European Citizen’s Prize for EKOenergy ecolabel

We are proud to announce that EKOenergy, international and nonprofit environmental label for renewable energy, is one of the recipients of the European Citizen’s Prize 2020!

The European Citizen’s Prize is awarded by the European Parliament since 2008 to exceptional achievements in promoting mutual understanding and interaction between citizens or in facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation in the EU.

As reasons for the selection of EKOenergy, the jury lists EKOenergy’s contribution to mitigating climate change, to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and to the promotion of renewable energy sources. 

“The EKOenergy ecolabel encourages consumers to choose environmentally-friendly electricity and at the same time helps to raise funding for solar power in developing countries. EKOenergy is an excellent candidate for the European Citizen’s Prize and meets the evaluation criteria very well.”

the European Citizen’s Prize jury of MEPs and NGO representatives

Steven Vanholme, EKOenergy Program Manager of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation says „We are very pleased to see that our EKOenergy ecolabel receives recognition from the EU for all the work we do to strengthen the role of environmentally conscious consumers. Our ecolabel is a nonprofit tool to help raise awareness regarding nature and biodiversity in the energy market. Receiving the European Citizen’s Prize is not only a recognition of the great work done by our team in Helsinki over the past 8 years, it is also a recognition for all companies, households and public authorities that use EKOenergy-labelled energy in many countries.”

EKOenergy-labelled energy (electricity, gas and heat) meets the sustainability criteria approved by environmental organisations and helps finance projects that alleviate energy poverty in developing countries. The ecolabel was launched in 2013 and EKOenergy is supported by a network of NGOs, 34 of which are based in Europe.

You can read the original announcement here (in Finnish).

Published on 12 February 2021