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Energy Efficient Electric Motors Offer Big Savings
Energy Efficient Electric Motors Offer Big Savings

Monday 30th May 2011

THE first global analysis of energy consumption in electric motor- driven systems (EMDS) has been presented in a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Electric motors are used in a wide range of industrial systems, but also in many types of applications (such as pumps and compressors) in the ...

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Philippines Push Harder on Energy Efficiency
Philippines Push Harder on Energy Efficiency

Monday 30th May 2011

THE Filipino government is pursuing a number of policies to secure energy supply, including the enhancement of energy efficiency in the public and private sectors. Antonio Labios, the Filipino Department of Energy (DoE) Visayas Director, underscored the importance of this policy objective during the recent national training-workshop on energy efficiency and ...

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Punjab Lowers the Lights
Punjab Lowers the Lights

Friday 27th May 2011

THE Punjab Government, India, have announced an energy efficiency policy for public premises that will see equipment and lighting switched off or dimmed. Approval has been given for the policy by senior ministers, leaving the Services & General Administration Department, the Industries department, Divisional Commissioners and District Coordination Officers to start ...

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€800 Million Energy Efficiency Fund Kick Starts
€800 Million Energy Efficiency Fund Kick Starts

Friday 27th May 2011

AN ENERGY Efficiency Fund that could total €800 million has been seeded by €205 million committed by the European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB) and Deutsche Bank. The money is going into the European Energy Efficiency Fund which provides financing either directly, or through financial institutions to energy efficiency projects, plus ...

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South Africa Facing Rolling Black-Outs?
South Africa Facing Rolling Black-Outs?

Thursday 26th May 2011

SOUTH Africa could be facing rolling black outs as winter hits and temperatures plummet, but a call for further energy efficiency discipline may stave off such drastic action. "People should be disciplined, they should be energy conscious" commented Louis Pieterse, Johannesburg's City Power spokesman, after concern has been raised following the ...

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Report on Importance of Information-Based Energy Efficiency
Report on Importance of Information-Based Energy Efficiency

Thursday 26th May 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week announced the findings of a major study analysing the impact of information-based energy efficiency programmes, which produced impressive results. The report identifies energy reductions that could generate billions in savings for Americans and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions by more than 8.9 million metric ...

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Win-Win for Korean Big and Small Businesses on Energy Saving
Win-Win for Korean Big and Small Businesses on Energy Saving

Wednesday 25th May 2011

KOREA has come up with an unusual way for big companies, such as the Hyundai Motor company, and small businesses to cooperate on energy efficiency and lower emissions. The cooperation could be described as a financial and technological partnership system between big and small businesses with the aim of reducing greenhouse ...

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Impressive First Quarter Energy Saving for Cuban Province
Impressive First Quarter Energy Saving for Cuban Province

Wednesday 25th May 2011

THE CUBAN central Camagüey province have ended the first quarter of 2011 with an impressive saving of energy and money through an energy saving project. The energy savings made across Camagüey also represent substantial environmental benefits, as a calculated reduction of 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions resulted from the efforts ...

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Funds and Awards for Energy Efficiency in Singapore
Funds and Awards for Energy Efficiency in Singapore

Tuesday 24th May 2011

A NEW award for energy efficiency and extra funds were announced at the start of the first National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) held in Singapore. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, announced that S$22.8 million (US$18.29 million) will be made available over the next two years via ...

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Swiss Energy Act Targets Buildings
Swiss Energy Act Targets Buildings

Tuesday 24th May 2011

SWITZERLAND’S revised Energy Act came into force this year focussing on improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. The revision look particularly at energy efficiency measures for buildings, as buildings offer high energy-saving potential, using about 45 percent of Switzerland’s energy and producing about 50 percent of the ...

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UK Carbon Tax will
UK Carbon Tax will "Create a Divide" Between Companies

Monday 23rd May 2011

ENERGY efficiency industry expert claims the UK government goes "far beyond" expectations, warning investors can "no longer afford to ignore" carbon efficiency according to the Financial Times (FT). The FT reports that Ralph Pettengell, chief of executive of Carbon Footprint Investments, claims that the proposal of a 50 per cent cut ...

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UN Energy Efficiency Initiative fro East Africa
UN Energy Efficiency Initiative fro East Africa

Monday 23rd May 2011

THE United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced a joint project to promote energy efficiency in East African buildings. The programme was approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), providing $2,853,000 for energy efficiency projects. UN-HABITAT refer to figures showing that 40 percent ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Hungarian Municipalities
Energy Efficiency Funding for Hungarian Municipalities

Friday 20th May 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are providing funding to stimulate energy efficiency in Hungarian municipalities. EBRD in cooperation with Erste Bank of Hungary have set up an agreement on the loan programme, which will be backed by EU grant funding, and was signed by the two banks yesterday. Under ...

