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Renewable energy in Italy: EKOenergy and ForGreen celebrate 3 years of partnership

In March 2016, with the aim of developing a culture of sustainability in Italy, the 100% renewable energy operator ForGreen decided to start a partnership with our ecolabel. By aligning its whole energy supply with our strict sustainability criteria, ForGreen has added its offer a significant extra value. For EKOenergy this choice was a decisive …

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Japanese Renewable Energy Market

Japan is among the biggest economies in GDP, and also a fourth largest consumer of electricity, after the U.S., China, and India in 2017. Yet it is also heavily reliant on fossil fuels, which made up almost 85% of energy production in 2017. Although this is largely the direct result of suspension of nuclear plants …

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Good reasons to support #FridaysForFuture

Ahead of Fridays-For-Future’s international day of climate protests, we list some good reasons to support the school-striking youth. 1.   No other campaign has highlighted the urgency of the climate crisis so clearly and so directly. We simply cannot wait to solve the problem until the school-strikers have finished their studies. Carbon emissions have to go …

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Upcoming events where you could meet us

Meet Steven Vanholme or Merve Güngör from the EKOenergy Secretariat in the events below REC Market Meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 12-13 March 2019 (pre-conference on 11 March) The conference will focus on the ongoing energy transition and the role of consumers. Furthermore, the sessions will underline new market developments and methods to buy …

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New environmental requirements for hydropower plants are published – EKOenergy seeks pioneers for piloting

New environmental requirements for hydropower plants are published – EKOenergy seeks pioneers for piloting EKOenergy, the international ecolabel for renewable energy has revised its environmental requirements for hydropower plants. Now EKOenergy is seeking for pioneers of the sector to pilot how the new requirements work in practice. The new environmental requirements for hydropower plants concern …

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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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Spanish supermarket chain Ecorganic uses EKOenergy

Spanish ecological supermarket chain Ecorganic has 5 shops in Spain that are powered by EKOenergy-labelled renewable electricity. In addition to being very conscious about their energy consumption, they even encourage their clients to conserve energy. Thanks Ecorganic for choosing environmentally sustainable, EKOenergy-labelled renewable electricity! Check out our user stories to see the interviews with EKOenergy …

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