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Energy Efficiency and Executive Dilemma
Energy Efficiency and Executive Dilemma

Tuesday 8th February 2011

UNLOCKING the benefits of energy efficiency: An executive dilemma - is a new research report produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit highlighting the importance and challenges of energy efficiency for corporations. The report claims that while around half of executives say energy efficiency initiatives have already helped improve their organisation's bottom ...

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Energy Efficiency Loans for Jamaican SMEs
Energy Efficiency Loans for Jamaican SMEs

Monday 7th February 2011

THE DEVELOPMENT Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has embarked on a three-pronged initiative to promote its small and medium-sized enterprises energy loan facility. The initiative, to be undertaken over a 24-month period and is which is financed by the PetroCaribe Fund, will include amongst other items an education campaign to showcase energy ...

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Irish Companies Strive for Energy Efficiency
Irish Companies Strive for Energy Efficiency

Saturday 5th February 2011

OVER 50 percent of Irish companies have acted to improve their energy efficiency in the last three years, a new survey by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) reveals. The survey highlights the importance of reducing energy costs and implementing energy efficiency initiatives, demonstrating that businesses on average achieved 12 ...

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Obama's Plan to save Businesses $40 Billion a Year
Obama's Plan to save Businesses $40 Billion a Year

Friday 4th February 2011

U.S. PRESIDENT Obama is following through on his State of the Union address and is getting serious about energy efficiency. He is driving his Better Buildings Initiative, which developed out of his "Better Buildings" program within the Department of Energy, by rolling out three new targets yesterday: improve energy efficiency ...

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EU Leaders Dodge Targets
EU Leaders Dodge Targets

Thursday 3rd February 2011

EUROPEAN UNION (EU) leaders meet in Brussels tomorrow (Feb 4) and are expected to announce a review of energy saving plans but not to the levels called for by many energy and environmental experts. We reported in December that the EU is set to miss its target, leading to stakeholders criticising ...

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Energy Efficient Upgrades in Commercial Properties a Challenge
Energy Efficient Upgrades in Commercial Properties a Challenge

Thursday 3rd February 2011

ENERGY efficient upgrades for the UK’s commercial properties is going to be difficult, warns the head of climate change at Manchester City Council. Speaking at the Retrofit Salford 2011 event, Michael O'Doherty explained adding energy efficiency improvements to commercial properties is more of a challenge than making improvements to residential buildings. He ...

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U.S. Energy Institute's Plans Tackle Energy Challenges
U.S. Energy Institute's Plans Tackle Energy Challenges

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

IN AN attempt to get energy back into focus, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy yesterday unveiled their strategy to offer realistic solutions to America’s top energy challenges. The FINANCIAL reports on the five-part plan for the Chamber, which was formulated after Energy Institute officials returned from the first phase of ...

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Energy Efficiency Study for Southeast Asia
Energy Efficiency Study for Southeast Asia

Tuesday 1st February 2011

ENERGY efficiency has been described as the ‘low-hanging fruit’ and a new study in Southeast Asia will highlight the fact. The benchmarking study on energy efficiency investments among countries in the Southeast Asian region is to start in the Philippines this Month. Collaboration between the British Embassy in the Philippines and the ...

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"Game Changer" for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 1st February 2011

THE UK government's Green Deal will increase the scale and pace of improved energy efficiency, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker told the Retrofit Salford 2011 conference. Barker added that the Green Deal is set to be a "fundamental game changer" explaining: "The coalition (UK government) is absolutely committed to this task. ...

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Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency

Monday 31st January 2011

VIET NAM’S Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is urging governmental ministries, sectors and grass-root authorities to provide adequate power supply for business production and increased demand. Dung has asked State agencies and offices to present plans to save power, issue regulations on power use, and use energy-efficient equipment and lights. Ministers, heads ...

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Industry to Pay Millions for Energy Efficiency
Industry to Pay Millions for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 27th January 2011

THE INDIAN Power Ministry revealed today that eight industrial sectors would invest Rs 30,000 crore ($6.6 million) to save 10 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the next three years. The Power Ministry has notified the industrial sectors affected; thermal power plants, fertilisers, cement, pulp and paper, textiles, chlor-alkali, iron ...

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Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria
Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria

Thursday 27th January 2011

SYRIA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) yesterday announced they have teamed up to produce an energy efficiency building code document for the middle east country. The project aims at reducing CO2 emission in buildings through the new code, which will focus on a buildings performance, including efficiency standards for ...

