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Ten Countries Emit Two-Thirds of Global CO2
Ten Countries Emit Two-Thirds of Global CO2

Tuesday 25th October 2011

A NEW report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) reveals that just ten countries are accountable for most of the world’s CO2 emissions. The report, “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2011”, reveals that two-thirds of global CO2 emissions in 2009 came from these ten, according to figures released in the lead-up ...

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Hungary and UK Join Forces on Carbon Finance Barriers
Hungary and UK Join Forces on Carbon Finance Barriers

Monday 24th October 2011

A EUROPEAN low carbon finance summit yesterday looked to overcome barriers to green investment in Central and Eastern Europe and highlighted the significant commercial opportunities of an ambitious low carbon transition. The UK and Hungarian Governments have joined forces to bring together key finance experts, business leaders and policy makers to ...

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Companies Call for Climate Action
Companies Call for Climate Action

Friday 21st October 2011

LEADERS of almost 200 major multi-national corporations around the world have called for tougher action on climate change from the world’s governments. The 2°C Challenge, initiated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, calls on governments attending the Durban event to take decisive action on climate change, because it threatens ...

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Mayor of London Calls for Energy Efficiency Building Upgrades
Mayor of London Calls for Energy Efficiency Building Upgrades

Wednesday 19th October 2011

THE Mayor of London has called on the City’s businesses and big landlords both private, public, commercial and residential to help deliver London’s biggest ever energy efficiency retrofitting programme. Retrofitting business premises with energy saving measures will not only save up to a billion pounds a year in wasted energy costs ...

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Call for UK Energy Efficiency Schemes to be Simplified
Call for UK Energy Efficiency Schemes to be Simplified

Tuesday 18th October 2011

NEW research by utility company npower reveals that many UK businesses feel that the UK Government’s measures to reduce carbon emissions need to be simplified to meet set targets. The consultation, which is ongoing, asked businesses which UK energy legislation they feel should be kept and which should be changed or ...

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Australian Carbon Tax Bill Boost for Energy Efficiency
Australian Carbon Tax Bill Boost for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 13th October 2011

THE Australian parliament have passed a controversial carbon pricing plan which will start in July 2012 and will cost the biggest greenhouse gas emitters $23 per ton of carbon emitted. The carbon pricing scheme, which is expected to get the Australian Senate’s approval in November, has been sensitive politically for Prime ...

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Euro Budget Targets Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Euro Budget Targets Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Tuesday 11th October 2011

ENERGY efficiency and renewable energy look set to be an investment priority under the new €346 billion European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) budget. There will be 11 investment priorities for ERDF budget for 2014-2020 being discussed in Brussels this week, with energy efficiency and renewables being identified as two areas that ...

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ROC President Reveals Future Energy Goals
ROC President Reveals Future Energy Goals

Friday 7th October 2011

MA Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, yesterday laid out the future of Taiwan as a green country with sustainable development. Ma’s remarks were made during a the third of a series of news conferences outlining his 10-year plan for Taiwan, elaborating his vision for the environment, education and culture. Highlighting ...

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Italy Requested to Comply with EU Building Energy Efficiency Rules
Italy Requested to Comply with EU Building Energy Efficiency Rules

Friday 30th September 2011

THE European Commission are getting tough with Italy, who have not followed the European Union’s (EU) legislation on the energy performance of buildings, with a demand for them to comply. Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of EU CO2 emissions in the European Union. If ...

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A Surprise Increase in CO2 Emissions
A Surprise Increase in CO2 Emissions

Wednesday 28th September 2011

FURTHER increases in global energy efficiency and clean energy generation is need to counter a reported and unexpected rise in CO2 emissions. The report "Long-term trend in global carbon dioxide emissions", has been compiled by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Much to many ...

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Call for an EU 25 Percent Emissions Reduction Target
Call for an EU 25 Percent Emissions Reduction Target

Tuesday 27th September 2011

A CALL for the EU to reduce its emission reduction target to 25 percent, five percent more than currently set, through such measures as energy efficiency has been made. The European Economic and Social Committee in an opinion on the European Commission's roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in ...

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New Sustainability Guidelines for Transparency in Construction and Real Estate
New Sustainability Guidelines for Transparency in Construction and Real Estate

Monday 26th September 2011

FIRMS operating in the built environment will be able to measure their green performance evermore effectively after the launch of new international guidelines on sustainability reporting. Carbon emissions, management and remediation of contaminated land, and sub-contracted labour issues are some of the sustainability issues that can now be reported by construction ...

