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California Adopts New Green Building Code
California Adopts New Green Building Code

Sunday 31st January 2010

The US' first state-wide mandatory green building code was adopted earlier this month by the state of California, as announced by its Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This code, called the Green Building Standards Code - or CALGREEN - will come into force in January 2011. It will ensure that all of the ...

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Countries Worldwide Adhere To The Copenhagen Accord
Countries Worldwide Adhere To The Copenhagen Accord

Friday 29th January 2010

The European Union and the United States have made their adherence to the Copenhagen Accord formal this week, as the end of January deadline approches. The US aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. This target only represents a 4% reduction on 1990 levels, ...

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Davos & Retrofitted Energy Efficiency
Davos & Retrofitted Energy Efficiency

Friday 29th January 2010

I am pleased to say that energy efficiency has been one of the topics on people’s minds at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle, Colin Dyer, writes on his Davos Blog about the discussions when he chaired the Governors Meeting for ...

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Energy Efficiency To Help Recovery - Obama
Energy Efficiency To Help Recovery - Obama

Thursday 28th January 2010

The eyes of the world were focussed on the US yesterday as a very important man revealed the future, as he sees it. Yes Steve Jobs revealed the iPad! Oddly enough later on President Obama was also giving his first State of the Union Address. While people wowed at Apples new product, the ...

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Night Stalker Teaches Energy Saving
Night Stalker Teaches Energy Saving

Wednesday 27th January 2010

Near Albany, New York State, Jim Brown (right), a middle school teacher in Colonie, is known for night stalking the hallways and classrooms of all the schools in his district, begging the question why? The answer - to save energy. This may appear to be bizarre behaviour and a strange way to ...

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2010 The Year For Energy Efficiency
2010 The Year For Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 26th January 2010

GREEN-tech experts reckon 2010 will be dominated by investments in energy efficiency, so claims the Silicon Valley Mercury News. The US government is certainly driving energy efficiency with US Energy Secretary Steven Chu usually describes himself as an "energy-efficiency nut." Venture capital investment in energy efficiency hit a record in 2009: at ...

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BASIC Urges Rich Nations To Hand Over $10 billion Funding Aid To Poor Countries
BASIC Urges Rich Nations To Hand Over $10 billion Funding Aid To Poor Countries

Monday 25th January 2010

The group known as BASIC, composed of Brazil, South Africa, India, and China, has urged developed nations to quickly start distributing the $10 billion pledged in Copenhagen, aimed to help poorer countries adapt to the effects of climate change. With a share of this funding initiative, poor countries would be able ...

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Brazil Creates United Fund For Poor Nations' Adaption To Climate Change
Brazil Creates United Fund For Poor Nations' Adaption To Climate Change

Friday 22nd January 2010

Brazil is going to suggest the creation of a united fund with China, South Africa and India, with the aim of helping poor countries adapt to global warming, and more broadly, in an attempt to revive stalled global climate talks. The creation of a fund to help poor nations sustain themselves ...

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US Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards
US Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards

Friday 22nd January 2010

US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, confirmed yesterday that his department has issued new energy efficiency standards, in response to the US President, Barack Obama's request at the beginning of the year. This initiative follows Europe’s lead in setting stringent energy efficiency targets for manufacturers, aiming to reduce the EU's CO2 emissions ...

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EU Targets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction
EU Targets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction

Friday 22nd January 2010

A recent draft European Union letter has shown that the EU intends to stick to the offer made during the UN talks last month to cut CO2 emissions to one fifth below 1990 levels over the next 10 years. The letter, intended for top UN Climate Official Yvo de Boer, states: ...

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French Carbon Tax Law To Be In Place By July 2010
French Carbon Tax Law To Be In Place By July 2010

Thursday 21st January 2010

The French high court recently rejected President Sarkozy's law on carbon tax, a few days before it was meant to come into force, claiming it contained too many exemptions which unjustly placed the burden on a minority of consumers. This came as an embarrassment for the French leader, who had fiercely ...

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US Senate More Likely To Pass Energy Bill Than Climate Change Legislation
US Senate More Likely To Pass Energy Bill Than Climate Change Legislation

Wednesday 20th January 2010

The US Senate is more likely to focus on a bi-partisan energy bill than to pass climate change legislation this year, after having gone through the contentious health care debate, according to a Democratic senator earlier this week. As part of an energy bill, energy efficiency technology could be placed as ...

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New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans
New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans

Wednesday 20th January 2010

Plans for a smart grid demonstration in the Syracuse area of upstate New York have been unveiled by the National Grid, and is aimed at informing future development of a smart grid on a wider scale. 39,400 homes and businesses will receive smart meters to provide precise information about energy usage, ...