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EU Commissioner has Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans
EU Commissioner has Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans

Tuesday 25th January 2011

EUROPEAN Union (EU) commissioner Gunther Oettinger has outlined an ambitious programme designed to boost the EU's energy role. Speaking today, the German official also said he was "confident" next week's summit of EU leaders will "send a clear signal to accelerate energy efficiency targets". Oettinger, who is responsible for energy policy, detailed ...

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India Reveals Plans for a Sustainable Future
India Reveals Plans for a Sustainable Future

Thursday 20th January 2011

ACTION is being taken around Asia to deal with the expected massive increase in energy demand up to 2030, panelist heard at the four-day World Future Energy Summit. The Summit taking place in Abu Dhabi this week and a panel convened to discuss sustainable environment solutions around the world, with Indian ...

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Emergency Energy Saving Measures for South Korea
Emergency Energy Saving Measures for South Korea

Wednesday 19th January 2011

THE KOREAN government is implementing emergency energy-saving measures as demand for electricity skyrockets amid record-breaking cold weather. Following a Cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday, the Korean government announced a series of measures which include limiting the interior temperature of energy-hungry big buildings and operating fewer subway trains. ...

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U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum
U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum

Wednesday 19th January 2011

AUTHOR Bracken Hendricks of the Center for American Progress thinks the momentum energy efficiency is experiencing in the U.S. is due to a change in the forces driving it forward. He feels that the desire for energy efficiency has changed from being driven primarily by public programmes to produce a robust ...

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Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost
Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost

Tuesday 18th January 2011

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum is designed for the mitigation of climate change, one of the key priorities of the JICA in its ...

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Compulsory Energy Audits Considered for Maharashtra
Compulsory Energy Audits Considered for Maharashtra

Monday 17th January 2011

THE MAHARASHTRA government, in western India, is considering framing a specific policy making energy audits mandatory for commercial, government and semi-government buildings. A government official said that the aim is to ensure energy conservation: "With a view to reduce consumption of power and check its misuse, the government is contemplating to frame ...

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Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Monday 17th January 2011

A SCHEME aimed at cutting Nigeria’s carbon footprint through reducing energy use and implementing renewable energy sources has received the backing of the central government. The scheme entitled the Nigeria Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEAP), it will be promoted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment. Despite these efforts it ...

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Industrial Leaders Want Energy Saving Action
Industrial Leaders Want Energy Saving Action

Friday 14th January 2011

EUROPEAN industry chiefs said yesterday that Europe's leaders need to take a stand on power savings as the continent continues to miss reduction targets. Chief executives of companies, such as Whirlpool Europe, AB Electrolux Bosch and Siemens, are insisting that politicians do more to bring about binding energy savings targets. ...

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Small Businesses Missing out on Energy Savings
Small Businesses Missing out on Energy Savings

Wednesday 12th January 2011

SMALL businesses in the U.S. spend over $100 billion a year on energy costs yet know little about energy saving or the financial benefits it brings revealed a recent survey. A survey by students of Bentley University in the U.S. of small-business owners across New England in the north east United ...

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MIT Save Big through Energy Efficiencies
MIT Save Big through Energy Efficiencies

Wednesday 12th January 2011

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S. is saving big on energy and hence money all through an ambitious project to reduce electricity use across its sprawling campus. MIT are collaborating with local utility company NSTAR and have exceeded their first-year energy savings goal of their Efficiency Forward programme ...

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Energy Efficiency Law back on After Re-write
Energy Efficiency Law back on After Re-write

Tuesday 11th January 2011

A KEY energy efficiency law is back in U.S. focus after a legislative fix four years after the original bill drew fire from the security industry professionals. U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a revised bill into law after lawmakers rewrote the provisions restricting security industry operations because of a blanket ...

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India to Set Industrial Energy Efficiency Targets
India to Set Industrial Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 11th January 2011

INDIA will release energy efficiency targets for the first time covering industrial sectors in an effort to save 10 million tonnes of energy by 2013-14. The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has prepared energy efficiency targets for 580 industrial units in eight industrial sectors - thermal power stations, steel, fertiliser, ...

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Utility Warn of Outages
Utility Warn of Outages

Monday 10th January 2011

SOUTH African power utility company Eskom placed the country on an electricity alert last week, they say they will work to prevent load-shedding but they also need businesses to do their part. At a briefing, Eskom’s chief executive, Brian Dames, said that heavy rains combined with an unplanned shutdown at ...

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