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  EKOenergy Newsletter, issue 42
  16 January 2015
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1.  EKOenergy in 2014
2.  A lot of new brains and hands at the Secretariat
3.  GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance: launch events
4.  In the news: wind and solar are the cheapest

1.  EKOenergy in 2014

 
2014 was a productive year for EKOenergy.

We organized and financed several river restoration projects. We donated the first 10,000 euro of the Climate Fund to a solar project in Tanzania. We made a comic and translated it into 30 languages. And last, but not least, we certified at least 600 GWh of green electricity sales.

Finland is still our stronghold, but EKOenergy is spreading well and according to plan.

More about this in our report "EKOenergy in 2014 - From Aarne to Zofija".

2.  A lot of new brains and hands

 
In the first week of January, several new volunteers and trainees joined the team.

On the left our three new EVS volunteers (European Voluntary Service):  Marie Schaardt will promote EKOenergy in Germany, Susan Gow will spread the word in the UK and Marta Arbinolo will focus on our launch in Italy.

Joose Koponen (fourth on the photo) and Katja Hyrynkangas are trainees. Joose will be helping a large corporate consumer with many buildings in several countries to switch to EKOenergy and Katja will be designing our texts and leaflets.

3.  GHG Scope 2 Guidance: launch events

 
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is a worldwide standard for carbon accounting. It is a joint product of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Next week, the Secretariat of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol launches its long-awaited Scope 2 Guidance. The guidance explains how to account for the carbon emissions of purchased electricity, heat and cooling.

It also tells what more companies can do in order to spur the transition to a low-carbon economy.

There are still some places left for the launch event in Brussels, on January 22nd. Click here for more information.

On the EKOenergy website, you can find a draft summary of the Scope 2 Guidance. It's available in 16 languages. We will update the summary and its translations soon after the launch.

4.  In the news: wind and solar are the cheapest

 
Scientists at the Finnish Lappeenranta University have calculated that China would become even more profitable if it were to make the switch to renewable energy within the next five to ten years. As the largest energy consumer in the world, China’s energy production remains a cornerstone of all global climate initiatives. The Finnish project was recently recognized in Japan for its groundbreaking simulation work.

"“Costs fall by 20 percent every time capacity is doubled. By 2025-2030 the price of solar electricity will be half what it is now. In practice, it is the cheapest form of energy production in a good chunk of the world. Our energy networks will change dramatically as a result.”

More about this on the website of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
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