Charities and awards
EWEA works with its chosen charity, Renewable World, to develop sustainable energy projects around the world. EWEA makes donations to the charity, who use the funding for their projects.
Every year at the EWEA Annual Event, an award is given to an individual for outstanding achievements in the field of wind energy. The Poul la Cour prize winners are nominated and chosen by a committee and EWEA.
Renewable World, formerly known as the Koru Foundation, is a UK based charity set up by individuals from the renewable energy industry in 2007 to assist energy poor communities who are most vulnerable to climate change to access renewable energy.
For example, EWEA donated over €10,000 to Renewable World on behalf of all participants at EWEA Annual Event 2012, and €8,200 on behalf of all participants at EWEA OFFSHORE 2011. The year before, €5,400 was donated on behalf of all participants at EWEC 2010 and an EWEA donation of €9,000 helped install a small-scale wind turbine in Africa.
While less visible, just as essential to the event organisation process is the issue of sustainability. Wind energy is known for its environmental credentials – producing no greenhouse gases and using no water. As the European Wind Energy Association, we consider it our responsibility to try and ensure that our events, too, have minimal impact on the environment.
EWEA also ensures its own events are sustainable, with EWEA 2012 being the world's first certified WindMade event - meaning the EWEA 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen was the first ever event to be labelled by WindMade as being 100% powered by wind.
The total electricity consumed at the event was procured exclusively from wind power. This includes the six month long event preparations at the EWEA offices, the power usage at the Bella Center in Denmark and electricity used at the social events like receptions and the conference dinner.
In order to cover 100% of the electricity used for EWEA 2012, EWEA has committed to procuring an equivalent amount of GoldPower, a high quality, energy based product. The power comes from windfarms in developing countries (with no Kyoto targets), thereby demonstrably stimulating investments in new capacity.
This commitment is compliant with the requirements set out in WindMade’s newly launched ‘Events Standard’.
For more information on the WindMade initiative, see www.windmade.org or contact info(at)windmade.org