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UK's Green Deal for Business Worth £800m?
UK's Green Deal for Business Worth £800m?

Monday 24th October 2011

A report from Ernst & Young highlighting key policy issues facing the non-domestic UK Green Deal (NDGD) and the potential for incentivising energy efficiency in small and medium sized businesses. The report, ‘Making energy efficiency your business - understanding the potential of the non-domestic Green Deal’, was commissioned by British Gas ...

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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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Massachusetts Overtakes California as Top U.S. Energy Efficiency State
Massachusetts Overtakes California as Top U.S. Energy Efficiency State

Friday 21st October 2011

A SOUR U.S. economy, tight State budgets, and a failure by Congress to adopt a comprehensive energy strategy haven’t slowed the growing momentum among U.S. States toward increased energy efficiency. This is according to the fifth edition of the annual ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council ...

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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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Taiwan Energy Intensity Reduced by 3.93 Percent
Taiwan Energy Intensity Reduced by 3.93 Percent

Tuesday 18th October 2011

TAIWAN’S energy intensity has reduced by 3.93 percent during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year, reveal the Bureau of Energy. Energy intensity is a measure of the energy efficiency of a nation’s economy and is calculated as units of energy per unit of gross domestic ...

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Pennsylvania can Benefit from Guaranteed Energy Savings
Pennsylvania can Benefit from Guaranteed Energy Savings

Monday 17th October 2011

STATISTICS from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry claim that more than 106,000 jobs in the U.S. State have been created in the energy efficiency and renewables industries. Pennlive.com report that, based on market experience, energy efficiency is an economic winner, and the State now has the opportunity to create ...

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New Energy Efficiency Building Laws to Boost South Africa
New Energy Efficiency Building Laws to Boost South Africa

Monday 17th October 2011

SOUTH Africa’s new Energy Efficiency building regulations will give a boost to the country’s manufacturing sector as well as the economy, according to Rob Davies Trade and Industry Minister. Davies was speaking at the South African Bureau of Standard (SABS) Convention held at the end of last week and sees many ...

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Forecast of Increased Energy Use for the U.S.
Forecast of Increased Energy Use for the U.S.

Friday 14th October 2011

DESPITE the recent marked improvements in the energy efficiency of equipment, devices, machinery and transport the U.S. is expected to continue using evermore power. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that energy consumption will continue to rise in the commercial, industrial, residential and transportation sectors as the U.S. population sets ...

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Australian Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Law Imminent
Australian Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Law Imminent

Friday 14th October 2011

AUSTRALIAN landlords who are selling or letting large office spaces, must comply with the Commonwealth Government's building energy efficiency disclosure laws by the start of next month. This measure means that many commercial building owners proposing to sell or let large office spaces must provide not only a NABERS (National Australian ...

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Red Tape Hinders Ontario's Energy Efficiency
Red Tape Hinders Ontario's Energy Efficiency

Thursday 13th October 2011

ONTARIO Province, Canada, can lower industrial, commercial and residential energy bills, reduce the provincial deficit and create jobs by increasing its energy efficiency according to a new report. The report: “An Energy Efficiency Strategy for Ontario’s Homes, Buildings and Industries”, was released by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) yesterday (Wednesday). According ...

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Pakistan Increases Energy Efficiency Actions
Pakistan Increases Energy Efficiency Actions

Wednesday 12th October 2011

PAKISTAN is again looking to introduce a shorter working week in government departments and a staggered weekly holiday for industry in an effort to reduce energy demand. A special cabinet meeting is to be held on Wednesday and is set to approve energy conservation measures, including a two-day holiday during a ...

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Energy Efficiency and Renewables Better for Florida and Georgia
Energy Efficiency and Renewables Better for Florida and Georgia

Tuesday 11th October 2011

A NEW report reckons the U.S. States of Florida and Georgia would be better served by investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, rather than building new nuclear reactors. The report, “Big Risks, Better Alternatives,” was released today by Synapse Energy Economics, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based consulting and research firm. ...

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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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