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$30 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects from SoCalGas
$30 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects from SoCalGas

Friday 30th March 2012

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UK's CRC Scheme Simplified to Save Businesses Millions
UK's CRC Scheme Simplified to Save Businesses Millions

Thursday 29th March 2012

MILLIONS of pounds will be saved for businesses through ambitious new proposals to simplify the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, (CRC). Participants will see their administrative costs cut by almost two-thirds, equating to around £330 million of savings up to 2030. The CRC is a mandatory UK-wide trading scheme covering ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital to Renewable Impact Claims Porritt
Energy Efficiency Vital to Renewable Impact Claims Porritt

Wednesday 28th March 2012

JONATHON Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future feels that renewable technologies cannot deliver unless the world also cuts its energy use over the next 30-40 years. Porritt revealed his thoughts in Edinburgh yesterday at the Scottish Renewables annual conference, where the former director of Friends of the Earth said that ...

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Energy Efficiency Standards for the U.S.
Energy Efficiency Standards for the U.S.

Tuesday 27th March 2012

THE American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will host a meeting examining the need for an Energy Efficiency Standards Panel (EESP) to develop a standardisation roadmap for energy efficiency initiatives. Energy efficiency forms a core component of the country’s sustainable energy policy to promote energy security, a cleaner environment, and spur job ...

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Businesses Need to Catch the
Businesses Need to Catch the "Green Wave"

Monday 26th March 2012

AN energy efficiency expert claims that CEOs who do not support sustainability risk losing customers, staff and money. Grant Bradley writing for The New Zealand Herald reports the statement from Bob Dixon, Siemens' global head of efficiency and sustainability, who said that bosses who were missing out on the "Green Wave" ...

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RICS Claim Climate Change to Increase Energy Bills
RICS Claim Climate Change to Increase Energy Bills

Friday 23rd March 2012

THE annual cost of electricity for Britain's schools is expected to rise by around £150m by 2030 due to climate change, warns the Royal Institue of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The RICS research report, reveals that forecasted hotter summers and more extreme weather will force schools across the UK to use significantly ...

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US Industry Wastes Too Much Energy
US Industry Wastes Too Much Energy

Thursday 22nd March 2012

U.S. industries consume a third of the country's energy but current policies do not adequately address the energy saving opportunities. According to the Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition (IEEC) wasted electricity accounts for almost 25 percent of their total energy consumption, meaning US industry needs help to cut their energy use and ...

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Unprecedented Opportunties for U.S. Federal Investments in Energy Efficiency
Unprecedented Opportunties for U.S. Federal Investments in Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 21st March 2012

THE National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) in the U.S. will address the impact of energy efficiency on jobs and deficit reduction ahead of the Annual Federal Workshop. This Thursday, March 22, high level leaders in the U.S. clean energy economy will gather at the Pepco Building in Washington D.C. ...

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Auckland's Businesses Encouraged to Join Eco-Smart Business Programme
Auckland's Businesses Encouraged to Join Eco-Smart Business Programme

Tuesday 20th March 2012

BUSINESSES in Auckland, New Zealand, who wish to save money and gain environmental credentials are being invited to enroll for the Eco Smart Business programme. The programme is being run by the New Zealand Employers and Manufacturers Association with support from the Auckland Council and the country’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation ...

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EU's Energy Efficiency - Doing More with Less Campaign
EU's Energy Efficiency - Doing More with Less Campaign

Monday 19th March 2012

REDUCING the amount of energy consumed every day is Europe’s biggest energy resource. The European Union (EU) is highlighting the need to incorporate energy efficiency in all aspects of life to consume less and even better it is cheaper, protects our environment and favours competitiveness. We are all involved! Energy efficiency is ...

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South Africa Loan Arrangement for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
South Africa Loan Arrangement for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday 16th March 2012

SOUTH African bank ABSA has made an agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) to offer loans for clean energy and energy-efficiency projects. The loan, of €40m, comes at a time as South Africa is about to see an explosion of renewable energy projects on the back of the government's independent ...

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India's Cement Industry Energy Efficiency Study Revealed
India's Cement Industry Energy Efficiency Study Revealed

Thursday 15th March 2012

A REPORT released yesterday, ‘A Study of Energy Efficiency in the Indian Cement Industry’, is the result of a two-year study of modelling the energy efficiency of the industry in India. The report provides analysis and insights for the successful implementation of Perform-Achieve-Trade (PAT). PAT is a major initiative within the ...

