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Philippines Energy Efficiency Project Progresses
Philippines Energy Efficiency Project Progresses

Monday 31st October 2011

THE Philippines Department of Energy (DoE) has finished the upgrade of seven government buildings as part of the Energy Efficient Lighting initiative component of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP). The Filipino Government agencies which have received the energy efficiency upgrades are the: National Food Authority, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, National ...

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Australia's Green Building Regulations Kick-In
Australia's Green Building Regulations Kick-In

Monday 31st October 2011

REGULATIONS for Green Buildings in Australia become serious tomorrow - November 1 - with building owners and even tenants facing substantial fines if their commercial space falls short environmentally. The Commercial Building Disclosure (CDB) programme requires a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) if more than 2000 square metres of office space ...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades Key to Green Growth
Energy Efficiency Upgrades Key to Green Growth

Friday 28th October 2011

A NEW World Economic Forum report recommends steps for governments to stimulate investments into energy efficiency upgrades in existing commercial buildings in order to enable job creation and green growth. The report, entitled, A Profitable and Resource Efficient Future: Catalysing Retrofit Finance and Investing in Commercial Real Estate, also describes ...

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Alabama Programme to Improve Energy Efficiency and Create Jobs
Alabama Programme to Improve Energy Efficiency and Create Jobs

Friday 28th October 2011

THE U.S. southeastern State of Alabama is acting to improve energy efficiency and create jobs through the Alabama Saves Energy Loan programme. The programme came into effect less than a year ago when it was seeded by $25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, it was then further boosted by ...

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2011 U.S. Small Business Energy Survey
2011 U.S. Small Business Energy Survey

Thursday 27th October 2011

THE U.S. National Small Business Association (NSBA) released its 2011 Energy Survey this week which revealed the concern most SMEs have over energy costs. Among the key findings: rising energy costs weigh heavily on the majority of small businesses with 87 percent reporting negative impacts on their business. This is likely ...

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Global Paper Company Plans Energy and Emissions Reductions
Global Paper Company Plans Energy and Emissions Reductions

Thursday 27th October 2011

GLOBAL paper and packaging company International Paper, is committing to use 15 percent less energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. The company will use the energy consumption and emissions figures from 2010 as a baseline, with this target the first in a set of extensive ...

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SMEs Missing out on £7.7 billion by Ignoring Energy Efficiency Measures
SMEs Missing out on £7.7 billion by Ignoring Energy Efficiency Measures

Wednesday 26th October 2011

NEARLY four million of the UK's 4.8 million small businesses are missing out on £7.7 billion every year by not implementing energy efficiency measures, according to new research from E.ON.  E.ON is on a mission to get British businesses energy fit and has revealed only one in five (21 percent) of ...

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The World's Greenest Companies
The World's Greenest Companies

Wednesday 26th October 2011

NEWSWEEK released their Green Rankings list of companies and report that while governments are slow to act many corporations are already improving energy efficiency and implementing environmental measures. The Green Rankings list shows how the top-ranked companies approach green projects with determination and with a long term view as it makes ...

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Energy Efficiency Key Points for Business
Energy Efficiency Key Points for Business

Tuesday 25th October 2011

THE Guardian Newspaper recently held an energy efficiency discussion with its Sustainable Business Group and they have published a summary of key points - click here. Read it in full, but some of the highlights include the following: Most organisations have become more receptive to the idea of energy saving initiatives, especially ...

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Ten Countries Emit Two-Thirds of Global CO2
Ten Countries Emit Two-Thirds of Global CO2

Tuesday 25th October 2011

A NEW report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) reveals that just ten countries are accountable for most of the world’s CO2 emissions. The report, “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2011”, reveals that two-thirds of global CO2 emissions in 2009 came from these ten, according to figures released in the lead-up ...

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Hungary and UK Join Forces on Carbon Finance Barriers
Hungary and UK Join Forces on Carbon Finance Barriers

Monday 24th October 2011

A EUROPEAN low carbon finance summit yesterday looked to overcome barriers to green investment in Central and Eastern Europe and highlighted the significant commercial opportunities of an ambitious low carbon transition. The UK and Hungarian Governments have joined forces to bring together key finance experts, business leaders and policy makers to ...

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UK's Green Deal for Business Worth £800m?
UK's Green Deal for Business Worth £800m?

Monday 24th October 2011

A report from Ernst & Young highlighting key policy issues facing the non-domestic UK Green Deal (NDGD) and the potential for incentivising energy efficiency in small and medium sized businesses. The report, ‘Making energy efficiency your business - understanding the potential of the non-domestic Green Deal’, was commissioned by British Gas ...

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Companies Call for Climate Action
Companies Call for Climate Action

Friday 21st October 2011

LEADERS of almost 200 major multi-national corporations around the world have called for tougher action on climate change from the world’s governments. The 2°C Challenge, initiated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, calls on governments attending the Durban event to take decisive action on climate change, because it threatens ...

