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COP17 to Answer Alarm Bells?
COP17 to Answer Alarm Bells?

Tuesday 29th November 2011

RECENT studies and findings regarding climate change are “sounding alarm bells” for urgent action said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, ahead of COP17. Speaking during a media briefing in Durban, South Africa, before the official opening of the UNFCCC COP17 conference, November 28 through ...

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China's Long Term Energy Efficiency Committment
China's Long Term Energy Efficiency Committment

Monday 28th November 2011

ENERGY efficiency, conservation and environmental protection are long term goals for China according to Vice-Premier Li Keqiang ahead of this weeks UN climate change summit in Durban. Li also highlighted that apart from a long term goal, energy efficiency is also an urgent practical option for the country as the global ...

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Philadelphia's Commercial Properties Prime for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Philadelphia's Commercial Properties Prime for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday 28th November 2011

PHILADELPHIA’S commercial property owners spend 29 percent more on energy than the national U.S. average, making the region's aging buildings ideal candidates for retrofits. Estimates predict that energy efficiency retrofits could spur $618 million in local spending and support 23,500 jobs. Another report details the policies and programmes already undertaken in ...

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Trinidad and Tobago get Energy Efficiency Loan Boost
Trinidad and Tobago get Energy Efficiency Loan Boost

Friday 25th November 2011

A $60 million loan to help Trinidad and Tobago implement a more energy efficient, sustainable and clean energy matrix has been made by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The loan, the first in a programmed series of three consecutive operations, similar to the facility we revealed for Jamaica yesterday, will strengthen ...

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Energy Efficiency Market to Increase by 50% say Pike Research
Energy Efficiency Market to Increase by 50% say Pike Research

Thursday 24th November 2011

THE market for energy efficiency services and equipment is on the rise as national governments look to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency of their nations building stock.  With buildings being one of the largest sources of energy consumption, the opportunity to improve energy efficiency is significant, from the ...

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Public Sector Doubles Emissions Targets
Public Sector Doubles Emissions Targets

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

NEW research released by the Carbon Trust reveals that the UK’s public sector has doubled its determination to tackle climate change over the past five years, despite difficult economic times. Fresh analysis of 472 public sector bodies shows that average carbon reduction targets have almost doubled since 2006, rising from 16 ...

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Energy Companies Call for Tougher 'EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package'
Energy Companies Call for Tougher 'EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package'

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

THREE leading European energy utilities want the European Commission to present a second ‘Climate and Energy Package’, including binding 2030 targets on carbon reductions, renewables and energy efficiency. The three energy companies – Eneco (the Netherlands), Dong Energy (Denmark) and SSE (United Kingdom) are making the call. Following the First ...

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South Africa Must Become Energy Efficient
South Africa Must Become Energy Efficient

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

South Africa needs to become more energy efficient if it is to meet industrialisation pressures. "It is clear that we cannot continue on a wasteful path as we have been on. We all know that an economy cannot grow without energy but that does not mean inefficient use of energy," said ...

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Substantial Savings Available Through Improving Motor Efficiency
Substantial Savings Available Through Improving Motor Efficiency

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

UK INDUSTRY could save over £630 million through making electric motors more energy efficient, using motor controllers such as variable speed drives (VSDs), according to the UK’s Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust reveal through the release of new guides how businesses can make significant savings on their annual energy bill. In ...

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IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Emissions
IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Emissions

Monday 21st November 2011

SOME of the recent extreme weather experienced globally is the result of human induced climate change which will get worse over forthcoming decades, according to a new report from the IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that greenhouse gas emissions related to mans activities are responsible for more recent ...

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More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government
More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government

Friday 18th November 2011

EXPERTS are calling for the Philippines’ Government to incentivise and promote energy efficiency to reduce consumption particularly as cleaner energy is being developed. Philippines’ BusinessWorld Online reports Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona, Research Scientist of De La Salle University commenting at a briefing: "We should look at energy efficiency while renewable ...

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City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme
City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme

Friday 18th November 2011

THE Australian city of Sydney intends to sign 10 agreements over the next 12 months to improve energy efficiency in the city’s office buildings. A city official said yesterday that the plan is to help commercial building owners to gain access to private capital and to share the upgrade costs with ...

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Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project
Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project

Thursday 17th November 2011

A PROJECT promoting energy saving to small-and medium-sized enterprises in Viet Nam has been hailed a success at a workshop this week in Hanoi. Attendees at the international workshop were told that the success is due in no small measure to a strong commitment from all those involved and efficient project ...

