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"Use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light," urges Ban Ki-moon

Friday 25th March 2011

UN SECRETARY General Ban Ki-moon leads a host of world and civic leaders supporting Earth Hour 2011 as a powerful symbol of a shared wish for a sustainable and secure future. “All over the world individuals, communities, businesses and governments are creating new examples for our common future – new visions ...

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Extreme Weather Experience leads to Energy Efficiency Action
Extreme Weather Experience leads to Energy Efficiency Action

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

EXPERIENCING extreme weather events increases concern about climate change and a willingness to take energy saving actions a new study reveal. The study by the UK’s Cardiff and Nottingham Universities, published in the first edition of Nature Climate Change, found that people are more prepared to take energy efficiency action to ...

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Earth Hour 8:30 Saturday - Energy Efficiency in Focus
Earth Hour 8:30 Saturday - Energy Efficiency in Focus

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

8:30pm SATURDAY, March 26, is this years Earth Hour when businesses, governments, individuals and communities turn out their lights for one hour to highlight sustainability and energy efficiency. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as ...

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Mandatory Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings Considered
Mandatory Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings Considered

Monday 21st March 2011

WITH THE Indian State of Tamil Nadu’s power demand is more than 11,000 mega watts (MW), the Tamil Nadu Electrical Inspectorate (TNEI) is considering mandatory  energy efficiency for commercial buildings. The Indian Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), launched in 2007, lists the energy performance requirements for commercial buildings with an ...

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Japan Forced to Save Energy in Disaster
Japan Forced to Save Energy in Disaster

Friday 18th March 2011

JAPAN has had its focus firmly set on energy efficiency since being hit so tragically by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami a week ago. With the continuing problems at the Fukushima Power Plant and the catastrophic destruction of infrastructure, a nation that once used energy freely is suffering from blackouts and ...

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EBRD Support Sutainable Energy Future for Turkey
EBRD Support Sutainable Energy Future for Turkey

Thursday 17th March 2011

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are supporting the development of a more sustainable economy and future for Turkey. The EBRD is strengthening its support for Turkey’s efforts to reduce its energy intensity and promote energy efficiency investments with the launch of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for ...

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Energy Efficiency more than a Wise Business Decision
Energy Efficiency more than a Wise Business Decision

Wednesday 16th March 2011

THE call for energy efficiency and conservation not only benefits business financially but also has advantages for this and future generations. This is the message that the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Mindanao wanted the business people of the island to understand in its promoting of energy efficiency. Approximately, Php 60 ...

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Survey Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency to Businesses
Survey Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency to Businesses

Tuesday 15th March 2011

IN A GLOBAL executive study on energy efficiency half of executives stated it has improved their organisation’s bottom line and will play a more important role in the future. Ingersoll-Rand plc together with the Economist Intelligence Unit announced yesterday the results of the global C-level executive study on energy efficiency and ...

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First Choice for Energy Resource is Energy Efficiency
First Choice for Energy Resource is Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th March 2011

THE UN Foundation said recently that governments should exploit energy efficiency as their energy resource of first choice. Referring to this comment U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference on green buildings that energy could be the definitive challenge of our time, as ...

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Companies can save Billions Through Resource Efficiencies
Companies can save Billions Through Resource Efficiencies

Monday 14th March 2011

BRITISH businesses can save around £23 billion a year by improving the way they use energy amongst other things. The figures come from research published by the UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and along with energy, water and waste management make up the potential savings. The research identifies these huge potential savings ...

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Singapore Targets Energy Efficiency
Singapore Targets Energy Efficiency

Friday 11th March 2011

IMPROVING energy efficiency is a key strategy for Singapore said Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in a recent speech. Singapore achieved a decrease of 8 percent in energy intensity between 2005 to 2009, but Ibrahim added: “We will need to continue our efforts to meet our target, under ...

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$200M Investment Energy Efficiency Potential for Armenia
$200M Investment Energy Efficiency Potential for Armenia

Thursday 10th March 2011

THE IFC revealed in their report, “Energy Efficiency: A New Resource for Sustainable Growth” Armenia’s industrial sector could save 14.5 percent of energy costs through improving energy efficiency. IFC (International Finance Corporation) Regional Head for the Caucasus, Thomas Lubeck, revealed the extent of potential savings at the Energy Efficiency Expo 2011, ...

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UK Public Buildings Struggle to Achieve Energy Efficiency
UK Public Buildings Struggle to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 8th March 2011

UK GOVERMENT data has revealed that there are three times as many properties in the lowest energy efficiency category than in the top bands. The release of new figures highlight the immensity of the challenge facing the UK government in its plan to improve energy efficiency across the public sector, with ...

