EKOenergy in Asia
The growth of renewable energy production in Asia is impressive. China and Taiwan have become leaders in the production of solar panels (PV), with 70% of global production. And these panels are increasingly used in Asia, with 70GW of installed capacity in China expected by 2017. The growth of the wind energy sector is equally remarkable. In 2010, China became the world’s largest wind energy producer and the boom is continuing, fuelled by government support and ambitious renewable energy targets. A similar evolution seems to be also taking place in India, with both wind and solar production growing fast.
In parallel, consumer demand for renewable electricity is growing. More and more energy consumers are putting solar panels on their roofs. Consumers are also looking for renewables on the electricity market. This is in particular the case for larger companies, which are interested in calculating their carbon footprint and setting their own carbon targets.
EKOenergy wants to be part of that evolution, and help consumers make a difference.
During the summer of 2015, two Asian environmental organisations joined the EKOenergy Network.
- Taiwan Environmental Information Association (TEIA) is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation established in Taipei, Taiwan in June 2001. Their mission is to work towards a world where people coexist harmoniously with nature.
- Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation started as a nature conservation organization in the Vindhya area of India. Today it has expanded its programs to focus on youth awareness, climate mitigation and reducing the impacts of industrial development on humans and the environment, to promote sustainable development.
The Taiwanese Mt Stonegate Green Asset Management, one of the frontrunners in electricity tracking and pioneers of the I-REC market, signed our Licence Agreement and is eager to help consumers buy EKOenergy.
Recently, we also decided to donate €28,000 from our Climate Fund to build solar panels on two schools in Sumba Island, Indonesia. These installations are now under construction.
Right now we are looking for suitable electricity production in China and other countries. The first Asian renewable energy installation on the EKOenergy map is the Tuokexun wind farm in North-western China. And we are also in contact with the first interested consumers in Asia.
This is a great new step for our young ecolabel.