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Construction Industry face huge low Carbon Challenge
Construction Industry face huge low Carbon Challenge

Tuesday 7th December 2010

THE UK construction industry faces the largest change since Victorian times if it is to meet the low carbon agenda, according to an industry report published today. The Innovation and Growth Team (IGT), which is drawn from the construction industry, was tasked by the UK government to consider how the construction ...

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Power Boost but Energy Efficiency still Focus for Visayas
Power Boost but Energy Efficiency still Focus for Visayas

Monday 6th December 2010

THE PHILIPPINES’ central islands area of Visayas are to have three new power plants to overcome a negative power reserve but energy efficiency still needs to be improved. Rey Maleza, supervisor of the Energy Industry Management Division of the Department of Energy (DOE) -Visayas Field Office, revealed yesterday that the three ...

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Hospitals Missing out on Savings from Energy Efficiency
Hospitals Missing out on Savings from Energy Efficiency

Monday 6th December 2010

A SURVEY of U.S. healthcare professionals finds a general recognition of the importance and benefits of energy efficiency, there is widespread undervaluing of the energy and cost savings available. The survey, conducted by the Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute (CRDMI), looked at the responses to questions about implementation and benefits ...

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£6 Billion Annual Cost of Poor Energy Efficiency in UK Businesses
£6 Billion Annual Cost of Poor Energy Efficiency in UK Businesses

Tuesday 30th November 2010

ACCORDING to the UK’s Environment Agency’s annual Greener Business Report poor energy efficiency is costing UK businesses over £6 billion a year. Notwithstanding this detail, the Environment Agency report that the UK’s industrial sector is showing an improvement in its environmental performance. Over 50 percent of UK industrial sites monitored by the ...

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Cancun: Mankind's Survival Threatened by Climate Change
Cancun: Mankind's Survival Threatened by Climate Change

Tuesday 30th November 2010

THE United Nations Climate Change Conference opened in Cancún, Mexico, yesterday with participants agreeing that climate change is threatening the survival of humans and action needs to be taken. The talks, running from November 29 to December 10, aim to search for solutions to the climate problem, with about 25,000 participants ...

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Chinese Provinces Fall Short on Energy Saving Targets
Chinese Provinces Fall Short on Energy Saving Targets

Friday 26th November 2010

According to an official statement issued this week by the China National Development and Reform Commission, in January to October this year four provinces made very poor progress in their efforts to meet energy saving targets. The provinces, namely Guangxi, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, in question are all major producers of steel ...

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£1 Billion Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Public Sector
£1 Billion Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Public Sector

Friday 26th November 2010

THE UK’s Carbon Trust have revealed that the country’s public sector could save £1 billion and shed 46 million tonnes of CO2 a year by improving energy efficiency. The Carbon Trust, a UK government-backed advisory body, have determined several "immediate opportunities" for public organisations to save energy and reduce emissions including, ...

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Energy Efficiency Should Top the EU Agenda
Energy Efficiency Should Top the EU Agenda

Thursday 25th November 2010

ENERGY efficiency should be a key priority of Europe's energy strategy for 2011-2020, say MEPs in a resolution adopted today. Applying existing legislation in full, promoting energy projects and strengthening EU external energy policy are among the other priorities. The future strategy should also strive to achieve a single energy market, security ...

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Amended Bill Encourages Investment in Energy Efficiency
Amended Bill Encourages Investment in Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 23rd November 2010

The Singapore Government has given a tax incentive to energy-efficiency projects. Energy efficiency projects have now been included in the qualifying list of activities under Singapore’s Investment Allowance Scheme. Investment Allowance incentivises capital investments by providing companies an offset against their taxable incomes. Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, S Iswaran, ...

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Energy Efficiency Workshops Focus on Cost Competitiveness
Energy Efficiency Workshops Focus on Cost Competitiveness

Monday 22nd November 2010

THE INDIAN Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) organised a Workshop on Enhancing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency & Cost Competitiveness Urging the smaller businesses to work towards energy efficiency, the Indian Home Secretary, Ram Niwas, said that with the introduction of nuclear based power plants, ...

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Call for Enforcement of Energy Conservation Law
Call for Enforcement of Energy Conservation Law

Friday 19th November 2010

A SENIOR Chinese legislator has stressed that their Energy Conservation Law must be strictly enforced as the country seeks to build an energy-saving and environmental-friendly society. Chen Zhili, vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, made the comments after she headed a team of ...

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Kenya to Tackle Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Kenya to Tackle Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Friday 19th November 2010

THE KENYAN government has drafted a Bill to tackle climate change through energy efficiency investments and actions plus setting up carbon credit trading. The draft Climate Change Bill 2010 is intended to provide directions on how Kenya will lessen the effects and adapt to climate change. The proposals require that the ...

