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  EKOenergy Newsletter, Issue 48
  11th June 2015
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1.  HYY Group powered by EKOenergy
2.  EKOenergy for Asia
3.  Report: Wind turbines and bats
4.  More good news from Germany
5.  'Fisherman's Smoothie' supports EKOenergy's Environmental Fund
6.  G7 agrees to phase out fossil fuels
 

1.  HYY Group powered by EKOenergy

 
The Finnish HYY Yhtymä Group switched to EKOenergy. The HYY Group is a multibusiness corporate group in the service sector. Its focus is on real estate, investment, accommodation, catering and publishing operations.

Several famous buildings in the city centre of Helsinki are now powered by EKOenergy!

2.  EKOenergy for Asia

 
Recently, we have been asked several times if EKOenergy can work in Asia. The answer is yes!

Although we started as a European ecolabel, our criteria can easily be implemented outside Europe. Until recently, the absence of a reliable electricity tracking systems was a problem. But this has changed with the introduction of the International Renewable Energy Certificate - system, I-REC.

Several Asian organisations, suppliers and consumers are now interested in making use of the emerging green electricity market. And some have asked for our advice. EKOenergy's recommendation for Asia is the same as the one for Europe: let's join strengths, and let's use the emerging market to support the worldwide energy transition.

3.   Report: Wind turbines and bats

 
Several EKOenergy members (environmental organisations) have asked the EKOenergy Secretariat to focus on the impact of wind turbines on bat populations.

The current EKOenergy criteria focus mainly on the location of wind turbines. But is this the best solution for bats? Or can we do more?

To start the thinking process, we made an overview of the existing literature and suggested solutions. We collected the findings in the report "The Effects of Wind Turbines on Bat Mortality and the Available Solutions: An Executive Review". We welcome comments and suggestions.

Picture: Myotis brandtii, by Emma Kosonen

4.   More good news from Germany

 
EKOenergy has signed a cooperation agreement with the German company Energysolutions24. The company is specialised in direct marketing and is interested in promoting EKOenergy, both in Germany and abroad.

Energysolutions24 will actively inform its current German commercial partners about EKOenergy. At the same time, the company wants to offer its services to EKOenergy-suppliers elsewhere in Europe.

And there is more good news. The EKOenergy Wikipedia page is now also available in German: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/EKOenergie.

5.  'Fisherman's Smoothie' supports EKOenergy's Environmental Fund


The famous Finnish actor and fish activist Jasper Pääkkönen and Jungle Juice Bar have launched a 'Fisherman's Smoothie'.

For each smoothie sold, €1 goes to EKOenergy's Environmental Fund, to support river restoration projects.

Thanks a lot!

Do you also want to help us to do even more? Donations are welcome.

6.  G7 agrees to phase out fossil fuels

 
The G7 has called for a transformation of electricity generation towards clean sources by 2050. They said fossil fuel emissions should not be allowed in any sector of the economy by the end of the century.

Their targets are not binding - but they send a clear message to investors that in the long term economies will have to be powered by non-polluting energy.

The world's leaders have effectively signalled the end of the fossil fuel era that has driven economies since the Industrial Revolution.

This is a seismic shift - and an acknowledgement from the leaders, prompted by Angela Merkel, of the scale of the threat from climate change.

Text copied from www.bbc.com / picture: Bundesregierung/Denzel
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