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U.S. National Energy Efficiency Standard Legislation Introduced
U.S. National Energy Efficiency Standard Legislation Introduced

Friday 20th May 2011

THE U.S. Senate has introduced a national energy efficiency legislation that will help the country move toward a national building code, finance energy efficiency upgrades and advance energy efficiency technologies.

 The bipartisan bill, “The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011" is co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat, and Rob Portman, Republican. ...

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Cyprus look to increase Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Cyprus look to increase Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Thursday 19th May 2011

THE CYPRIOT Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Antonis Paschalides highlighted yesterday how important renewable energy and energy efficiency is to the Mediterranean island state. According to the Minister, who was addressing the Conference on Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Efficiency in Nicosia, renewable energy is the only indigenous energy source ...

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Ukraine to get $200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects
Ukraine to get $200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects

Thursday 19th May 2011

THE World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a $200 million loan for Ukraine to finance energy efficiency projects in industry, municipalities and municipally owned enterprises and energy service companies.   The "Project on Energy Efficiency in Ukraine" will contribute to helping the country achieve its ambitious targets to reduce energy intensity by ...

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UK Propose 50 Percent Emissions Cut by 2025
UK Propose 50 Percent Emissions Cut by 2025

Wednesday 18th May 2011

THE UK yesterday issued its fourth Carbon Budget, proposing an audacious target of, eventually, an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions. A limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases to be emitted by the UK between 2023 to 2027 has been proposed to cut Britain’s emissions by 50 percent ...

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Serbia's Potential for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Serbia's Potential for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Wednesday 18th May 2011

SERBIAN Deputy Prime Minister, Verica Kalanovic, said that Serbia has significant potential in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Kalanovic, speaking at the opening of an energy efficiency and renewable conference in Kragujevac, commended the many Serbian municipalities who had completed energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. She also warned ...

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Firms need to Monitor Energy Use to Save
Firms need to Monitor Energy Use to Save

Tuesday 17th May 2011

THE British Council for Offices (BCO) have stated that businesses who want to improve their green credentials need to monitor their energy usage. According to the BCO, the first step for companies and organisations who wish to improve their energy efficiency is to be able to calculate and see the ...

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IEA - 25 Percent Reduction in CO2 Emission from Buildings Achievable
IEA - 25 Percent Reduction in CO2 Emission from Buildings Achievable

Tuesday 17th May 2011

THE International Energy Agency (IEA) said yesterday, CO2 emissions from buildings could be reduced by 25 percent through implementing existing energy saving technology. The new report from the International Energy Agency released yesterday shows how heating and cooling technologies that are energy-efficient and that emit little or no carbon dioxide can ...

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China Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
China Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

Monday 16th May 2011

MANY provinces in China are already suffering from inconsistent power supply, with the China Daily claiming that this shows the urgent need for improved energy efficiency in public buildings. The power system failings, even before the peak season, is a concern for China, who need their public buildings to meet the ...

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Turkish State Buildings to be made Energy Efficient
Turkish State Buildings to be made Energy Efficient

Monday 16th May 2011

TURKEY is looking to make its state buildings energy efficient, such as office blocks, hospitals and student dormitories, all of which will need to be upgraded to make the savings. The Turkish Ministry of Public Works has decided to convert the buildings, starting with around 100 properties, according to data gathered ...

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Russia get IFC Financial Help to Improve Energy Efficiency
Russia get IFC Financial Help to Improve Energy Efficiency

Friday 13th May 2011

THE International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is teaming up with the Russian Energy Agency (REA) to aid to Russia improve its energy efficiency. The REA and IFC signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with the aim to help Russian industry and housing to become energy ...

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Seattle's Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data
Seattle's Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data

Friday 13th May 2011

THE U.S. CITY of Seattle has launched an initiative that will see commercial buildings benchmarking energy performance and making energy ratings available to prospective buyers, tenants and lenders. The City of Seattle, Washington State, sent letters to over 800 large commercial property owners and managers this week, telling them about the ...

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Ireland add another €30m for Energy Efficiency
Ireland add another €30m for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 12th May 2011

IRELAND’S Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte, announced yesterday that an additional €30 million in funding is being made available for commercial and domestic energy efficiency programmes. Rabbitte also claimed this initiative will create new jobs and see energy bills fall significantly, along with the environmental benefits the move is also seen ...

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