|Formation||January 1, 1998,|
|Type||NGO, non-profit ecolabel|
|Purpose/focus||Environmental protection, nature conservation|
|Location||Kotkankatu 9 00510 Helsinki|
|Staff||employs 2 people at its central office in Helsinki|
EKOenergy label is an international ecolabel for electricity. It is managed by a network of European environmental NGOs. The secretariat is located in Helsinki and hosted by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC).
The primary objective of the ecolabel is to increase the sustainability of energy consumption and to improve public awareness of the environmental impact of energy production.
Alongside Swedish Bra Miljöval the Finnish Norppaenergia was the first ecolabel for electricity in the world. FANC, the biggest environmental NGO in Finland had operated the Norppaenergia label since 1998.
The international Eugene Standard, which accredited that ecolabels for energy provide genuine environmental benefits, was dissolved in 2009. Following that in May 2010 FANC announced its intention to create an international ecolabel for electricity. Bellona Russia, the Estonian Fund for Nature, the Latvian Fund for Nature, Ecoserveis and AccioNatura from Spain as well as 100% energia verde and REEF from Italy joined the project soon. In 2011 RECS International, representing the renewable energy industry gave its helping hand to the new project.
As of August 2013 following countries and NGOs had become members of the new ecolabel:
- Albania, EPER Center and Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania
- Belgium, Natuurpunt
- Bosnia & Herzegovina, Prijatelji Prirode / Friends of Nature Eko Element
- Bulgaria, BlueLink Information Network
- Czech Republic, Glopolis
- Cyprus, Cyprus Energy Agency
- Finland, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and Vaihda Virtaa network
- Georgia, Spectri
- Hungary, Energiaklub
- Iceland, Iceland Nature Conservation Association
- Italy, REEF and 100% energia verde with the support of Legambiente and WWF Italy
- Kosovo, KOSID and Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ)
- Latvia, Zaļā brīvība - Green Liberty, Latvian Green Movement and Latvian Fund for Nature
- Lithuania, Lietuvos žaliųjų judejimas - Lithuanian Green Movement
- Malta, Projects in Motion
- Netherlands, Wise
- Portugal, Quercus
- Romania, Sun Valley Association and 2 Celsius Network
- Slovenia, Slovenski E-Forum
- Spain, Ecoserveis, ECODES
EKOenergy sets criteria for
- consumer information
- additionality and
- tracking and auditing
Electricity sold as EKOenergy must be produced from renewable energy sources, which fulfill the sustainability criteria of the ecolabel. Special sustainability criteria applies for instance for windpower. The EKOenergy label can be granted to electricity generated by windpower facilities provided that they are not located: on nature reserves, on World Heritage Sites or on Important Bird Areas. Hydropower stations get EKOenergy eligibility by committing to implement measures reducing negative environmental impacts.
The label has an Environmental Fund for drainage basin refurbishments. The fund is for instance financing attempts to conserve freshwater pearl mussel, thick shelled river mussel, wild atlantic salmon and wild brown trout populations in Finnish streams. Biggest projects funded by the fund were located in Mustionjoki, Isojoki-Lapväärtinjoki, Karvianjoki and Pielinen.
EKOenergy also guarantees "additionally", which means new renewable energy production, which would not have happened without a purchase of EKOenergy. That is proven by a Climate Fund. An electricity supplier must pay money to the fund for every kWh of electricity it sells as EKOenergy.
EKOenergy price studies
- Riku Eskelinen; Steven Vanholme (November 2013). About Us (Report). http://www.ekoenergy.org/about-us/.
- Heikki Willstedt; Veit Bürger (September 2006). Overview of existing green power labelling schemes (Report). http://www.cler.org/info/IMG/pdf/GreenElectricityLabels.pdf. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
- Riku Eskelinen; Steven Vanholme (January 2013). "History - EKOenergy". EKOenergy. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- "Members". EKOenergy. November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- Teemu Närvä; Merja Pakkanen (April 2010). Vihreän sähkön tarjonta Suomen sähkömarkkinoilla (Report). http://www.vaasaemg.com/suomi/Tiedotteet/Vihrea_tarjonta_2010.pdf. Retrieved 2010-06-22.