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Raising Energy Efficiency Standards in Government Buildings
Raising Energy Efficiency Standards in Government Buildings

Friday 29th October 2010

THE U.S. General Services Administration is raising energy efficiency standards of all of its new federal building construction projects, it announced yesterday. The GSA is the U.S. federal government's workplace solutions provider and they have now decreed that projects must achieve LEED Gold certification, the second-highest rating from the U.S. Green ...

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Public Library sets Example in Energy Saving
Public Library sets Example in Energy Saving

Thursday 28th October 2010

BOISE Public Library, U.S., yesterday received an Idaho Power incentive cheque of $66,992 for energy-efficient upgrades to the Main Library lighting system while demonstrating the savings from energy efficiency. The Idaho Statesman reports the story of Idaho's State Capital's Public Library and it details the substantial savings which are available to ...

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Energy Efficiency Priority for Europe's Energy Strategy
Energy Efficiency Priority for Europe's Energy Strategy

Wednesday 27th October 2010

ENERGY efficiency should be a key priority of Europe's energy strategy for 2011-2020, said the Energy Committee yesterday. MEPs (Members of European Parliament) urged the European Commission to exploit existing European Union (EU) energy legislation and projects to the full. MEPs stress that energy efficiency should be a key priority of ...

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Energy Efficiency Hardline from Medvedev
Energy Efficiency Hardline from Medvedev

Wednesday 27th October 2010

RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday how he is unhappy with the slow pace of a government programme aimed at promoting energy efficiency across the country. Medvedev made his views known at a meeting of the Commission for Modernisation and Technological Development of Russia’s Economy devoted to implementing energy efficiency projects ...

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China's Energy Conservation Measures Bite
China's Energy Conservation Measures Bite

Tuesday 26th October 2010

CHINA'S energy demand growth is expected to slow in the last quarter of this year due to the country’s energy conservation efforts. Senior Chinese official Wang Siqiang, a deputy director at the NEA, told reporters yesterday that energy demand is expected to be curbed further after slowing in the third quarter ...

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Indian Foundries urged to become Energy Efficient
Indian Foundries urged to become Energy Efficient

Monday 25th October 2010

POWER quality and availability is a major stumbling block for the growth of the foundry industry in India, according to N. Krishna Samaraj, the Managing Director of Magna Electro Casting. Samaraj inaugurated a workshop on “Strategies to Promote Energy Efficiency in the Foundry Sector” organised by the Southern India Engineering Manufacturers' ...

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New Energy Efficiency Code for Buildings
New Energy Efficiency Code for Buildings

Friday 22nd October 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL Code Council (ICC), which develops commercial and residential building standards, is to vote on proposals that will improve energy efficiency by 30%. The organisation’s I-Codes are recognised in the US at state and jurisdictional levels and are enforced by a number of U.S. federal agencies. At its tri-annual meeting in Charlotte, ...

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Russia Approve new Energy Conservation Plan
Russia Approve new Energy Conservation Plan

Friday 22nd October 2010

THE RUSSIAN government approved an energy conservation program yesterday, revealed Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko. "The program has been approved in principle. There were some minor comments that the colleagues made concerning technical revisions," Shmatko told reporters at a news briefing. The minister also predicted a dramatic increase of investments into the field ...

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EU Delay GHG Reduction Target Increase
EU Delay GHG Reduction Target Increase

Tuesday 19th October 2010

EUROPEAN UNION (EU) ENVIRONMENT ministers meeting in Brussels have delayed a decision until next year on increasing Europe’s emissions reduction target from 20% to 30%. We have carried several reports on these pages over recent weeks of the need to increase the target for reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions through ...

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Carrot and Stick for Philippines
Carrot and Stick for Philippines

Friday 15th October 2010

THE EUROPEAN Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) is calling for a law that will provide both incentives and penalties to promote energy conservation. "What’s happening is that building owners have no interest to invest in energy efficiency. So what we want to have is a carrot and stick." ECCP ...

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New Energy Efficiency Legislation for Uganda
New Energy Efficiency Legislation for Uganda

Thursday 14th October 2010

THE UGANDAN government is in the process of drafting a bill to enhance energy efficiency across the country, so said State Minister for Energy, Mr Simon D’Ujanga. D’Ujanga, speaking at the opening of a two-day regional energy efficiency conference in Kampala yesterday, stated: “When the Bill is passed into law, it ...

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$2.3 Trillion Indian Energy Efficiency Plan
$2.3 Trillion Indian Energy Efficiency Plan

Wednesday 13th October 2010

INDIA is to spend $2.3 trillion as a boost to its energy sector by 2030 through improving  energy efficiency and the use of clean technology which will help the country balance growth with environmental aims. India needs to continue burning cheaper fossil fuel to be able to expand the reach of ...

