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Energy Efficiency Challenge for North China Buildings
Energy Efficiency Challenge for North China Buildings

Wednesday 22nd December 2010

MORE than half the buildings constructed in northern China in 2009 failed to meet China's energy-saving standards, stated an inspection report released this week. China's top legislature conducted an inspection discovering over 2 billion square meters of space in old buildings in northern China in need energy saving upgrades. "Concerning the ...

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Emissions Reduction from Energy Saving for Taiwan
Emissions Reduction from Energy Saving for Taiwan

Friday 17th December 2010

TAIWAN’S government’s commitment to saving energy and reducing emissions has reduced CO2 releases by 5.14 million metric tons so far of this year, revealed Premier Wu Den-yih yesterday. Wu said the figure, for the first three quarters of the year, represents a 4-percent fall in energy intensity, the largest reduction over ...

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European Energy Efficiency Action Plan Approved
European Energy Efficiency Action Plan Approved

Thursday 16th December 2010

ENERGY Efficient buildings should be a key priority of the forthcoming revised Energy Efficiency Action Plan, say European Parliament Members (MEPs) in a resolution passed on Wednesday. Proper implementation of existing legislation and public sector example-setting were among other proposals listed in the resolution. MEPs also voted for a binding ...

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Businesses Missing out on Huge Energy Efficiency Savings
Businesses Missing out on Huge Energy Efficiency Savings

Tuesday 14th December 2010

UK BUSINESSES waste up to £1.6 billion ($2.53 billion) annually and undervalue the financial returns gained from investing in energy efficiency leading to reduced energy costs. A report released yesterday by Carbon Trust Advisory, the business arm of the UK government sponsored Carbon Trust, revealed the findings of their study of ...

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Back from the Bolivian Brink at Cancun
Back from the Bolivian Brink at Cancun

Monday 13th December 2010

"THIS is an new era of international cooperation in climate change," so claimed Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa after hours of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Summit. It was 5.30am Saturday morning as Espinosa held a press conference, her tough stance had bit by bit dismissed the only ...

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Poor Energy Efficiency of Public Sector Buildings
Poor Energy Efficiency of Public Sector Buildings

Friday 10th December 2010

OVER 70 percent of Scotland’s public sector buildings have a poor energy efficiency rating according to a report by Audit Scotland. The report also revealed there had been little change in the energy used in the Scottish public sector between 2006/07 and 2008/09, yet the energy costs increased by over 20 ...

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Cancun Commitment from Regional and State Governments
Cancun Commitment from Regional and State Governments

Thursday 9th December 2010

THE UN climate change talks in Cancún face an uncertain outcome but an offshoot meeting of over 60 states and regional officials is reporting on real action amongst smaller governmental agencies. The Alliance of state and regional governments met last year at the equivalent UN conference in Copenhagen with its members ...

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Jamaican Government must set Energy Efficiency Lead
Jamaican Government must set Energy Efficiency Lead

Wednesday 8th December 2010

JAMAICAN Prime Minister Bruce Golding said that the public sector must set the example and lead the way in energy efficiency. The Prime Minister added that Jamaica faces severe energy challenges, far beyond most other countries as the island nation depends almost entirely on imported oil for energy. He revealed that ...

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Construction Industry face huge low Carbon Challenge
Construction Industry face huge low Carbon Challenge

Tuesday 7th December 2010

THE UK construction industry faces the largest change since Victorian times if it is to meet the low carbon agenda, according to an industry report published today. The Innovation and Growth Team (IGT), which is drawn from the construction industry, was tasked by the UK government to consider how the construction ...

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Billions Saved from Global Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting
Billions Saved from Global Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting

Friday 3rd December 2010

DURING the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, this week, the importance of energy efficient lighting to reduce energy demand, emissions and energy costs has been stressed. Using dramatic predictions on the savings to be made in various countries the point was made for businesses and governments to start saving ...

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Energy Efficiency means Bigger Profits
Energy Efficiency means Bigger Profits

Tuesday 30th November 2010

ENERGY efficiency will help Vietnamese firms become more profitable, experts revealed to business owners at a workshop. The Director of the Promotion of Energy Conservation in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (PECSME) project, Nguyen Dinh Hau, said that over the last five years it has been able to save 180,000 TOE ...

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£1 Billion Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Public Sector
£1 Billion Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Public Sector

Friday 26th November 2010

THE UK’s Carbon Trust have revealed that the country’s public sector could save £1 billion and shed 46 million tonnes of CO2 a year by improving energy efficiency. The Carbon Trust, a UK government-backed advisory body, have determined several "immediate opportunities" for public organisations to save energy and reduce emissions including, ...

