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Estonia Funds Energy Efficiency Projects by selling Emission Credits
Estonia Funds Energy Efficiency Projects by selling Emission Credits

Thursday 17th February 2011

IF YOU sell your emission credits what would you spend the proceeds on? Wisdom dictates energy efficiency, which is what Estonia is doing, releasing more emissions credits for future sale. The Estonian government sanctioned today the selling 500,000 United Nations emission credits, Assigned Amount Units (AUU), that they do not need ...

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Causing Extreme Rainfall
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Causing Extreme Rainfall

Thursday 17th February 2011

IN 2000 floods wreaked havoc across Britain and a new report states they were made more likely by global warming, the first study to link UK flooding to climate change. The scientists behind the report point the finger at greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the cause for extreme rainfall becoming evermore ...

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EU Looking for 25 Percent Energy Cut
EU Looking for 25 Percent Energy Cut

Wednesday 16th February 2011

A 25 PERCENT reduction in harmful emissions by 2020 is achievable according to a draft copy of the EU's 'roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050.' The long-awaited document, due to be published next week, has been seen in draft form by EurActiv and provides a twist to the ...

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States Embrace Energy Efficiency
States Embrace Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 16th February 2011

ENERGY efficiency programmes offer relatively inexpensive, easy fixes resulting in reduced costs and emissions leading to many States across the U.S. grabbing what has been labelled "low-hanging fruit". Many American states appreciate the need for energy efficiency and are pushing ahead, full-steam, with energy-savings targets. Together, these states will help the ...

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'Zone Of Uncertainty' ahead for Energy - Shell
'Zone Of Uncertainty' ahead for Energy - Shell

Monday 14th February 2011

ROYAL DUTCH Shell today published Signals and Signposts - a report into future energy scenarios, following closely on the heels of Exxon’s and BP’s recent reports on the future of energy use. Signals and Signposts offers a deep understanding of global developments and the world's energy supply, use and needs. They ...

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Higher Demand for Energy Efficient Offices
Higher Demand for Energy Efficient Offices

Thursday 10th February 2011

INCREASINGLY commercial tenants are demanding office buildings that are energy efficient according to research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute. The research involved the views of 600 real estate experts, revealing that sustainability will be more marketable this year as inefficient office buildings are becoming far less popular. The report ...

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A Bright Outlook for Energy Efficiency - Businessweek
A Bright Outlook for Energy Efficiency - Businessweek

Tuesday 8th February 2011

WHEN it comes to green investing and profiting from efforts to curb carbon emissions, stocks of companies that focus on energy efficiency offer better prospects than wind and solar power. This is the conclusion of an article from Businessweek, where they quote Nino Tronchetti Provera, of Milan's Ambienta SGR: "Clean ...

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South Korea to have Flexible Carbon Trading
South Korea to have Flexible Carbon Trading

Monday 7th February 2011

SOUTH KOREAN President Lee Myung-bak said today that his government will introduce a carbon emissions trading system with flexibility, taking impact on businesses into account, Yonhap news agency reported. "The government is planning to introduce the emissions trading scheme at an opportune time after thoroughly sounding out the opinions of industries," ...

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Banks Needed to Support Europe's Low-Carbon Economy
Banks Needed to Support Europe's Low-Carbon Economy

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

WITH EUROPE suffering with high levels of public sector debt the banking sector will be needed to support Europe’s €2.9 trillion transition to a low-carbon economy. These are the findings of a new report, Carbon Capital, released today from Accenture and Barclays which gauges that the cost of developing, acquiring and ...

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"Game Changer" for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 1st February 2011

THE UK government's Green Deal will increase the scale and pace of improved energy efficiency, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker told the Retrofit Salford 2011 conference. Barker added that the Green Deal is set to be a "fundamental game changer" explaining: "The coalition (UK government) is absolutely committed to this task. ...

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China Needs More Stimulus for Energy Efficiency Gains
China Needs More Stimulus for Energy Efficiency Gains

Friday 28th January 2011

ECONOMIC development plans in China need to promote a low carbon economy even further, so says a new WWF report assessing the climate and energy impacts of China’s stimulus package. The study found that China’s stimulus package (approximately $586 billion) has been successful in boosting economic growth mainly through investments in ...