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Industry Leaders Propose Energy Efficiency Task Force
Industry Leaders Propose Energy Efficiency Task Force

Wednesday 13th October 2010

INDUSTRY leaders from some of Europe’s leading companies operating in the energy efficiency sector have met with the EU Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger to investigate further cooperation on energy efficiency. 

 The senior business executives are members of the Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum (EEIF) and urged Commissioner Oettinger to focus on ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Needs Big Investment
EU Energy Efficiency Needs Big Investment

Tuesday 12th October 2010

THE EUROPEAN Union's (EU) aim of increasing energy efficiency 20% by 2020 is way off target and they will need to invest EUR1 trillion to meet its climate change targets. This is all according to a draft document seen by the Dow Jones Newswire today. The document will be made public ...

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South Africa Facing Black Outs
South Africa Facing Black Outs

Monday 11th October 2010

SOUTH AFRICA’S Department of Energy has warned that the country will suffer from rolling power black outs unless urgent steps are take to implement energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. The magnitude of South Africa’s power problems were highlighted last week when the department revealed the country’s electricity system was running ...

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Energy Efficiency Sweet Pill  saves Pfizer $2.6 million in 2009
Energy Efficiency Sweet Pill saves Pfizer $2.6 million in 2009

Thursday 7th October 2010

PHARMACEUTICAL giant Pfizer has announced that it saved on average $1.4 million annually by installing energy-efficient light fixtures, timers and occupancy sensors in just one of its facilities. Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan facility made the saving each year between 2004 and 2009, with savings last year alone totaling $2.6 million, according to ...

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Australian Commercial Property Energy Ratings Loom
Australian Commercial Property Energy Ratings Loom

Thursday 7th October 2010

AUSTRALIAN commercial building landlords are preparing themselves for November 1 and the start of the new disclosure requirements for up-to-date energy efficiency information on commercial buildings. Back in July we reported on these pages that the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill was due to be passed by the Australian Parliament. The ...

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Energy Legislation could hit Profits
Energy Legislation could hit Profits

Wednesday 6th October 2010

INDIAN industrial companies need to take serious energy efficiency measures if they do not wish to have their profits hit by proposed new energy conservation legislation. The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2010 looks set to kick-starting India's Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme, which lays down efficiency targets for energy-intensive industries. The ...

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Namibia Looks to Strengthen Energy Efficiency of its Buildings
Namibia Looks to Strengthen Energy Efficiency of its Buildings

Tuesday 5th October 2010

THE NAMIBIA Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP) held a workshop on Monday as part of their efforts to implement a much needed energy efficiency buildings strategy for the southern African republic. "Energy conservation is an unending and all encompassing effort that must be embraced and implemented by all sectors of the society," ...

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State Government Buildings to Save 25 per cent of Energy
State Government Buildings to Save 25 per cent of Energy

Tuesday 5th October 2010

PUNJAB state government buildings in northern India are looking forward to energy savings of between 20-25 per cent via efforts by the state’s energy efficiency agency. Having received a 5 star rating from the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for its office building, The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is ...

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Property Developer Enjoys 23 Per Cent Energy Savings
Property Developer Enjoys 23 Per Cent Energy Savings

Monday 4th October 2010

AN ENERGY efficiency drive by a commercial property developer based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has slashed their energy bill by 23 per cent. The Vancouver Sun reports on Jawl Properties and the results of an energy audit of their 14 commercial buildings in Victoria. The newspaper states that the ...

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Energy Efficiency can Power Latin America's Growth
Energy Efficiency can Power Latin America's Growth

Thursday 30th September 2010

At a major Forum in Mexico energy efficiency has been highlighted as Latin America’s new growth engine as the continent progresses with a 5-6 per cent expansion rate, as it recovers from global recession. The importance of energy efficiency was discussed at the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum held in Mexico ...

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Call for Binding EU Energy Efficiency Targets
Call for Binding EU Energy Efficiency Targets

Thursday 30th September 2010

The European Union is being enjoined to use 25 per cent less energy by 2020, in an action designed to escalate the debate on energy efficiency. Peter Liese, a German centre-right MEP, has produced a report calling on the European Commission to draft legislation for a mandatory 25 per cent energy-efficiency ...

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China to Keep up Energy Efficiency Measures
China to Keep up Energy Efficiency Measures

Wednesday 29th September 2010

CHINA has been criticised for their recent Iron Fist approach towards energy savings but they vow to continue, albeit by more conventional methods, during their next five year plan. China, is now the world’s biggest energy user and polluter despite their efforts during their current five year plan, which ends this ...

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15 Million Euro Energy Efficiency Grant for Lebanese SMEs
15 Million Euro Energy Efficiency Grant for Lebanese SMEs

Monday 27th September 2010

THE European Union has signed grant contracts worth €15 million with Lebanon to provide an energy efficiency financing initiative targeting SMEs wanting to invest in energy savings technologies. The European Union has signed grant contracts with Banque du Liban (BdL) and Kafalat for the implementation of an energy efficiency financing window ...

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