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Are we aware of the impacts of hydropower on nature? (in Finnish)

Vesivoima jakaa ilmastosta ja luonnosta huolestuneet kansalaiset. Toiset ostavat vesivoimalla tuotettua sähköä ilmastosyistä ja toiset karttavat sitä viimeiseen asti sen luontohaittojen vuoksi. Mistä mielipiteiden voimakas jakautuminen johtuu? Eräs syy voi olla yleistajuisen tiedon niukkuus.  On tunnettua, että pato ilman kalatietä pysäyttää vaelluskalat. Mutta myös veden virtaus ja aineksen kulkeutuminen muuttuvat ja sen seurauksena myös jokien …

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Solar vs Diesel: why solar generators should power rural communities

Rural communities looking for a source of electricity usually have very limited options. Though it is broadly agreed that solar generators are a cheaper option in the long run compared to diesel generators, diesel remains a very popular choice. Why is this and how can funds like the EKOenergy Climate Fund help address this issue? …

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Corporate sourcing in emerging renewable energy markets

The number of companies setting renewable energy goals is increasing, and so is the number of those which join the RE100. This highlights the importance, and challenges, of corporate sourcing for renewable energy in countries where the electricity market is non-liberalized or is liberalizing. Multinationals are looking for market based solutions, for their operations and …

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Energy ecolabel and its concrete benefits: Case study from the EKOenergy Climate Fund project in Nepal

Using EKOenergy labelled electricity has concrete benefits that come from two abstract concepts: additionality and sustainability. Renewable World’s project in Kharepani Community, Nepal, supported by EKOenergy Climate Fund, demonstrates a concrete benefit the off-grid communities get with access to clean energy. “Manisara Sunar lost her 10-year-old daughter Sunita to tetanus. Her daughter went to collect …

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Climate change and pollution: the toll of tourism

While a strong economic driver, international tourism is also a burden on the fight against climate change. It is time for the sector to acknowledge its environmental responsibility and to transition to a more sustainable model. The total number of international travellers increased in 2017 for the eighth consecutive year, reaching 1,323 millions and breaking …

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Leaflet “Good to know about hydropower”

The advantage of hydropower is the renewability of the energy source. It also allows time-efficient adjustments in electricity production according to demand. Hydropower plants are relatively long-lasting. The disadvantages of hydropower are strong modifications of river habitats. Stream and riparian ecosystems are threatened. Migratory fish populations have become extinct in many rivers. The damming of …

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Buying 100% renewable energy is becoming the new normal

Renewable energy has long been stigmatised as expensive, unreliable and commercially non-viable. Yet over 150 of the worlds largest companies are moving to 100% renewable. The Paris Agreement was lauded across the world as a victory for international cooperation and dialogue. Yet it was not the only major achievement to come out of the Paris …

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The importance of river restoration and EKOenergy’s Environmental Fund

It’s a damp, grey Tuesday afternoon. A team of volunteers, including four members of the EKOenergy secretariat, march down a farm track in Vaskio, Finland, laden with buckets, shovels and biscuits. We arrive at a small brook, no more than a meter wide, where the water trickles quietly through woods that line fields of buckwheat. …

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Flow Festival uses EKOenergy labelled grid electricity

Flow Festival is one of the world’s first carbon-neutral music and arts boutique festival. This year’s festival will take place on 10-12 August 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. All grid-electricity used at “Nordic countries’ coolest music festival” is ecolabelled by EKOenergy. Called “A fairytale come true” by Clash Magazine in the UK. The festival’s overall carbon …

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Welcome to RE-Source, the biggest renewable energy sourcing event in Europe

EKOenergy is a proud Association Partner of this year’s RE-Source Event, a conference focusing on the latest evolutions with regard to sourcing of renewable energy in general and PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) in particular. It is a must-attend gathering for all stakeholders interested in these issues. RE-Source 2018 takes place in Amsterdam, on 21 and …

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While coping with the heatwaves, we should act to reverse them

July 2018 has been the hottest July ever registered in several areas of the northern hemisphere, bringing with it abnormal droughts, high wildfire risk and devastating sudden precipitation. The record temperatures of the past were beaten in the US, Canada, Japan and different countries of northern Europe – with even 10°C difference between the first …

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