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Energy Efficiency Master Plan for Malaysia
Energy Efficiency Master Plan for Malaysia

Friday 24th June 2011

MALAYSIA is in the final stages of formulating a National Energy Efficiency Master Plan, that is expected to have a major impact on the country. Datuk Sri Peter Chin, Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, announced the news of the master plan, which is intended to be the catalyst ...

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Perfect Time for Australian Retail Energy Efficiency Measures
Perfect Time for Australian Retail Energy Efficiency Measures

Thursday 23rd June 2011

AUSTRALIAN energy prices are climbing rapidly, and the countries businesses are beginning to take evermore interest in improving energy efficiency. Sean Lucy, Head of Origination, Environmental Finance Solutions at the National Australia Bank (NAB), writing for Climate Spectator states that now is the perfect time for business leaders to engage with ...

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New EU Law to Meet Energy Efficiency Target
New EU Law to Meet Energy Efficiency Target

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

THE European Commission have proposed a new law to push the public and private sector organisations to save energy, putting the EU on track for 20 percent savings by 2020. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), said in a statement today: "If nothing changes in the ...

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Pakistan Implement Framework Law on Energy Efficency
Pakistan Implement Framework Law on Energy Efficency

Tuesday 21st June 2011

PAKISTAN plans to publicise an energy efficiency framework law this year with the view of making substantial annual energy savings, sources revealed yesterday. Sources from within Pakistan’s Planning Commission revealed to the local press that the framework law carried the potential of dramatic savings in the beleaguered energy supply through improved ...

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Australian Government could have saved $75 Million through Energy Saving
Australian Government could have saved $75 Million through Energy Saving

Monday 20th June 2011

The Australian Federal Government is trying to reach an agreement on a carbon price, but The Sydney Morning Herald claims the Government has shelved some of its own key energy efficiency commitments. The paper states that they have failed to publish an annual update on its energy use since 2007-08. It ...

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U.S. DOE in Partnership to Expand Commercial Building Energy Efficiency
U.S. DOE in Partnership to Expand Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 14th June 2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation as part of the administrations target to improve commercial building energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. The partnership aims to expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings and help American businesses to reduce ...

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EU Minister Want Voluntary Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Minister Want Voluntary Energy Efficiency Targets

Monday 13th June 2011

EUROPEAN Union (EU) Energy Ministers said friday, that efforts to improve energy efficiency in the 27-Member States should include voluntary rather than binding national targets. The EU set a 20 percent boost in energy efficiency by 2020 target but the European Commission (EC) projected it will fail and will reach ...

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Japan needs to plan for more Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Japan needs to plan for more Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Thursday 9th June 2011

BLOOMBERG New Energy Finance report that Japan should become a global leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy as it rebuilds its power infrastructure after the disaster in March. The Fukushima Nuclear Reactor disaster and resultant energy crisis in Japan, opens the way for the country to embrace a fully rounded ...

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UK Low-Carbon Projects at Risk
UK Low-Carbon Projects at Risk

Wednesday 8th June 2011

THE UK Government risks failing to achieve emissions reduction targets despite its ambition, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). 
Launching its latest Climate Change Tracker today, the CBI said the UK Government had set the wheels in motion in a number of key areas, including providing more clarity on ...

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Nova Scotia Target Government Buildings for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Nova Scotia Target Government Buildings for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Wednesday 8th June 2011

NOVA Scotia is investing $10 million to improve the energy efficiency of government-owned buildings, which will save energy and money and protect the environment. “Nova Scotians want their government to take action toward a more sustainable future and lead the way to a healthier economy and environment,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister ...

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SMEs miss £5.7 Billion Growth from Sustainability Benefits
SMEs miss £5.7 Billion Growth from Sustainability Benefits

Thursday 2nd June 2011

BRITISH Bank Lloyds TSB Commercial claim that SMEs will miss out on a potential £5.7 billion of economic growth over the next three years if they fail to address sustainability. The bank, which questioned over 1,500 British businesses with a turnover of less than £15 million, discovered the majority of small ...

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African Nations turn to Energy Efficiency for Growth
African Nations turn to Energy Efficiency for Growth

Wednesday 1st June 2011

SOUTH African Development Community (SADC) Ministers are increasing efforts to promote economic development through energy efficiency to combat power shortages. Africa accounts for only 6 percent of the world’s energy consumption and 3 percent of the electricity generated, despite making up 13 percent of the world population. With SADC representing most ...

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India Set for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Scheme
India Set for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Scheme

Wednesday 1st June 2011

INDIA’S economy is growing between 8 to 9 percent annually, spurring its ambition to become an economic power but making it the world’s third heaviest carbon polluter as energy demand rises. India’s greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise as they look to improve power supply across the whole country, ...

