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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 "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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Energy Efficiency Market to Increase by 50% say Pike Research
Energy Efficiency Market to Increase by 50% say Pike Research

Thursday 24th November 2011

THE market for energy efficiency services and equipment is on the rise as national governments look to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency of their nations building stock.  With buildings being one of the largest sources of energy consumption, the opportunity to improve energy efficiency is significant, from the ...

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Almost All New Buildings in China Fall Short on Energy Efficiency
Almost All New Buildings in China Fall Short on Energy Efficiency

Monday 21st November 2011

A CHINESE Senior Government Planner claims that over 95 percent of new buildings that are erected annually are energy inefficient and the country needs to promote energy efficient construction projects. Xinhuanet.com report Tang Kai, Chief Planner of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development as stating that China builds around 2 ...

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More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government
More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government

Friday 18th November 2011

EXPERTS are calling for the Philippines’ Government to incentivise and promote energy efficiency to reduce consumption particularly as cleaner energy is being developed. Philippines’ BusinessWorld Online reports Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona, Research Scientist of De La Salle University commenting at a briefing: "We should look at energy efficiency while renewable ...

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City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme
City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme

Friday 18th November 2011

THE Australian city of Sydney intends to sign 10 agreements over the next 12 months to improve energy efficiency in the city’s office buildings. A city official said yesterday that the plan is to help commercial building owners to gain access to private capital and to share the upgrade costs with ...

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Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project
Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project

Thursday 17th November 2011

A PROJECT promoting energy saving to small-and medium-sized enterprises in Viet Nam has been hailed a success at a workshop this week in Hanoi. Attendees at the international workshop were told that the success is due in no small measure to a strong commitment from all those involved and efficient project ...

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China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets
China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE world's second-largest energy consumer, China, plans to reduce energy consumption further and cut carbon dioxide emission in their 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). China is expected to cut energy consumption of per unit industrial added value and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent and above respectively by 2015, compared with the ...

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Cheese and Steel Bear Energy Saving Fruit
Cheese and Steel Bear Energy Saving Fruit

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing its drive to promote energy saving in Ukraine through specialised energy efficiency initiatives and bearing fruit. The latest programme and the largest to date is the $160 million Ukraine Energy Efficiency programme (UKEEP), which is now nearing completion. In the Ukrainian capital ...

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Study Reveals Boom Times Ahead for U.S. Energy Efficiency
Study Reveals Boom Times Ahead for U.S. Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th November 2011

A NEW study from The Brattle Group reveals that energy efficiency improvements could lower U.S. electricity consumption by 5 - 15 percent relative to forecast trends by 2020. “The survey clearly shows that the age of energy efficiency has not come to an end,” said Ahmad Faruqui, one of the study’s ...

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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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Little More than Evens on EU Reaching Energy Efficiency Target
Little More than Evens on EU Reaching Energy Efficiency Target

Thursday 10th November 2011

THE European Union’s (EU) chances of meeting its objective of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 are little more than even, the EU's top energy official has told EurActiv. EurActiv asked Philip Lowe, the European Commission’s Director General for Energy how confident he was that the target could be ...

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Energy Efficiency League Table Challenged
Energy Efficiency League Table Challenged

Wednesday 9th November 2011

UK business chiefs have challenged the publishing of a new league table ranking firms on their energy efficiency, claiming it presents a false picture of what is happening across industry. We reported yesterday that the UK’s Environment Agency published the Performance League Table (PLT) for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme detailing ...

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Energy Efficiency Retrofit Call from Diverse U.S. Groups
Energy Efficiency Retrofit Call from Diverse U.S. Groups

Wednesday 9th November 2011

AN unlikely collaboration between businesses and environmentalists in the U.S. is looking to add pressure to the energy efficiency movement for the good of the economy. A broad spectrum of real estate, business, lending, manufacturing, environmental and energy efficiency organisations led by The Real Estate Roundtable, U.S. Green Building Council and ...

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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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Belgium Follow Suit in Shutting Down Nuclear Power
Belgium Follow Suit in Shutting Down Nuclear Power

Friday 4th November 2011

BELGIUM’S political parties have agreed, at least conditionally, to shut down the two remaining nuclear power stations a government spokes person revealed. A plan for the shutdown of three reactors by 2015 and then elimination of nuclear power in the country by 2025 is conditional on finding enough energy from energy ...

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Japan Calls for Winter Energy Saving after Fukushima
Japan Calls for Winter Energy Saving after Fukushima

Friday 4th November 2011

THE Japanese Government is calling for energy users to reduce consumption by more than 10 percent this winter as more nuclear reactors go offline after the Fukushima disaster in March. Bloomberg reported that a call is to go to the energy users in the area supplied by the Kansai Electric Power ...

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