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China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets
China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE world's second-largest energy consumer, China, plans to reduce energy consumption further and cut carbon dioxide emission in their 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). China is expected to cut energy consumption of per unit industrial added value and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent and above respectively by 2015, compared with the ...

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CO2 Emissions Exceed Economic Growth
CO2 Emissions Exceed Economic Growth

Tuesday 15th November 2011

GLOBAL emissions are increasing faster than economic growth, reversing a slow, but gradual, reduction in carbon emissions intensity. The findings, from new analysis in the PwC Low Carbon Economy Index, show that for the first time since 2004, no improvement has been made in reducing the carbon intensity (which reflects the ...

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India's Kerala State Ripe for Energy Efficiency
India's Kerala State Ripe for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th November 2011

INDIA’S south western State of Kerala daily loses 400 MW of electricity, due to inefficient use of energy by businesses, government agencies and domestic users. A study by the Indian National Productivity Council, for the Energy Management Centre-Kerala (EMC) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, reveals the extent of the problem. The ...

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APEC Address Energy Concerns
APEC Address Energy Concerns

Monday 14th November 2011

LEADERS from APEC’s (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 21 member nations vowed on Sunday to promote green growth, energy efficiency and cut fossil fuel subsidies across the region. The leaders agreed to a non-binding target to reduce the region's high energy intensity, which measures the energy efficiency of national economies, by 45 per ...

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IEA Warns Just Five Years Left to Control Energy Use
IEA Warns Just Five Years Left to Control Energy Use

Friday 11th November 2011

THE International Energy Authority (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO) that the world is locking itself into an unsustainable energy future which would have far-reaching consequences. Without a bold change of policy direction, the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system, warns the ...

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Businesses Told to Take Control of Energy
Businesses Told to Take Control of Energy

Thursday 10th November 2011

THE urgent need for clarity and a coherent, coordinated energy policy for the UK is highlighted in a report, published by the London School of Economics aimed at the business sector. The npower Future Report, ‘Demanding times for energy in the UK’, examines the key challenges the energy industry is currently ...

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Manchester United Top of CRC League Table
Manchester United Top of CRC League Table

Tuesday 8th November 2011

MANCHESTER United Football Club is back on top, well at least joint top of a new energy efficiency league table under the UK Government's new flagship Carbon Reduction Commitment programme. The current Premier League champions share top spot with 20 other companies and organisations, including Center Parcs, UBS UK Properties, British ...

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Euro Battle over Energy Efficiency Directive
Euro Battle over Energy Efficiency Directive

Tuesday 8th November 2011

THE targets suggested in the EU’s draft energy efficiency directive are being challenged by member states, with the UK and the Netherlands calling for some provisions to be deleted entirely. EurActiv.com reports that one headline figure in the original directive, a mandatory annual 3 percent public buildings energy efficiency renovation rate, ...

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Buildings Desperate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Buildings Desperate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday 7th November 2011

ACCORDING to the Philadelphia Inquirer, owners of the City’s commercial property spend 29 percent more on energy than the U.S. national average. The paper highlights a new study that highlights the region's aging buildings as prime candidates for energy efficiency retrofits. The study looked at the region's 9,058 middle to larger ...

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UK Energy Intensive Businesses Exceed Energy Saving Targets
UK Energy Intensive Businesses Exceed Energy Saving Targets

Monday 7th November 2011

UK ENERGY intensive industries saved 28.5 million tonnes of carbon last year, exceeding the target under the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) tax break scheme, according to new government figures. Energy intensive businesses who voluntarily sign up for the CCA get a discount of 65 percent on the Government's Climate Change Levy ...

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London's Green Economy Thriving
London's Green Economy Thriving

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

LONDON’S green economy is thriving, despite the downturn, according to new figures published today by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Figures compiled by INNOVAS for a report commissioned by the Mayor, has examined in detail for the first time, the health of the low carbon and environmental goods and ...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades Key to Green Growth
Energy Efficiency Upgrades Key to Green Growth

Friday 28th October 2011

A NEW World Economic Forum report recommends steps for governments to stimulate investments into energy efficiency upgrades in existing commercial buildings in order to enable job creation and green growth. The report, entitled, A Profitable and Resource Efficient Future: Catalysing Retrofit Finance and Investing in Commercial Real Estate, also describes ...

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