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Massachusetts Overtakes California as Top U.S. Energy Efficiency State
Massachusetts Overtakes California as Top U.S. Energy Efficiency State

Friday 21st October 2011

A SOUR U.S. economy, tight State budgets, and a failure by Congress to adopt a comprehensive energy strategy haven’t slowed the growing momentum among U.S. States toward increased energy efficiency. This is according to the fifth edition of the annual ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council ...

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New Green Energy Efficiency Fund for South Africa's Industries
New Green Energy Efficiency Fund for South Africa's Industries

Thursday 20th October 2011

SOUTH Africa’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has launched a R500-million ($62.6 million) fund, for energy efficiency and ‘self-use’ renewable energy projects in energy intensive industries. The fund, “Green Energy Efficiency Fund” (GEEF), is backed by the German development bank KfW, which has extended a €48-million long-term loan to the IDC. ...

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Commitment to Renewables from UK Government
Commitment to Renewables from UK Government

Thursday 20th October 2011

PROPOSALS to support renewable electricity and bring forward a surge of investment in the UK's energy infrastructure were published by the British Government today. The consultation proposes new support levels for large scale renewable electricity from 2013-17 (2014-17 for offshore wind) under the Renewables Obligation (RO). Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: ...

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Double Energy Efficiency Incentives for Businesses
Double Energy Efficiency Incentives for Businesses

Wednesday 19th October 2011

THE Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the U.S, is to increase it’s cash incentives to business and industries taking part in the EnergyRight Solutions for Business and Industry programme. The cash incentive payment is to increase by 100 percent, from 5 cents to 10 cents for every kilowatt-hour saved by any ...

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Mayor of London Calls for Energy Efficiency Building Upgrades
Mayor of London Calls for Energy Efficiency Building Upgrades

Wednesday 19th October 2011

THE Mayor of London has called on the City’s businesses and big landlords both private, public, commercial and residential to help deliver London’s biggest ever energy efficiency retrofitting programme. Retrofitting business premises with energy saving measures will not only save up to a billion pounds a year in wasted energy costs ...

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Call for UK Energy Efficiency Schemes to be Simplified
Call for UK Energy Efficiency Schemes to be Simplified

Tuesday 18th October 2011

NEW research by utility company npower reveals that many UK businesses feel that the UK Government’s measures to reduce carbon emissions need to be simplified to meet set targets. The consultation, which is ongoing, asked businesses which UK energy legislation they feel should be kept and which should be changed or ...

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Taiwan Energy Intensity Reduced by 3.93 Percent
Taiwan Energy Intensity Reduced by 3.93 Percent

Tuesday 18th October 2011

TAIWAN’S energy intensity has reduced by 3.93 percent during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year, reveal the Bureau of Energy. Energy intensity is a measure of the energy efficiency of a nation’s economy and is calculated as units of energy per unit of gross domestic ...

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Pennsylvania can Benefit from Guaranteed Energy Savings
Pennsylvania can Benefit from Guaranteed Energy Savings

Monday 17th October 2011

STATISTICS from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry claim that more than 106,000 jobs in the U.S. State have been created in the energy efficiency and renewables industries. Pennlive.com report that, based on market experience, energy efficiency is an economic winner, and the State now has the opportunity to create ...

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New Energy Efficiency Building Laws to Boost South Africa
New Energy Efficiency Building Laws to Boost South Africa

Monday 17th October 2011

SOUTH Africa’s new Energy Efficiency building regulations will give a boost to the country’s manufacturing sector as well as the economy, according to Rob Davies Trade and Industry Minister. Davies was speaking at the South African Bureau of Standard (SABS) Convention held at the end of last week and sees many ...

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Forecast of Increased Energy Use for the U.S.
Forecast of Increased Energy Use for the U.S.

Friday 14th October 2011

DESPITE the recent marked improvements in the energy efficiency of equipment, devices, machinery and transport the U.S. is expected to continue using evermore power. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that energy consumption will continue to rise in the commercial, industrial, residential and transportation sectors as the U.S. population sets ...

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Australian Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Law Imminent
Australian Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Law Imminent

Friday 14th October 2011

AUSTRALIAN landlords who are selling or letting large office spaces, must comply with the Commonwealth Government's building energy efficiency disclosure laws by the start of next month. This measure means that many commercial building owners proposing to sell or let large office spaces must provide not only a NABERS (National Australian ...

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Red Tape Hinders Ontario's Energy Efficiency
Red Tape Hinders Ontario's Energy Efficiency

Thursday 13th October 2011

ONTARIO Province, Canada, can lower industrial, commercial and residential energy bills, reduce the provincial deficit and create jobs by increasing its energy efficiency according to a new report. The report: “An Energy Efficiency Strategy for Ontario’s Homes, Buildings and Industries”, was released by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) yesterday (Wednesday). According ...

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