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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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Big Business calls for Tougher EU Emission Reductions
Big Business calls for Tougher EU Emission Reductions

Friday 17th June 2011

OVER 70 major companies have called on the European Union (EU) to increase its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 30 percent. The declaration has been orchestrated by WWF, The Climate Group and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, has been signed by such corporations as British Telecom ...

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Chinese Revitalises Energy Efficiency
Chinese Revitalises Energy Efficiency

Friday 17th June 2011

CHINA is revitalising its interest in energy saving and efficiency, in response to power shortages and blackouts this year, along with longer-term security worries about dependence on energy imports. The importance of reemphasising energy efficiency comes as China's construction industry continues to drive forward at breakneck speed. In 2010, China used ...

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Survey Reveals Commercial Building Owners push for Energy Efficiency
Survey Reveals Commercial Building Owners push for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 16th June 2011

ACCORDING to the fifth annual, global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey rising energy prices, enhanced public image and governmental incentives are driving energy efficiency in buildings to new heights. The survey of nearly 4,000 building owners and operators around the world was led by Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, the International ...

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Unrest over EU Energy Efficiency and Carbon Trading Policies
Unrest over EU Energy Efficiency and Carbon Trading Policies

Thursday 16th June 2011

Peter Vis, a senior European Commission official, has broken with protocol to warn that the European Commission's draft Energy Efficiency Directive could "undermine" the bloc's carbon market, EurActiv report. It is extremely rare for Commission officials to comment on draft EU laws, but Vis said yesterday that new binding rules Günther ...

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Almost Half of UK's Biggest Companies Failing on Carbon Targets
Almost Half of UK's Biggest Companies Failing on Carbon Targets

Wednesday 15th June 2011

ALMOST half of the top companies in the UK have not set targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, despite legislation over the last few years, reveals a study by the Carbon Trust. The Guardian newspaper reports that these leading businesses either lack numerical targets or their targets have expired and ...

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Mixed Nuclear Message from Japan - but Energy Efficiency Needed
Mixed Nuclear Message from Japan - but Energy Efficiency Needed

Wednesday 15th June 2011

JAPAN’S Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda pledged to do his "utmost" to get nuclear reactors operational, adding nuclear power will remain a core energy source for Japan. Kaieda’s pledge came during a government panel meeting earlier this month and has come to light through previously undisclosed minutes of ...

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Japan needs to plan for more Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Japan needs to plan for more Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Thursday 9th June 2011

BLOOMBERG New Energy Finance report that Japan should become a global leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy as it rebuilds its power infrastructure after the disaster in March. The Fukushima Nuclear Reactor disaster and resultant energy crisis in Japan, opens the way for the country to embrace a fully rounded ...

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UK Low-Carbon Projects at Risk
UK Low-Carbon Projects at Risk

Wednesday 8th June 2011

THE UK Government risks failing to achieve emissions reduction targets despite its ambition, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). 
Launching its latest Climate Change Tracker today, the CBI said the UK Government had set the wheels in motion in a number of key areas, including providing more clarity on ...

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