grid_transmissionThe electricity market is developing quickly. Liberalisation, internationalisation, product differentiation…

This fast evolution has created opportunities, but also a lot of confusion: How can I switch from one supplier to another? How can I choose an electricity product if we are all on the same grid? Which supplier and what products should I choose? And if I have a green contract, how does this affect my CO2 emissions?

Today, these basic questions get very different answers depending on where you live. Most of the consumers who buy green electricity, do so because they want to make a change. But making a difference is difficult if consumers in different parts of the world get contradictory advice.

Until recently, nobody was coordinating the positions of environmental organisations and consumer organisations. But this has now changed.

Towards a common approach

In 2010 Bellona Russia, the Estonian Fund for Nature, the Latvian Fund for Nature, the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Ecoserveis and AccioNatura from Spain as well as 100% Energia Verde and REEF from Italy joined forces to develop an international ecolabel for electricity.


At the RECS Market Meeting 2012, we presented our first draft to the electricity sector. Participants from left to right: Mieke Langie (WindMade), Steven Vanholme (EKOenergy), Ivan Scrase (RSPB), Jennifer Martin (Green-e), Eero Yrjö-Koskinen (Finnish Association for Nature Conservation) and Jared Braslawsky (RECS International).

From the start, transparency and involvement were cornerstones of the process. The partners followed the procedure prescribed by the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards, and drew inspiration from the approach of the North American Green-e label.

In 2011 and 2012, over 400 stakeholders were consulted: electricity producers, suppliers, consumers, environmental NGOs and authorities. We also held a public consultation.

At the end of 2012, the environmental organisations involved decided to create the EKOenergy Network. They also set up an Advisory Group, to comment once more on the plans. On 23rd February 2013, the EKOenergy Board approved the text ‘EKOenergy – Network and label’.


2013 : Проект «ЕКОенергія» запущено, створено Секретаріат з метою управління та просування лейблу, а також до проекту залучено групу міжнародних стажерів та волонтерів. Ймовірно, наша багатомовна команда говорить вашою мовою. Ми починали свій розвиток фокусуючись на Фінляндії, Іспанії, Італії та Латвії .

  Дивіться наш річний звіт 2013 (English)

2014 : Ми були активні на декількох фронтах. Мережу ЕКОенергіі розширено за рахунок включення Німеччини, Франції та Польщі. Ми з’явилися в соціальних мережах та приєдналися до Всесвітньої кампанії 100 % поновлюваних джерел енергії. Ми пожертвували перший прибуток з нашого Кліматичного фонду на проект з використання сонячної енергії в Танзанії.

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2015 : Ми продовжуємо рости і в даний час працюємо над формуванням партнерських відносин за межами Європи.

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2016: The EU funded project, named LIFE, which focuses on freshwater restoration in Finland began. We had a successful campaign with Protect Our Winters Finland and another one with breweries in Spain and Italy.

  See our annual report 2016

2017: EKOenergy continued to make progress on many fronts. We set up campaigns in many countries, we financed more climate projects and river restoration projects than ever before, we grew approximately 50-60% in all markets where we are active and we entered several new markets.

  See our annual report 2017