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Nigeria Needs to Concentrate on Energy Efficiency
Nigeria Needs to Concentrate on Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 30th November 2011

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has opined that Nigeria needs to concentrate on energy efficiency to meet their current and future energy challenges. Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper reports that the UNDP maintained that the energy crisis facing the country requires the development of an energy saving culture, particularly in the corporate ...

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Call to Action at UN Climate Change Conference
Call to Action at UN Climate Change Conference

Wednesday 30th November 2011

THOUSANDS of representatives from governments and international organisations have gathered for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17), which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution. The stakes at the two-week long conference are high, as its outcome will determine the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the ...

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Energy Efficiency Through
Energy Efficiency Through "Modernisation not Westernisation"

Tuesday 29th November 2011

INDIAN State Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighted the need for more energy efficiency planning to boost economic growth.  Speaking during a seminar on Energy Efficiency and Thermal Audit, Modi said that in the western Indian State of Gujarat they need to modernise but without westernisation. Explaining this view the Chief Minister ...

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COP17 to Answer Alarm Bells?
COP17 to Answer Alarm Bells?

Tuesday 29th November 2011

RECENT studies and findings regarding climate change are “sounding alarm bells” for urgent action said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, ahead of COP17. Speaking during a media briefing in Durban, South Africa, before the official opening of the UNFCCC COP17 conference, November 28 through ...

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China's Long Term Energy Efficiency Committment
China's Long Term Energy Efficiency Committment

Monday 28th November 2011

ENERGY efficiency, conservation and environmental protection are long term goals for China according to Vice-Premier Li Keqiang ahead of this weeks UN climate change summit in Durban. Li also highlighted that apart from a long term goal, energy efficiency is also an urgent practical option for the country as the global ...

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Philadelphia's Commercial Properties Prime for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Philadelphia's Commercial Properties Prime for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday 28th November 2011

PHILADELPHIA’S commercial property owners spend 29 percent more on energy than the national U.S. average, making the region's aging buildings ideal candidates for retrofits. Estimates predict that energy efficiency retrofits could spur $618 million in local spending and support 23,500 jobs. Another report details the policies and programmes already undertaken in ...

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Trinidad and Tobago get Energy Efficiency Loan Boost
Trinidad and Tobago get Energy Efficiency Loan Boost

Friday 25th November 2011

A $60 million loan to help Trinidad and Tobago implement a more energy efficient, sustainable and clean energy matrix has been made by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The loan, the first in a programmed series of three consecutive operations, similar to the facility we revealed for Jamaica yesterday, will strengthen ...

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Warnings for UK Businesses in Annual Energy Statement
Warnings for UK Businesses in Annual Energy Statement

Friday 25th November 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne reveaed in his annual energy statement that the Government is looking to help businesses counter forthcoming energy cost increases. Huhne acknowledged that currently some UK firms do not make such significant energy efficiency savings due to the nature of their industrial processes, plus many UK businesses ...

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Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme gets Financial Boost
Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme gets Financial Boost

Thursday 24th November 2011

A $20 million loan from from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance the Jamaican Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, first of three such loans, was signed on Tuesday. The IDB has approved the three loans to be disbursed over coming days at an advantageous interest rate between 1.3 percent and ...

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Energy Efficiency Market to Increase by 50% say Pike Research
Energy Efficiency Market to Increase by 50% say Pike Research

Thursday 24th November 2011

THE market for energy efficiency services and equipment is on the rise as national governments look to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency of their nations building stock.  With buildings being one of the largest sources of energy consumption, the opportunity to improve energy efficiency is significant, from the ...

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Public Sector Doubles Emissions Targets
Public Sector Doubles Emissions Targets

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

NEW research released by the Carbon Trust reveals that the UK’s public sector has doubled its determination to tackle climate change over the past five years, despite difficult economic times. Fresh analysis of 472 public sector bodies shows that average carbon reduction targets have almost doubled since 2006, rising from 16 ...

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Energy Companies Call for Tougher 'EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package'
Energy Companies Call for Tougher 'EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package'

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

THREE leading European energy utilities want the European Commission to present a second ‘Climate and Energy Package’, including binding 2030 targets on carbon reductions, renewables and energy efficiency. The three energy companies – Eneco (the Netherlands), Dong Energy (Denmark) and SSE (United Kingdom) are making the call. Following the First ...

