Europe’s premier wind conference, being held in Copenhagen, Denmark April 16 to April 19 this year, will receive a special label.
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) 2012 Conference and Exhibitions will, aptly, have the honor of being the first ever event to have the WindMade label.
“EWEA is proud to be the organiser of the world’s first WindMade event — run 100% on wind power,” said EWEA CEO Christian Kjaer.
“EWEA strives to make its events sustainable, and to promote wind energy not only through political lobbying but also by making direct use of wind power. EWEA is convinced that WindMade will drive investment into this technology, and we encourage other organizations and events to follow our lead in becoming WindMade.”
WindMade, a non-profit organization, works to increase global wind power use. The organization works to increase wind energy power, while also promoting energy security, promoting energy efficiency, and combating climate change.
All of the electricity used at the upcoming EWEA event in Copenhagen will be obtained through wind power.
“Many conference organisers are already making efforts to ‘green’ their events, and WindMade is pleased to present them with a tool for having their commitment to renewable power certified by a credible label,” said WindMade CEO Henrik Kuffner.
In order to receive the WindMade label, events have to get 100% of their electricity footprint from renewable forms of energy. In this case, for the EWEA conference, the EWEA had to go through a six-month-long event preparation at its headquarters. EWEA also had to make sure to get wind energy for use at the Bella Center, where the conference is being held, and where wind electricity is being used at the dinner and reception events.
The WindMade standard came after increasing demand from conference organizers who wanted to strengthen their commitment to wind power and the idea ad implementation of the WindMade label for consumer products (see video above). Under the standard, any event, ranging from a small conference to a major sporting event, can work toward receiving the label.
However, despite the program, it only addresses energy use at the conference. Organizers are suggesting attendees also offset other potential carbon intensive activities, including transportation.
The WindMade label is a step in the right direction in encouraging major events to harness the potential of renewable energy, including wind, as a way to promote sustainable development.
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