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Australian Government Provide $20 Million Boost for SME Energy Efficiency
Australian Government Provide $20 Million Boost for SME Energy Efficiency

Thursday 31st May 2012

THE Australian Government has awarded more than $20 million to improve energy efficiency among small businesses. The Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, which is part of the country’s carbon pricing package, saw interest from over 200 SMEs. The grants are going to businesses and organisations across several sectors, such as manufacturing, agriculture ...

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Global CO2 Emissions Increase By 1.0 Gt to record high
Global CO2 Emissions Increase By 1.0 Gt to record high

Wednesday 30th May 2012

GLOBAL carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA). This represents an increase of 1.0 Gt on 2010, or 3.2%. Coal accounted for 45% of total energy-related CO2 emissions in 2011, followed by ...

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Kentucky Farmers get Energy Efficiency Grants
Kentucky Farmers get Energy Efficiency Grants

Tuesday 29th May 2012

ALMOST $700,000 in energy efficiency grants are available to agricultural industries across the U.S. state of Kentucky. State Governor Steve Beshear revealed that the first round of applications came from 81 farms in 36 counties, with the grant money provided from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. The programme offers 25 percent, up ...

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Pakistan Urged to Improve Energy Efficiency to Ease Power Shortages
Pakistan Urged to Improve Energy Efficiency to Ease Power Shortages

Monday 28th May 2012

BLOOMBERG report that the Asian Development Bank (ABD) is calling for Pakistan to increase energy efficiency efforts as the nations utilities’ companies debts mount. Over recent years Pakistan have suffered from persistent power outages due to under capacity in their generating power - leading to laws reducing shop and office operating ...

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Technical Summit Reflects Global Need for Energy Efficiency
Technical Summit Reflects Global Need for Energy Efficiency

Friday 25th May 2012

A TECHNICAL energy efficiency summit in Cornwall, UK, last week was attended by delegates from across the globe - reflecting the growing concern for improving energy efficiency in commerce, industry and the public sector. Energy saving company Enigin PLC hosted the international summit on energy-saving technology, welcoming delegates from Europe, Asia, ...

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South Africa Saves Energy With 49M Campaign
South Africa Saves Energy With 49M Campaign

Thursday 24th May 2012

49M, is South Africa's energy saving movement, and it is calling on everyone in the country to save energy over the winter. The 49M campaign, challenges citizens to improve energy efficiency, and has gained notoriety through a nationwide campaign highlighting that they have the power to make a difference. New television and ...

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Danish Presidency Claim You Get a Stronger EU Through Energy Efficiency
Danish Presidency Claim You Get a Stronger EU Through Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

THE Danish Presidency of the EU is working to promote the transition to a green economy with a greater focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. The Danish Presidency explained on their website that one of the most important initiatives taken at EU level is the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive, which was ...

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UK Looks to Climate Change Policy to Mitigate Fuel Price Spikes
UK Looks to Climate Change Policy to Mitigate Fuel Price Spikes

Tuesday 22nd May 2012

THE negative impact that spikes in fossil fuel prices have on the UK could be reduced by over 50 percent in 2050 due to climate change policies, claimed Edward Davey. The analysis, produced by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the UK Government, shows how the country’s sensitivity to oil and gas ...

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EBRD Sets an Emissions Goal for Energy Lending
EBRD Sets an Emissions Goal for Energy Lending

Monday 21st May 2012

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced at its annual conference an emissions reduction target for its investments throughout the 2012-14 phase of its sustainable energy initiative (SEI). The bank expects a 25 percent rise in lending to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, in real terms: €4.5 billion-€6.5 ...

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Clean Energy Standard Needs to Include Energy Efficiency
Clean Energy Standard Needs to Include Energy Efficiency

Friday 18th May 2012

A NATIONAL clean energy standard (CES) for the U.S. should include energy efficiency according to Steven Nadel, the Executive Director of ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy). Nadel stated this view in comments submitted for the record in conjunction with a Senate Energy Committee hearing held today on a CES ...

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Thailand's Energy Transition Challenge
Thailand's Energy Transition Challenge

Thursday 17th May 2012

WORLD Economic Forums's Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy Industries, and Busba Wongnapapisan, Head of Renewable Energy Industries have written about the challenge facing Thailand's energy future. Their article in The Nation states that for the past decade, Thailand has experienced significant economic growth, moving into the World Bank's upper middle income bracket. ...

