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Green electricity now available world-wide

Added: (Thu Feb 07 2002)

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Contact:
G.J. Schaeffer, PhD.
General Director of World Wide Green
Treilerstraat 136,
1503 JL Zaandam,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-75 6147332
Fax: +31-75 6147333
schaeffer@worldwidegreen.com
http://www.worldwidegreen.com

Green electricity now available world-wide

Zaandam, The Netherlands – 7 February 2002 - A new company called World Wide Green today launched its website (www.worldwidegreen.com) from which customers all over the world can buy a ‘green update’ of their electricity use. Green electricity as a premium product has been available since several years in a limited number of countries. World Wide Green now offers, as the first company ever, people in every country in the world the possibility to choose for a guarantee that the amount of electricity they use is produced by new renewable energy sources.

World Wide Green will deliver the green update to its customers by making use of recently emerged green certificate systems in several countries. Green certificates are also known as green tags, green tickets or renewable energy credits. Official green certificate systems have been put in place during 2001 in Australia, the Netherlands and Texas. In the coming years many countries in Europe, America and Asia will follow.

“Coupling the recently emerged renewable energy credit markets with modern internet technology provides a fantastic opportunity for every caring person or company in the world to contribute their part to a sustainable energy future” as Dr. Gerrit Jan Schaeffer, General Director of World Wide Green explains. “We are grateful to be able to be the first company to offer this opportunity world-wide”.

As World Wide Green is not selling the electricity itself, but only a green update of electricity use, there are several advantages for its customers. “Nobody has to go through the hassle of changing from electricity supplier. In many countries this is even still not possible. Furthermore companies that care for the environment and have facilities at multiple locations do not have to buy different green electricity products for all their facilities. They now can green the electricity use of all their locations with one single contract”, says Dr. Schaeffer.

To optimise customer confidence World Wide Green will have its procedures controlled by the well-known German environmental Institute for Applied Ecology, the Oeko Institut (www.oeko.de). Oeko Institut has developed a pilot quality certification for products based on tradable renewable energy credits. Dr. Schaeffer: “World Wide Green thinks third-party auditing is absolutely essential in the green electricity market and we are proud to be the first company to take part in the pilot phase of the new quality certification procedure of the Oeko-institut”. More information on the new Oeko quality certification procedure can be found at www.oeko.de/service/greencert.

Dr. Schaeffer is a renowned expert on green certificate systems world-wide. Work in this field was done for the European Commission as well as for governments of European and Asian countries. He co-authored several leading reports and articles in scientific journals on green certificates. During 2001 he was chairman of the Dutch National Team of the international Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) platform (www.recs.org). He was also vice-representative of the Netherlands in the RECS-Presidium. World Wide Green is a company that exist as a venture (v.o.f.) since 1 January 2002. The main activity of World Wide Green is to provide the service of a ‘green update’ of the electricity use of its customers. Its main way of selling this service is through its Internet site www.worldwidegreen.com.

For information: http://worldwidegreen.com or
Contact: schaeffer@worldwidegreen.com or
Fax: +31-75-6147333

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