Fund as an example of how companies can to go one step further in reducing their emissions.
Our summary of the Scope 2 Guidance, "Reporting greenhouse gas emissions caused by purchased electricity", is now available in 17 languages: CS, DE, EN, ES, FI, FR, HU, IS, IT, LV, NL, PL, PT, RU, SQ, SV, TR
The newest action of 350.org is the particularly successful â€œDivestment Campaignâ€. The campaign demands that investors pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry.
At least 80% of currently known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if we want to prevent a climate crisis. So, why would anybody want to invest in the search for more fossil fuels? Or in the development of the fossil fuel industry?
For the first time, the yearly amount of cancelled (i.e. 'used') Guarantees of Origins surpassed 300 TWh. This covers about one tenth of all electricity demand in Europe (ca. 3,300 TWh) and one third of all electricity from renewable sources in Europe (ca. 900 TWh).
This increase is a result of changed legislation, an increasing number of AIB members Ã¡nd an increased demand for green energy.
The reason is Austria's gradual implementation of a full disclosure system. Guarantees of Origin are not only issued for renewable energy, but also for all other types of electricity. On top of this, suppliers have to be very clear about the origin of the electricity they sell. They can no longer pretend that their electricity comes â€˜from unknown sourcesâ€™. For more information, see this presentation by the Austrian organisation Global 2000, shown at a seminar organised by WISE, a Dutch member of the EKOenergy network.
As an immediate result, all suppliers are actively using renewable Guarantees of Origin, to prove to their consumers that they do NOT sell nuclear. Not because it is forbidden to sell nuclear power, but because selling nuclear would cause commercial suicide on the Austrian electricity market. Consumers just donâ€™t want it. The same could happen to fossil fuels. And we think it will happen!
The RECS Market Meeting is a unique occasion. Itâ€™s the only conference that is capable of giving you a full picture of the current market for renewable electricity in Europe.
Participants receive first-hand information about recent developments in the wholesale market â€“ in terms of prices and volumes â€“ and about the constantly changing regulations which are affecting the renewable electricity market.
The RECS Market Meeting 2015 takes place on 29th and 30th April 2015, at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo, Norway.