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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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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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