Last updated: 15 October 2019

At GreenMatch, we like to keep ourselves updated on what is happening in green energy. Therefore, we have decided to share some of the interesting news and articles with our readers every month.

We have gathered some interesting news for you in March. Read and stay up to date on what is happening in the green energy sector in the UK and abroad.


1. Boom in US Clean Energy


To increase the interest and purchases of clean energy resources, some of the biggest companies in the US have come together and formed a Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

This trade organisation is planning to support construction projects by striking renewable energy deals pioneered by companies like Google-parent Alphabet, General Motors, and Walmart.

REBA is working on empowering thousands of companies to buy renewable energy in the future. This resulted with many new deals last year, supporting nearly 16 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity in the U.S. Their plan is to grow the market to 60 gigawatts by 2025.

Read More: Corporate Giants to Create a Boom in US Clean Energy


2. Costa Rica - 100% Clean Energy Production


In 2018, Costa Rica operated on renewables for 311 consecutive days. So far, it is the only country in the world that has been able to achieve this.

Though, this country has a geographic advantage due to the high concentration of rivers, dams, and volcanoes per capita, allowing for a high renewable energy output.

These are the five main resources of energy that are allowing for a high clean energy production:hydroelectric power (75%), geothermal power(15%), wind power (5%), solar power (4%), biomass power (1%).

Read more: Achieving 100 Percent Renewable Energy Production


3. Shell - Renewable Energy Agenda in the UK


Since purchasing the UK utility and broadband company FirstUtility, Shell announced that this week they will rebrand their new subsidiary and switch all of its existing customers electricity from renewable resources.

All their electricity will come from green sources: wind, solar, and biofuels.

Shell Energy Chief Executive Officer Colin Crooks stated: “We are building on the disruptive nature of FirstUtility to give customers something better. We know that renewable electricity is important to them and we are delivering.”

Read More: Shell Pushes its Renewable Energy Agenda Forward in the UK


4. Aldi's Soy Supply Will Be Sustainably Sourced by 2025


By purchasing credits from schemes such as the Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS), Aldi expects to replace the soy used in their animal feed with one that comes from deforestation-free sources.

Higher demand for meat has increased the soy demand as a feedstock, which is leading to deforestation in many parts of South America.

Through working with our suppliers and industry stakeholders, we hope to help halt deforestation and protect these biodiversity-rich areas,” says the managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK.

Read more: Aldi Beefs Up Soy Sourcing Policy

Look forward to our Roundup in April

At GreenMatch, we would also like to give you an insight into what happens in April, which you may want to keep an eye on if you are interested in green energy.

You can expect to look forward to reading about interesting events, meetings, or conferences and articles in April 2019.