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Tonga's Energy Efficiency Aims Boosted by REEEP Funding
Tonga's Energy Efficiency Aims Boosted by REEEP Funding

Tuesday 31st January 2012

THE Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (REEEP) are to help fund the Tonga's Energy Roadmap which will improve energy efficiency for the Kingdom. The 10-year Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM) plan represents a dramatic restructuring of the South Pacific island’s energy sector, aiming at increased energy efficiency, decreasing dependence on imported fossil fuels, ...

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Energy Managers Say Energy Efficiency Issues Ignored by Bosses
Energy Managers Say Energy Efficiency Issues Ignored by Bosses

Tuesday 31st January 2012

ONE in three UK energy managers say that energy efficiency issues are not taken seriously by their bosses or organisations, according to a new report published today by Siemens. According to the research 31 percent of those responsible for energy management and energy efficiency within UK businesses believe the issues are ...

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London's Public Buildings to Get Energy Efficiency Make-Over
London's Public Buildings to Get Energy Efficiency Make-Over

Monday 30th January 2012

HUNDREDS of jobs are set be created and millions of pounds saved for the taxpayer thanks to the Mayor's programme to make public bulidings more energy efficient. Schools, libraries, town halls and hospitals are among nearly 400 public buildings set to get an energy efficiency makeover through London Mayor Boris Johnson's ...

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Canada Takes Action to Improve Energy Efficiency
Canada Takes Action to Improve Energy Efficiency

Monday 30th January 2012

JOE Oliver, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, announced yesterday additional funding for the ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives, improving energy efficiency through building codes and industrial practices amongst others. The additional funding amounts to $117 million over three years. “This investment demonstrates our continuing commitment to advance clean energy technologies and makes Canada ...

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Tough Times = Energy Costs Matter More than Carbon Output
Tough Times = Energy Costs Matter More than Carbon Output

Friday 27th January 2012

WHEN times are tough finacially it is cost over sustainability every time. That is the result of an energy-related poll conducted yesterday, that showed how important energy saving is to businesses. In austere financial times companies are three times more likely to ignore carbon reduction targets and compliance legislation and regulations, ...

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Property Refurbishment Fund Reaches £100 Million Mark
Property Refurbishment Fund Reaches £100 Million Mark

Friday 27th January 2012

THE Threadneedle Low-Carbon Workplace Trust (LCW) has secured a significant equity commitment from real estate group The Townsend Group, together with an additional equity commitment LCW is at £100m. Launched in 2010, LCW is a partnership between Threadneedle Investments, a leading UK property investment manager, Stanhope, one of the UK’s leading ...

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Climate Change Risk Assessment - UK Needs to Adapt
Climate Change Risk Assessment - UK Needs to Adapt

Thursday 26th January 2012

The UK hopes to be amongst the best prepared nations for the implications of climate change following publication of a groundbreaking study into the threats the country faces. The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) highlights the top 100 challenges to the UK and our economy of a changing climate and provides ...

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What the President Did Say on Energy Efficiency in his Address
What the President Did Say on Energy Efficiency in his Address

Thursday 26th January 2012

IN HIS State of the Union Address, U.S. President Barack Obama admitted it wouldn’t be possible to pass climate change legislation, although he touched on energy efficiency and clean energy. As we reported earlier, there were calls for Obama to follow through on hoped for legislation on energy efficiency and he ...

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ASE Call for Obama to Push for Energy Efficiency in Address
ASE Call for Obama to Push for Energy Efficiency in Address

Wednesday 25th January 2012

KATERI Callahan, President of non-profit energy efficiency organisation Alliance to Save Energy, encourages U.S. President to continue to push energy efficiency as he prepares his State of the Union Address. Callahan states: “Energy efficiency strengthens the nation’s economy, spurs job growth and reduces dependence on imported energy – while also saving ...

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Washington DC Buildings LEED the List
Washington DC Buildings LEED the List

Wednesday 25th January 2012

IN THE U.S. the District of Colombia (Washington DC) again heads the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) table of LEED-rated energy efficient buildings per capita. Last year, 18,954,022 square feet of institutional and commercial space across the district earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification. The per capita ...

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Energy Efficient Lighting Growth in BRIC Countries
Energy Efficient Lighting Growth in BRIC Countries

Tuesday 24th January 2012

THE governments of the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are implementing plans to phase out energy wasteful lighting and replacing it with energy-efficient lighting products and systems. A report on the lighting markets in the BRIC countries, ‘Lighting Products Market in the BRIC Countries - Market Opportunities and ...

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South West England to be Marine Energy Park
South West England to be Marine Energy Park

Tuesday 24th January 2012

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€5.4M Bingo for Bosnia and Herzegovina's Energy Efficiency
€5.4M Bingo for Bosnia and Herzegovina's Energy Efficiency

Monday 23rd January 2012

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is further promoting energy efficiency in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a €5.4 million loan for an energy efficiency programme retail company Bingo. The programme will implement advanced energy saving measures in Bingo stores, the second largest retailer in Bosnia and Herzegovina, operating 43 ...

