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Russia Amends Stalled Energy Efficiency Law
Russia Amends Stalled Energy Efficiency Law

Monday 1st October 2012

THE Moscow Times reports that the Russian Government  has approved amendments to legislation to try and move the country's stalled energy efficiency strategy. Amendments include more focus on energy efficiency in the industrial sector, and the enforcement of obligatory energy performance audits and mandatory energy efficiency measures. There will also be changes to the laws regulating ...

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Ireland Will Struggle to Reach EU Energy Efficiency Targets
Ireland Will Struggle to Reach EU Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 25th September 2012

90,000 Irish buildings will need to undergo significant energy upgrades every year through to 2020 if Ireland is to achieve its legal obligations under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. We reported on the Directive on these pages when it was adopted by the European Parliament earlier this month, which is expected ...

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Building Energy Efficiency Certifications for Pune
Building Energy Efficiency Certifications for Pune

Monday 24th September 2012

ALL new construction in the Indian city of Pune will need to pass an energy efficiency test to qualify for an 'energy efficiency certificate' before being granted a completion certificate. The directive from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has set the new ruling - with Shriniwas Kandul, civic head of the ...

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Energy Efficiency Programme for California Commercial Buildings
Energy Efficiency Programme for California Commercial Buildings

Thursday 20th September 2012

FOURTEEN California counties and 126 cities yesterday launched the U.S.'s largest PACE program, an innovative financing tool to help commercial property owners reduce their buildings' energy and water use. The CaliforniaFIRST program, which is a program of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, allows commercial property owners to use municipal bonds ...

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UK and China Collaborate on Energy
UK and China Collaborate on Energy

Wednesday 19th September 2012

UNPRECEDENTED collaboration between energy strategists from the UK and China culminating in a conference in Beijing this week, aimed at understanding how to tackle climate change and ensure energy security. China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) has been working with its British counterparts to adapt the UK Government’s ‘2050 Calculator’ to their ...

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Largest Corporations Act Over Energy Efficiency
Largest Corporations Act Over Energy Efficiency

Friday 14th September 2012

THE largest global corporations are already tackling potential future energy cost rises through top executive engagement and proactive energy strategies. These results come from a survey of US$1b-plus global companies, for the Ernst & Young Global Annual Cleantech Insights and Trends report released yesterday. The survey of 100 global company executives operating ...

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UK to Fight Europe on Energy Efficiency Tax Break
UK to Fight Europe on Energy Efficiency Tax Break

Tuesday 11th September 2012

THE BBC report that the UK government is to bang-heads with the EU over the blocs demand that they raise VAT on energy efficiency products from 5% to 20%. The UK’s reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 5% for energy efficiency products was taken by the government as a ...

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New Report Spotlights Pro Sports Sustainability Leaders
New Report Spotlights Pro Sports Sustainability Leaders

Monday 10th September 2012

PROFESSIONAL sports teams and venues in the U.S. have been championing green issues, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance. The new report reveals the collective impact the uniquely influential professional sports industry is having on advancing environmental protection in North ...

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EBRD Fund Energy Efficiency Solutions in Poland
EBRD Fund Energy Efficiency Solutions in Poland

Tuesday 4th September 2012

THE European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is promoting energy efficiency solutions in Poland with a €35 million, 8.5 year loan to papermakers Metsä Tissue Oyj. The funding will finance an investment programme which will be part of the operational restructuring and consolidation of Metsä Tissue’s Polish operations and follow-on ...

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Better Building Challenge Brings Savings
Better Building Challenge Brings Savings

Tuesday 28th August 2012

THE U.S. government’s Energy Department joined with three of the nation’s energy efficiency leaders to showcase three new commercial energy efficiency projects. Each of the projects are part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge and are delivering substantial energy and cost savings for the businesses. The challenge was launched by President ...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Philippine Government Buildings
Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Philippine Government Buildings

Monday 27th August 2012

AT least 12 government buildings in the Visayas area of the Philippines will be upgraded with energy efficiency lighting and technology through initiatives from the Department of Energy (DOE). The buildings the DOE reports that will be upgraded are four city government buildings; seven universities and a state-owned hospital. The energy efficiency ...

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China to Invest $372B to Save Energy and Pollution
China to Invest $372B to Save Energy and Pollution

Thursday 23rd August 2012

CHINA is planning to spend $372 billion on energy efficiency, energy conservation and anti-pollution measures over the next three and a half years. Reuters revealed that China's State Council said in a report that the investment would get the nation halfway towards its target of reducing energy intensity by 16 percent ...

