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Energy Efficiency Vital for Pakistan.
Energy Efficiency Vital for Pakistan.

Friday 30th September 2011

PAKISTAN continues to face an acute energy crisis which is hitting their economy, and the government needs to promote energy efficiency programmes - according Mahfooz Elahi. Mahfooz Elahi is President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and his remarks were reported by Pakistan’s Daily Times. The claim is also serious ...

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Italy Requested to Comply with EU Building Energy Efficiency Rules
Italy Requested to Comply with EU Building Energy Efficiency Rules

Friday 30th September 2011

THE European Commission are getting tough with Italy, who have not followed the European Union’s (EU) legislation on the energy performance of buildings, with a demand for them to comply. Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of EU CO2 emissions in the European Union. If ...

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New Hampshire Companies REAP Energy Efficiency Funding
New Hampshire Companies REAP Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 29th September 2011

FIVE New Hampshire, U.S., companies received energy efficiency grants and loans totaling $285,454, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed on Monday. The grants and loan guarantees are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. Molly Lambert, State director for Rural Development, said, “The REAP ...

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Energy Prices Lead to Energy Efficiency Focus
Energy Prices Lead to Energy Efficiency Focus

Thursday 29th September 2011

IN an excellent article at FT.com by Sarah Murray the business case for improving energy efficiency is expertly argued and should convince decision makers that are lagging behind in energy efficiency. Murray quotes the commissioner of Connecticut’s department of energy and environmental protection, Daniel Esty, as he explains the “market failure” ...

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South Africa's Energy Saving Tax Allowance Detail
South Africa's Energy Saving Tax Allowance Detail

Thursday 29th September 2011

IN SOUTH Africa there is much anticipation for section 12L energy saving tax incentive, which is now a step closer to implementation. In section 12L the proposal is that taxpayers will be entitled to claim an allowance for energy efficiency savings resulting from activities in the production of income. The allowance ...

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A Surprise Increase in CO2 Emissions
A Surprise Increase in CO2 Emissions

Wednesday 28th September 2011

FURTHER increases in global energy efficiency and clean energy generation is need to counter a reported and unexpected rise in CO2 emissions. The report "Long-term trend in global carbon dioxide emissions", has been compiled by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Much to many ...

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EBRD Launches €60M Energy Efficiency Loans for Romanian SMEs
EBRD Launches €60M Energy Efficiency Loans for Romanian SMEs

Tuesday 27th September 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstructions and Development (EBRD) is helping SMEs in Romania improve their energy efficiency with a newly launched €60 million programme to fund sustainable energy investments. The funds will be channelled to Romania’s real economy, through local financial intermediaries, including banks and leasing companies. The Romanian SME Sustainable Energy ...

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Call for an EU 25 Percent Emissions Reduction Target
Call for an EU 25 Percent Emissions Reduction Target

Tuesday 27th September 2011

A CALL for the EU to reduce its emission reduction target to 25 percent, five percent more than currently set, through such measures as energy efficiency has been made. The European Economic and Social Committee in an opinion on the European Commission's roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in ...

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Further Pressure on EU States to Ensure Energy Efficiency Targets
Further Pressure on EU States to Ensure Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 27th September 2011

THE European Commission's top energy official has criticised EU member sates, reports EurActiv, for double language on Europe’s target to cut energy use by 20 percent by the end of the decade. The head of the Commission's directorate-general for energy, Philip Lowe, criticised EU member state governments for obstructing binding rules ...

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UK Business Concerned by Cost of Energy Efficiency
UK Business Concerned by Cost of Energy Efficiency

Monday 26th September 2011

INVESTMENT by British business in energy reduction measures is in danger of grinding to a halt, new research has warned. The research, commissioned by Ernst & Young, which polled board members in 250 of Britain’s leading companies, revealed that whilst the overwhelming majority of companies have invested in low cost measures ...

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New Sustainability Guidelines for Transparency in Construction and Real Estate
New Sustainability Guidelines for Transparency in Construction and Real Estate

Monday 26th September 2011

FIRMS operating in the built environment will be able to measure their green performance evermore effectively after the launch of new international guidelines on sustainability reporting. Carbon emissions, management and remediation of contaminated land, and sub-contracted labour issues are some of the sustainability issues that can now be reported by construction ...

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EU Provide €70M for Ukraine's Energy Efficiency Programme
EU Provide €70M for Ukraine's Energy Efficiency Programme

Friday 23rd September 2011

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is to provide Ukraine €70 million for an energy efficiency programme. Ukraine’s Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Mykola Pashkevych, said that the EU is providing the funding in support of a national programme for energy efficiency which will run until 2015. Pashkevych ...

