Another company showing leadership! HSY, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, switches to EKOenergy.
HSY is active in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It supplies drinking water to over a million people. It also processes the wastewater from households and industry and manages the waste of households and public administration in the same region.
HSY is now one of the largest EKOenergy users in Europe.
We have decided to show a good example to other large electricity consumers and shift entirely to using EKOenergyâ€œ, commented Raimo Inkinen, the CEO of HSY.
2. River restoration in Latvia
EKOenergy's Environmental Fund has financed restoration activities on the River Norina in Northern Latvia.
During last week's clean-up a former mill dam was demolished, thus allowing salmonids to migrate up the river to their spawning grounds.
This is a historic moment as the fish had not been able to go upstream for around 100 years due to the dam.
This is one of the many projects that would not have taken place without the consumers of EKOenergy-certified hydropower electricity. Thanks a lot!
3. New EKOenergy video on Youtube
As announced earlier, we have made an online course about "Green Power for LEED and Carbon Accounting". Yesterday, we published a "taster" on Youtube. We selected four slides of the course, telling why LEED refers to EKOenergy.
The full course will be published shortly on the "Education @USGBC" website of the U.S. Green Building Council. It explains concepts such as Guarantees of Origin, RECs, I-RECs, carbon accounting and Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2, and it describes the various pathways to get LEED's Green Power Credit.
In the newsletter you find a link to ECOHZ's updated LEED page, as well as an interview with Kay Killmann, President of the German Green Building Association.
5. Elina and the selection of next year's project
One month ago, Elina joined the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation as a volunteer. She studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of JyvÃ¤skylÃ¤ in Central Finland and is now mainly working on the protection of peatland and aquatic systems.
One of her tasks is the coordination of the selection of river restoration projects for EKOenergy's Environmental Fund.
Last month, fifteen organisations submitted projects in response to our call for river restoration projects. Elina has summarised and systematised them. She is now preparing for the next steps. One change this year is that after the pre-selection by experts, some of the projects will be submitted to a public vote. The public vote will be organized by Fortum, the single largest seller of EKOenergy-labelled hydropower. But it will be open for everybody. Stay tuned!
6. Enel going carbon-neutral by 2050
The new CEO of Enel, Francesco Starace, is taking the firm in a new direction, investing in solar and wind to become the first "truly green energy giant".
â€œYou will have big surprises,â€ he says. â€œIn the next 12 months you will see most of the companies more or less go the same way.â€
â€œWhy would you put â‚¬1bn into something that takes 10 years to be built and by the time you finish, you find out there is no point in having it anymore. It is too slow to be fitting this world anymore.â€
â€œNuclear is the same story, but even worse: a longer time cycle,â€ Starace says. â€œTodayâ€™s nuclear technology â€“ though not nuclear technology in general â€“ is a dead end. The proof of it is that fact that these huge new plants are typically nightmares of engineering and construction.â€