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Millions Can be Saved Through Energy Efficiency in Trinidad and Tobago
Millions Can be Saved Through Energy Efficiency in Trinidad and Tobago

Monday 23rd January 2012

TRININDAD and Tobago’s Energy Minister, Kevin Ramnarine, reckons millions of dollars could be saved by the islands’ industries if they invested in energy efficiency and saving. Ramnarine raised the point during the launch of the Energy Service Company (ESCO) committee in Port of Spain at the end of last week, explaining ...

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Energy Efficiency Advice for Scottish Businesses and Public Sector
Energy Efficiency Advice for Scottish Businesses and Public Sector

Friday 20th January 2012

THE Scottish Government has set up a programme to help businesses and public sector organisations to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency. The new web portal, the Scottish Energy and Resource Efficiency Service (SERES), is now available and is designed to streamline and make more consistent ...

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Power to be Cut to Buildings Failing Energy Efficiency Code
Power to be Cut to Buildings Failing Energy Efficiency Code

Friday 20th January 2012

INDIAN energy suppliers in the Orissa region will cut electricity supplies to buildings failing to conform to energy efficiency codes, according to officials quoted in the Times of India yesterday. The Times reports that Surya Narayan Mishra, Engineer in chief (electricity) at the state designated agency (SDA), for implementing the Indian ...

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Danish EU Presidency Wants to Move Fast on Energy Efficiency
Danish EU Presidency Wants to Move Fast on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 19th January 2012

DANISH Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt was in European Parliament yesterday to present the Danish EU presidency's six-month working programme, including sustainability and energy efficiency. Thorning-Schmidt revealed that she thinks the European Union (EU) should retain a leading role as a green economy, and wants to see movement on the energy efficiency ...

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Increasing Global Energy Demand to 2030
Increasing Global Energy Demand to 2030

Thursday 19th January 2012

INCREASED energy efficiency and strong growth for renewable energy are forecast in BP’s latest Energy Outlook 2030, published yesterday. The report also predicts global energy demand will continue to grow over the next twenty years, albeit at a slowing annual rate, fuelled by economic and population growth in non-OECD countries. Global energy ...

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Incentives and Clarity Needed for Building Energy Efficiency Improvements
Incentives and Clarity Needed for Building Energy Efficiency Improvements

Wednesday 18th January 2012

THE UK property industry warn that the government’s “Green Deal” on its own is unlikely to deliver the revolution in energy efficiency that is needed to reach UK emission targets. The British Property Federation (BPF) has urged the UK government to take action to bolster the Green Deal by: providing additional fiscal ...

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Importance of Industrial Energy Efficiency: UN Report
Importance of Industrial Energy Efficiency: UN Report

Wednesday 18th January 2012

Industrial energy efficiency is key to sustainable industrial development, according to a flagship publication of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 

UNIDO’s Industrial Development Report, launched yesterday at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, urges investment in energy-efficient technologies in order to provide the economic, environmental and ...

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Energy Saving Proves Vital for British Retail Landlords
Energy Saving Proves Vital for British Retail Landlords

Tuesday 17th January 2012

BRITISH Land, one of the UK’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) is determined to show that energy saving initiatives are not just a lot of hot air. After reducing energy costs by almost a third in its shopping centres and retail parks, British Land is now focusing its environmental efforts ...

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U.S. Should Think Big about Energy Efficiency
U.S. Should Think Big about Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 17th January 2012

THE U.S. thinks too small in regard to energy efficiency, while “crowding out” economically beneficial investments in energy efficiency by focusing on riskier, more expensive development of new energy sources. This is the conclusion of a major new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Titled The Long-Term Energy ...

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UN Chief Calls for More Investment in Sustainability
UN Chief Calls for More Investment in Sustainability

Monday 16th January 2012

U.N. SECRETARY General, Ban Ki-moon called for governments and the private sector to increase investment in sustainable energy and energy efficiency to combat climate change and energy poverty. Ban Ki-moon spoke at the opening of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi today which also sees the global launch of ...

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UAE Focus on Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings
UAE Focus on Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Monday 16th January 2012

THE Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) based in Dubai will stress the importance of improving the energy efficiency in existing buildings at its Focus Day on Tuesday (Jan 17). The Focus Day is being held in conjunction with the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), taking place in Abu Dhabi. EmiratesGBC is also ...

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Large Indian Corporations to be Energy Capped
Large Indian Corporations to be Energy Capped

Friday 13th January 2012

LARGE corporations in India will have to keep a close eye on their power usage as the Government is going to set a cap on their energy consumption. According to officials at the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) a list of around 477 facilities belonging to various large corporations ...

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