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Save Energy, Costs and Emissions by Closing that Door
Save Energy, Costs and Emissions by Closing that Door

Wednesday 24th November 2010

NEW research proves that closing shop doors in winter saves up to 50% in energy usage and carbon emissions. Often shops and stores leave their main doors open to attract custom, but this open door policy is not environmentally friendly let alone costly. New research from Cambridge University in the UK proves ...

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EU Must Triple Emission Reduction Efforts
EU Must Triple Emission Reduction Efforts

Wednesday 24th November 2010

EUROPES leading role in climate change is being slowed by a lack of action and policy implementation, so report the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) International and analysts Ecofys in a report released today. A new tracking tool launched today reveals that only a third of the necessary action needed ...

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China's Latest Five-Year Plan
China's Latest Five-Year Plan

Tuesday 23rd November 2010

CHINA have revealed details of their latest five-year plan, 2011 to 2015, which will include targets to curb carbon emissions and energy use, according to Xinhua. In a statement released after Friday's Chinese national leadership team meeting on combating climate change, the government announced that it will include targets to curb ...

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Call for Enforcement of Energy Conservation Law
Call for Enforcement of Energy Conservation Law

Friday 19th November 2010

A SENIOR Chinese legislator has stressed that their Energy Conservation Law must be strictly enforced as the country seeks to build an energy-saving and environmental-friendly society. Chen Zhili, vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, made the comments after she headed a team of ...

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CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Consultation
CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Consultation

Thursday 18th November 2010

UK ORGANISATIONS in both the private and public sector gave a cautious welcome to governmental proposals to simplify the UK’s energy efficiency Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme. Many companies and organisations are still feeling stunned by the UK government's shock decision to retain any revenue it raises through the CRC, rather ...

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Energy Efficiency Programme for Pakistan's Industry
Energy Efficiency Programme for Pakistan's Industry

Wednesday 17th November 2010

PAKISTAN is suffering from the worst ever energy crisis that is adversely affecting almost all sectors of the economy, particularly the industrial sector. The problem has been getting progressively worse throughout the year, with these pages reporting earlier how Pakistan’s government has been enforcing earlier closing times for offices and factories ...

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Potential 30-50 Percent Energy Savings for China
Potential 30-50 Percent Energy Savings for China

Wednesday 17th November 2010

OFFICIAL news sources in China have revealed that the country has the potential to save 30 to 50 percent energy during the next 10 years. The financial savings and environmental impact would be substantial and also help the country to stay within its target for energy intensity set for the next ...

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Increasing Risks for Business from Energy Use
Increasing Risks for Business from Energy Use

Tuesday 16th November 2010

BUSINESS face increasing financial, legislative and reputational risks associated with energy use, so warns a new white paper commissioned by utility giant npower from the London School of Economics (LSE). Organisations need to put in place effective plans now to reduce their exposure to future risks, this is the key finding ...

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Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon to Benefit SMEs
Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon to Benefit SMEs

Monday 15th November 2010

THE CONFEDERATION of British Industry (CBI) is urging small to medium-sized businesses to act on green opportunities in their businesses through energy efficiency and low carbon products. The CBI and Lloyds Banking Group, issued a joint statement today calling for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their energy efficiency and ...

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EPA Push Energy Efficiency to Cut Emissions
EPA Push Energy Efficiency to Cut Emissions

Friday 12th November 2010

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have stated that energy efficiency is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to protect the environment. The EPA has advised U.S. State agencies to turn to the best available control technology (BACT) to find cost-effective ways to cut emissions under the ...

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London's Lights Left On
London's Lights Left On

Friday 12th November 2010

THE LONDON Assembly’s Environment Committee is starting an investigation into why lights are left on in London’s workplaces and shops and what can be done about it. Leaving lights on in empty or near empty buildings all through the night has an environmental and financial impact raising the question as to why ...

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Sustainability Addressed in Australian Fiscal Report
Sustainability Addressed in Australian Fiscal Report

Wednesday 10th November 2010

CLIMATE change is a major issue for Australia, so claim their recently elected government and they say they are determined to respond swiftly to move towards a low pollution, energy efficient future. Today saw the release of Australia’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, promising action on sustainability. The Fiscal Outlook has been ...

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Diesel Shortage due to China's Energy Efficiency Measures
Diesel Shortage due to China's Energy Efficiency Measures

Monday 8th November 2010

POWER outages imposed on factories by authorities in China to meet their energy efficiency targets have led to diesel shortages in several cities as plants are forced to use generators. The China Daily reported that more than 2,000 privately owned petrol stations in southern China have shut down due to a ...

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