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Emission Submissions
Emission Submissions

Wednesday 3rd February 2010

The Copenhagen Summit in December last year has implications for all interested in energy saving, as it will be the driver of much legislation and incentives for action to be taken by all to manage their energy use. January 31st was the deadline for nations to submit their emission reduction plans ...

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Rising Energy Costs Cancel Out Climate Change Denials
Rising Energy Costs Cancel Out Climate Change Denials

Monday 1st February 2010

A poll conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of an energy saving advice body found that up to 49 percent of firms surveyed were concerned about rocketing energy prices. Energy-intensive businesses such as construction (55 percent) and hospitality (52 percent) were most worried. Often environmental concerns are secondary for commerce and ...

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California Adopts New Green Building Code
California Adopts New Green Building Code

Sunday 31st January 2010

The US' first state-wide mandatory green building code was adopted earlier this month by the state of California, as announced by its Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This code, called the Green Building Standards Code - or CALGREEN - will come into force in January 2011. It will ensure that all of the ...

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Countries Worldwide Adhere To The Copenhagen Accord
Countries Worldwide Adhere To The Copenhagen Accord

Friday 29th January 2010

The European Union and the United States have made their adherence to the Copenhagen Accord formal this week, as the end of January deadline approches. The US aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. This target only represents a 4% reduction on 1990 levels, ...

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US Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards
US Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards

Friday 22nd January 2010

US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, confirmed yesterday that his department has issued new energy efficiency standards, in response to the US President, Barack Obama's request at the beginning of the year. This initiative follows Europe’s lead in setting stringent energy efficiency targets for manufacturers, aiming to reduce the EU's CO2 emissions ...

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EU Targets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction
EU Targets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction

Friday 22nd January 2010

A recent draft European Union letter has shown that the EU intends to stick to the offer made during the UN talks last month to cut CO2 emissions to one fifth below 1990 levels over the next 10 years. The letter, intended for top UN Climate Official Yvo de Boer, states: ...

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French Carbon Tax Law To Be In Place By July 2010
French Carbon Tax Law To Be In Place By July 2010

Thursday 21st January 2010

The French high court recently rejected President Sarkozy's law on carbon tax, a few days before it was meant to come into force, claiming it contained too many exemptions which unjustly placed the burden on a minority of consumers. This came as an embarrassment for the French leader, who had fiercely ...

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US Senate More Likely To Pass Energy Bill Than Climate Change Legislation
US Senate More Likely To Pass Energy Bill Than Climate Change Legislation

Wednesday 20th January 2010

The US Senate is more likely to focus on a bi-partisan energy bill than to pass climate change legislation this year, after having gone through the contentious health care debate, according to a Democratic senator earlier this week. As part of an energy bill, energy efficiency technology could be placed as ...

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New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans
New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans

Wednesday 20th January 2010

Plans for a smart grid demonstration in the Syracuse area of upstate New York have been unveiled by the National Grid, and is aimed at informing future development of a smart grid on a wider scale. 39,400 homes and businesses will receive smart meters to provide precise information about energy usage, ...

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Canada Invests $146 Million In Clean Energy
Canada Invests $146 Million In Clean Energy

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Over the next 5 years, the Canadian government plans to inject up to $146 million in 19 clean energy projects, including energy use in buildings, community heat generation, renewables and energy storage. The projects are being supported by the $1 billion Clean Energy Fund, which is part of the Government of ...

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E.ON And MASDAR Set Example To Reduce Carbon Footprint
E.ON And MASDAR Set Example To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Tuesday 19th January 2010

The German outfit E.ON and the United Arab Emirates' Masdar have joined forces to develop projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company's new name is E.ON Masdar Integrated Carbon (EMIC) and its goal is to develop and fund emission reducing projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, focusing ...

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EU Want To Make
EU Want To Make "Rapid" Moves Towards CO2 Cuts

Monday 18th January 2010

Europe's leading environment ministers are on the verge of making 'rapid and efficient' moves towards reducing CO2 emissions. At a recent  meeting held in Spain, as the Spanish president is the EU's current president, discussions took place regarding climate change and how to reach targets, following the disappointing outcome of the ...

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Malaysia Switches To Energy Efficiency
Malaysia Switches To Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th January 2010

Malaysia is soon going to experience a considerable rise in energy prices, and industry and businesses are searching for energy saving solutions in order to counter the possibility of  sharpley rising overheads. Although Malaysia’s energy prices are currently among the lowest in the region (after Vietnam and Indonesia), a price review ...

