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Interregional Exhibition on Energy Efficiency in North Ossetia
Interregional Exhibition on Energy Efficiency in North Ossetia

Monday 10th October 2011

An exhibition will be held in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, later this month to “explore issues of energy conservation and efficiency and ways to organise strong relationships within the business community.” The Russian Energy Agency (REA), the Federal State Budget Institution, North Ossetian branch of the Russian Ministry of Energy together with ...

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European Green Building Space to Almost Quadruple by 2016
European Green Building Space to Almost Quadruple by 2016

Saturday 8th October 2011

A NEW report on improving energy efficiency in Europe’s commercial buildings from clean technology analysts Pike Research predicts a four fold increase over the next four to five years. The European Union (EU) has adopted “20-20-20” targets that call for 20 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the increase of renewables ...

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Netherlands Failing to Reach Energy Saving Targets
Netherlands Failing to Reach Energy Saving Targets

Thursday 6th October 2011

THE Netherlands Court of Audit, which checks that the government spends public funds and conducts policy as intended, reports there been been a failure for years to achieve energy saving targets. Due to this failure the Court of Audit reckons it is doubtful that the Netherlands will meet the agreed EU ...

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Thailand to Complete First Energy Master Plan
Thailand to Complete First Energy Master Plan

Wednesday 5th October 2011

THE government of Thailand is in the process of completing their first national energy master plan, incorporating three current energy-related plans. The new master plan, is to be completed over the next few months and will include a forecast of the country's oil and gas consumption. Thailand's 20-year power development plan (PDP) ...

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Formation of Industry-led UK Green Deal Consortium
Formation of Industry-led UK Green Deal Consortium

Tuesday 4th October 2011

THE Green Deal Finance Company – an industry-led consortium investigating how to finance the best value Green Deal option for UK consumers is formed An industry-led consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the business plan for a not-for-profit organisation, The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC), to finance ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital for Pakistan.
Energy Efficiency Vital for Pakistan.

Friday 30th September 2011

PAKISTAN continues to face an acute energy crisis which is hitting their economy, and the government needs to promote energy efficiency programmes - according Mahfooz Elahi. Mahfooz Elahi is President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and his remarks were reported by Pakistan’s Daily Times. The claim is also serious ...

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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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Energy Prices Lead to Energy Efficiency Focus
Energy Prices Lead to Energy Efficiency Focus

Thursday 29th September 2011

IN an excellent article at FT.com by Sarah Murray the business case for improving energy efficiency is expertly argued and should convince decision makers that are lagging behind in energy efficiency. Murray quotes the commissioner of Connecticut’s department of energy and environmental protection, Daniel Esty, as he explains the “market failure” ...

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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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Further Pressure on EU States to Ensure Energy Efficiency Targets
Further Pressure on EU States to Ensure Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 27th September 2011

THE European Commission's top energy official has criticised EU member sates, reports EurActiv, for double language on Europe’s target to cut energy use by 20 percent by the end of the decade. The head of the Commission's directorate-general for energy, Philip Lowe, criticised EU member state governments for obstructing binding rules ...

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UK Business Concerned by Cost of Energy Efficiency
UK Business Concerned by Cost of Energy Efficiency

Monday 26th September 2011

INVESTMENT by British business in energy reduction measures is in danger of grinding to a halt, new research has warned. The research, commissioned by Ernst & Young, which polled board members in 250 of Britain’s leading companies, revealed that whilst the overwhelming majority of companies have invested in low cost measures ...

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Luxembourg Unveils Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
Luxembourg Unveils Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Friday 23rd September 2011

THE GRAND Duchy of Luxembourg is to provide tax credits to encourage energy efficiency improvements to buildings. Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Luc Frieden and Housing Minister Marco Schank recently unveiled the key details of various tax incentives. Highlighting the environmental and economical aims of the new tax credits, Frieden explained that the Luxembourg ...

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Malaysia Consider New Energy Efficiency Policy
Malaysia Consider New Energy Efficiency Policy

Monday 19th September 2011

MALAYSIA has a new policy on energy efficiency in the final drafting stages ahead of being presented to the Cabinet. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, stated yesterday that such a policy is critical as many issues will be addressed by improving energy efficiency and identifying possible new sources ...

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UK Firms Falling Short of Climate Change Challenge
UK Firms Falling Short of Climate Change Challenge

Friday 16th September 2011

BRITAIN’S companies are "nowhere near" to meeting the challenge of climate change, according to the “Sustainable Business 2011: Reflecting on Progress” report. The report assessing the sustainability performance of UK business was published Thursday, revealing that despite encouraging progress in many areas, UK firms are falling well short of achieving the ...

