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  EKOenergy Newsletter, issue 38
  3 November 2014
Content

1.  EKOenergy in all LEED Standards
2.  New consumers
3.  Video, comic and more
4.  Saimaa landlocked salmon reproduces again
5.  EKOenergy presentations at various events
6.  Quotes from IPCC's "Climate Change 2014 - Synthesis Report"
 

1.  EKOenergy in all LEED Standards

 
EKOenergy is now explicitly mentioned in all European versions of the LEED Standard. In other words: buildings aiming at LEED certification can get extra points if the electricity used in that building is EKOenergy certified.

On page 82 of the text “LEED 2009 BD+C Supplemental Reference Guide with Alternative Compliance Paths for Europe”, we read:  “Within Europe, EKOenergy is considered an acceptable equivalent to the Green-e program for electricity. EKOenergy is a network of European environmental NGOs promoting the consumption and production of renewable electricity. The EKOenergy electricity certification scheme represents the best available pan-European option for the sustainable and additional consumption of renewable electricity within Europe. EKOenergy certifies renewable electricity that goes beyond the regulations of European directives and national governments of Europe.”

Questions? Contact the EKOenergy Secretariat, or see the LEED Leaflet on our website.

2.  New consumers

 
The Finnish HYY Group made the switch to EKOenergy. Its strategic planning document for 2014-2018 now explicitly mentions that "whenever possible, the group will use electricity that fulfills the criteria of the EKOenergy ecolabel, it will actively communicate about this and will recommend its partners and contacts to do the same" (page 3 of the strategy).

Both the spa Sahanlahti Ressort and the wilderness hotel Basecamp Oulanko informed us that they made the switch to EKOenergy. The latter proudly announces this on its homepage.

We also welcome our first consumers in Spain and Russia.

3.  Video, comic and more

 
We decided to make some videos about EKOenergy. In the first video, nine members of the EKOenergy Secretariat explain what EKOenergy is, and why it is worth buying ecolabeled electricity.

Click here to watch the video on youtube.

Do you want to be involved in our next video project? Let us know.

We also continue to work on the EKOenergy Comic. We have 23 (!) translations. 17 of these are already online and six more will be uploaded in the coming days. And this is not yet the end - volunteers from three more countries have promised extra translations.

We are now preparing the first printed versions of the comic (B5, 36 pages). Let us know if you would be interested in buying and spreading the paper version of the comic. We can also personalise the texts of the comic. Contact us for more information.

4.  Saimaa landlocked salmon reproduces again

 
Seven months ago, EKOenergy was actively involved in river restoration activities in Eastern Finland.

As a result of problems at the Pamilo hydropower plant, part of the population of the extremely endangered Saimaa landlocked salmon had been flushed away. To mitigate the damage and to enable the salmon to reproduce again, a helicopter dropped spawning gravel in the Lower-Koita River, on places which are not accessible in any other way.

Last week, researchers found spawning nests and eggs of the Saimaa landlocked salmon â€“ this is the first time for decades that the species reproduces again in this river. 

A researcher from the Finnish national broadcasting company says, "We have good hope. We don't expect that such an extreme situation as last year will happen again. (...) The water regulating outlet functions in such a way that the flow can be regulated well. I'm positive and looking forward to seeing the results next spring."

EKOenergy will continue to create opportunities for species like the Saimaa landlocked salmon. They do have a future in our rivers, even in rivers with hydropower plants.
 

5.  EKOenergy presentations at various events

 
EKOenergy organised a workshop at the yearly Energy and Environment Fair in Riga. During the event, Baltcom and Prudentia Energy Markets signed our Licence Agreement. Both will start selling "EKOenergy from Latvia". Again great news from Latvia. Thank you Latvijas Dabas FondsLatvijas Zaļā KustÄ«ba and Zaļā brÄ«vÄ«ba for launching EKOenerÄ£ija in Latvia.

Tomorrow, we organise a workshop about the soon-to-be-published Scope 2 Guidance of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, at the annual meeting of the Finnish Climate Friends (Ilmastokumppanit).

On Wednesday, EKOenergy speaks at the 3rd Annual Advanced Hydropower Generation and Pumped Storage Forum about how cooperation between hydropower plant owners and environmental organisations can lead to concrete results. We also present our "Fish passage electricity concept": how can we convince electricity consumers to help to finance river restoration measures?

6.  Quotes from IPCC's "Climate Change 2014 - Synthesis Report"

 
Yesterday, the IPCC published its "Climate Change 2014 - Synthesis Report". The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report produced by over 800 scientists and released over the past 13 months – the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken.

Hereafter some remarkable quotes from the report:

p. 7: "There is very high confidence that maximum global mean sea level during the last interglacial period (129,000 to 116,000 years ago) was, for several thousand years, at least 5 m higher than present."

p. 10: "Since 1970 cumulative CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion, cement production and flaring have tripled and cumulative CO2 emissions from forestry and other land use have increased by about 40%. In 2011 annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion, cement production and flaring were 34.8 ± 2.9 GtCO2yr-1. For 2002-2011 average annual emissions from forestry and other land use were 3.3 ± 2.9 GtCO2yr-1."

p. 30: "Many aspects of climate change and its impacts will continue for centuries, even if anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are stopped. The risks of abrupt or irreversible changes increase as the magnitude of the warming increases."

p. 39: "Scenarios that are likely to maintain warming at below 2°C are characterized by a 40% to 70% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, relative to 2010 levels, and emissions level near zero or below in 2100."

p. 50: "Decarbonizing (i.e. reducing the carbon intensity of) electricity generation is a key component of cost-effective mitigation strategies in achieving low stabilization levels (of about 450 to about 500 ppm CO2eq, at least as likely as not to limit warming to 2°C above pre-industriallevels)."

p. 52: "Because climate change has the characteristics of a collective action problem at the global scale, effective mitigation will not be achieved if individual agents advance their own interests independently, even though mitigation can also have local co-benefits. Cooperative responses, including international cooperation, are therefore required to effectively mitigate GHG emissions and address other climate change issues."
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