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EU Budget must Target Energy Efficiency
EU Budget must Target Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 13th April 2011

CONNIE Hedegaard, the EU's commissioner for climate action, told regional leaders that energy efficiency must be given "bigger priority" with the EU budget used to influence investments in energy-saving. The commissioner stated that the EU should use its financial resources in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while raising energy ...

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Energy Efficiency the Smart Choice for Russia
Energy Efficiency the Smart Choice for Russia

Tuesday 12th April 2011

Russia has an enormous energy resource, namely its energy efficiency potential - according to Jean-Louis Stasi of Schneider Electric writing a post for The Moscow Times. Stasi claims that energy efficiency could ensure Russia's economic growth, and provide enough energy to even exceed expected energy production increase by twofold to fourfold by 2020. According to data from McKinsey it ...

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EU Commissioner calls for more to be done on Energy Efficiency
EU Commissioner calls for more to be done on Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 12th April 2011

GUNTHER Oettinger, European Union (EU) commissioner admitted that member countries have "achieved very little" to meet the 20 per cent energy saving targets. Speaking today at the launch of the EU sustainable energy week, Oettinger forewarned the commission is considering legally-binding energy efficiency targets. He stated that "too little" had been achieved ...

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Combating Ever Rising Energy Bills
Combating Ever Rising Energy Bills

Monday 11th April 2011

BUSINESSES are being encouraged to consider an environmental analysis of their energy use and their energy efficiency to combat ever rising energy bills. More and more companies are analysing their energy efficiency in the face of the "soaring" expense of energy and fossil fuels, says Richard Critchley, policy manager for transport, ...

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Five Pacific Nations get Energy Efficiency Help
Five Pacific Nations get Energy Efficiency Help

Monday 11th April 2011

FIVE Pacific nations, who rely heavily on imported diesel for power generation, are to improve their energy efficiency with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners. The ADB Board of Directors recently approved funding of around $12.4 million under the Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (Phase ...

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New York State Capital Region Save $4.5M Yearly on Energy
New York State Capital Region Save $4.5M Yearly on Energy

Friday 8th April 2011

THE NEW York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced yesterday that 219 Capital Region businesses are reducing energy costs by nearly $4.5 million annually. The savings are as a result of the energy efficiency upgrades and sustainable building projects supported by NYSERDA during 2010.   

The energy savings—more than 48 ...

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London's Streets to be Paved with Green
London's Streets to be Paved with Green

Friday 8th April 2011

THE MAYOR of London has confirmed the continuation of key energy efficiency programmes supported by £116.5 million from the London Development Agency (LDA) and other organisations are to go ahead. As a result of accessing substantial levels of funding from a spread of funding sources (including private sector, London Green Fund ...

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Australian Climate Group Calls for Action
Australian Climate Group Calls for Action

Thursday 7th April 2011

CLIMATEWORKS Australia say the country’s failure to embrace energy efficiency projects, and setting a carbon price, is costing business and the whole economy. The climate think tank outlined over 50 practical ways for policies to be set that would help Australia to reach their five percent emissions reduction target by 2020. ClimateWorks ...

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Spain to Increase Energy Efficiency
Spain to Increase Energy Efficiency

Thursday 7th April 2011

YESTERDAY the Spanish government revealed an energy-efficiency plan to save nearly €11.48 billion ($16.4 billion) and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 36.4 million tons by 2020. Development Minister Jose Blanco presented the plan, stating that the aim is in part to cut Spain's dependence on foreign energy at this time of sky-high ...

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EBRD Warn of Insufficient Climate Action
EBRD Warn of Insufficient Climate Action

Wednesday 6th April 2011

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) report claims that insufficient support is holding back climate action across the former Soviet bloc countries and into central Asia. The joint Special Report on Climate Change “The Low-Carbon Transition”, by the EBRD and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the ...

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First Green Lease for New York City
First Green Lease for New York City

Wednesday 6th April 2011

NEW YORK law firm WilmerHale, has signed a revolutionary green lease on office space with Silverstein Properties to share in the costs, and benefits, of energy-efficiency building upgrades. The lease for 210,000 square feet of office space over several floors at 7 World Trade Center lower Manhattan, saw New York mayor ...

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Nuclear Future for UK but Energy Efficiency takes Focus
Nuclear Future for UK but Energy Efficiency takes Focus

Tuesday 5th April 2011

BRITAIN, along with many other nations, have been looking to nuclear energy for future power generation, but after the Fukushima accident energy efficiency is taking centre stage. Last week Nick Clegg, the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, raised concerns about a delay in future nuclear power plant development, telling reporters that new ...

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China Lead in Clean Energy Investments
China Lead in Clean Energy Investments

Tuesday 5th April 2011

CHINA leads the world in global clean energy investments, topping $54.4 billion in 2010, leaving the UK and US trailing, according to research from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Global clean energy finance and investment grew significantly in 2010 to $243 billion, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. China, Germany, ...

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Japan May Review Emissions Reduction Target
Japan May Review Emissions Reduction Target

Monday 4th April 2011

JAPAN has mooted that it will review its carbon emission reduction goals after the nuclear disaster highlighted the radiation risk of nuclear energy as a low-carbon energy source. Yukio Edano, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, said the country’s carbon emission reduction targets were likely to be reviewed after the earthquake, the resulting ...

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Calls for Change in New Zealand's Energy Efficiency Strategy
Calls for Change in New Zealand's Energy Efficiency Strategy

Monday 4th April 2011

ENVIRONMENT and Conservation Organisations (ECO) called today for the New Zealand Government to urgently revise their Energy Strategy and address decarbonising the country’s energy production and use. The ECO was responding after the release by New Zealand’s Coal Action Network of the government’s almost complete Energy Strategy and National Energy Efficiency ...

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Nations face Climate Change Challenge in Bangkok
Nations face Climate Change Challenge in Bangkok

Friday 1st April 2011

THE FIRST round of the UN climate change negotiations since the Cancun summit in December are being held in Bangkok next week, to work on the plans agreed at Cancun. The Bangkok meeting will build on the Cancun agreements and work towards establishing a new global climate change regime, complementing or ...

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Filipino Government Offices Ordered to make Energy Savings
Filipino Government Offices Ordered to make Energy Savings

Friday 1st April 2011

THE Philippine’s Department of Energy (DOE) is to implement two administrative orders that mandate a 10 percent reduction in monthly electricity consumption in all government agencies and facilities. The DOE statement revealed: “The current global energy situation makes it more imperative for government to lead in managing energy use to demonstrate ...

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