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Belarus Energy Efficiency Project Discussions with World Bank
Belarus Energy Efficiency Project Discussions with World Bank

Wednesday 14th March 2012

WORLD Bank (WB) experts are to discuss joint energy-efficient projects in Belarus this week, checking on progress and targets. The WB are to carry out a series of visits, which includes working meetings with Belarus’ energy efficiency department and specialists from the Utilities Ministry as well as in the Belinvestenergosberezheniye Company. ...

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Connie Hedegaard Speaks Out After Poland's Stance
Connie Hedegaard Speaks Out After Poland's Stance

Tuesday 13th March 2012

''POLAND'S no to the European Commission low-carbon Roadmap is unfortunate, but it will not stop Europe from moving on with its transition to a low-carbon economy," said Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action. She added: "The bad news was that Poland blocked (the) Council conclusions for the second time. The ...

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EU Energy Retailers Resistant to Binding Efficiency Targets
EU Energy Retailers Resistant to Binding Efficiency Targets

Monday 12th March 2012

ENERGY retailers in Europe are opposing a mandatory 1.5 percent annual energy efficiency target as they prefer to find their own way to improve productivity, primarily through higher electricity prices. EurActiv reports that they have heard this view at an industry conference, adding that energy suppliers would also prefer subsidies from ...

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Financing Techniques Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency
Financing Techniques Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency

Friday 9th March 2012

SPIRALING energy costs are driving businesses globally to invest in energy efficiency technologies, reducing their energy consumptions and costs according to a new paper from Siemens Financial Services (SFS). HeatingandVentilation.net report SFS stating: "In developed economies, tough credit conditions have restricted organisations' ability to invest. Now, however, financing arrangements are becoming ...

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 UK Green Deal Cash Boost
UK Green Deal Cash Boost

Thursday 8th March 2012

A total of £3.5 million in funding has been announced today to help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of the launch of the UK’s Green Deal, delivering on the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement in March last year to create 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships. The Green Deal is ...

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Helping Australian Businesses Access $1 Billion in Clean Tech Funding
Helping Australian Businesses Access $1 Billion in Clean Tech Funding

Wednesday 7th March 2012

OVER 1800 manufacturers in Australia have registered to attend information sessions for the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment programs. The $800 million Clean Technology Investment Program and the $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program offer assistance to businesses to invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions ...

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$1 Trillion Savings - Report on US Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit
$1 Trillion Savings - Report on US Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit

Tuesday 6th March 2012

US ENERGY efficiency retrofits could yield $1 trillion of energy savings and create 3.3 million job years; new financing models can unlock this opportunity. Deutshe Bank Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA) and The Rockefeller Foundation today released a research study which examines the potential size and investment opportunity of upgrading and replacing ...

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€10 million to the Bulgarian Energetics and Energy Savings Fund
€10 million to the Bulgarian Energetics and Energy Savings Fund

Monday 5th March 2012

THE EBRD is boosting its support for energy efficiency projects in Bulgaria with a new €10 million loan to the Bulgarian Energetics and Energy Savings Fund (FEEI) – the country’s first private fund supporting energy-saving measures in publicly-owned buildings. The seven year loan highlights the Bank’s long-standing commitment to supporting the ...

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Bill Clinton and Mayor Emanuel Announce Chicago's Energy Efficiency Trust
Bill Clinton and Mayor Emanuel Announce Chicago's Energy Efficiency Trust

Friday 2nd March 2012

First Project, Retrofit Chicago, will invest more than $200 million in energy efficiency for Chicago City Properties, creating more than 2000 Jobs and saving taxpayers $20 million annually. Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday announced the proposed setting up of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, an innovative way to leverage private investment for ...

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China's Economic Growth Needs More Energy Efficiency
China's Economic Growth Needs More Energy Efficiency

Thursday 1st March 2012

CHINA needs to radically improve its energy efficiency levels to maintain current levels of growth, says a leading expert on Chinese climate policy reports Responding to Climate Change (RTCC). RTCC is a Non-Governmental Organisation and an official observer to the United Nations climate change negotiations dedicated to raising awareness about climate ...

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