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COP-18 Opens In Doha
COP-18 Opens In Doha

Monday 26th November 2012

THE 18th UNFCCC conference, COP18, started in Doha today, but will it take the world further forward in battling climate change and improving energy use? The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will see 194 countries represented by 17,000 people discussing climate change and trying to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Many ...

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Carbon Pricing Producing Positive Effects
Carbon Pricing Producing Positive Effects

Friday 23rd November 2012

AUSTRALIA’S and New Zealand’s largest public listed companies are happier with carbon pricing and are taking more action on energy efficiency than they were in 2011. The Carbon Disclosure Project Australia and New Zealand Climate Change Report 2012, which was written by Deloitte Australia, revealed a 12 percent increase amongst the ...

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Economic Sense of Incentives for Energy Efficiency
Economic Sense of Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 22nd November 2012

A NEW report from BlueGreen Canada entitled ‘More Bang for our Buck’ explains how the country can create more jobs while cutting harmful emissions. The report claims that Canada’s increasing reliance on oil sands, including the tax incentives given to the gas and oil sectors, is not the best long term ...

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Business Leaders Call for Binding EU Energy Efficiency Targets
Business Leaders Call for Binding EU Energy Efficiency Targets

Wednesday 21st November 2012

REUTERS report that business leaders want the European Union (EU) to set a new binding energy efficiency target. The group went public to ignite a discourse of sustainability aims for 2030, with the European Commission (EC) due soon to issue green policy documents. The group of executives sent a letter yesterday to ...

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Thailand Looks to Introduce Green Building Certification and Codes
Thailand Looks to Introduce Green Building Certification and Codes

Tuesday 20th November 2012

$13 billion over two decades may be needed by Thailand’s energy efficiency and green construction sector, this conclusion comes after a report on energy efficiency spending between 2003 and 2011. Currently the sector is anticipating the positive effect of energy efficiency, green building standards and certification which will drive growth in ...

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Jamaica's ESCO Project
Jamaica's ESCO Project

Friday 16th November 2012

THE Jamaican Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, said improving the island state’s energy efficiency is vital to achieving savings in energy costs of around $10.4 million monthly. Kellier made the statement this week during the launch of the ‘Developing an Energy Services Company (ESCO) in Jamaica’ project, which ...

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President Obama Will Tackle Climate Change
President Obama Will Tackle Climate Change

Thursday 15th November 2012

A WEEK after winning another four years in office, U.S. President Barack Obama held his first press conference and declared his support to combat climate change. A question from New York Times journalist Mark Landler focused on how the President would ‘tackle climate change’. As a politician it may be that Obama ...

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UK Energy Efficiency Strategy
UK Energy Efficiency Strategy

Wednesday 14th November 2012

A CHANGE in energy use in the UK and investment in energy efficiency would increase jobs and could save the equivalent energy produced by 22 power stations by 2020. That is the conclusion of the UK Government’s Energy Efficiency Strategy published yesterday, which looks to change the way we use energy ...

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IEA Calls for Efforts on Energy Efficiency
IEA Calls for Efforts on Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 13th November 2012

THE world’s politicians and other policy makers have been urged by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to concentrate on energy efficiency to combat climate change. Yesterday the IEA released the 2012 World Energy Outlook, annually released providing a report on the global situation with forecasts of energy trends until 2035 along ...

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Energy Efficiency Investment Best for Growth
Energy Efficiency Investment Best for Growth

Monday 12th November 2012

A REPORT from the UK’s Consumer Focus reveals that linking carbon taxes to energy efficiency programmes is an excellent way to boost economic growth, job creation and combating climate change. The report estimates that in the UK alone increasing energy efficiency investment would create 71,000 jobs by 2015, rising to 130,000 ...

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10 Billion EBRD Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
10 Billion EBRD Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday 9th November 2012

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced this week that since 2006 they have invested €10 billion (over $13 billion) in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The Bank’s Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) was set up in 2006 and has funded 552 energy efficiency and sustainable energy programs and schemes ...

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Savings from California's Energy Efficiency Programs
Savings from California's Energy Efficiency Programs

Tuesday 6th November 2012

CALIFORNIA, USA, expect to save $4.5 million annually from 70 energy efficiency upgrade projects across state owned buildings and car parks. The state’s Department of General Services revealed that a reduction of around 28,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases will be achieved throughout the programs they have been overseeing. Various energy ...

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Ukraine's Potential for an Energy Revolution
Ukraine's Potential for an Energy Revolution

Monday 5th November 2012

THE International Energy Agency’s (IEA) review of Ukraine’s energy policies highlights how they could have an energy revolution. Improving energy efficiency would be a first step to a far better energy future for the country. Then extracting their own natural gas deposits would help them to remove the need to import ...

