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Energy Efficiency Boost for 13 States
Energy Efficiency Boost for 13 States

Wednesday 27th November 2013

THE U.S. Energy Department yesterday awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors. The awards were all part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help reduce energy ...

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India's Steel Industry Energy Efficiency Boost
India's Steel Industry Energy Efficiency Boost

Tuesday 26th November 2013

THE Times of India reports that the countries steel industry is directing its efforts to expanding a project aimed at reducing energy consumption by small scale steel producers. The existing project, which started in 2004 and ends next month, has been deemed a great success, but only 34 small-scale steel plants ...

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Energy Saving Advice for SMEs
Energy Saving Advice for SMEs

Monday 25th November 2013

UK energy utility nPower have highlighted some simple steps that can be taken by SMEs to unlock potential savings on energy costs which all sizes of businesses could also benefit from. Here are some basic and sensible tips nPower offer for businesses looking to save on energy use. They cover ...

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Revolving Energy Efficiency Fund for University
Revolving Energy Efficiency Fund for University

Friday 22nd November 2013

OREGON’S Portland State University have launched a $500,000 Green Revolving Fund to reduce PSU’s greenhouse gas emissions, lower utility bills and advance the goals of the University’s Climate Action Plan. A committee of PSU staff and faculty will select projects that improve the condition of campus buildings and reduce their environmental ...

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Where Does Your Country Rank in Climate Battle?
Where Does Your Country Rank in Climate Battle?

Thursday 21st November 2013

THIS years Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) was released yesterday by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe at the UN climate talks in Warsaw. The results show emissions worldwide have climbed to a new peak and no single country is yet on track to prevent dangerous climate change. "Unexpectedly, for ...

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Energy Efficiency Boost for Cities
Energy Efficiency Boost for Cities

Wednesday 20th November 2013

THE World Bank has announced a $9 million initiative to help cities in developing countries improve energy efficiency for the benefit of the individual nation’s and the environment. The City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI) aims to get city decision makers to integrate energy efficiency into their strategic planning and operations; ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Bulgarian Businesses
Energy Efficiency Funding for Bulgarian Businesses

Tuesday 19th November 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a new loan of €15 million to Bulgarian bank Raiffeisenbank to strengthen its energy efficiency efforts. The loan comes under the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency for Competitive Industry Finance Facility (BEECIFF), which benefits from donor support provided under EU Structural Funds. The ...

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World Climate Summit Focuses on Energy Efficiency
World Climate Summit Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Monday 18th November 2013

YESTERDAY was the first of the two day World Climate Summit in Warsaw, Poland, and the focus was very much on energy efficiency and energy saving targets. The final discussion of the day was themed: ’Innovative approaches to energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources', raising a lot of interest. ...

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Economy Boost Through Energy Efficiency
Economy Boost Through Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th November 2013

THE State of Rhode Island has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, but a recent study shows how energy efficiency programs have delivered hundreds of jobs. The economic impact study shows that National Grid’s Rhode Island energy efficiency programs have led to the creation of 528 full time jobs ...

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Energy Efficiency Central to Tackling Emissions and Costs
Energy Efficiency Central to Tackling Emissions and Costs

Thursday 14th November 2013

THE International Energy Authority (IEA) yesterday released their 2013 World Energy Outlook, revealing that energy efficiency has to play a more central role in tackling emissions and rising energy bills. The report, released yesterday in London, presents a central scenario in which global energy demand rises by one-third in the period ...

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Energy Efficiency Boost for Rural States
Energy Efficiency Boost for Rural States

Monday 11th November 2013

UNITED States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday funding for 424 projects across the country to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install ...

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Energy Efficient US State Scorecard
Energy Efficient US State Scorecard

Friday 8th November 2013

THE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have released their seventh annual state scorecard, which ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts. Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states, including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia, taking major steps ...

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Call for EU to Act on Building Energy Efficiency
Call for EU to Act on Building Energy Efficiency

Thursday 7th November 2013

EUROPEAN Union member states need to be more ambitious and act quicker to implement plans for energy efficiency retrofits to buildings, claims activists and an international council. The Energy Efficiency Directive requires every EU country to establish a long-term strategy for mobilizing investment in the energy efficient renovation of their building ...

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Energy Efficiency Money for Georgia's MSEs
Energy Efficiency Money for Georgia's MSEs

Wednesday 6th November 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing $6 million to micro and small enterprises (MSE) in Georgia to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. The funds are being made available through Credo, Georgia’s largest non-bank microfinance institution with a strong presence in rural areas and an extensive coverage ...