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Commercial Interests Drive Corporate Climate Change Actions
Commercial Interests Drive Corporate Climate Change Actions

Wednesday 21st September 2011

THE 2011 edition of the annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 report reveals that most of the largest corporations are taking climate change actions including energy efficiency improvements. The report, which examines carbon reduction activities at the world’s largest public corporations, has found for the first time in the ten ...

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Energy Use to Increase by 53 Percent Predicts the EIA
Energy Use to Increase by 53 Percent Predicts the EIA

Wednesday 21st September 2011

A NEW projection of future energy use predicts an increase of 53 percent by 2035 - but improved energy efficiency could make a significant dent in this increase. International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for world energy markets through to ...

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2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa
2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa

Thursday 15th September 2011

A CONFERENCE to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, next January looks to address the importance of climate change finance and carbon markets for the whole of Africa. Since carbon markets were first mooted and started, Africa has not seen the same level of benefits that were hoped for. Africa still ...

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UK's Environment Agency save £6m  a Year Through Sustainability
UK's Environment Agency save £6m a Year Through Sustainability

Monday 12th September 2011

THE UK’s Environment Agency (EA) have made energy savings since 2006 adding to £6 million a year in cost savings from sustainability. The report shows that within five years, the Agency have reduced building energy use by 15 per cent and carbon emissions by 17 per cent, and they are on ...

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Ban Ki-moon Promises Climate Change Action
Ban Ki-moon Promises Climate Change Action

Monday 5th September 2011

THE leader of Kiribati, a low-lying Pacific Nation threatened by rising seas, was promised “real action” against Climate Change by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today. Ban and the President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, today stressed that climate change posed the most serious threat to the livelihoods, security and survival of the ...

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Australia to Fund Commercial Building Energy Efficiency
Australia to Fund Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 31st August 2011

ALONG with announcing AUS$35.2 million in funding to Green 90 buildings, Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr said Australia's commercial buildings generate significant greenhouse gas emissions every year. "The Government and building owners must work together to improve our buildings and create a richer, fairer and greener Australia," Senator Carr said. "The buildings ...

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White Paper Looks to Avoid a Train Wreck through Energy Efficiency
White Paper Looks to Avoid a Train Wreck through Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 31st August 2011

THE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have published an interesting White Paper entitled: “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency.” The report highlights that over the past year, the U.S. utility industry has experienced significant angst over pending updates to utility environmental ...

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China to Step-Up Building Energy Efficiency Renovations
China to Step-Up Building Energy Efficiency Renovations

Monday 29th August 2011

CHINA Daily reveals that a legislative report says China is going to accelerate building renovations to improve the energy-efficiency of ever more structures.

 The report deals with the implementation of the Energy Conservation Law, and has been submitted to the National People's Congress’ Standing Committee, China's top legislature, during the bi-monthly ...

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Australia can more than Double Emission Cuts
Australia can more than Double Emission Cuts

Wednesday 10th August 2011

A REPORT by a ClimateWorks think-tank states that Australia will achieve over double the Treasury’s forecasted emissions cuts through carbon pricing and energy efficiency. Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks Australia Executive Director, said the research shows that if implemented successfully, Australia’s carbon price package announced by the Government with the default scheme cap ...

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A Call for Display Energy Certificates for all UK Non-Residential buildings
A Call for Display Energy Certificates for all UK Non-Residential buildings

Tuesday 9th August 2011

THE UK Green Building Council has recommended the mandatory  Display Energy Certificates (DEC) for all non-residential buildings – as early as next year. DECs were introduced in 2008 and were required in all public sector buildings/offices larger than 1000m2; that are frequently visited by the public. DECs were not made ...

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IEA Report Reveals Carbon Pricing is not Enough
IEA Report Reveals Carbon Pricing is not Enough

Friday 5th August 2011

NEW analysis published by the International Energy Agency examines whether energy efficiency policies are redundant once carbon pricing is implemented. To date, many academics and government officials have argued that putting a price on carbon – most commonly through taxes or emissions trading – is all that is needed to ...

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NYSERDA Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $5.5 million
NYSERDA Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $5.5 million

Thursday 4th August 2011

Municipalities, K-12 school districts, hospitals, businesses and colleges throughout New York City continue to make energy-saving investments that are reducing energy costs by more than $5.5 million annually. The information came from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) yesterday, revealing the energy savings in New York City—35.3 ...

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Taipei Has World's Officially Certified Greenest Tall Building
Taipei Has World's Officially Certified Greenest Tall Building

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

THE TAIPEI 101, a 1,667-foot tower, has earned the highest US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, for energy efficiency and environmental design. The LEED certification means that the tower is officially recognised as the world's tallest green building, with the full title of the ...

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