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Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables
Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables

Wednesday 1st August 2012

AZERBAIJAN are preparing an energy efficiency and alternative energy programme according to Akim Badalov Director of State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources. Badalov revealed that the medium term action plan is being prepared for further publicity in November. He added that currently development work is being conducted and a ...

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Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget
Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget

Wednesday 25th July 2012

AUSTRALIA’S latest federal budget saw reaffirmation of support for renewable energy and energy efficiency and the benefits involved, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC). Kane Thornton, Acting Chief Executive of CEC said “In this budget, the Federal Government has recognised the importance of the programs that are in place to ...

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Australian Businesses Spend to Improve Energy Efficiency
Australian Businesses Spend to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 18th July 2012

A REPORT from the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) reveals that energy expenditure as a percentage of turnover increased 10 percent from 2008 to 2011 increasing demand for energy efficiency. Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said that the report, "Highlights the mounting pressure on business from rising energy prices. We ...

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Ireland Faces up to Challenge of Low-Carbon Economy
Ireland Faces up to Challenge of Low-Carbon Economy

Thursday 12th July 2012

DESPITE a severe economic downturn, Ireland has held to its ambitious energy targets to move itself towards a low-carbon economy through improving energy efficiency, renewables and demand side management. But the International Energy Authority (IEA) in a review of Irish energy policies has warned that to reach its goals and ...

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Tire Company Rewarded for Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Tire Company Rewarded for Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Wednesday 11th July 2012

THE Tennessee Valley Authority and the City of Tupelo in the U.S. presented close to $47,000 to the Cooper Tire company yesterday, all part of the TVA's Energy Right Solutions program. The money is an incentive for the company after they changed some of their lighting at the Tupelo plant for ...

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New Energy Efficiency Scheme to Start in India
New Energy Efficiency Scheme to Start in India

Wednesday 4th July 2012

THE Indian Power Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, inaugurated the ‘Perform, Achieve, Trade’ (PAT) scheme in New Delhi today. The PAT Mechanism is an important initiative under the Indian National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) programme, of the Government of India, under the eight national missions of NAPCC. It is a market ...

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A Major Step Towards a Clean Energy Future for Australia
A Major Step Towards a Clean Energy Future for Australia

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

AUSTRALIA claim they have taken a major step towards a greener future as major CO2 emitters are required to pay for what they emit under a new carbon pricing mechanism. Australia’s carbon price, which started July 1, means that in the year 2020, Australia’s carbon pollution will be at least 159 ...

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The Hidden Cost of Power
The Hidden Cost of Power

Friday 29th June 2012

A STUDY of UK households has revealed the amount of wasted energy from leaving appliances on standby - for the commercial and industiral sectors the losses must be greater. Computers, televisions and other electrical products plugged in but not in use or left on standby cost the UK up to £1.3 ...

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Rio+20 Focus on Future but Claims of Failure on Sustainability
Rio+20 Focus on Future but Claims of Failure on Sustainability

Wednesday 27th June 2012

THE Rio+20 Conference produced 100 commitments and actions for sustainable energy but environmental groups have still dubbed it a failure. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of the conference: “Sustainable Energy for All provides a powerful model for the future. This initiative is already mobilizing significant action ...

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"We need a green, clean revolution."

Wednesday 20th June 2012

THE Climate Group have launched The Clean Revolution Campaign at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, where world leaders shared their visions for a low carbon world with a thriving economy. The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to inspire and catalyze leadership for a low carbon future for ...

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Cities Need More Funding for Green Growth
Cities Need More Funding for Green Growth

Wednesday 13th June 2012

IN a new report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) 82% of cities identify the potential for economic growth as a result of climate change mitigation and adaptation. More than half the participating cities identify opportunities to create green jobs and new business initiatives. Despite the substantial prospects for green ...

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$50 Billion Sustainability Finance from Bank of America
$50 Billion Sustainability Finance from Bank of America

Tuesday 12th June 2012

THE Bank of America yesterday announced a new 10-year, $50 billion environmental business goal to help address climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon economic solutions. The Bank has also introduced significant new goals to reduce the environmental impact of its own operations. The new goal, effective from ...

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Bangladesh Businesses get Energy-Efficiency Financing
Bangladesh Businesses get Energy-Efficiency Financing

Monday 11th June 2012

EASTERN Bank Ltd. (EBL) in Bangladesh has developed the first Sustainable Energy Finance loan for the country to help companies implement energy-saving measures and boosting the competitiveness of private enterprises who take out such loans. Eastern Bank developed EBL Green Credit, with assistance from the South Asia Enterprise Development Facility, managed ...

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