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Plenty of Investment in UK Energy Sector
Plenty of Investment in UK Energy Sector

Tuesday 5th November 2013

IN the Olympic year, private sector investment in the UK energy sector rose to £11.6bn, equivalent to building 20 Olympic Stadiums, according to a report from EY for EnergyUK. The report - Powering the UK 2013 - which looks at the sector’s total economic, investment and employment contributions to the UK, ...

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Financial Energy Efficiency Boost for Balkans
Financial Energy Efficiency Boost for Balkans

Monday 4th November 2013

BALKAN states are receiving a €10 million energy efficiency boost thanks to the European Bank of Reconstructions and Development (EBRD). UniCredit Bank d.d. Mostar is joining the new Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Efficiency Facility II (WeBSEFF II) with the loan from the EBRD. The funds will be on-lent to private and ...

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Boost for Brazilian Energy Efficiency Measures
Boost for Brazilian Energy Efficiency Measures

Friday 1st November 2013

BRAZILIAN companies are receiving a boost to invest in energy efficiency measures from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). $1.6 million in guarantees has been issued under the Energy Efficiency Guarantee Mechanism, which is a credit tool which the IDB uses. They use their credit rating ...

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Egypt Needs to Recognize Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Egypt Needs to Recognize Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Thursday 31st October 2013

EGYPT is facing many problems but efforts toward a green economy could provide a tremendous boost for the country and the environment. Estimates predict around 700,000 jobs would be produced over the next 15 years from the energy efficiency and green industries. This offers hope to the multitude of citizens currently ...

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UK Business Leaders Warning Letter to Prime Minister
UK Business Leaders Warning Letter to Prime Minister

Wednesday 30th October 2013

LEADERS from 50 of the UK’s leading companies and institutions operating in the built environment are warning the Prime Minister not to scale back so called green levies on energy bills. In a letter to David Cameron coordinated by the UK Green Building Council, chief executives from a range of firms, ...

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ADB Funds Asian Business Energy Efficiency Expansion
ADB Funds Asian Business Energy Efficiency Expansion

Tuesday 29th October 2013

HOSPITALS, hotels, malls, and many other businesses in Southeast Asian countries are expected to adopt cost-effective, energy-saving solutions through energy efficiency projects funded by ADB (Asian Development Bank). ADB at the end of last week signed a multicurrency loan worth $20 million for energy efficiency projects. This innovative and flexible loan ...

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EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding Boost for Russian SMEs
EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding Boost for Russian SMEs

Monday 28th October 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending 1.7 billion Roubles to UniCredit Leasing Russia (UCLR) to finance new leases to energy efficiency projects. UniCredit Leasing Russia (UCLR) is one of the top leasing companies in Russia, and will target the loans at small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in ...

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Energy Efficiency Improvement Needed for Lithuania and EU
Energy Efficiency Improvement Needed for Lithuania and EU

Friday 25th October 2013

ENERGY efficiency improvements are vital for Lithuania to boost the countries economy and bring it in line with the European Union according to vice minister of energy Zydrune Juodkiene. Juodkiene stressed the importance of energy efficiency during the CONCERTO conference (the European Commission initiative within the European Research Framework Program), its ...

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UN Secretary General Calls for Commitments on Energy Efficiency
UN Secretary General Calls for Commitments on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 24th October 2013

UNITED Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon stated yesterday that the world is at a “tipping point,” and how it produces, distributes and uses energy will determine if sustainable development succeeds. Ban was highlighting that climate financing, in particular new public-private partnerships, increased investment and enhanced market development. “Promoting energy efficiency will realize massive ...

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EU Eastern Partnership Energy Efficiency Boost
EU Eastern Partnership Energy Efficiency Boost

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

ARMENIA, Georgia and Moldova have joined the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) to significantly boost their support for energy efficiency and the reduction of harmful emissions. During a pledging conference held Monday this week at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg, the international donor community raised ...

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EU Acknowledges Future Role of Energy Efficiency
EU Acknowledges Future Role of Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

THE draft European Parliament report on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, rightly acknowledges the future role of energy-efficiency policies in the 2030 climate and energy framework. The draft report produced jointly by the ENVI (environment, public health and food safety) and ITRE (industry, research and energy) committees, is ...

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