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Malaysia to Inculcate Energy Saving Awareness
Malaysia to Inculcate Energy Saving Awareness

Wednesday 16th May 2012

MALAYSIA needs to focus on energy efficiency for the future of the planet and to improve the competitiveness of their companies Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, Malaysia’s Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, wishes his fellow countrymen to adopt a culture of energy-efficiency. Chin said at the opening SIRIM QAS ...

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EU Energy Companies Want Energy Efficiency Directive Adopted
EU Energy Companies Want Energy Efficiency Directive Adopted

Tuesday 15th May 2012

EurActiv report that European energy companies want the negotiations on the blocs Energy Efficiency Directive, their main tool to achieve 20 percent energy cuts by 2020, to be finalised over the coming weeks. Nicola Rega of Eurelectric, the Electricity Industry Association in Europe, told EurActiv: “Industry wants the directive sooner than ...

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Dubai Chamber Sets Green Example for UAE Businesses
Dubai Chamber Sets Green Example for UAE Businesses

Monday 14th May 2012

UNITED Arab Emirates' businesses are urged by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry to improve their environmental performance as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). These improvements will not only save businesses money but also contributes to the vision of the UAE's leaders, providing significant social and environmental benefits, ...

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University Granted Over £1 Million for Energy Visualisation Project
University Granted Over £1 Million for Energy Visualisation Project

Friday 11th May 2012

PLYMOUTH University in the UK has been awarded more than one million pounds to lead an innovative project which will help people to understand how they use energy in their homes and buildings. It is hoped that eViz – Energy visualisation for carbon reduction – will help people with property, from ...

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Ethiopia and Nigeria get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding
Ethiopia and Nigeria get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 10th May 2012

ETHIOPIA and Nigeria have been given a financial boost to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy across the two countries from African Development Bank (AfDB). Ethiopia’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and diversify its hydro-dependent energy mix through renewable energy got a $50 million boost from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Directive Near Completion
EU Energy Efficiency Directive Near Completion

Wednesday 9th May 2012

THE proposed EU Energy Efficiency Directive looks as if it will become a reality according to European Commission official Krzysztof Gierulski, who helped to draft the bill. EurActiv reports Gierulski stating: "There is a political agreement to get a deal by the end of June, we have quite a lot of ...

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Energy and Green Building Week Starts
Energy and Green Building Week Starts

Tuesday 8th May 2012

ENERGY & Green Building Week of the 2012 Building Safety Month campaign kicked off yesterday with a focus on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first model green code for constructing and remodeling buildings. The IgCC will make buildings more efficient and reduce waste. It is expected to have a ...

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UK Needs Green Growth
UK Needs Green Growth

Monday 7th May 2012

UK politician Chris Huhne has warned that the UK's economic growth strategy will fail unless "green growth" is pursued by investing in industries such as energy efficiency and clean energy. Writing in the Guardian, the UK’s former Energy and Climate Change minister said: "Much of our economic debate implies we must ...

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Mexico set to Pass Legally Binding Emission Targets
Mexico set to Pass Legally Binding Emission Targets

Friday 4th May 2012

MEXICO is set to pass strong climate change legislation, joining the UK by having legally binding emission targets to combat the effects of climate change. The new legislation, passed by the Mexican Senate, contains wide-ranging provisions to alleviate the effects of climate change, including a mandate to cut emissions of carbon ...

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New UK Energy Efficiency Not-For-Profit Organisation Launched
New UK Energy Efficiency Not-For-Profit Organisation Launched

Thursday 3rd May 2012

A NEW UK not-for-profit organisation, the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings, has launched, aiming to aid the energy efficiency industry overcome challenges to the uptake of energy saving measures. It is a major relaunch for what was formerly the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, an influential network set up in 1999 ...

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New York State to Invest $800M in Energy Efficiency
New York State to Invest $800M in Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

NEW York State is to invest $800 million to improve energy efficiency in their state governmental buildings, with the goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent over the next 4 years. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will issue debt to finance the projects, which will involve energy efficient upgrades ...

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U.S. Government still Challenged by Energy Efficiency Example
U.S. Government still Challenged by Energy Efficiency Example

Tuesday 1st May 2012

U.S. Federal Agencies show progress towards sustainability, but funding and competing priorities conflict with ultimate energy efficiency goals. Progress towards answering U.S. President Barack Obama's challenge to "lead by example" in achieving greater energy efficiency is mixed in federal agencies, according to a survey conducted by the Government Business Council (GBC), ...

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