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Canada Invests $146 Million In Clean Energy
Canada Invests $146 Million In Clean Energy

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Over the next 5 years, the Canadian government plans to inject up to $146 million in 19 clean energy projects, including energy use in buildings, community heat generation, renewables and energy storage. The projects are being supported by the $1 billion Clean Energy Fund, which is part of the Government of ...

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E.ON And MASDAR Set Example To Reduce Carbon Footprint
E.ON And MASDAR Set Example To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Tuesday 19th January 2010

The German outfit E.ON and the United Arab Emirates' Masdar have joined forces to develop projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company's new name is E.ON Masdar Integrated Carbon (EMIC) and its goal is to develop and fund emission reducing projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, focusing ...

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Russia's PM Urges Experts To Solve Energy Failures
Russia's PM Urges Experts To Solve Energy Failures

Monday 18th January 2010

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Prime Minister, has urged power engineering specialists to solve energy failures without delay. Mr. Putin expressed his concerns during a meeting with the Regional Development Minister, Viktor Basargin, a few days ago. Mr. Putin explained that Russia had entered the peak heating season as usual , and that ...

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EU Want To Make
EU Want To Make "Rapid" Moves Towards CO2 Cuts

Monday 18th January 2010

Europe's leading environment ministers are on the verge of making 'rapid and efficient' moves towards reducing CO2 emissions. At a recent  meeting held in Spain, as the Spanish president is the EU's current president, discussions took place regarding climate change and how to reach targets, following the disappointing outcome of the ...

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Malaysia Switches To Energy Efficiency
Malaysia Switches To Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th January 2010

Malaysia is soon going to experience a considerable rise in energy prices, and industry and businesses are searching for energy saving solutions in order to counter the possibility of  sharpley rising overheads. Although Malaysia’s energy prices are currently among the lowest in the region (after Vietnam and Indonesia), a price review ...

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EU Agree To Aim For 30% CO2 Cut By End Of 2010
EU Agree To Aim For 30% CO2 Cut By End Of 2010

Friday 15th January 2010

A climate change policy officer, at the European Commission, last week announced that the European Union will hopefully be able to succeed in its commitment to reach a 30% reduction of carbon emissions (presently sitting at 20%) by the next U.N. climate conference in Mexico at the end of the ...

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India's Energy Credit Trading Plan To Curb Climate Change
India's Energy Credit Trading Plan To Curb Climate Change

Thursday 14th January 2010

Seeking to curb greenhouse gas emissions, India - the world’s 4th-largest polluter - plans to start a market to trade energy saving credits that may reach 740 billion rupees ($16 billion) in 5 years. The Director General of The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ajay Mathur, explains: "Businesses that exceed energy efficiency ...

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Brecon Beacons Win Energy Saving Grant
Brecon Beacons Win Energy Saving Grant

Thursday 14th January 2010

A £1m prize has been won by a community group in the Brecon Beacons for measures to tackle climate change. The Green Valleys Project, 'Technology and the Arts Big Challenge', based in the Brecon Beacons, has cut CO2 emissions in the National Park by up to 33% in 2009 and has ...

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UK Carbon Reduction Meaningless
UK Carbon Reduction Meaningless

Wednesday 13th January 2010

The UK's efforts to tackle climate change could be 'rendered meaningless', if world leaders fail to reverse the growth in global emissions by 2020, MPs on the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee warn. Nevertheless, the Committee's new report on Carbon budgets calls on the Government to redouble its efforts to cut emissions ...

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Energy Efficiency Aim Due To Price Hikes
Energy Efficiency Aim Due To Price Hikes

Tuesday 12th January 2010

Many countries face serious energy price increases over the next few years, but this threat is helping to focus business leaders minds on becoming more energy efficient to protect their profitability. Reportedly one of the latest nations to worry over increasing energy prices is Malaysia, this has led commerce and industry there ...

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DOE Support Latin America Energy Efficiency Projects
DOE Support Latin America Energy Efficiency Projects

Monday 11th January 2010

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will be supporting 3 projects aimed at expanding the development and use of energy efficiency technologies and renewables in Latin America. The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and other National Laboratories, will provide technical assistance to the successful projects. Council Members of the Energy Saving ...

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Germany Encourages Green Focus
Germany Encourages Green Focus

Monday 11th January 2010

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, made comments on Monday, at an environmental event on biodiversity, about her concerns in regards to climate change: "The fight against climate change and securing biodiversity is crucial to preventing costly environmental damage". Mrs Merkel's words come after the result of the UN-sponsored climate conference in December ...

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