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Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria
Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria

Thursday 27th January 2011

SYRIA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) yesterday announced they have teamed up to produce an energy efficiency building code document for the middle east country. The project aims at reducing CO2 emission in buildings through the new code, which will focus on a buildings performance, including efficiency standards for ...

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables Advances in Rural U.S.
Energy Efficiency & Renewables Advances in Rural U.S.

Wednesday 26th January 2011

US DEPARTMENT of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday revealed on his White House Blog the advances made in agriculture and rural areas in energy efficiency and renewables. He posted: At President Obama’s direction, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working hard to unleash the power of America’s innovators and entrepreneurs to ...

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Future Energy Predictions
Future Energy Predictions

Monday 24th January 2011

ACCORDING to a study by oil giant BP, energy consumption in developed countries in 2030 will be only slightly higher than today, while consumption in emerging markets will double. The BP Energy Outlook 2030 provides their projections for future energy trends, estimating that world primary energy consumption grew by 45 percent ...

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ExxonMobil Predict Gloomy Future on CO2 Emissions
ExxonMobil Predict Gloomy Future on CO2 Emissions

Friday 21st January 2011

THE WORLD’S largest oil company, ExxonMobil, predicts global CO2 emissions to rise by nearly 25 percent in the next 20 years, according to the company's annual Outlook for Energy report. The report, due to be published in the next few weeks, makes the startling claim which in effect, states the UK’s ...

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EU Set for Crunch Energy Summit
EU Set for Crunch Energy Summit

Thursday 20th January 2011

Europe's lagging energy efficiency standards are emerging as a key issue ahead of a February meeting of European Union (EU) heads of state, EurActiv report. Apparently several German ministries are discussing the country's positioning on energy efficiency standards ahead of the summit, including the Ministries of Environment, Energy, Finance and Foreign ...

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China Considers Regional Emission Targets
China Considers Regional Emission Targets

Tuesday 18th January 2011

IN AN EFFORT to reach its carbon intensity reduction goal China is considering imposing regional emissions targets, according to a report from Reuters. The Chinese government aims to reduce its carbon intensity, the amount of CO2 produced per unit of gross domestic product, by 40-45 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. In ...

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Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost
Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost

Tuesday 18th January 2011

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum is designed for the mitigation of climate change, one of the key priorities of the JICA in its ...

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Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Monday 17th January 2011

A SCHEME aimed at cutting Nigeria’s carbon footprint through reducing energy use and implementing renewable energy sources has received the backing of the central government. The scheme entitled the Nigeria Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEAP), it will be promoted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment. Despite these efforts it ...

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Chinese City Freezes for Energy Saving Target
Chinese City Freezes for Energy Saving Target

Thursday 13th January 2011

ALMOST 20,000 people were left in the cold when the central heating in Linzhou City, central China's Henan Province, was suspended last week, allegedly to save energy. Despite restoration of much of the heating, the city’s population may have to endure freezing weather for the rest of this winter after part ...

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India to Set Industrial Energy Efficiency Targets
India to Set Industrial Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 11th January 2011

INDIA will release energy efficiency targets for the first time covering industrial sectors in an effort to save 10 million tonnes of energy by 2013-14. The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has prepared energy efficiency targets for 580 industrial units in eight industrial sectors - thermal power stations, steel, fertiliser, ...

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Scottish Universities Face £20 Million Carbon Bill
Scottish Universities Face £20 Million Carbon Bill

Friday 7th January 2011

SCOTTISH universities, currently facing major financial cuts, have been rocked by research that estimates that they face a new tax to cut carbon emissions of up to £20 million. The UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is to apply the tax to higher education institutions across Scotland between 2012 ...

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Middle East Experiences Largest Rises in Energy Consumption
Middle East Experiences Largest Rises in Energy Consumption

Monday 3rd January 2011

ENERGY consumption in China and the United States is growing quickly, but no region has experienced a greater boom in demand recently than the Middle East. A GE report compared figures from 2007, the most recent year for which data are available through the International Energy Agency and the World Bank, ...

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Energy Efficiency Binding Target Adopted
Energy Efficiency Binding Target Adopted

Thursday 23rd December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Parliament adopted a binding agreement calling for a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. The policy is to be implemented across all economic sectors. Meeting the target will save the European Union (EU) as a whole €100 billion, reducing emissions by almost 800 million tons a year. The European Parliament approved ...

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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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