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Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 29th December 2011

VIET NAM’S businesses were told the importance of improving energy efficiency to save energy, the environment and to maintain economic development at a forum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. "This forum will discuss initiatives and plans to develop green businesses, a friendly environment, energy-savings, and carbon-emissions reductions," said Professor Nguyen ...

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Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting
Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting

Thursday 29th December 2011

HAWAII is leading the U.S.A. for investment in energy saving performance contracting for public buildings - also aiming for 70 percent energy needs from clean energy sources by 2030. Hawaii is ranked first according to the listing from the Energy Services Coalition, with the State’s overall energy saving investment exceeding $150 ...

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Spanish Companies Combine to Improve Energy Efficiency
Spanish Companies Combine to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 28th December 2011

COLLABORATION between nine companies in Spain has set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions to the tune of one million tonnes between them all through improving energy efficiency. Spearheaded by utility company Endesa, the other companies forming the Energy Efficiency Platform come from different business sectors, and include: Cemex, CEPSA, Meliá ...

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Texas Faces Summer Blackouts
Texas Faces Summer Blackouts

Monday 26th December 2011

THE U.S. State of Texas could face outages next summer unless action, including improving energy efficiency, is taken to allow for more power reserves. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric market, released its biannual assessment for the next 10 years indicating ...

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$29M Savings Through Energy Efficiency for Long Beach Schools
$29M Savings Through Energy Efficiency for Long Beach Schools

Friday 23rd December 2011

LONG Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), California, have been officially recognised for their energy efficiency improvements, as well as benefitting with substantial financial savings worth $29 million. The school district has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The certification is ...

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Sustainability at Centre of Irish Government's Recovery
Sustainability at Centre of Irish Government's Recovery

Friday 23rd December 2011

THE Irish Government released today their draft paper ‘Framework for Sustainable Development’ which will state that the “green economy” must be at the centre of Government policy. The paper is published by the Irish Department of the Environment and aims to affect policy over the next 10 years to combat climate ...

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Pennsylvania's Energy Saving Law Works Wonders
Pennsylvania's Energy Saving Law Works Wonders

Wednesday 21st December 2011

THE PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment released a new study by Optimal Energy detailing the impact of energy savings law, on Pennsylvania's businesses, environment, families and economy. "The energy savings law is an unqualified success," said Courtney Lane, Senior Energy Policy Analyst for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) ...

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EU Environment Committee Call for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Environment Committee Call for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Targets

Wednesday 21st December 2011

THE EU Environment Committee yesterday voted on measures aiming to get the EU on track to meet its 20 percent energy efficiency target by 2020. The Environment Committee supported the European Commission's broad approach to improving energy efficiency, but called for Member States to have "mandatory national targets" and greater flexibility ...

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Optimism for the UK Cleantech Sector
Optimism for the UK Cleantech Sector

Tuesday 20th December 2011

OPTIMISM in the UK cleantech sector has witnessed a surprisingly strong increase over the last eight months, claims new research published yesterday by Ernst & Young. However, the market remains less optimistic than a year ago in the UK Coalition Government’s ability to establish the conditions necessary for energy sustainability, cleantech ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Directive to Cost UK Hospitals £70M Annually?
EU Energy Efficiency Directive to Cost UK Hospitals £70M Annually?

Monday 19th December 2011

PROPOSALS for an EU directive designed to encourage countries to reduce their energy consumption has been called "too rigid and top-heavy" by the UK’s NHS Confederation. They also claim that it could cost the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) organisations millions of pounds at a time when the service is already ...

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Sri Lanka Aim to Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency
Sri Lanka Aim to Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency

Monday 19th December 2011

THE Sri Lankan Ministry of Industry and Commerce has launched an energy efficiency programme for the countries industries to combat rising energy and production costs. Using a Public Private Partnership model, the aim of the programme is to help companies to upgrade their energy efficiency, cutting down on the cost of ...

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EU's Energy Efficiency Directive Needs More Work
EU's Energy Efficiency Directive Needs More Work

Friday 16th December 2011

THE purpose of the proposed European Commission's Energy Efficiency Directive is to save energy while increasing growth, but how to combine both still needs to be decided upon by member states. British MEP Fiona Hall told EurActiv, “We are working hard to get compromises on this directive.” The proposal has been ...

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Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency
Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 14th December 2011

INDIAN Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has reiterated India’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency and clean energy, as spelt out in the National Action Plan on Climate Change. Singh was inaugurating the National Energy Conservation Day function in New Delhi today, where he stated that the target of 9 percent ...

