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UKs CRC Scheme Starts April 1 - Are UK Businesses Ready?
UKs CRC Scheme Starts April 1 - Are UK Businesses Ready?

Wednesday 31st March 2010

THE CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is the UK’s new legally binding climate change and energy saving scheme that aims to reduce the energy consumption in commercial buildings. Compliance failures, such as incorrect reporting, pose the greatest risk to both reputation and the bottom line for participant organisations. Research shows two thirds ...

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EU Encourage African SMEs to become Competitive through Energy Efficiency
EU Encourage African SMEs to become Competitive through Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 31st March 2010

THE European Union is taking a lead in supporting the promotion of energy efficiency both at home and abroad and are currently in Gaborone, Botswana, promoting energy efficiency. Head of Delegation of the European Union to Botswana and the SADC region, Mr Paul Malin echoed these sentiments at a regional workshop ...

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Smart Meters not as Smart as Real-Time Energy Monitors
Smart Meters not as Smart as Real-Time Energy Monitors

Monday 29th March 2010

WHICH? a consumer protection organisation in the UK have just released some details regarding Smart Meters - often lauded as a panacea for energy saving. Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: ‘We've long argued that consumers shouldn't foot the bill for installing Smart Meters - consumers will save a few pounds ...

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Report Points to Bright Future for Intelligent Energy Efficiency Solutions
Report Points to Bright Future for Intelligent Energy Efficiency Solutions

Monday 29th March 2010

THE global research firm, Cleantech, has released comprehensive analysis of energy efficiency innovations in commercial buildings. The report, titled “As Energy Efficiency Booms, Buildings Get a Brain”, has been produced through extensive research and interviews with leading businesses, investors and industry influencers. Sheeraz Haji, president of Cleantech Group states, “Commercial office buildings consume ...

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"Malaysia still a long way from being energy efficient" - Gelber

Monday 29th March 2010

Efforts by Malaysia to adopt energy efficiency measures are fairly limited as energy in the country is still cheap. Greenest Person on the Planet 2008 award winner, Matthias Gelber said on Sunday: "Malaysians are having it easy as their energy rates are subsidised by the Government. “The challenge now is how the Malaysian ...

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Ukraine and Japan Cooperate on Energy Saving
Ukraine and Japan Cooperate on Energy Saving

Sunday 28th March 2010

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Serhii Tihipko's has released details of cooperation between Ukraine and Japan to develop energy savings and alternative power sources. Tadashi Idzava, Japan's Ambassador to Ukraine, confirmed Japan's interest in cooperating with the Eastern European country with “green investments. Tihipko released a statement, saying that Ukraine wanted to ...

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Earth Hour to Help Pakistan with Energy Efficiency
Earth Hour to Help Pakistan with Energy Efficiency

Friday 26th March 2010

Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Farooq H. Naek, underlined today, Friday Mrach 26, the need for enhancing coordination among parliamentarians, different sections of the society, government institutions, commerce and NGOs to conserve energy and save environment for future generation of Pakistan. “We have to work together to save every sapling, every ...

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Ermenkov wants Energy Efficency Focus in Bulgaria
Ermenkov wants Energy Efficency Focus in Bulgaria

Friday 26th March 2010

TASKO Ermenkov, the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency Agency (EEA), stated during the European Day of Energy Efficiency 2010: “Energy efficiency is not fashionable and is not end in itself, but it brings improvement in the quality of people’s lives, “The present assessment shows the energy consumption in Bulgaria is ...

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European Call for Energy Efficiency Aid for SMEs
European Call for Energy Efficiency Aid for SMEs

Thursday 25th March 2010

Small and medium-sized firms need financial help to recruit experts to apply for loans for energy efficiency projects, industry representatives said at a workshop in Brussels on Wednesday. SMEs do not have sufficient resources to do so at the moment, they said. Guido Lena of small business association Ueapme told delegates ...

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Earth Hour - Saturday 8:30pm
Earth Hour - Saturday 8:30pm

Thursday 25th March 2010

Saturday, March 27, at 8.30pm locally but all around the globe people will recognise the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2010 by turning off lights and other appliances for one hour, it is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to ...

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Energy Efficiency to be the Focus for North Carolina
Energy Efficiency to be the Focus for North Carolina

Wednesday 24th March 2010

A report focused on North Carolina in the U.S. has been published by the Washington D.C based, non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE). The report highlights the potential for the fastest growing state in the nation to save its residents and businesses billions of dollars over the next ...

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U.S. Cities with the Most Energy Efficient Buildings
U.S. Cities with the Most Energy Efficient Buildings

Wednesday 24th March 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy efficient buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star in 2009. The list is headed by Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Houston, Lakeland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and New York. Energy efficiency ...

