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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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Energy Efficiency is Top Priority for Indian Business Leaders
Energy Efficiency is Top Priority for Indian Business Leaders

Friday 24th September 2010

BUSINESS decision makers throughout India give a higher priority to energy efficiency in their buildings than those in any other major country, according to the Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey. This year's survey results provide a look at how business leaders in India are prioritising and investing in energy efficiency ...

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Proposed Energy Efficiency Addition to Renewable Energy Standard
Proposed Energy Efficiency Addition to Renewable Energy Standard

Thursday 23rd September 2010

ENERGY efficiency is to be integrated into the proposed U.S. bill to introduce a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). The bipartisan bill is being proposed by head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Democrat Jeff Bingaman and Republican Sam Brownback. Under the proposed RES, which is similar to last year’s American ...

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A Quarter of a Million Jobs from Green Deal
A Quarter of a Million Jobs from Green Deal

Wednesday 22nd September 2010

THE UK government’s Green Deal to radically overhaul the energy efficiency of small businesses and homes could support a quarter of a million jobs over the next 20 years. The prediction was announced today by the UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne in a press release by the Department of Energy and ...

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Houston's Green Office Challenge
Houston's Green Office Challenge

Thursday 16th September 2010

THE Texan city of Houston in the U.S. yesterday announced their Green Office Challenge, an initiative to get city offices to save energy with the added incentive of low-interest energy-efficiency loans. Houston Mayor Annise Parker stated: "We're probably the most over-air-conditioned city in the world...There's a lot of opportunity to ...

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Binding Energy Efficiency Target Can Save EU €78 Billion Annually
Binding Energy Efficiency Target Can Save EU €78 Billion Annually

Wednesday 15th September 2010

A EUROPEAN Union goal to increase energy efficiency by 2020 should become binding to help Europe save €78 billion a year while reducing its energy dependence. This is the recommendation of a new study released on Wednesday commissioned by the Brussels-based think tank European Climate Foundation and the Regulatory Assistance Project. In ...

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Dublin's Energy Efficient Building Reveals Future
Dublin's Energy Efficient Building Reveals Future

Tuesday 14th September 2010

A NEW office block unveiled in Dublin yesterday is one of the most energy efficient buildings in Ireland producing substantial financial savings for tenants. Chartered Land Grand Canal Square office development in Dublin’s South Docklands, uses 60 per cent less energy than a more traditional structure, which will save tenants €200,000 ...

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"Energy Efficiency Should be a No-Brainer for Businesses" the FT

Monday 13th September 2010

“Energy efficiency should be a no-brainer for businesses. Companies can immediately save money, often at little or no upfront cost” so reports the Financial Times. In the article by the FT’s Environment Correspondent Fiona Harvey she gathers the evidence that businesses should act on energy efficiency for their current good and ...

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Kenya Save Over $300 Million Through Energy Efficiencies
Kenya Save Over $300 Million Through Energy Efficiencies

Monday 13th September 2010

THE Kenyan economy achieved national energy savings of over $300 million last year due to embracing energy efficiency, according to a new report. The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) revealed that the savings from energy efficiency started when electricity was being rationed after oil products prices had ...

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Are You Ready for Energy Awareness Month?
Are You Ready for Energy Awareness Month?

Friday 10th September 2010

OCTOBER is Energy Awareness Month in the U.S., created in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote energy awareness and energy savings. More and more corporations, institutions, and governmental agencies are participating in the scheme by launching their own internal programmes.
 
Energy awareness programmes provide many benefits. Being aware ...

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$300 Million Energy Saving for Ghana
$300 Million Energy Saving for Ghana

Thursday 9th September 2010

GHANA has been able to save nearly $300million, following a vigorous national energy saving campaign. According to Ghana’s Energy Foundation the energy saving campaign has resulted in the reduction of electricity consumption by 125 megawatts, equivalent to $300million in power generation costs. At the launch of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Month, ...

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Growing Awareness from Ramadan Energy Saving Campaign
Growing Awareness from Ramadan Energy Saving Campaign

Thursday 9th September 2010

THE Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has, for the fifth year, completed its “To Guide is to Care” energy and water conservation campaign, during Ramadan. The campaign is a grassroots educational scheme raising awareness of the importance of conservation. The month-long campaign involved a series of workshops, knowledge exchange sessions and ...

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HSBC Report Reveals Very Bright Future for Energy Saving Industry
HSBC Report Reveals Very Bright Future for Energy Saving Industry

Tuesday 7th September 2010

HSBC Bank’s "Sizing the climate economy" report, released on Monday, suggest a bright future for energy efficiency and related industries, with a possible tripling in value. The report claims that the world's low-carbon energy market is likely to treble by 2020 and that rising concerns about resource scarcity would support broad ...

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Energy Saving Needed to Prevent Blackouts in Pakistan
Energy Saving Needed to Prevent Blackouts in Pakistan

Tuesday 7th September 2010

PAKISTAN has been in the news due to the horrendous flooding that the country and its people have suffered. This disaster has pushed into the background Pakistan’s ongoing energy crisis, which can only be exasperated by the floods. Now the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) is carrying 5 to 6 hours ...

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Thailand and Singapore Green Building Awareness
Thailand and Singapore Green Building Awareness

Monday 6th September 2010

THAILAND’S businesses and corporations are becoming increasing aware of climate change and stricter environmental regulations which is accelerating promotion of green buildings by governments and businesses alike, so states Dr Atch Sreshthaputra, a board member of the Thai Green Building Institute. Many companies now wish to publicise their green credentials as ...

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