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U.S. DOE set up Expert Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee
U.S. DOE set up Expert Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee

Tuesday 16th November 2010

THE U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that they have established the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC) made up of 19 experts with a range technical expertise. "We are fortunate to have such knowledgeable people volunteering their time and efforts to the Department's clean energy endeavors," said U.S. ...

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Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon to Benefit SMEs
Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon to Benefit SMEs

Monday 15th November 2010

THE CONFEDERATION of British Industry (CBI) is urging small to medium-sized businesses to act on green opportunities in their businesses through energy efficiency and low carbon products. The CBI and Lloyds Banking Group, issued a joint statement today calling for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their energy efficiency and ...

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London's Lights Left On
London's Lights Left On

Friday 12th November 2010

THE LONDON Assembly’s Environment Committee is starting an investigation into why lights are left on in London’s workplaces and shops and what can be done about it. Leaving lights on in empty or near empty buildings all through the night has an environmental and financial impact raising the question as to why ...

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Qatar Could be Centre for Energy Efficiency
Qatar Could be Centre for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 11th November 2010

ARAB Emirate State of Qatar could become a centre of energy efficiency and be a part of the solution to global warming, according to the first Doha Carbon Energy Forum. The thre-day forum called for greater global attention to energy efficiency, alternative energy and carbon capture and storage. The forum was ...

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U.S. Federal Agencies Focused on Energy Efficiency
U.S. Federal Agencies Focused on Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 10th November 2010

MOST U.S. federal government leaders who are responsible for purchasing believe that energy efficiency is important and the most effective way to combat future energy and environmental requirements. An independent survey of 201 U.S. government leaders asked participants to rate the importance of energy efficiency within their agencies, rate the agencies' ...

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Sustainability Addressed in Australian Fiscal Report
Sustainability Addressed in Australian Fiscal Report

Wednesday 10th November 2010

CLIMATE change is a major issue for Australia, so claim their recently elected government and they say they are determined to respond swiftly to move towards a low pollution, energy efficient future. Today saw the release of Australia’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, promising action on sustainability. The Fiscal Outlook has been ...

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WEO-2010 Predicts Future Energy Patterns and Actions?
WEO-2010 Predicts Future Energy Patterns and Actions?

Tuesday 9th November 2010

THE International Energy Authority's (IEA) 2010 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO-2010) was released in London today. “The Copenhagen Accord and the agreement among G20 countries to phase out subsidies are important steps forward. But, these moves still fall a very long way short of what is required to set ...

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East African Energy Efficiency Vital
East African Energy Efficiency Vital

Tuesday 9th November 2010

ENERGY efficiency in East Africa is a case of more than just a monetary or environmental concern as using a scarce resource wisely benefits the whole nation. Only 37 per cent of East Africa's population are connected to the national grid, with 90 per cent relying on traditional sources of energy. East ...

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South East Asia has to Improve Energy Efficiency
South East Asia has to Improve Energy Efficiency

Friday 5th November 2010

SOUTHEAST Asia‘s energy demands are predicted to explode by 76 per cent by 2030, a faster growth rate than the rest of the world leading to a call for improved energy efficiency. “The countries of Southeast Asia are set to play an increasingly important role in global energy markets in the ...

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Fiji Calls for Energy Efficiency
Fiji Calls for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 4th November 2010

THE FIJI Electricity Authority (FEA) has suffered from an increase in unbudgeted expenditure for fuel leading them to appeal for energy efficiency to save costs for suppliers and consumers. Authority chief executive Hasmukh Patel says they have tightened operations and reduced costs where possible, which has helped them to save about ...

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New Building Codes to Deliver 30 percent Energy Saving
New Building Codes to Deliver 30 percent Energy Saving

Thursday 4th November 2010

BUILDING officials from across the U.S. have voted for a series of new building energy codes that should help to improve energy efficiency in buildings by 30%. “The votes that will have the most profound impact on national energy and environmental policy this year were not held in Washington or a ...

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Commercial Building Disclosure Programme Launches
Commercial Building Disclosure Programme Launches

Tuesday 2nd November 2010

THE AUSTRALIAN Government yesterday welcomed moves to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings with the commencement of the Commercial Building Disclosure programme. The Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, launched the Commercial Building Disclosure programme. This programme is regarded as a key step in creating ...

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Government Departments hit and miss Energy Reductions
Government Departments hit and miss Energy Reductions

Monday 1st November 2010

YESTERDAY marked the end of the UK Government’s month long challenge to reduce its own energy across many of its ministries and departments. Launched on October 1, the Whitehall energy efficiency competition pitted departments against each other. The results revealed that the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) performed best. According to the ...

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