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Conflicts as China Pushes for Energy Efficiency
Conflicts as China Pushes for Energy Efficiency

Monday 7th March 2011

CHINA is the world’s second largest economy so their efforts to raise the country’s energy efficiency is important for their own and the worlds economy. They have so far managed to cut energy consumption per unit of GDP by 19.06 percent between 2006 and 2010 on the 2005 levels, however ...

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Asia's Energy Efficiency Industry to Grow by 421% by 2015
Asia's Energy Efficiency Industry to Grow by 421% by 2015

Monday 7th March 2011

RAPID economic growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region significantly increased energy demand, which has in turn lead to a greater focus on energy efficiency according to a new report. Pike Research’s report, “Energy Efficient Buildings:  Asia Pacific” analyses market issues and opportunities related to energy efficiency solutions for commercial buildings ...

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Filipino Companies to Benefit from Energy Efficiency
Filipino Companies to Benefit from Energy Efficiency

Thursday 3rd March 2011

40 FILIPINO companies in the Davao City region have made a commitment to practice energy efficiency and energy management systems after attending a national workshop on energy efficiency. Jesus C. Anunciacion, the assistant director for Philippines Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, said that the companies who made the commitment during the ...

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Battle Awaits over Binding Energy Efficiency Targets
Battle Awaits over Binding Energy Efficiency Targets

Thursday 3rd March 2011

JO LEINEN, chair of the European Parliament's environment committee, warned the European Union (EU) executive that it will have a fight over binding energy-efficiency targets. Leinen told EurActiv: "The Parliament will strongly lobby for a binding target. We can criticise the executive of the EU and at the very end we ...

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Increasing Energy Prices Prioritise Efficiency for Businesses
Increasing Energy Prices Prioritise Efficiency for Businesses

Wednesday 2nd March 2011

HIGHER fuel costs are pushing energy efficiency up the agenda for British businesses but fear that action will be too expensive in the short term according to a new survey. Energy advisors energyrethinking today released the results of the survey they commissioned in association with the Institute of Directors (IoD). Over ...

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A Mandatory Energy Efficiency Scheme for South Africa?
A Mandatory Energy Efficiency Scheme for South Africa?

Wednesday 2nd March 2011

SOUTH AFRICA’S state-owned power company Eskom said yesterday that it wants the government to set a mandatory energy efficiency scheme as a safety net. We revealed recently that Eskom expects there to be further difficulties for South Africa as they try to rank up their generating capacity, which is currently struggling ...

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Obama Announces Incentives for Energy Efficiency
Obama Announces Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Monday 28th February 2011

U.S. PRESIDENT Barack Obama has outlined a plan to offer incentives to commercial buildings that implement energy efficiency measures. Obama’s “Better Buildings Initiative” announced recently aims to boost energy efficiency by 20 percent in commercial type buildings, including schools, universities, offices, stores, municipal facilities along with commercial buildings. Obama made the announcement ...

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UN Calls for 2% GDP Investment in Green Economy
UN Calls for 2% GDP Investment in Green Economy

Wednesday 23rd February 2011

INVESTING two percent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched this week states. The report, ‘Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication’, says that investing 2% of worldwide GDP, which about ...

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Education and Information Vital to Save Energy
Education and Information Vital to Save Energy

Tuesday 22nd February 2011

FOR PUBLIC and private sector organisations to become energy efficient more is needed than technology, at least according to a new study. Kathryn Janda, a researcher at the UK Energy Research Centre, authored a report which revealed the importance of educating and informing people about energy use, efficiency and hence changing ...

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Energy Efficiency key to Zero Energy Commercial Buildings
Energy Efficiency key to Zero Energy Commercial Buildings

Monday 21st February 2011

ENERGY efficiency is key to achieving zero energy use in commercial buildings, reveals two reports in the United States. The two new reports from the Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) on achieving net-zero-energy use in commercial buildings say "high levels of energy efficiency are the first, largest and most important ...

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"Energy Shock" for Australian Businesses

Monday 21st February 2011

AUSTRALIAN businesses are set to be hit by soaring electricity costs, with prices predicted to be double 2008 prices by 2015, a report by Australian Industry Group (AIG) reveals. The report “Energy shock: confronting higher prices” delivers a grim message for businesses, with the federal government’s renewable energy scheme expected to ...

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Ireland Aim for a more Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plan
Ireland Aim for a more Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plan

Friday 18th February 2011

IRELAND’S Energy Minister Pat Carey has stated that an updated and more ambitious Energy Efficiency Action Plan is needed for his country. “Ireland’s first action plan succeeded in focusing national energy policy on measures which can deliver a sustainable energy future.” Carey explained. “The actions outlined in the National Energy Efficiency Action ...

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