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£350 Million Boost To Retrofit UK Commercial Buildings
£350 Million Boost To Retrofit UK Commercial Buildings

Monday 15th March 2010

Non-domestic buildings In the UK currently account for around 18% of the country’s emissions, with most of the buildings over 10 years old and unlikely to be compliant with current or future efficiency standards. Hence, the UK’s Carbon Trust is looking to raise £350 million for the refurbishment of commercial ...

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Venezuela Power Crisis Continues
Venezuela Power Crisis Continues

Monday 15th March 2010


Venezuela is undergoing its worst-ever power crisis, leading President Hugo Chavez to declare a national emergency. The worsening situation has lead the government to impose drastic rationing, and penalties for those who fail to cut energy consumption by 20 percent. 

The population of Caracas are having to do whatever they can to ...

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Energy Efficiency Means A Hot Bath & a Cold Beer
Energy Efficiency Means A Hot Bath & a Cold Beer

Friday 12th March 2010

"Nobody really wants to buy electricity, but they sure want a hot bath and cold beer. "Efficiency is about wasting less to make sure that you have the hot bath and the cold beer." These words were spoken by Harvey Sachs, of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, during CERAWeek in ...

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Report Claims Financial Blindness to Industrial Energy Saving Benefits
Report Claims Financial Blindness to Industrial Energy Saving Benefits

Monday 8th March 2010

Claims that even small greenhouse gas targets will hurt industry have been undermined by an Australian government report that revealed basic efficiency improvements would cut nationwide emissions and save businesses more than $700 million. An assessment of 199 large energy users found improving efficiency could stop at least 6.4 million tonnes ...

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China Faces Energy Dilemma
China Faces Energy Dilemma

Thursday 4th March 2010

Like many countries in the developing world, China faces a series of fundamental dilemmas related to energy and electricity use. Growing consumption of energy and services not only bolsters the Chinese economy, but also exposes it to volatile prices and potential disruptions in supply. Providing electricity to rural villages alleviates energy ...

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Local Authority Looks to Save Energy
Local Authority Looks to Save Energy

Thursday 4th March 2010

Municipalities are big energy users - they run all sorts of energy hungry facilities and services, from street and public lighting through to large leisure centres. Due to this diversity of energy use local authorities need to become more energy efficient to meet emission targets and reduce costs to local tax ...

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Health Trust Launches Energy Saving Campaign
Health Trust Launches Energy Saving Campaign

Wednesday 3rd March 2010

A National Health Service (NHS) Trust in Coventry in the East Midlands of the UK have launched an energy saving campaign. The Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust – which runs the areas mental health services, is aiming to cut its carbon emissions by 10 per cent enabling it to meet ...

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Hong kong Study Will Look To Energy Efficiency For Emission Reductions
Hong kong Study Will Look To Energy Efficiency For Emission Reductions

Wednesday 3rd March 2010

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau revealed that the HK Government is carrying out a climate change consultancy study. The study will assess the likely impact of climate change on Hong Kong, outlining options to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly through energy efficiency, and adapt to climate change. Yau ...

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American Report Highlights Energy Efficiency for a Quick Result
American Report Highlights Energy Efficiency for a Quick Result

Tuesday 2nd March 2010

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy expects there to be a $250 billion market for efficiency upgrades in the commercial and industrial sector over the next decade. A founding father of energy efficiency policy in the U.S., Art Rosenfeld, is a CalCEF (California Clean Energy Fund) board member and ...

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Governments Struggle with Energy Saving Plans
Governments Struggle with Energy Saving Plans

Tuesday 2nd March 2010

Governments should be in the best position to drive through with energy saving and carbon reductions, but their best laid plans do not always work (no surprise there). China and Venezuela have both seen reversals, though the latter was a little ambitious.

 News just released reveals that China's total energy consumption surged ...

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Carbon Reduction Commitment To Save £1 Billion Annually
Carbon Reduction Commitment To Save £1 Billion Annually

Monday 1st March 2010

“There’s just one month to go until the start of the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) which will see large public and private sector organisations cutting emissions as well as saving money on fuel bills.  This is a real opportunity for business and industry to take a leadership role in tackling ...

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South Korean Hospital Has Poor Energy Efficiency
South Korean Hospital Has Poor Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 24th February 2010

The Korea Times reports that one of the country’s largest hospitals is not very energy efficient and appears to need educating regarding energy saving solutions. As far as energy is concerned, Samsung Medical Center uses the most among the nation's 10 major hospitals, which are mainly situated in Seoul and the ...

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Office Depot Delighted With Savings Through Energy Efficiency
Office Depot Delighted With Savings Through Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 23rd February 2010

An office supply and services company with branches worldwide, Office Depot, recently unveiled a prototype energy efficient store in Austin, Texas, that has proved energy efficiency measures will save money and reduce carbon emissions. Overall, the Austin store is 15 percent more energy efficient (per square foot) than the other Office ...

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UK's CRC Scheme To Save Businesses Emissions and Money
UK's CRC Scheme To Save Businesses Emissions and Money

Tuesday 23rd February 2010

The UK’s Environment Agency (EA) is urging firms to find out their responsibilities under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). The CRC is the successor to the Carbon Reduction Agreement and the EA said the scheme could reduce carbon emissions in the UK by 11.6m tonnes by 2020. Tony Grayling, ...

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Asia Looking for Energy Efficiency Investment
Asia Looking for Energy Efficiency Investment

Wednesday 17th February 2010

Asia's aggressive emission targets and legislation around carbon and power use are expected to drive demand for energy efficiency products and services, creating lucrative opportunities for investors in the sector. Although the climate talks at Copenhagen and commitments from around the region to slash emissions did not reach all the aims ...

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Israel Wish To Learn Energy Efficiency From U.S.
Israel Wish To Learn Energy Efficiency From U.S.

Sunday 14th February 2010

Energy efficiency is doing more to power the economy in the US than any other fuel mainstay, says Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan. Callahan is visiting Israel for the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference as a guest of the Israel Energy Forum. When policymakers look at the basket of renewable energies ...

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Indian Prime Minister Announces Energy Efficiency Policy
Indian Prime Minister Announces Energy Efficiency Policy

Monday 8th February 2010

The Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said on Friday that India will spare no efforts to contribute to the success of the post-Copenhagen process when he announced the launch of a National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, which is aimed at cutting carbon emissions by 99 million tonnes. Inaugurating an ...

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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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