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Philippines Push Harder on Energy Efficiency
Philippines Push Harder on Energy Efficiency

Monday 30th May 2011

THE Filipino government is pursuing a number of policies to secure energy supply, including the enhancement of energy efficiency in the public and private sectors. Antonio Labios, the Filipino Department of Energy (DoE) Visayas Director, underscored the importance of this policy objective during the recent national training-workshop on energy efficiency and ...

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Punjab Lowers the Lights
Punjab Lowers the Lights

Friday 27th May 2011

THE Punjab Government, India, have announced an energy efficiency policy for public premises that will see equipment and lighting switched off or dimmed. Approval has been given for the policy by senior ministers, leaving the Services & General Administration Department, the Industries department, Divisional Commissioners and District Coordination Officers to start ...

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South Africa Facing Rolling Black-Outs?
South Africa Facing Rolling Black-Outs?

Thursday 26th May 2011

SOUTH Africa could be facing rolling black outs as winter hits and temperatures plummet, but a call for further energy efficiency discipline may stave off such drastic action. "People should be disciplined, they should be energy conscious" commented Louis Pieterse, Johannesburg's City Power spokesman, after concern has been raised following the ...

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Report on Importance of Information-Based Energy Efficiency
Report on Importance of Information-Based Energy Efficiency

Thursday 26th May 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week announced the findings of a major study analysing the impact of information-based energy efficiency programmes, which produced impressive results. The report identifies energy reductions that could generate billions in savings for Americans and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions by more than 8.9 million metric ...

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Win-Win for Korean Big and Small Businesses on Energy Saving
Win-Win for Korean Big and Small Businesses on Energy Saving

Wednesday 25th May 2011

KOREA has come up with an unusual way for big companies, such as the Hyundai Motor company, and small businesses to cooperate on energy efficiency and lower emissions. The cooperation could be described as a financial and technological partnership system between big and small businesses with the aim of reducing greenhouse ...

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Impressive First Quarter Energy Saving for Cuban Province
Impressive First Quarter Energy Saving for Cuban Province

Wednesday 25th May 2011

THE CUBAN central Camagüey province have ended the first quarter of 2011 with an impressive saving of energy and money through an energy saving project. The energy savings made across Camagüey also represent substantial environmental benefits, as a calculated reduction of 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions resulted from the efforts ...

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Swiss Energy Act Targets Buildings
Swiss Energy Act Targets Buildings

Tuesday 24th May 2011

SWITZERLAND’S revised Energy Act came into force this year focussing on improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. The revision look particularly at energy efficiency measures for buildings, as buildings offer high energy-saving potential, using about 45 percent of Switzerland’s energy and producing about 50 percent of the ...

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U.S. National Energy Efficiency Standard Legislation Introduced
U.S. National Energy Efficiency Standard Legislation Introduced

Friday 20th May 2011

THE U.S. Senate has introduced a national energy efficiency legislation that will help the country move toward a national building code, finance energy efficiency upgrades and advance energy efficiency technologies.

 The bipartisan bill, “The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011" is co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat, and Rob Portman, Republican. ...

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Firms need to Monitor Energy Use to Save
Firms need to Monitor Energy Use to Save

Tuesday 17th May 2011

THE British Council for Offices (BCO) have stated that businesses who want to improve their green credentials need to monitor their energy usage. According to the BCO, the first step for companies and organisations who wish to improve their energy efficiency is to be able to calculate and see the ...

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Turkish State Buildings to be made Energy Efficient
Turkish State Buildings to be made Energy Efficient

Monday 16th May 2011

TURKEY is looking to make its state buildings energy efficient, such as office blocks, hospitals and student dormitories, all of which will need to be upgraded to make the savings. The Turkish Ministry of Public Works has decided to convert the buildings, starting with around 100 properties, according to data gathered ...

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Seattle's Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data
Seattle's Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data

Friday 13th May 2011

THE U.S. CITY of Seattle has launched an initiative that will see commercial buildings benchmarking energy performance and making energy ratings available to prospective buyers, tenants and lenders. The City of Seattle, Washington State, sent letters to over 800 large commercial property owners and managers this week, telling them about the ...

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Euro Zone Binding Energy Efficiency Targets in Question
Euro Zone Binding Energy Efficiency Targets in Question

Thursday 12th May 2011

THE EUROPEAN Commission has diluted plans to move the European Union (EU) towards 20 percent energy savings by the end of the decade, reports EurActiv. A draft efficiency directive, seen by EurActiv, is now being examined by several European Commission departments before it will be finalised and published late next month. ...

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