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Energy Efficient Buildings for South Africa
Energy Efficient Buildings for South Africa

Wednesday 11th January 2012

IN most countries buildings use at least 40 percent of the nations energy - meaning that improving the energy efficiency of the country’s energy stock is vital for the environment and the economy. In South Africa, which is also battling a shortfall in energy capacity, tackling the energy efficiency of buildings ...

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New York City's Great Green Buildings
New York City's Great Green Buildings

Tuesday 10th January 2012

NEW York City was awarded the World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Award in “Industry Transformation”, as reported this week, for their “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan” on building energy efficiency The “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan” programme concentrates on the City’s larger buildings which produce 45 percent of the City’s CO2 emissions, ...

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World Green Building Awards
World Green Building Awards

Monday 9th January 2012

THE World Green Building Council, has announced the winning cities in its WorldGBC Government Leadership Awards for Excellence in City Policy for Green Building. The Leadership awards, created in partnership with ICLEI-International and UN-HABITAT, announced the following winners for the varied categories: Best Green Building Policy: San Francisco, USA, for the San Francisco Green Building ...

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Energy Efficiency Investments Numero Uno
Energy Efficiency Investments Numero Uno

Wednesday 4th January 2012

EACH new year many predictions are made - here is an interesting one for 2012 claiming that the number one return on investment will be energy efficiency, and why. Website triplepundit.com reckons that 2012 will be the milestone year with the US economy demonstrating sustained economic growth through the adoption of ...

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Future Energy Ideas
Future Energy Ideas

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

IBM was long known as a forward looking company, and despite a huge shift in the technology universe they are again influential and also study what the future will bring through technology. Last month they made five predictions of things that may be developed over the next five years, that could ...

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Makati City Leads by Energy Efficiency Example
Makati City Leads by Energy Efficiency Example

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

MAKATI City was built on the old Manila airport to become the financial hub of the Philippines today, and is a fine example of an energy-efficient environment. The city has been called the Southeast Asia’s First Energy-Efficient City by Greenpeace because of its programmes for reducing its carbon footprint through improving ...

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Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to UK Economy
Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to UK Economy

Friday 30th December 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne today revealed more evidence of the economic benefits of renewable energy and reaffirmed the UK coalition government’s commitment to meeting EU renewable energy targets. This came as the UK published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. Latest ...

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Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 29th December 2011

VIET NAM’S businesses were told the importance of improving energy efficiency to save energy, the environment and to maintain economic development at a forum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. "This forum will discuss initiatives and plans to develop green businesses, a friendly environment, energy-savings, and carbon-emissions reductions," said Professor Nguyen ...

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Spanish Companies Combine to Improve Energy Efficiency
Spanish Companies Combine to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 28th December 2011

COLLABORATION between nine companies in Spain has set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions to the tune of one million tonnes between them all through improving energy efficiency. Spearheaded by utility company Endesa, the other companies forming the Energy Efficiency Platform come from different business sectors, and include: Cemex, CEPSA, Meliá ...

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$29M Savings Through Energy Efficiency for Long Beach Schools
$29M Savings Through Energy Efficiency for Long Beach Schools

Friday 23rd December 2011

LONG Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), California, have been officially recognised for their energy efficiency improvements, as well as benefitting with substantial financial savings worth $29 million. The school district has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The certification is ...

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Sustainability at Centre of Irish Government's Recovery
Sustainability at Centre of Irish Government's Recovery

Friday 23rd December 2011

THE Irish Government released today their draft paper ‘Framework for Sustainable Development’ which will state that the “green economy” must be at the centre of Government policy. The paper is published by the Irish Department of the Environment and aims to affect policy over the next 10 years to combat climate ...

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New EU Presidency Wants a Greener Economy
New EU Presidency Wants a Greener Economy

Thursday 22nd December 2011

DENMARK will take over the presidency of the European Union in January and believes that the current financial crisis presents the region an opportunity to convert to a greener economy. Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard stated that the answer to the current financial problems is to invest ...

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Pennsylvania's Energy Saving Law Works Wonders
Pennsylvania's Energy Saving Law Works Wonders

Wednesday 21st December 2011

THE PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment released a new study by Optimal Energy detailing the impact of energy savings law, on Pennsylvania's businesses, environment, families and economy. "The energy savings law is an unqualified success," said Courtney Lane, Senior Energy Policy Analyst for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) ...

