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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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Survey Reveals Energy Efficiency Desire and Financial Challenges
Survey Reveals Energy Efficiency Desire and Financial Challenges

Wednesday 11th May 2011

A NEW survey, the 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator, reveals growing interest in energy efficiency gains, despite hurdles in raising the necessary finance. The survey, released yesterday by Johnson Controls, claims that many companies face financial challenges when trying to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, this is despite ever increasing ...

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UK Building Bosses call for Compulsory Energy Efficiency Data
UK Building Bosses call for Compulsory Energy Efficiency Data

Tuesday 10th May 2011

SOME of the UKs leading property bosses are calling for the British Government to force commercial landlords to publish the energy efficiency of their buildings. A letter from CEOs of British Land, Land Securites and Hammerson and signed by the developer of the Olympic Village, Lend Lease, called for the Prime ...

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80 Percent of Europeans Say
80 Percent of Europeans Say "Yes" to Binding Energy Saving Target

Tuesday 10th May 2011

EU citizens want energy efficiency measures to reduce energy bills and make the target of 20 percent energy savings by 2020 binding, according to a European Parliament survey. The European Union (EU) set itself the three goals in 2007 of reducing greenhouse gases by 20 percent, raising energy efficiency by ...

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Kenyan Manufacturers Benefit from Energy Efficiency
Kenyan Manufacturers Benefit from Energy Efficiency

Monday 9th May 2011

MANUFACTURERS in Kenya are using energy-efficient technologies to save on production costs, increase the competitiveness of their products and hence protect their bottom line. An audit in 2010 by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Centre for Energy Efficiency Conservation revealed significant savings of Sh783 million ($9,282,421) on energy costs. The ...

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Nigeria Combats Power Crisis with Energy Efficiency Drive
Nigeria Combats Power Crisis with Energy Efficiency Drive

Monday 9th May 2011

NIGERIA is looking to a four-year programme to drive energy efficiency across the public and private sectors to combat the country’s power crisis. A country has been suffering greatly from frequent power outages, primarily due to an inadequate and unstable power generation and grid. The black outs have forced businesses to ...

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Experts and Scientist Agree on Energy Efficiency
Experts and Scientist Agree on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 5th May 2011

WE HAVE all come to realise that there is a major drawback with using energy as we have been doing - the expense to the environment and the budget, but using less energy has only positives. This was the basic message delivered by policy experts and scientists yesterday at the Rutgers ...

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Thailand Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency to Dent Energy Price Shock
Thailand Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency to Dent Energy Price Shock

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

THE Bangkok Post reports that economists believe Thailand will inevitably suffer impacts from higher energy prices unless it improves existing regulations and enhances energy efficiency. Jeeva A. Perumalpillai-Essex, sustainable development leader for Southeast Asia with the World Bank commented that Thailand's resolve in the 1970s to advance energy efficiency has unfortunately ...

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"Battle of the Buildings" Energy Efficiency Competition Begins

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star programme yesterday launched the 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from 245 buildings around the country are going head-to-head to improve energy efficiency and determine who can reduce their energy use the most. Nearly five million commercial buildings in ...

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Energy Efficiency Focus for Building Safety Month
Energy Efficiency Focus for Building Safety Month

Monday 2nd May 2011

THIS month marks the 31st anniversary of the International Code Council Foundation's (ICCF) Building Safety Month, with this years focus on energy efficiency, green issues and sustainability. The first week of Building Safety Month , May 1-7, is devoted to green and energy efficiency issues—a timely topic because of the ...

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Further Energy Efficiency Encouragement for South Africa
Further Energy Efficiency Encouragement for South Africa

Friday 29th April 2011

SOUTH Africa faces an uncertain power supply during this winter, as we have previously reported the state owned utility Eskom have called for increased energy saving and efficiency. The current energy supply to demand margin is tight, leading Eskon to make no guarantees of a blackout free winter or load-shedding. With ...

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New York City Update their Sustainablity & Energy Efficiency Plan
New York City Update their Sustainablity & Energy Efficiency Plan

Friday 29th April 2011

IN 2007 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched PlaNYC, the city’s long-term plan for a sustainable future, this week an update to the plan has been released. “Through PlaNYC we learned that the challenges and solutions of managing our growth in a sustainable way interlock with one another,” said Mayor ...

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Japan May Reset Energy Saving Target
Japan May Reset Energy Saving Target

Thursday 28th April 2011

THE Japanese government is likely call on businesses serviced by Tokyo Electric Power Company and Tohoku Electric Power Company to reduce electricity use by 15 percent compared to last year. The Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Banri Kaieda, revealed the possible move today, which sees the target for the ...

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Australian Commercial Porperty Owners Turn to Energy Efficiency
Australian Commercial Porperty Owners Turn to Energy Efficiency

Thursday 28th April 2011

AUSTRALIAN property owners, managers and listed property trusts are faced with rocketing energy prices, new regulations and an upcoming price on carbon. Property owners and managers are now asking how bad this situation will get, with most concluding that the energy price increases alone justify further or new investment into energy ...

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Vegas Resort Saves Big Through Energy Efficiency
Vegas Resort Saves Big Through Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 27th April 2011

MARRIOTT’S Grand Chateau, located at the center of the high-energy Las Vegas Strip, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious Energy Star rating. The Energy Star rating is the U.S. national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the 40-story-building performs in the top ...

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