EU Sustainable Energy Week 2011 Kicks Off in Europeri
Written By: John Shimkus
Launched in 2005, Sustainable Energy Week is a program put in place by the European Union to spread awareness on alternative energy issues throughout Europe. Though the week’s official dates are April 11 to 15, the weekends prior and after are also accepted for activities and events. EU member countries will participate by holding various events to promote sustainable energy in the 2011 edition of Sustainable Energy week.
The Sustainable Energy Week web portal features an interactive map that directs you to each member country’s Sustainable Energy Week events.
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The EU hopes that member countries will take advantage of Sustainable Energy Week and highlights the following reasons to participate:
1. Raise the profile and improve the image of your organization, town, city or region.
2. Be part of a European campaign.
3. Turn your town, city or region into a frontrunner of Europe’s energy revolution.
4. Attract media attention and make headlines.
5. Energize your local communities and get their endorsement.
6. Help local companies expand into fast-growing green energy markets.
7. Innovate and set a new direction for your town, city or region.
8. Make it easier to attract investment into your sustainable energy projects.
9. Get additional visibility and support for your event from the EU
So far, for the 2011 Sustainable Energy Week, there are hundreds of events planned across Europe, with Spain, Italy and Sweden leading the pack in planned events.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.