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Luxembourg Unveils Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
Luxembourg Unveils Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Friday 23rd September 2011

THE GRAND Duchy of Luxembourg is to provide tax credits to encourage energy efficiency improvements to buildings. Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Luc Frieden and Housing Minister Marco Schank recently unveiled the key details of various tax incentives. Highlighting the environmental and economical aims of the new tax credits, Frieden explained that the Luxembourg ...

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Ukraine Schools due to Benefit from Energy Saving Technologies
Ukraine Schools due to Benefit from Energy Saving Technologies

Thursday 22nd September 2011

UKRAINE Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, announced his Government is to introduce energy saving technology into the country’s schools. The announcement was made after Azarov visited a Kyiv school, where FoRum reports he went to check that energy efficiency work that had been planned had been completed, with the project expected to ...

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£35M from UK Government for Energy Efficiency
£35M from UK Government for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 22nd September 2011

THE UK Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne announced this week that £35 million has been earmarked to help with the development and deployment of innovative energy saving and energy efficiency technologies for buildings. The Spending Review of November 2010 announced funding of over £200 million for low carbon technologies. A further allocation ...

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Commercial Interests Drive Corporate Climate Change Actions
Commercial Interests Drive Corporate Climate Change Actions

Wednesday 21st September 2011

THE 2011 edition of the annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 report reveals that most of the largest corporations are taking climate change actions including energy efficiency improvements. The report, which examines carbon reduction activities at the world’s largest public corporations, has found for the first time in the ten ...

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Energy Use to Increase by 53 Percent Predicts the EIA
Energy Use to Increase by 53 Percent Predicts the EIA

Wednesday 21st September 2011

A NEW projection of future energy use predicts an increase of 53 percent by 2035 - but improved energy efficiency could make a significant dent in this increase. International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for world energy markets through to ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding Provides Huge Potential
Energy Efficiency Funding Provides Huge Potential

Tuesday 20th September 2011

U.S. ENERGY efficiency loan financing is proving to be a stable, low risk investment with low default rates and large-scale potential. This is the conclusion of the study What Have We Learned from Energy Efficiency Financing Programmes? which was released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), it ...

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South Africa Consider Tax Allowances for Energy Efficiency
South Africa Consider Tax Allowances for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 20th September 2011

ON Friday, South Africa’s Department of Energy (DOE) released proposed regulations which would provide a tax allowance for energy efficiency savings. The regulations stipulate that any company or business holding an energy saving certificate will be able to submit this certification to the South African Revenue Service and claim the tax ...

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USDA Announce Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects
USDA Announce Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects

Monday 19th September 2011

U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced loans and grants for over 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement energy efficiency measures and renewable energy. "This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration's plan to help the nation's farmers, agricultural producers and rural small businesses conserve natural ...

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Malaysia Consider New Energy Efficiency Policy
Malaysia Consider New Energy Efficiency Policy

Monday 19th September 2011

MALAYSIA has a new policy on energy efficiency in the final drafting stages ahead of being presented to the Cabinet. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, stated yesterday that such a policy is critical as many issues will be addressed by improving energy efficiency and identifying possible new sources ...

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Research Predicts Growth in Intelligent Lighting Controls
Research Predicts Growth in Intelligent Lighting Controls

Friday 16th September 2011

CLEAN tech research specialists Pike Research have issued a new report on the importance of intelligent lighting controls for reducing energy consumption and costs. The report discusses that although lighting accounts for a significant portion of all global electricity use, surpassing 2,200 terawatt hours every year and costing up to $200 ...

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UK Firms Falling Short of Climate Change Challenge
UK Firms Falling Short of Climate Change Challenge

Friday 16th September 2011

BRITAIN’S companies are "nowhere near" to meeting the challenge of climate change, according to the “Sustainable Business 2011: Reflecting on Progress” report. The report assessing the sustainability performance of UK business was published Thursday, revealing that despite encouraging progress in many areas, UK firms are falling well short of achieving the ...

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2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa
2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa

Thursday 15th September 2011

A CONFERENCE to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, next January looks to address the importance of climate change finance and carbon markets for the whole of Africa. Since carbon markets were first mooted and started, Africa has not seen the same level of benefits that were hoped for. Africa still ...

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New Building Energy Efficiency Finance Scheme for Singapore
New Building Energy Efficiency Finance Scheme for Singapore

Thursday 15th September 2011

A PILOT financing scheme has been launched by Singapore’s building authority enabling building owners to get loans of up to S$5 million ($4.3 million) to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings. Minister of State for National Development,Brigadier-General, Tan Chuan Jin, announced the scheme today at the opening of the International Green ...

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