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Alternative Financing the Choice for Energy Efficient Programs
Alternative Financing the Choice for Energy Efficient Programs

Friday 2nd November 2012

SIEMENS Financial Services have released a white paper which reveals that many companies are increasing their investment in energy efficiency technology to reduce energy consumption and bills. The report comments that spiraling energy prices are often the motivation behind these efforts, but obstacles have to be overcome to access loans for ...

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Indian State Adopts Building Energy Efficiency Code
Indian State Adopts Building Energy Efficiency Code

Thursday 1st November 2012

THE Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will embrace India’s Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2013, making certain that buildings across the state meet at least minimum energy efficiency standards. India is a rapidly expanding economy, with an even more rapid increase in demand for energy. By adopting the ECBC Andhra ...

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Not Enough Spent on Energy Efficiency Innovation and Research
Not Enough Spent on Energy Efficiency Innovation and Research

Tuesday 30th October 2012

NOT enough is being done to develop energy efficient buildings, appliances and cars to combat climate change according to the latest research. The research by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia published in Nature Climate Change discovered that double the amount of effort is ...

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Call for Action on Australia's Spiralling Energy Costs
Call for Action on Australia's Spiralling Energy Costs

Monday 29th October 2012

A CALL from several large Australian organisations for action from governments after the country has seen a 50 percent energy cost rise over five years with more increases due. The review released today by energy consults Oakley Greenwood, commissioned by the Australian Industry Group, CHOICE, the Energy Efficiency Council and the ...

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Energy Saving Grants to Paint City Roofs
Energy Saving Grants to Paint City Roofs

Thursday 25th October 2012

TWO U.S. cities have received grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies that will be used to paint city roofs with energy saving reflective paint, reducing carbon emissions by a combined 110 tonnes. Phoenix, Arizona received a $100,000 grant which will partly be used to paint 70,000 square feet of city roof surface, while ...

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IFC Can Help Philippine Enterprises Improve Energy Efficiency
IFC Can Help Philippine Enterprises Improve Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

THE Philippines are in consultations with the World Bank over its policies towards the nation for the next three years as part of the lending agency’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS). The drafting of the CPS between the Philippines and the Bank also presents the chance to work with the the private ...

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Energy Saving Funding for Scottish Hospitals
Energy Saving Funding for Scottish Hospitals

Monday 22nd October 2012

HOSPITALS across Scotland are benefiting from a £24 million fund for investment in various energy saving schemes over the next three years. The projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gases across the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland by around 10 percent, saving around £4 million in energy costs each year. Funding for ...

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Serbia to get Energy Efficiency and Renewable Funding
Serbia to get Energy Efficiency and Renewable Funding

Friday 19th October 2012

SERBIA is to receive funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. EUR 100 million has been allocated by the EBRD for such projects throughout much of the former Yugoslavia, and €50 million has already been assigned. Another €21 million of funding ...

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BOMA Call for Extending Energy Efficiency Incentives
BOMA Call for Extending Energy Efficiency Incentives

Thursday 18th October 2012

THE Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is urging the U.S. Senate to pass the Commercial Building Modernization Act (CBMA), extending and enhancing tax deductions for energy efficient buildings. The incentives apply to commercial and multifamily buildings, and the bipartisan legislation would extend the tax deduction through the end of ...

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Call for UK Energy Efficiency Feed In Tariff
Call for UK Energy Efficiency Feed In Tariff

Wednesday 17th October 2012

A NEW report published yesterday by Green Alliance and WWF-UK argues that the upcoming UK Energy Bill must incentivise energy efficiency and create a ‘market’ for electricity savings. The report highlights research commissioned by the UK Government, which found that effective measures to reduce electricity use could mean that 40 percent ...

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Call for Further Energy Efficiency Improvements for SA
Call for Further Energy Efficiency Improvements for SA

Tuesday 16th October 2012

SOUTH African utility Eskom kept the lights on over the winter and is actively partnering with consumers to do the same while executing much-needed maintenance on ageing power stations. At its third quarterly State of the System media briefing of 2012, Eskom reported that it had kept the lights on ...

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Ukraine Need Energy Efficiency & Renewables
Ukraine Need Energy Efficiency & Renewables

Monday 15th October 2012

UKRAINE needs to improve energy efficiency along with renewables to reduce its reliance on expensive Russian natural gas to gain energy independence according to New Europe Online. New Europe report that a debate is ongoing over whether to concentrate on energy efficiency or renewables, when both are vital to their energy ...

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