The German Council for Sustainable Development has granted us the quality label “Sustainability Project 2017”. This is a renowned distinction for projects contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals include “affordable and clean energy” and “climate action”.
EKOenergy is one of 3 selected international projects. Also 64 German projects got the award.
We are of course very proud of this award. It gives us even more energy to continue our work promoting 100% sustainable and renewable energy, in Germany and worldwide.
All the energy produced by the Italian energy cooperative WeForGreen Sharing will be sold as EKOenergy certified.
This cooperative currently includes 534 members who have invested in 6 different renewable energy installations. These annually produce about 9250 MWh of electricity.
With our ecolabel, we help consumers choose the most sustainable electricity. Now, WeForGreen Sharing goes one step further. People get the opportunity to participate not only as consumers, but also as producers of energy. This is fantastic!
Thanks a lot and more of this!
4. From E-World to RECs Market Meeting
From 7 to 9 February, EKOenergy was at E-World, the huge energy fair in Essen, Germany. It was great to meet many of our current German EKOenergy sellers. We are also looking forward to cooperating with many other companies we met.
The next larger event on our agenda is the RECs Market Meeting, from 20 to 22 March in Amsterdam. This conference focuses on the demand side of the renewable electricity market. On the first day of the meeting, Steven Vanholme from the EKOenergy secretariat will be moderating a pre-conference session on electricity tracking (GOs, RECs, IRECs...).
Looking forward to meeting you there.
"All cornerstones of sustainability are well elaborated in the project. We are energetically sustainable because we produce our own energy with shared facilities; we are environmental sustainable because we are using renewable energy sources; we are economically sustainable because our members pay the energy to the production cost price; and finally we are socially sustainable because thanks to EKOenergy we can contribute to the development of electrification projects in developing countries."
Gabriele Nicolis, Presidente di WeForGreen Sharing, the Italian energy cooperative whose energy is sold as EKOenergy
5. Thoughts on the proposal for a new RE Directive
Unfortunately, this package is not consistent with the Paris Agreement and will not help mobilise the investments needed for the transition to a fully renewable and efficient energy system.
The main comments from the European environmental movement can be found here, kindly collected by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.
With regard to Guarantees of Origin, there are some interesting proposals. We appreciate that the European Commission proposes to expand the system to gas and renewable heat.
However, we oppose the proposal to auction all Guarantees of Origin from subsidised production. We think subsidised production should get Guarantees of Origin in exactly the same way as all other production. Guarantees of Origin is a consumer protection and empowerment tool. Taking away this tool for a large part of the production will lead to confusion and misunderstandings. In particular, it will make the position of small- and medium-sized local renewable energy producers more difficult. Contact Steven.Vanholme@sll.fi for more information.
6. Novita uses EKOenergy
Novita is a famous brand in Finland. The company is the largest yarn spinnery in Northern Europe. The company employs about 100 people.
In the factory in Kouvola, every year about 1 million kilograms of yarn are produced and dyed.
A complete removal of subsidies for the production of fossil fuels today would result in a steady decline in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2050 as more oil, gas and coal is left in the ground.
This is according to the study Zombie Energy: climate benefits of ending subsidies to fossil fuel production, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Global Subsidies Initiative and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It provides the most robust assessment to-date of how global subsidies to coal, oil and gas companies contribute to climate change.
“It’s no secret that coal, oil and gas companies are extracting fossil fuel from fields that would be uneconomical without government support—what we call ‘zombie energy’”, said IISD’s Ivetta Gerasimchuk, lead author of the report. “However, we now have a much better understanding of how these subsidies skew global energy markets, and ultimately influence the supply and consumption of fossil fuels.”
The study finds that a complete removal of subsidies to fossil fuel production globally would reduce the world’s emissions by 37 Gt of CO2 over 2017-2050. This is roughly the amount of carbon dioxide that would result from burning all proven oil reserves in the United States and Norway.
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