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$3 Trillion Investment Needed for Eastern Europe & Central Asia
$3 Trillion Investment Needed for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Tuesday 23rd March 2010

According to a report from the World Bank entitled: Lights Out? The Energy Outlook in Eastern Europe and the Central Asia, the region as a whole will face an energy crunch unless investments of more than $3 trillion are made over the next 20 years. “The demand for primary energy in ...

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Local Authority Aims to Save Millions Through Energy Efficiency
Local Authority Aims to Save Millions Through Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 23rd March 2010

Bury, a medium sized town in Greater Manchester, North West England, is aiming to save millions through energy efficiency. Bury's local authority has unveiled plans to divert greater attention to cheap energy usage and sustainability. Bury Council said it plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 35 per cent by 2014 ...

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Venezuela Cuts Power to Over 80 Companies
Venezuela Cuts Power to Over 80 Companies

Monday 22nd March 2010

Restaurants, liquor stores, hotels, gyms, car dealerships and a yacht club are on the list of 81 companies in the Venezuelan capital Caracas that will have their power cut on Monday for failing to bring consumption down 20 percent, the state utility said. Even the local unit of Sony Corp will ...

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India Launches Initiatives Promoting Energy Efficiency
India Launches Initiatives Promoting Energy Efficiency

Sunday 21st March 2010

India's energy demand will increase at a tremendous rate in the future and with the problems of carbon emissions, poor quality of domestic resources and no easy access to foreign energy resources, the Indian government must take energy efficiency and conservation seriously and bring in stricter regulations in order to ...

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WBCSD Report on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
WBCSD Report on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Friday 19th March 2010

IN Geneva yesterday, March 18, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released their report on energy efficiency in buildings, which reveals how energy use in buildings can be cut by 60 percent by 2050 – essential to meeting global climate change targets – but this will require immediate ...

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London's Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme
London's Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme

Friday 19th March 2010

LONDON has been designated as a Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) by the UK Government to lead the country’s efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. London is the seventh UK region to be given the LCEA status and interestingly they will focus on retrofitting energy efficiency measures into older ...

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South Africa to get Mandatory Energy Efficiency Standards
South Africa to get Mandatory Energy Efficiency Standards

Thursday 18th March 2010

Businesses in South Africa can expect mandatory energy efficiency standards, for both fuel and buildings, in a new climate change policy being drawn up, environmental lawyer and consultant Andrew Gilder told a conference in Johannesburg yesterday. Regulations for mandatory emissions monitoring and reporting would also be developed as part of this ...

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French Help Chinese Enterprises to Save Energy With Funds
French Help Chinese Enterprises to Save Energy With Funds

Wednesday 17th March 2010

China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) under which the AFD will provide 120 million Euros in loans to support energy-efficiency and emissions cuts projects in China. The credit loans would be operated in China through three Chinese commercial banks ...

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Australian Study Reveals Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Australian Study Reveals Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 17th March 2010

Improving energy efficiency, is a better than cheap answer for Australia to cut greenhouse gasses as it will save businesses money. Australia’s non-profit organisation ClimateWorks will release research today that estimates the cost of cutting the country’s carbon emissions to 25% on 2000 levels by 2020 could be as low as ...

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IFC & Philippine Bank Combine to Expand Energy Efficiency
IFC & Philippine Bank Combine to Expand Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 16th March 2010

The International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank, has partnered with Philippine bank Banco de Oro (BDO) in expanding into energy efficiency. In a statement, IFC said the partnership with BDO allows them to encourage more investments into energy efficiency that will also help the Philippines manage ...

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Cost Main Driver for Energy Efficiency
Cost Main Driver for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 16th March 2010

There are plenty of businesses that are concerned about the environment and reducing their carbon footprint - they wish to contribute towards making the future safer for their children and grand children - but that doesn’t reach the heart of businesses. A recent UK survey of nearly 300 small to medium ...

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Earth Hour Focuses On Energy Saving & Environment
Earth Hour Focuses On Energy Saving & Environment

Tuesday 16th March 2010

Energy saving is about to come into a global sharp focus, as in just 11 days time the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) holds Earth Day 2010 - Mar 27, at 8.30pm. The Earth Day campaign first came to public attention in March 2007, when Sydney, Australia, took the radical step of ...

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£350 Million Boost To Retrofit UK Commercial Buildings
£350 Million Boost To Retrofit UK Commercial Buildings

Monday 15th March 2010

Non-domestic buildings In the UK currently account for around 18% of the country’s emissions, with most of the buildings over 10 years old and unlikely to be compliant with current or future efficiency standards. Hence, the UK’s Carbon Trust is looking to raise £350 million for the refurbishment of commercial ...

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