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Mexico City's Green Plan is Working
Mexico City's Green Plan is Working

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

GREENHOUSE gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by 5.7 million metric tonnes (mt) in Mexico City since it began its Green Plan in 2008, the Mexico City government has announced. The reduction represents 82 percent of Mexico City's overall target of reducing GHG emissions by 7 million mt of CO2eq, which ...

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U.S. DOE and ASHRAE Sign Agreement on Building Energy Standards
U.S. DOE and ASHRAE Sign Agreement on Building Energy Standards

Thursday 28th July 2011

THE U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have renewed their agreement to improve building energy efficiency standards. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) underscores the commitment between DOE and ASHRAE to improve building energy standards that reduce energy costs and carbon pollution ...

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The Postman Delivers Lower Energy Bills to Himself
The Postman Delivers Lower Energy Bills to Himself

Wednesday 27th July 2011

THE U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has saved $400 million since 2007 through improved energy efficiency. As the USPS passed the two year mark since the completion of one of the country’s largest green roofs, they have reported more than $400 million in energy cost avoidance since fiscal year (FY) 2007. Proactive steps, ...

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New England Business Look for Energy Efficiency Support
New England Business Look for Energy Efficiency Support

Monday 25th July 2011

OVER 225 New England businesses issued a letter today urging the regions governors to support and improve the areas Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), pointing to the economic benefits. State officials are now preparing for the 2012 Programme Review required by the original RGGI agreement - the region’s market-based energy efficiency ...

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Lots of Energy Savings Available from Refrigeration
Lots of Energy Savings Available from Refrigeration

Thursday 21st July 2011

A NEW guide from the UK’s Carbon Trust lays out easy, no or low cost steps that businesses can take to cut their refrigeration energy bills by up to 20 percent. The Trust highlight that refrigeration often consumes significant amounts of energy, generally up to 50 percent of energy costs for ...

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China looks for Increased Efforts on Energy Efficiency
China looks for Increased Efforts on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 21st July 2011

CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao has called for increased efforts in energy saving and efficiency to reduce emissions over the next five years and promote sustainable development. A statement released after a State Council meeting revealed that China fulfilled the majority of the binding energy-saving and emission reduction goals it laid down ...

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Chicago to Initiate Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Chicago to Initiate Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Wednesday 20th July 2011

RAHM Emanuel, the new Mayor of Chicago, U.S.A. is displaying his green credentials by announcing an energy efficiency retrofit programme for 100 of the city’s buildings. The buildings will receive the upgrades in lighting, mechanical equipment and water conservation technology through the "Guaranteed Energy Performance Contracting" program. The city will initially identify which buildings ...

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NSW Businesses save $70M through Energy Efficiency Programme
NSW Businesses save $70M through Energy Efficiency Programme

Tuesday 19th July 2011

NEW South Wales' (NSW) small to medium-sized businesses are benefitting from the Australian Government's energy-efficiency programmes, saving AUS$70 million in energy costs. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that new data reveals that these combined savings in the State have been achieved for around AUS$8 million worth of Government subsidy over the ...

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UK Retailers and Business Services Firms to Lose Out
UK Retailers and Business Services Firms to Lose Out

Monday 18th July 2011

RESEARCH reveals that UK retailers and business services firms are least likely to invest in energy efficiency this year, missing out on 20 percent or more savings on energy costs. The figures from British Gas indicate that 26 percent of retailers and 22 percent of business services firms, including corporate lawyers ...

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Empire State Building Rises High on Energy Efficiency
Empire State Building Rises High on Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th July 2011

ONE of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Empire State, gained further recognition for its energy efficiency improvements, reducing energy use by 38 percent and annual savings of $4.4 million. The ground-breaking energy efficiency work at the Empire State Building, described by PR Newswire as the World's Most Famous Office Building, ...

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Keeping the UK's Lights On
Keeping the UK's Lights On

Thursday 14th July 2011

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has laid out the Government's plans for reforming the electricity market, with the intention of incentivising energy efficiency and renewables. With a quarter of the UK’s generating capacity shutting down over the next ten years, as old coal and nuclear power stations ...

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Help for Australian Business with Carbon Tax
Help for Australian Business with Carbon Tax

Tuesday 12th July 2011

AUSTRALIAN steel makers and manufacturers have been described as key winners under a AUS$9.2 billion compensation package for industries affected by their new carbon tax. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian manufacturers, over four years, will get AUS$1.2 billion for improving energy efficiency and investments in clean energy technology, meanwhile ...