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2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa
2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa

Thursday 15th September 2011

A CONFERENCE to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, next January looks to address the importance of climate change finance and carbon markets for the whole of Africa. Since carbon markets were first mooted and started, Africa has not seen the same level of benefits that were hoped for. Africa still ...

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Call to Cut UK VAT to stimulate Green Deal Scheme
Call to Cut UK VAT to stimulate Green Deal Scheme

Wednesday 14th September 2011

THE UK Government has been urged to cut VAT to 5 percent for all energy efficiency upgrades in buildings for businesses and homes under its proposed "Green Deal" scheme. If the tax isn’t cut the “Green Deal” programme will fail to reach its targets, this is the warning from 27 different ...

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Ghana's Energy Efficiency Month
Ghana's Energy Efficiency Month

Monday 12th September 2011

GHANA’s Energy Efficiency Month, was launched Thursday in Accra and helped focus on the nations efforts to save energy, money and the environment. Mr Kofi Wayo, a board member of Ghana’s Energy Commission (EC), revealed at the launch that the Commission aims to help the country’s industry and commerce to reduce ...

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Work Plan sees China Remain Tough on Energy Use
Work Plan sees China Remain Tough on Energy Use

Friday 9th September 2011

CHINA has issued a working plan to increase the country's energy efficiency by 2015, issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, yesterday. The plan reinforces China’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 16 percent for every 10,000-yuan unit of GDP by 2015 compared to the figure five years earlier. The plan ...

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White Paper Predicts Energy Consumption Increase for Gulf Countries
White Paper Predicts Energy Consumption Increase for Gulf Countries

Friday 9th September 2011

ELECTRICITY consumption amongst the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will likely increase by 2.5 percent per capita, annually until 2030. A new white paper by Deloitte - entitled 'Energy on Demand: The Future of GCC Energy Efficiency' discusses energy and resources in the Middle East. The white paper reveals the estimated consumption ...

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Canada Invest $78 Million to Improve Energy Efficiency
Canada Invest $78 Million to Improve Energy Efficiency

Thursday 8th September 2011

MINISTER of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, announced yesterday that the Government of Canada is investing $78 million over the next two years to improve energy efficiency. The programme is intended to create jobs in the energy sector while saving Canada money, by improving energy efficiency in buildings, industries, vehicles and consumer ...

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Energy Efficiency Drive Cuts Chinese Power Demand
Energy Efficiency Drive Cuts Chinese Power Demand

Thursday 8th September 2011

THE burgeoning economy and growth in China will be slowed in the last quarter of the year by the country’s energy efficiency drive according to a government official. Xue Jing, Director of the Statistics Department operating under the China Electricity Council, revealed the forecast today. Xue explained that the Chinese steel sector ...

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Energy Cuts Lifted but Japan needs to Continue Energy Efficiency Efforts
Energy Cuts Lifted but Japan needs to Continue Energy Efficiency Efforts

Wednesday 7th September 2011

THE Japanese Government is to lift mandatory cuts in electricity consumption by large scale users ahead of schedule due to summers peak period passing and energy efficiency efforts. Asahi Shimbun reports that restrictions on power use were lifted at the end of last week in areas hit by the March 11 ...

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Office Space Needs to Undergo Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Office Space Needs to Undergo Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Tuesday 6th September 2011

INTERNATIONAL real estate firm Savills estimate that over 700 million sq ft of UK commercial floor space may need to undergo an energy efficiency overhaul by 2018. Savills reveal this estimate in their latest Opportunities In Green report. They also highlight that according to the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate ...

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Small Massachusetts Cities set Energy Efficiency Lead
Small Massachusetts Cities set Energy Efficiency Lead

Tuesday 6th September 2011

THE Massachusetts, U.S., Cities of Northampton and Pittsfield are looking to become regional leaders in energy efficiency. Northampton’s Mayor, Clare Higgins, about to leave Office, plans today to launch the initiative "Northampton Leading the Way," to promote energy efficiency with businesses and residents. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that the programme stems ...

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Missouri can save Billions through Energy Efficiency
Missouri can save Billions through Energy Efficiency

Friday 2nd September 2011

A NEW study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) finds that energy efficiency can save the U.S. State of Missouri $6.1 billion in lower energy bills and create 8,500 new local jobs by 2025. The study, the 10th in a series of state-level energy efficiency studies ...

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