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EKOenergy for Turkey
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Sep 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

EKOenergy is a network of environmental organisations focussing on the promotion of renewable electricity. To help consumers choose climate-friendly and nature-friendly electricity, we developed the EKOenergy ecolabel (we don’t sell electricity ourselves). The criteria of our ecolabel are based on consultation of hundreds of key stakeholders and are widely accepted. We started in 2013 and are now gradually spreading over Europe. Last year, we have made big steps forward (See > annual report 2014). A lot of this progress happened thanks to the active participation of volunteers, in particular EVS volunteers based at the EKOenergy Secretariat. With this new project, we want to intensify our contacts with Turkish stakeholders. We want to brainstorm about actions to promote renewable electricity, preferably joining strengths with many others. We also want to follow up the evolution of the renewable electricity market. The market in Turkey is not liberalised, but demand for renewable electricity is growing, mainly as a result of international standards such as LEED and Greenhouse Gas Protocol. This is an interesting evolution. It is not sure yet how the sector will react to this consumer demand, but if things start to move, EKOenergy want to be part of this. Apart from working on renewable electricity in Turkey, the volunteer will get opportunities to participate in other activities of the Finnish Association of Nature Conservation in order to get opportunities to differentiate the experiences and to get to know different (young) people.The volunteers are embedded in the EKOenergy team (which is a part of the Environment Protection Department of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation).

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