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UK CRC Scheme to be Simplified
UK CRC Scheme to be Simplified

Tuesday 12th July 2011

THE UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will simplify the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to lessen the burden on businesses, according to UK climate change minister Greg Barker. Barker pointed to the success of the first year of the CRC scheme (Carbon Reduction Commitment), with many UK businesses now ...

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U.S. Hospitals Energy Efficiency Progress but More to be Done
U.S. Hospitals Energy Efficiency Progress but More to be Done

Monday 11th July 2011

ACCORDING to a survey recently conducted by Health Facilities Management magazine and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) U.S. hospitals and health systems are expanding their energy efficiency efforts. After the recent economic downturn, the 2011 Hospital Energy Management Survey shows health companies and facilities are making progress in energy ...

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CBI Backs Mandatory Carbon Reporting For UK Businesses
CBI Backs Mandatory Carbon Reporting For UK Businesses

Friday 8th July 2011

THE CBI (Confederation of British Industry) yesterday reiterated its call for the UK Government to introduce mandatory carbon reporting for businesses. But they urged the Government to take the opportunity to align it to existing regulations on measuring emissions. 
In its submission to the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) ...

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Call for UK to Match Actions with Words
Call for UK to Match Actions with Words

Wednesday 6th July 2011

UK BUSINESSES stand ready to build a new low-climate-risk economy, but feel the Government needs to take their promised action. Business leaders and Chief Executives from some of Britainʼs biggest companies including Shell, Tesco, Lloyds Banking Group, EDF Energy, Unilever and Kingfisher, have issued their sternest warning yet that the Government ...

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UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report
UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report

Monday 4th July 2011

The UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications were published on June 30 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes. The June edition ...

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Simplification Proposals for UK CRC Scheme
Simplification Proposals for UK CRC Scheme

Thursday 30th June 2011

Proposals to make the UK's CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme simpler (formerly Carbon Reduction Commitment) easier and more straightforward have been outlined. The CRC scheme started in April last year to reduce carbon emissions in businesses through energy efficiency improvements. Following recent discussions with businesses, industry, other scheme participants and regulators the proposals ...

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Sustainability Challenge Produces Savings
Sustainability Challenge Produces Savings

Monday 27th June 2011

THE initial results have been published from the pilot energy efficiency projects as part of Sustainable Stamford’s Corporate Sustainability Challenge, in the City of Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. The city is the first municipality to take part in the Challenge, launched by Sustainable Stamford, the city’s volunteer environmental task force, and the ...

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Perfect Time for Australian Retail Energy Efficiency Measures
Perfect Time for Australian Retail Energy Efficiency Measures

Thursday 23rd June 2011

AUSTRALIAN energy prices are climbing rapidly, and the countries businesses are beginning to take evermore interest in improving energy efficiency. Sean Lucy, Head of Origination, Environmental Finance Solutions at the National Australia Bank (NAB), writing for Climate Spectator states that now is the perfect time for business leaders to engage with ...

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Poland Blocks EU Emission Reductions
Poland Blocks EU Emission Reductions

Thursday 23rd June 2011

THERE was disappointment yesterday after the failure of the EU Environmental Council to reach an agreement on emission reduction targets from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2020. Chris Huhne, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said after the meeting, “I’m deeply disappointed that the only country in the EU that ...

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ADB Calls for Investment in Asia-Pacific Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
ADB Calls for Investment in Asia-Pacific Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) is urging countries in the Asia-Pacific region to invest in energy efficiency and clean energy to benefit from the resulting economic gains. Haruhiko Kuroda, ADB President, said today in a speech at the opening of the 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, that investment in ...

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New EU Law to Meet Energy Efficiency Target
New EU Law to Meet Energy Efficiency Target

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

THE European Commission have proposed a new law to push the public and private sector organisations to save energy, putting the EU on track for 20 percent savings by 2020. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), said in a statement today: "If nothing changes in the ...

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EU add ETS Option to new Energy Efficiency Law
EU add ETS Option to new Energy Efficiency Law

Tuesday 21st June 2011

THE European Union (EU) looks to have ended the internal dispute over a new energy efficiency law and the impact it would have on its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). We reported last week the howls of protest from certain sectors of the EU regarding the new law with claims that it ...

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Australian Government could have saved $75 Million through Energy Saving
Australian Government could have saved $75 Million through Energy Saving

Monday 20th June 2011

The Australian Federal Government is trying to reach an agreement on a carbon price, but The Sydney Morning Herald claims the Government has shelved some of its own key energy efficiency commitments. The paper states that they have failed to publish an annual update on its energy use since 2007-08. It ...

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