For each Megawatt-hour sold as EKOenergy hydropower, a contribution of at least 0.10 euro (ten eurocents) is paid into the EKOenergy Environmental Fund. The money from the EKOenergy Environmental Fund is used to finance the implementation of river restoration projects.
The financed projects are not managed by EKOenergy. EKOenergy wants to support existing dynamics and join existing initiatives.
The river restoration project in 2016
In 2016 the Environmental Fund of EKOenergy is giving €50,000 to a river restoration project in Southern Finland. The project is implemented by a local Finnish association ‘Virho’, and the aim of the project is to restore the Vihtijoki river so that salmon fish can return and thrive in the river. Read more!
In addition, Kaakon Jokitalkkari – ”River Janitor of South Eastern Finland” will continue the work with river restoration that was funded by the Environmental Fund in 2015. Read more!
Based on experience
The idea of an Environmental Fund is not new. It has been copied from the Nordic countries, where similar funds have existed since the beginning of this century. In Finland, money originating from the sales of ecolabelled hydropower has been invested in building fish passages and in restoring spawning grounds of migratory fish. Click here for all projects funded by the EKOenergy Environmental Fund and its Finnish predecessor.