Hue, VIETNAM, January 22 2018 - A WWF initiative to power the organizations' offices solely or primarily with renewable energy has reached a milestone. With the installation of a 5kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of WWF-Vietnam's Hue office, twenty WWF offices across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe now use solar power.
Even more sun-powered offices will come online in 2018, including those in Belgium, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Madagascar.
"By installing solar PV in a diverse set of countries, sometimes under difficult circumstances, we hope to set an example", says Jean-Philippe Denruyter, WWF's Manager of Applied Energy Solutions. "But we're also gathering experience in energy efficiency and solar PV that we can use to support clean energy policy, cities and other organisations."
In addition to solar PV systems, WWF uses Smappee, a real-time energy monitor in 11 offices. The monitors track electricity consumption and solar production and make the information available on the cloud, allowing staff to develop energy efficiency strategies.
A 2011 energy report from WWF estimated that solar PV could supply 30% of the world's electricity by 2050, and efficiency could reduce our energy needs by half.
"WWF has decided to make its own operations more efficient and to power them with renewable energy, one office at the time", says Denruyter. "We hope to overcome the challenges, and to share our experiences with other organisations that are willing to make the step."
Manager, Applied Energy Solutions
Phone: +32 496126 805 in Belgium; +593 983 042 361 in Ecuador
WWF solar projects as of January 2018
- Belgium (2)
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of Congo (3)
- Switzerland (2)
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom