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Proposals For Climate Summit Promote Energy Saving
Proposals For Climate Summit Promote Energy Saving

Monday 30th November 2009

Denmark - host country for the Copenhagen climate summit from December 7th to 18th - has recently released a draft proposal ahead of the conference, stating that the world should aim for a 50% carbon emissions reduction by 2050 from 1990 levels. This achievement is accessible through the implementation of energy ...

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Energy Efficiency In Buildings The Key To Climate Change Combat
Energy Efficiency In Buildings The Key To Climate Change Combat

Monday 30th November 2009

The world's buildings account for about 30% of the global energy consumption. The remaining 70% is due to transportation (about 30%) and factories/mines (about 40%). Environmental concerns have lead governments to implement regulatory measures to make cars and factories more energy efficient, but little has yet been done for buildings. Considering the amazing ...

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Different Energy Saving Measures For Different Organisations
Different Energy Saving Measures For Different Organisations

Sunday 29th November 2009

The Carbon Trust has reaffirmed that energy saving strategies should vary from one business to another in order to be more effective. Certain energy saving methods could deliver great results in some industries but not achieve as well in others, says Henrietta Stock, The Carbon Trust's technology acceleration manager. For example, some ...

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Russia Implements Energy Efficiency Legislation
Russia Implements Energy Efficiency Legislation

Friday 27th November 2009

A law on energy saving and efficiency has just been signed by Russian President, Dimtry Medvedev. Energy saving and efficiency issues will be regulated by the legislation, which will namely be imposing new restraints on the use of incandescent light bulbs. The law makes compulsory that electrical products be marked according to their energy efficiency, ...

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Greenwashing in the Workplace
Greenwashing in the Workplace

Thursday 26th November 2009

Recent research, conducted by the Lumison (a UK business ISP), has shown that less than 30 % of UK companies use energy efficient products, or carry out a carbon audit, which evaluates ways in which the company could reduce carbon emissions. The study shows that while 70% of UK employees are said to ...

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Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts
Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts

Thursday 26th November 2009

Global concerns about climate change have surpassed those relative to the credit crunch, which has persisted in some parts of the world since last year. Diligent efforts are being made world wide to incite businesses around the globe to integrate environmental factors in their activity by becoming energy efficient. These measures show that primary concerns have ...

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Climate Change Creating UK Floods
Climate Change Creating UK Floods

Thursday 26th November 2009

Climate change manifests itself in many ways, one of which is the recent flooding of Cumbria, which was described as a 'once in a millenium' event. An increasing number of natural disasters is going to occur and events such as the Cumbrian floods have already started to multiply worldwide. Climatic disturbances are ...

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EU Reaches Agreement On Energy Savings In Buildings
EU Reaches Agreement On Energy Savings In Buildings

Thursday 26th November 2009

The long awaited consensus regarding new builds has finally been adopted by the EU this week, confirming that new buildings would have to comply with energy efficient standards and draw a substantial part of their energy needs from renewable sources after the end of 2020. The public sector is first targeted ...

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Energy Efficiency Cheaper and Faster than Nuclear Power
Energy Efficiency Cheaper and Faster than Nuclear Power

Thursday 26th November 2009

A new report, conducted by the Environment California Research & Policy Center, has shown that creating a nuclear power industry from scratch is slower and more expensive than relying on energy efficient solutions to fight climate change. The US currently have no nuclear reactors in construction, and the country's power companies have not ordered a ...

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Energy Efficiency For Businesses A Priority
Energy Efficiency For Businesses A Priority

Thursday 26th November 2009

Businesses should implement energy efficient measures in the work place to cut down on their carbon emissions, says the presenter of "Dumped" on Channel 4, Rob Holdway. It would appear that although most employees use energy efficient solutions in their homes, they lose their momentum when they go to work and forget about environmental issues. At ...

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Sir John Parker Endorses Energy Efficiency For Businesses
Sir John Parker Endorses Energy Efficiency For Businesses

Thursday 26th November 2009

UK's influential newspaper, the Daily Telegraph interviewed the Chairman of the National Grid last week, Sir John Parker, concerning his views on energy efficiency. Sir John has successfully been implementing sustainability and energy saving policies for years, as he worked in collaboration with numerous major industrial and commercial organisations. It is Sir John's firm belief that ...

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UK's Next Step Towards Low-Carbon Economy
UK's Next Step Towards Low-Carbon Economy

Wednesday 25th November 2009

The UK's next plan of action towards a low-carbon economy was described in a speech given by the Queen a few days ago. Similarly to most countries in the world at present, the UK strives to participate actively in the conservation of the world's resources, aware that reducing energy consumption also ...

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Energy Efficiency - The World Under A New Light
Energy Efficiency - The World Under A New Light

Wednesday 25th November 2009

100W and frosted incandescent light bulbs have just been banned in the EU, after an odd 200 years of service. The attempt to curb climate change is the source of this EU initiative. Energy efficient fluorescent or halogen lighting is up to 80% more efficient than its incandescent counterpart, which should ...

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The Era of Energy Efficiency
The Era of Energy Efficiency

Friday 20th November 2009

The era of clean and cheaper energy sources has come at last! As one of the last power plants, the Big Stone II, admits defeat in the US, new opportunities arise for a change to more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective power in the Upper Midwest, and worldwide. The running cost of the Big Stone II ...

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Global Warming - On Our Way To +6C

Friday 20th November 2009

Irreversible climate changes could be taking place in the near future if carbon emissions are not dramatically reduced, according to several researchers. Scientists estimate a 6C increase of average global temperatures, and claim that civilisation is now on its way to reaching this alarming prediction, by the end of this century or the middle of ...

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Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts
Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts

Tuesday 17th November 2009

Global concerns about climate change have surpassed those relative to the credit crunch, which has persisted in some parts of the world since last year. Diligent efforts are being made worldwide to incite businesses around the globe to integrate environmental factors into their activities through energy efficient. These measures show that primary ...

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Green Washing in the Workplace
Green Washing in the Workplace

Tuesday 17th November 2009

The study shows that while 70% of UK employees are said to think that their company is green for having a recycling bin right next to the photocopy machine, a very small percentage of them actually know of the various disposals available to actively reduce a company's impact on the ...

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Art Gallery Sets Green Example

Monday 16th November 2009

Nottingham Contemporary, a new 3000 sq m public art gallery in the UK which opened on November 13th, was created to be equipped with the most recent energy-saving solutions to demonstrate a large building can have high levels of energy efficiency and sustainability. The building, representing the largest facility of its ...

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A New State of Mind for the United States

Monday 16th November 2009

The newly elected US President, Barack Obama, has placed energy efficiency as a top priority on his presidential agenda. He believes that his administration's economy recovery plan depends on energy efficiency in buildings: "First, we will launch a massive effort to make public buildings more energy efficient. Our government now pays ...

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Innovation
Innovation

Friday 13th November 2009

Innovation is "crucial" in the development and implementation of new energy efficiency strategies, one industry expert has avowed. US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack made his remarks as his country's departments of agriculture and energy announced that grants of more than $24 million (£14.4) have been allocated to a number of projects ...

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Councils 'can help communities reduce carbon emissions'
Councils 'can help communities reduce carbon emissions'

Friday 13th November 2009

Councils can help their local communities to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient, one industry expert has asserted. David Kidney, Labour MP for Stafford and parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, made his remarks at the Sustainable Communities Conference, which took place in ...

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Obama discusses energy efficiency in Asia
Obama discusses energy efficiency in Asia

Friday 13th November 2009

Energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction are high on the agenda for US president Barack Obama as he begins his first tour of Asia since he assumed control of the White House. He is expected to take part in a series of bilateral talks with India, China and Japan during his ...

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UK shoreline offers
UK shoreline offers

Friday 13th November 2009

There is "massive" scope for the implementation of renewable and energy management projects in the areas around the UK's shorelines, one industry expert has claimed. Energy and climate change minister Lord Hunt made his remarks as it was announced that construction work is set to begin next week on a £42 ...

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'Fast energy management deal' sought by world leaders
'Fast energy management deal' sought by world leaders

Friday 13th November 2009

World leaders want to reach an energy efficiency and management deal that will reduce carbon emissions and tackle global warming by the middle of 2010, it has been claimed. Janos Pasztor, climate adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, is quoted by Reuters as saying that now that it has been ...

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Scottish energy efficiency initiative completed ahead of schedule
Scottish energy efficiency initiative completed ahead of schedule

Friday 13th November 2009

Energy efficiency work on a windfarm in Scotland has been completed ahead of schedule, it has been reported. The scheme involved the installation of a total of 35 new wind turbines at the Dun Law Windfarm site, which has tripled the capacity of the facility near Oxton. Permission for the work was ...

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