Twenty WWF offices go solar, with more to come
The landmark Energy Report, published by WWF in 2011, estimated that the world could be powered 100% renewable by 2050. While that seemed a bit of a stretch in 2011, today the rise of renewables has given power to the findings of the report and the world is well on its way to being 100% renewable, and solar power is leading the way.
WWF, as an organisation, recently decided to follow the recommendations of the report, and so was born the initiative to power WWF offices solely or primarily with renewable energy. Jean-Philippe Denruyter, the project leader from WWF-EPO, said the initiative will contribute to making WWF’s own operations more efficient while adding to the overall goal of a world powered by 100% renewable energy by mid-century.
A milestone was reached in January 2018 when the installation of a 5kW solar PV system on the room of WWF-Vietnam’s Hue office, brought the number of offices with renewable energy as a primary or sole energy source to 20 in 17 countries. WWF is also using Smappee, a real-time energy monitor to track electricity consumption and solar production and make the information available on the cloud, allowing staff to develop energy efficiency strategies, adding further value to this initiative.
Countries with WWF offices powered by renewables include Australia, Belgium (2), Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (3), Guyanas, India, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Switzerland (2), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam. New projects for 2018 include the WWF offices in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Madagascar.
"By installing renewable energy systems in a diverse set of countries, sometimes under difficult circumstances, we hope to set an example to the rest of the world. We are also gathering experience in energy efficiency and solar PV that we can use to support clean energy policy, cities and other organisations," says Denruyter.
The new solar system in the Hue office will generate approximately 7085kWh/year, saving WWF around $1,536 USD in electricity costs in the first year alone. In about eight years, the system will have paid for itself.
"By going solar and encouraging staff to use energy more efficiently, WWF-Hue is practicing what we preach", says Ha Pham Thi Viet of WWF-Vietnam. "We're showing a commitment to sustainable energy, and hoping to inspire others to do their part."
For further information, contact
WWF International Climate & Energy Practice - Mandy Jean Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager, Applied Energy Solutions, WWF EPO
Phone: +32 496126 805 in Belgium; +593 983 042 361 in Ecuador