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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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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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