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EU Environment Committee Call for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Environment Committee Call for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Targets

Wednesday 21st December 2011

THE EU Environment Committee yesterday voted on measures aiming to get the EU on track to meet its 20 percent energy efficiency target by 2020. The Environment Committee supported the European Commission's broad approach to improving energy efficiency, but called for Member States to have "mandatory national targets" and greater flexibility ...

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Macedonia to Improve Energy Efficiency in Hospitals
Macedonia to Improve Energy Efficiency in Hospitals

Tuesday 20th December 2011

FYR Macedonia's Ministry of Health is running a pilot programme focussing on improving the energy efficiency of the countries hospitals. Two-pilot institutions - Gostivar General Hospital and Stip Clinical Hospital - have been chosen for the two-year study as part of an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO). "We not only ...

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Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency
Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 14th December 2011

INDIAN Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has reiterated India’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency and clean energy, as spelt out in the National Action Plan on Climate Change. Singh was inaugurating the National Energy Conservation Day function in New Delhi today, where he stated that the target of 9 percent ...

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COP17 Legal Climate Treaty Agreement
COP17 Legal Climate Treaty Agreement

Monday 12th December 2011

THE UN climate talks in South Africa have been heralded a success after a climate change deal was struck in the early hours of Sunday morning. 194 parties have spent the past two weeks in Durban discussing how to cut emissions to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees to ...

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£30M Extra Funding for UK Public Sector and Community Energy Efficiency
£30M Extra Funding for UK Public Sector and Community Energy Efficiency

Thursday 8th December 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne has today announced a £20 million boost to the existing public sector energy efficiency loan scheme and £10 million for local community energy projects. Huhne said: “This is great news for the public sector. Not only do we need to encourage energy efficiency in our schools, ...

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South Africa's Energy Efficiency Project Advances
South Africa's Energy Efficiency Project Advances

Wednesday 7th December 2011

The South African government is progressing with the implementation of their Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE) claimed South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Davies explained that the energy efficiency project promotes industrial energy management systems, energy system optimisation and energy standards development training for SMEs. Davies was speaking at an ...

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Getting Lighting Right Could Save UK Businesses £700m
Getting Lighting Right Could Save UK Businesses £700m

Wednesday 7th December 2011

THE UK’s Carbon Trust has revealed that businesses and the public sector can make their own lighting more efficient and save up to £700m a year. The Carbon Trust advises that cost-effective measures such as lighting refurbishment and sensor-based controls can lead to annual cost savings of 20 percent across all ...

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Code to Improve Energy Efficiency in Canadian Buildings
Code to Improve Energy Efficiency in Canadian Buildings

Tuesday 6th December 2011

THE 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings promises to bring a 25 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. Some 245 technical changes have been made to the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings to accommodate new technologies and construction practices that have emerged ...

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Need for a 'Building a Minute' Energy Efficiency Retrofit
Need for a 'Building a Minute' Energy Efficiency Retrofit

Tuesday 6th December 2011

THE UK Energy Saving Trust has published the results from research which shows the huge energy efficiency challenge facing the country’s buildings. The research reveals that for every minute, from now until 2050, at least one building will need a green renovation if the UK is to achieve its emissions targets. Business ...

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Obama
Obama "Can't Wait" to Act on Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Friday 2nd December 2011

U.S. President Obama today announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy efficiency upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction ...

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UK Economy on Track to Meet Carbon Targets
UK Economy on Track to Meet Carbon Targets

Friday 2nd December 2011

THE task of rebalancing the UK economy away from carbon is progressing well and will result in greater energy security and development of technology, the Government's Carbon Plan showed today.  Emissions in the UK must by law be cut by at least 80 percent on 1990 levels by 2050.  The UK ...

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Call to Action at UN Climate Change Conference
Call to Action at UN Climate Change Conference

Wednesday 30th November 2011

THOUSANDS of representatives from governments and international organisations have gathered for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17), which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution. The stakes at the two-week long conference are high, as its outcome will determine the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the ...

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