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EKOenergy for Neighbours
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

EKOenergy is a network of environmental organisations focussing on the promotion of sustainable renewable electricity. We develop a lot of different actions. Our most visible tool is the not-for-profit EKOenergy ecolabel. It is the only international ecolabel for electricity. Its main aim is to help consumers choose climate-friendly and nature-friendly electricity. See In 2016 and 2017, we particularly want to encourage suppliers and consumers not only to switch to renewable electricty, but to show leadership, by taking a next step in the fight against climate change. Our ambition is to become active in as many countries as possible. That means that we need a lot of hands, and a lot of language skills. EVS has turned out to be a perfect tool to serve this needs. Since the autumn of 2012, we have got help from 25 EVS volunteers from 12 countries. A lot of what EKOenergy achieved, happened thanks to them. E.g. see our Annual Report of 2015, at > annual report 2015. With this new project, we want to continue and expand our activities in Russia and Serbia (and neighbouring countries). We will host 2 volunteers who will both stay 12 months. They will be our main contact persons for environmental NGOs, electricity companies and consumers in Russia and the Balkan. In these countries, there is no experience with the separate sale of green electricity. But there are several indicators that this may change soon. The EVS volunteers will develop campaigns in cooperation with other EVS volunteers at the EKOenergy secretariat, and in cooperation with stakeholders in their home country. This project is part of an ongoing process. It is a follow up of earlier EVS projects. And we expect it will be followed up by other EVS projects.

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