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APEC Countries Likely to Make 45% Energy Efficiency Target
APEC Countries Likely to Make 45% Energy Efficiency Target

Thursday 28th February 2013

THE Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries look set to achieve a 45 percent energy efficiency target by 2035 according to a new report. Even under ‘business-as-usual’ assumptions, APEC member economies, which account for about 60 percent of world energy demand, will meet their target, but there is still further ...

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Energy Efficiency MBA Program
Energy Efficiency MBA Program

Wednesday 27th February 2013

UKRAINE and the European Union (EU) have teamed up to offer a tailor-made MBA Program for the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving (SAEE) in Kyiv. The aim of the MBA Program, to be conducted at the International Management Institute in Kyiv, is to enhance the management skills of ...

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Nigeria to get $50M Energy Efficiency Funding Boost
Nigeria to get $50M Energy Efficiency Funding Boost

Tuesday 26th February 2013

NIGERIA is to receive $50 million funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The money is to bolster the African Development Bank (AfDB) supported program of financial systems for clean energy through local banks. It is also part of the country’s national Investment Plan ...

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Pakistan's Government Offices to set Energy Efficiency Lead
Pakistan's Government Offices to set Energy Efficiency Lead

Monday 25th February 2013

PAKISTAN’S Ministry of Water and Power has an energy efficiency strategy to save 15-20 percent the energy across government ministries, departments and autonomous bodies. Business Recorder reports that Pakistan is facing an acute energy shortage primarily due to supply chain problems, hence the best solution is to improve energy efficiency across ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital for Hospitals to Combat Shortfall
Energy Efficiency Vital for Hospitals to Combat Shortfall

Friday 22nd February 2013

THE UK’s hospitals face a budget shortfall of £2.3 billion due to soaring energy costs according to building giant Balfour Beatty’s consultancy Power Efficiency. Power Efficiency calculates that energy inflation will create a £2.3 billion shortfall in NHS budgets over the next decade unless the NHS, hospital trusts and regional health ...

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Ireland to Launch 70m Euro Commercial and Public Sector Energy Efficiency Fund
Ireland to Launch 70m Euro Commercial and Public Sector Energy Efficiency Fund

Thursday 21st February 2013

THE Irish Government has approved the setting up of a €70 million Energy Efficiency Fund with the intention of lending to the public and commercial sectors for energy efficiency projects. The proposal for the fund came from Irish Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte, he announced that the Irish Government has authorized an ...

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China Targets Energy Efficiency Improvement of 18%
China Targets Energy Efficiency Improvement of 18%

Wednesday 20th February 2013

CHINA’S Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed that the countries non-ferrous metals industry has to improve energy efficiency by 18 percent by 2015. The Shanghai Daily reports that the ministry reckons that if this industry sector can hit this target then the country could save energy the equivalent to 7.5 ...

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Philippines Doing Well in Energy Efficiency
Philippines Doing Well in Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 19th February 2013

THE Philippines suffers from the highest energy costs in Asia, which may also explain why they are in the top five of the most energy efficient in the region. Sohail Hasnie, the Asian Development Bank principal energy specialist, said: “In Southeast Asia, the Philippines is very, very ahead.” Hasnie also noted that ...

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Hotels in Bahamas Energy Efficiency Program Boost
Hotels in Bahamas Energy Efficiency Program Boost

Monday 18th February 2013

THE Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association and Ministry of Tourism have launched a major energy efficiency program for hotels with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and International Partners. Hoteliers throughout The Bahamas attended the launch of the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action-Advanced Program, with the objective ...

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Ukraine's Decision Makers to Learn about Energy Efficiency
Ukraine's Decision Makers to Learn about Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th February 2013

UKRAINIAN political and business decision-makers are being invited to a “Training in Energy Efficiency” (TrEff) program. The international program is being run by the Renewables Academy (RENAC), and is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of its Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. The first seminar ...

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SMEs Losing Out Due to Inaction on Energy Efficiency
SMEs Losing Out Due to Inaction on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 14th February 2013

UK utility npower’s research revealed that 56 percent of the country’s SMEs took a planned approach to their energy use, while 25 percent are still to implement energy efficiency measures. That 25 percent, are losing out on the potential savings available now through taking up the option to switch suppliers and ...

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Energy Efficiency in the State of the Union Address
Energy Efficiency in the State of the Union Address

Wednesday 13th February 2013

ENERGY efficiency was aired in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, stressing the importance of improvement. Obama said: “I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. “We’ll work with the states to do ...

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Urgent Need for New York Energy Efficiency
Urgent Need for New York Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 12th February 2013

ENERGY efficiency companies in the U.S. States of New York and Massachusetts have a huge business opportunity looming with the possible closure of a nuclear power station in 2015. Currently the debate is continuing as to whether the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York will power down. With that ...

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Energy Efficiency Summit for Pacific Islands
Energy Efficiency Summit for Pacific Islands

Monday 11th February 2013

THE New Zealand Government and the European Union are combining to hold the Pacific Energy Summit with the aim of progressing energy efficiency and renewable energy for Pacific Island Countries. The Summit will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, from 25-27 March, and will look to help Pacific countries and territories ...

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Energy Efficiency Key to Doubling U.S. Energy Production by 2030
Energy Efficiency Key to Doubling U.S. Energy Production by 2030

Friday 8th February 2013

A NEW report claims the U.S. can double energy productivity by 2030 through increasing energy efficiency investments, re-addressing energy saving tax credits and engaging state and local governments. U.S. Senator Mark Warner and National Grid U.S. President Tom King, introduced the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy report which calls ...

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Focus on Energy Efficiency more than Renewables
Focus on Energy Efficiency more than Renewables

Thursday 7th February 2013

ULSTER University, Northern Ireland, have submitted evidence to the policy makers that energy efficiency should take the focus rather than renewable energy. The evidence, gathered from a European Regional Development Fund project, was presented to an All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment’s (APPGBE) inquiry by a research ...

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Poland Takes EU Energy Efficiency Lead
Poland Takes EU Energy Efficiency Lead

Wednesday 6th February 2013

POLAND has been a passionate opposer of the European Union’s (EU) actions and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but seem to have made a complete U-turn according EurActiv. EU energy efficiency targets for 2030 have become an awkward subject amongst EU states with European Commissioners holding an ‘orientation meeting’ ahead ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Pennsylvania's Small Business
Energy Efficiency Funding for Pennsylvania's Small Business

Tuesday 5th February 2013

THE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded $239,809 in grants to help 32 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency projects. DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said: "Becoming energy-efficient can involve an initial up-front investment that will be proportionally higher for small businesses. The investment will pay for itself and ...

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The Greenest Superbowl
The Greenest Superbowl

Monday 4th February 2013

YESTERDAY'S Superbowl was all about power, it was hailed as the greenest ever but also suffered from a power outage for 34 minutes underlining the need for energy. The American football game is all about power, yes the power of players but also the electricity to power the lighting needed in venues ...

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NYSERDA Energy Efficiency Funding for College
NYSERDA Energy Efficiency Funding for College

Friday 1st February 2013

THE New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has been helping several state educational centers to improve their energy efficiency through their various funding programs. Yesterday NYSERDA announced that it has awarded D’Youville College in Buffalo $155,000 to support energy efficiency upgrades to its six-story, mixed-use academic facility. The ...

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