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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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Proposed Energy Efficiency Regulation for Kenya
Proposed Energy Efficiency Regulation for Kenya

Friday 2nd September 2011

KENYA’S Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is about to introduce new regulations to reduce energy losses in industry, commercial buildings and large institutions. The Commission is proposing Energy Management Regulations 2011, that will lead to the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation measures across these three sectors. Eng Kaburu Mwirichia, the Director ...

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Kazakhstan President calls for Improved Energy Efficiency
Kazakhstan President calls for Improved Energy Efficiency

Thursday 1st September 2011

THE Kazakh President, Nursultan Nazarbayev has called on fellow politicians to give consideration to, and then approve, a bill increasing the nations energy efficiency and energy conservation. Nazarbayev said to Kazakhstan’s Parliamentarians: "I ask you to effectively submit this important issue of energy conservation." He cited the example of South Korean President, ...

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Haircuts Deliver Energy Cuts For Japanese Firms.
Haircuts Deliver Energy Cuts For Japanese Firms.

Monday 29th August 2011

AFTER Japan’s disasters in March they have looked to cut energy use, due to loss of generating capacity - but cuts to save energy can vary. Apart from losing the Fukushima nuclear power plant, safety checks at Japan’s other nuclear power plants has greatly strained supply, and with a suggested move ...

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China to Step-Up Building Energy Efficiency Renovations
China to Step-Up Building Energy Efficiency Renovations

Monday 29th August 2011

CHINA Daily reveals that a legislative report says China is going to accelerate building renovations to improve the energy-efficiency of ever more structures.

 The report deals with the implementation of the Energy Conservation Law, and has been submitted to the National People's Congress’ Standing Committee, China's top legislature, during the bi-monthly ...

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South Africa Face Mandatory Energy Conservation
South Africa Face Mandatory Energy Conservation

Friday 26th August 2011

SOUTH Africa’s state utility Eskom could try for a mandatory Energy Conservation Scheme (ECS), if energy savings fall below 10 percent by commercial and domestic consumers. Eskom revealed the ECS proposal in a statement yesterday, but it will need government approval before it can be actioned. The utility also said that ...

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Grand Hyatt São Paulo Awarded for Environmental Efforts
Grand Hyatt São Paulo Awarded for Environmental Efforts

Thursday 25th August 2011

THE Grand Hyatt Hotel in São Paulo has been honored as a 2011 World Saver by Condé Nast Traveller magazine, which includes reducing energy waste. Announced in the September 2011 issue of the magazine and as part of the fifth annual World Savers Awards, Grand Hyatt São Paulo is recognized for ...

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Improving Energy Efficiency Benefits All - Chu
Improving Energy Efficiency Benefits All - Chu

Wednesday 24th August 2011

Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, highlighted that the whole community benefits when people improve the energy efficiency of their businesses and homes. Yesterday at a summit designed to educate entrepreneurs on how the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) supports small businesses, Chu explained: "You have more money in your pocket. ...

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India's CII and BEE promote Energy Efficiency for Industry
India's CII and BEE promote Energy Efficiency for Industry

Sunday 21st August 2011

THE Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has partnered with the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to enhance competitiveness through improving industries energy efficiency. With the aim to promote energy efficient practices, the two organisations arranged Workshops on Enhancing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency at various industrial locations in the Northern Indian ...

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