EKOenergy Newsletter,  issue 28
  15 April 2014

1.  First 10.000 euro for Climate Fund
2.  Greenhouse Gas Protocol: final comments
3.  David, EKOenergy trainee in Spain
4.  RE-DISS - What do you want to read on your bill?
5.  IPCC: we need much more renewable energy

1.  First 10.000 euro for the Climate Fund

The first 100.000 MWh of EKOenergy have been sold. This means that we have now at least 10.000 euro in our Climate Fund.

We have started the procedure to donate this money to one of the climate projects which we selected earlier this year (see > Climate Fund for more information about the selection process).

We will keep you informed.

2.  Greenhouse Gas Protocol: public consultation

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the most widely used international accounting tool to quantify and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

After a process of 4 years, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol's secretariat is finalizing the rules for the accountancy of emissions linked to electricity purchases. The draft proposes a dual reporting method: from now on, companies would have to report both the 'grid mix number' and a 'market based number' (based on Guarantees of Origin). The proposal is now subject to a public consultation. Comments are welcome until April 21st.

The EKOenergy Secretariat has followed the process since 2012 and is happy with the proposal. We will submit a couple of suggestions, mainly about the paragraphs explaining how the green electricity market should lead to additional investments. Contact if you want to know more about this topic, or if you want to contribute to our comments.

3. David, EKOenergy trainee in Spain

David Vide Pifarre studies environmental science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. From April to June, he will help Ecoserveis to get EKOenergy established in Spain.

"I want to contribute to the transition to a sustainable energy production and I'm happy I can do it via EKOenergy"

Interested to become a trainee for EKOenergy? Or interested to develop joint traineeship projects with us? Contact the Secretariat.

4.  RE-DISS - what do you want to read on your bill?

RE-DISS is a European project to improve information provided to electricity consumers. The RE-DISS Secretariat is now working on guidelines about how suppliers should inform consumers about the electricity they sell. Last Friday, the first draft was presented.

Consumer information is a key issue for EKOenergy and we will send our comments and thoughts to the RE-DISS Secretariat. 

What do you think about the following issues?

RE-DISS finds information about subsidies important. What do you think? Do you want to know if the green electricity of your supplier has got (production) subsidies? Click on a number. 1 stands for "I do not find this important", 10 means 'I find this very important'
lowest 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   highest
Sorry, voting is closed.

RE-DISS wants that the electricity supplier informs the consumer about whether or not the green electricity purchase leads to new investments in renewable installations.  Click on a number. 1 stands for "I do not find this relevant", 10 means 'I find this very relevant'
lowest 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   highest
Sorry, voting is closed.

Contact the Secretariat if you want to contribute to our reaction to the RE-DISS proposal.

5.  IPCC: We need much more renewable energy


The latest IPCC report, published last weekend in Berlin, and fully available on the IPCC website as from today, dismisses fears that slashing carbon emissions would wreck the world economy. The cheapest and least risky route to dealing with global warming is to abandon all dirty fossil fuels in coming decades, the report found.

The authoritative report, produced by 1250 international experts and approved by 194 governments, is the final part of a trilogy that has already shown that climate change is “unequivocally” caused by humans and that, unchecked, it poses a grave threat to people and could lead to wars and mass migration.

Diverting hundred of billions of dollars from fossil fuels into renewable energy and cutting energy waste would shave just 0.06% off expected annual economic growth rates of 1.3%-3%, the IPCC report concluded.

“The report is clear: the more you wait, the more it will cost and the more difficult it will become,” said EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

Click here for the "IPCC WG III - Summary for Policy Makers".

This article is based on (and partially copied from) an article of the Guardian.

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