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Call for Government and Industry to Work Together to Save Energy
Call for Government and Industry to Work Together to Save Energy

Tuesday 13th December 2011

GOVERNMENT and industry need to work together to use fewer resources, improve energy efficiency and encourage businesses to come up with solutions, the Confederation for British Industry (CBI) announced yesterday. . Businesses are increasingly seeking to improve their resource efficiency, particularly energy efficiency, because it offers them a competitive advantage and reduces ...

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COP17 Legal Climate Treaty Agreement
COP17 Legal Climate Treaty Agreement

Monday 12th December 2011

THE UN climate talks in South Africa have been heralded a success after a climate change deal was struck in the early hours of Sunday morning. 194 parties have spent the past two weeks in Durban discussing how to cut emissions to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees to ...

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Moldova Launches Energy Efficiency Campaign
Moldova Launches Energy Efficiency Campaign

Monday 12th December 2011

THE Moldovan Economics Ministry and the Agency for Energy Efficiency has launched the energy efficiency campaign Moldova ECO-Energy. Moldova ECO-Energy is a comprehensive campaign, whose goal is to promote energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. The campaign is conducted by the Moldovan government in partnership with The European Union the United ...

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Energy Efficiency Pledge by South African Government and Business
Energy Efficiency Pledge by South African Government and Business

Friday 9th December 2011

SOUTH AFRICA’S Department of Energy has signed an Energy Efficiency Leadership Network Pledge along with Business Unity SA (BUSA) and the National Business Initiative (NBI). The Pledge aims to improve energy efficiency in South Africa, with the signatories developing an energy efficiency road map, the required energy efficiency targets, work with ...

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COP17 - US-China
COP17 - US-China "Ping-Pong" Must End

Thursday 8th December 2011

THE European Parliament is calling for a binding global deal on climate change to be agreed by 2015, but the "ping pong blame game" between the US and China is holding up progress. This “game” that is preventing progress must come to an end, said Jo Leinen, Chair of the European ...

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Obama
Obama "Can't Wait" to Act on Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Friday 2nd December 2011

U.S. President Obama today announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy efficiency upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction ...

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EU Energy Ministers Call for Flexible Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Energy Ministers Call for Flexible Energy Efficiency Targets

Thursday 1st December 2011

DISSATISFIED delegates at a meeting of European energy ministers in Brussels this week raised their concerns over the rigid targets in the European Commissions proposed energy efficiency directive. A progress report on a draft directive on energy efficiency was presented at the meeting of the EU Council of Ministers for energy ...

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European Mayors set Example for EU Nations
European Mayors set Example for EU Nations

Thursday 1st December 2011

EUROPEAN Mayors demonstrated today that energy efficiency targets can be met, despite sluggish talks on the proposed EU energy efficiency directive, according to EurActiv.  EurActiv reports that 3,000 Mayors came together today (November 30) for the launch of the 'Engage' campaign, a project that aims to become the largest EU-wide local ...

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Nigeria Needs to Concentrate on Energy Efficiency
Nigeria Needs to Concentrate on Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 30th November 2011

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has opined that Nigeria needs to concentrate on energy efficiency to meet their current and future energy challenges. Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper reports that the UNDP maintained that the energy crisis facing the country requires the development of an energy saving culture, particularly in the corporate ...

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Energy Efficiency Through
Energy Efficiency Through "Modernisation not Westernisation"

Tuesday 29th November 2011

INDIAN State Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighted the need for more energy efficiency planning to boost economic growth.  Speaking during a seminar on Energy Efficiency and Thermal Audit, Modi said that in the western Indian State of Gujarat they need to modernise but without westernisation. Explaining this view the Chief Minister ...

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Philadelphia's Commercial Properties Prime for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Philadelphia's Commercial Properties Prime for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday 28th November 2011

PHILADELPHIA’S commercial property owners spend 29 percent more on energy than the national U.S. average, making the region's aging buildings ideal candidates for retrofits. Estimates predict that energy efficiency retrofits could spur $618 million in local spending and support 23,500 jobs. Another report details the policies and programmes already undertaken in ...

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Warnings for UK Businesses in Annual Energy Statement
Warnings for UK Businesses in Annual Energy Statement

Friday 25th November 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne reveaed in his annual energy statement that the Government is looking to help businesses counter forthcoming energy cost increases. Huhne acknowledged that currently some UK firms do not make such significant energy efficiency savings due to the nature of their industrial processes, plus many UK businesses ...

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