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.
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.
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, Chinaâ€™s energy production remains a cornerstone of all global climate initiatives. The Finnish project was recently recognized in Japan for its groundbreaking simulation work.
"â€œCosts 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.â€