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EU Agree To Aim For 30% CO2 Cut By End Of 2010
EU Agree To Aim For 30% CO2 Cut By End Of 2010

Friday 15th January 2010

A climate change policy officer, at the European Commission, last week announced that the European Union will hopefully be able to succeed in its commitment to reach a 30% reduction of carbon emissions (presently sitting at 20%) by the next U.N. climate conference in Mexico at the end of the ...

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India's Energy Credit Trading Plan To Curb Climate Change
India's Energy Credit Trading Plan To Curb Climate Change

Thursday 14th January 2010

Seeking to curb greenhouse gas emissions, India - the world’s 4th-largest polluter - plans to start a market to trade energy saving credits that may reach 740 billion rupees ($16 billion) in 5 years. The Director General of The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ajay Mathur, explains: "Businesses that exceed energy efficiency ...

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Brecon Beacons Win Energy Saving Grant
Brecon Beacons Win Energy Saving Grant

Thursday 14th January 2010

A £1m prize has been won by a community group in the Brecon Beacons for measures to tackle climate change. The Green Valleys Project, 'Technology and the Arts Big Challenge', based in the Brecon Beacons, has cut CO2 emissions in the National Park by up to 33% in 2009 and has ...

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UK Carbon Reduction Meaningless
UK Carbon Reduction Meaningless

Wednesday 13th January 2010

The UK's efforts to tackle climate change could be 'rendered meaningless', if world leaders fail to reverse the growth in global emissions by 2020, MPs on the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee warn. Nevertheless, the Committee's new report on Carbon budgets calls on the Government to redouble its efforts to cut emissions ...

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Energy Efficiency Aim Due To Price Hikes
Energy Efficiency Aim Due To Price Hikes

Tuesday 12th January 2010

Many countries face serious energy price increases over the next few years, but this threat is helping to focus business leaders minds on becoming more energy efficient to protect their profitability. Reportedly one of the latest nations to worry over increasing energy prices is Malaysia, this has led commerce and industry there ...

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Germany Encourages Green Focus
Germany Encourages Green Focus

Monday 11th January 2010

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, made comments on Monday, at an environmental event on biodiversity, about her concerns in regards to climate change: "The fight against climate change and securing biodiversity is crucial to preventing costly environmental damage". Mrs Merkel's words come after the result of the UN-sponsored climate conference in December ...

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London New Builds Achieve 33% Carbon Cuts
London New Builds Achieve 33% Carbon Cuts

Thursday 7th January 2010

A London South Bank University report reveals that new developments in London are cutting their carbon emissions by 33%. The capital’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, is committed to achieving a 60% cut in emissions by 2025 and has focused efforts on the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for 71% of emissions ...

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UK Cold Snap Not Disproving Global Warming Reality
UK Cold Snap Not Disproving Global Warming Reality

Thursday 7th January 2010

As the UK currently suffers an unusual cold snap, questions are being raised concerning the validity of the global warming theory, according to Stephen Dorling, of the University of East Anglia's school of environmental sciences, However, Mr. Dorling insists the cold weather should not be considered a proof that global warming ...

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France Rejects Sarkozy's  Carbon Tax Proposal
France Rejects Sarkozy's Carbon Tax Proposal

Wednesday 6th January 2010

When he proposed his carbon tax scheme, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expected to earn the position of head of the worldwide climate change battle. However,  in France the council rejected the carbon tax proposal, which allowed for too many tax exemptions for the country's major polluters. Indeed, the scheme enabled about 93% ...

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US City Funding Initiative For Energy Efficient Implementations
US City Funding Initiative For Energy Efficient Implementations

Wednesday 6th January 2010

A $950,000 federal grant was given to the US city of Macon, to upgrade the roof of City Hall, replace the heating and cooling systems at the City Auditorium, and implement all other necessary changes aimed at energy saving. Thomas Brandner, Council Member of the Energy Saving Association (ESA), responds to ...

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Public Sector A Bad Student In Climate Change Class
Public Sector A Bad Student In Climate Change Class

Tuesday 5th January 2010

The UK's public sector buildings are emitting 27% more CO2 than previously estimated, which is costing the country a staggering £4 billion per annum in energy bills. The situation calls for the initiation of a major refurbishment program, as the UK has targeted a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from '99 ...

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Oz Heats Up With Temp Records For Last Decade
Oz Heats Up With Temp Records For Last Decade

Tuesday 5th January 2010

Australia has been experiencing its hottest temperatures on record over the past 10 years, from 2000 to 2009, with an average temperature rise of 0.48 degrees Celsius above the 61-90 degree average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. This phenomenon will continue and even increase, and 2010 temperatures are expected to ...

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