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South Africa Must Become Energy Efficient
South Africa Must Become Energy Efficient

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

South Africa needs to become more energy efficient if it is to meet industrialisation pressures. "It is clear that we cannot continue on a wasteful path as we have been on. We all know that an economy cannot grow without energy but that does not mean inefficient use of energy," said ...

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Substantial Savings Available Through Improving Motor Efficiency
Substantial Savings Available Through Improving Motor Efficiency

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

UK INDUSTRY could save over £630 million through making electric motors more energy efficient, using motor controllers such as variable speed drives (VSDs), according to the UK’s Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust reveal through the release of new guides how businesses can make significant savings on their annual energy bill. In ...

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IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Emissions
IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Emissions

Monday 21st November 2011

SOME of the recent extreme weather experienced globally is the result of human induced climate change which will get worse over forthcoming decades, according to a new report from the IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that greenhouse gas emissions related to mans activities are responsible for more recent ...

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Almost All New Buildings in China Fall Short on Energy Efficiency
Almost All New Buildings in China Fall Short on Energy Efficiency

Monday 21st November 2011

A CHINESE Senior Government Planner claims that over 95 percent of new buildings that are erected annually are energy inefficient and the country needs to promote energy efficient construction projects. Xinhuanet.com report Tang Kai, Chief Planner of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development as stating that China builds around 2 ...

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More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government
More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government

Friday 18th November 2011

EXPERTS are calling for the Philippines’ Government to incentivise and promote energy efficiency to reduce consumption particularly as cleaner energy is being developed. Philippines’ BusinessWorld Online reports Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona, Research Scientist of De La Salle University commenting at a briefing: "We should look at energy efficiency while renewable ...

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City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme
City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme

Friday 18th November 2011

THE Australian city of Sydney intends to sign 10 agreements over the next 12 months to improve energy efficiency in the city’s office buildings. A city official said yesterday that the plan is to help commercial building owners to gain access to private capital and to share the upgrade costs with ...

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Hungarian Energy Efficiency Incentives
Hungarian Energy Efficiency Incentives

Thursday 17th November 2011

ENERGY efficiency projects in Hungary have received nearly HUF 80 billion ($343.6 million) in grants. Hungarian SMEs received the vast majority of the incentive money, which was used for energy efficiency building upgrades, and the “Norwegian Financing Mechanism” is to ensure another HUF 5.6 billion ($24 million) for a similar ...

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Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project
Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project

Thursday 17th November 2011

A PROJECT promoting energy saving to small-and medium-sized enterprises in Viet Nam has been hailed a success at a workshop this week in Hanoi. Attendees at the international workshop were told that the success is due in no small measure to a strong commitment from all those involved and efficient project ...

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China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets
China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE world's second-largest energy consumer, China, plans to reduce energy consumption further and cut carbon dioxide emission in their 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). China is expected to cut energy consumption of per unit industrial added value and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent and above respectively by 2015, compared with the ...

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Cheese and Steel Bear Energy Saving Fruit
Cheese and Steel Bear Energy Saving Fruit

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing its drive to promote energy saving in Ukraine through specialised energy efficiency initiatives and bearing fruit. The latest programme and the largest to date is the $160 million Ukraine Energy Efficiency programme (UKEEP), which is now nearing completion. In the Ukrainian capital ...

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CO2 Emissions Exceed Economic Growth
CO2 Emissions Exceed Economic Growth

Tuesday 15th November 2011

GLOBAL emissions are increasing faster than economic growth, reversing a slow, but gradual, reduction in carbon emissions intensity. The findings, from new analysis in the PwC Low Carbon Economy Index, show that for the first time since 2004, no improvement has been made in reducing the carbon intensity (which reflects the ...

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India's Kerala State Ripe for Energy Efficiency
India's Kerala State Ripe for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th November 2011

INDIA’S south western State of Kerala daily loses 400 MW of electricity, due to inefficient use of energy by businesses, government agencies and domestic users. A study by the Indian National Productivity Council, for the Energy Management Centre-Kerala (EMC) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, reveals the extent of the problem. The ...

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Study Reveals Boom Times Ahead for U.S. Energy Efficiency
Study Reveals Boom Times Ahead for U.S. Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th November 2011

A NEW study from The Brattle Group reveals that energy efficiency improvements could lower U.S. electricity consumption by 5 - 15 percent relative to forecast trends by 2020. “The survey clearly shows that the age of energy efficiency has not come to an end,” said Ahmad Faruqui, one of the study’s ...

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