On 1 July 2015 ECOHZ became the first global CDP Gold Renewable Energy Partner. In this interview, Preben Munch, Director, Corporate Customers & Strategic Partnerships at ECOHZ, shares how ECOHZ and CDP will partner to share knowledge and serve the renewable energy community.
Why is this partnership important?
The climate change challenge that our world faces is extremely complex. People are more conscious of products’ origin, including their electricity. And we have seen the corporate demand for renewable energy dramatically increase over the years. I think our partnership with CDP is a good example of how the combined strengths of NGOs and commercial corporations can reinforce this trend and accelerate changing energy behavior.
The general public, companies and investors are increasingly aware of the benefits of renewable energy. This combined with the increasing public and legislative demand for corporate transparency has created a new business reality.
CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, has played their role in creating this new business reality and works to transform the way the world does business. With a focus on measurement and information disclosure as powerful tools to improve the management of environmental risk, CDP works with companies that report their carbon emissions, make targets and publish them. By leveraging market forces including shareholders, customers and governments, CDP has incentivized thousands of companies and cities across the world’s largest economies to measure and disclose their environmental information.
ECOHZ has a wide choice of renewable energy certificate-products across three continents, and a new European financing mechanism – GO2. ECOHZ helps companies document the origin of the electricity that they use, signal to the market that they prefer electricity from renewable energy sources and contribute to building more renewable electricity.
As we come to the renewables “cause” from different starting points we have different approaches to the climate change challenge. But we share the commitment to promote more renewable energy as a crucial contribution to solving the climate challenge. We bring complementary skills to the party that can be better leveraged through a structured partnership. Thus I am certain that our partnership will help companies meet their emission challenges of the future and in doing so create a dynamic that brings more renewable power to the grid. Because together we are stronger. Together we will be more effective.
What is this partnership about?
So if I was going to summarize what this partnership means to us; it means sharing knowledge, working together and serving the community to make it more attractive, easier and more efficient for energy consumers to switch to or consume more renewable energy.
Let me elaborate:
Firstly, we share a common goal to bring more renewable energy to the grid.
Secondly, ECOHZ and CDP share the same ecosystem. By partnering we are continuing to build and serve a shared community.
Thirdly, I believe we are at the tipping point of the renewable energy movement and by partnering we will be accelerating this. Corporations are seeing the value of documenting the origin of their electricity, contributing to building more renewable energy sources and increasingly doing this across markets, not only in Europe.
What do partnerships mean to ECOHZ?
Every relationship that ECOHZ has is a partnership. We partner with our customers to find the best possible solution for them; we are in this together. A partnership is built on a common goal. With CDP that goal is to combat climate change through increased renewable energy consumption.
Partnerships also help us innovate, develop the right products for the market that are needed and wanted. Even if the market does not know it yet.
If you want to know about ECOHZ’ partnerships, contact
Preben Munch Telephone: +41 78 65 92 603
CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of US$95 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.