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Energy Efficiency Critical to U.S.-China Climate Agreement
Energy Efficiency Critical to U.S.-China Climate Agreement

Tuesday 18th November 2014

U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an historic agreement to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which account for 40% of the world’s emissions. The United States, building on existing efforts, in which energy efficiency plays a very large role, will reduce emissions 26-28% by 2025 relative to ...

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Serbia get 10M Euro for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Serbia get 10M Euro for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Monday 17th November 2014

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in Serbia with a loan of up to €10 million. The finance is being filtered through Komercijalna Banka for on-lending to private and municipal borrowers. The aim of the loan is to support ...

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Vietnam get Energy Efficiency Financing Boost
Vietnam get Energy Efficiency Financing Boost

Friday 14th November 2014

THE State Bank of Vietnam and the World Bank have signed a $500 million loan for a $731.25 million operation to improve energy efficiency. “Improving energy efficiency is critical for Vietnam’s ability to meet energy demand to power growth and maintain improvements in welfare.” said Victoria Kwakwa, Country Director for ...

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Germany Plans Tax Concessions for Energy Efficiency Projects
Germany Plans Tax Concessions for Energy Efficiency Projects

Thursday 13th November 2014

THE German government has revealed an action plan offering a €1 billion in tax concessions for energy efficiency improvements for buildings and sales of electric car. Germany has lagged behind on energy efficiency, leading to the proposed action plan to incentivize energy saving projects, as revealed by German Environment Minister Barbara ...

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Jordan gets $100M Renewable Fund Boost
Jordan gets $100M Renewable Fund Boost

Wednesday 12th November 2014

JORDAN have received a financial boost of $100 million for the implementation of renewable energy in the south of the country. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the French Development Finance Institution PROPARCO are providing the loans of $50 million each, to fund the construction of three solar ...

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LA Top U.S. City for Energy Efficiency Target
LA Top U.S. City for Energy Efficiency Target

Tuesday 11th November 2014

MAYOR of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, highlighted the LA Department of Water and Power’s energy efficiency goal of 15% by 2020 is the highest by a major municipal utility in the United States. The new goal, adopted by the Board of Water and Power in August 2014, exceeds the 10-year, ...

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More Jobs From Green Energy than Fossil Fuels
More Jobs From Green Energy than Fossil Fuels

Monday 10th November 2014

ENERGY efficiency and renewable energy delivers more jobs than similar sized fossil-fuel projects according to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). A study by UKERC reveals that energy efficiency and renewables offers up to ten times more jobs per unit of electricity generated or saved than fossil fuels. However, in itself ...

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200M Euro Loan for Polish SME Sustainable Energy Upgrades
200M Euro Loan for Polish SME Sustainable Energy Upgrades

Friday 7th November 2014

THE European Bank for Research and Development (EBRD) has launched its second Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF2) of €200 million which will be on-lent via local banks to SMEs. The loans will finance investments to replace or upgrade heating, cooling, electric and related systems in order to lower companies’ ...

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U.S. EPA Guidance on Energy Efficiency Improvements for Schools
U.S. EPA Guidance on Energy Efficiency Improvements for Schools

Thursday 6th November 2014

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts increase energy efficiency and protect indoor air quality during school renovations. “This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office ...

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Finance for Hydro-Power Upgrade in Albania
Finance for Hydro-Power Upgrade in Albania

Wednesday 5th November 2014

THE most important source of electricity in Albania is the Komani hydro power plant in the mountains of the Puka region, in the north of the country, is about to undergo a major upgrade. The Komani dam, the largest of a complex of three hydro cascades, produces 65% of Albania’s ...

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Morocco Doing Well on Energy but Efficiency Improvements Needed
Morocco Doing Well on Energy but Efficiency Improvements Needed

Tuesday 4th November 2014

MOROCCO’s energy strategy is on target, with notable advances in wind and solar but progress can be made regarding energy efficiency, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). “Under political guidance from the highest level, Morocco has shown an admirable determination to play to its strengths, and in our view ...

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Time Running Out to Tackle Climate Change - IPCC
Time Running Out to Tackle Climate Change - IPCC

Monday 3rd November 2014

HUMAN influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts on all continents according to the 2014 Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel and Climate Change (IPCC). Tackling greenhouse gas emissions is vital with a drastic reduction in the use of fossil fuels at the forefront of any ...

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Real-Time Smart Technology Vital for Fed Buildings
Real-Time Smart Technology Vital for Fed Buildings

Friday 31st October 2014

A report by the U.S. Government Business Council (GBC) reveals that better energy data from smart building technologies would help federal agencies reach energy-efficiency goals. The Obama Administration has set ambitious energy-efficiency goals, for federal buildings - but real-time energy monitoring and data feed back is key to success. A survey of ...

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Eco Expo Asia Highlights Energy Efficiency
Eco Expo Asia Highlights Energy Efficiency

Thursday 30th October 2014

YESTERDAY saw the opening of the Eco Expo Asia showcasing green products and energy saving technology. The Expo runs from 29 October until Saturday 1 November with many exhibitors from 22 countries and regions taking part, highlighting energy efficiency amongst other eco technologies. Eco Expo Asia is comprised of four themed days: ...

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Employee Energy Monitoring and Control Saves
Employee Energy Monitoring and Control Saves

Wednesday 29th October 2014

PITTSBURGH based PNC bank recently participated in a Carnegie Mellon University study to confirm the extent to which employee behavior can improve the company's energy efficiency. This study focused on how knowledge and control influence behavior and found that PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (to give them their full title) ...

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EU Accepts Binding 40% Emissions Target
EU Accepts Binding 40% Emissions Target

Tuesday 28th October 2014

AN EU binding target reducing greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030 was agreed very early last Friday, setting a lead for the rest of the world in tackling climate change. The EU’s goal produces a face off between heavy industry and green business. Industry claims the target is a massive challenge ...

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National Parks Turning Greener
National Parks Turning Greener

Monday 27th October 2014

THE U.S. National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the ...

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Marks and Spencer to install UK's Largest Roof Mounted Solar Array
Marks and Spencer to install UK's Largest Roof Mounted Solar Array

Friday 24th October 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that it is installing the UK’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington. The project, which is expected to be completedin early 2015, will see the solar PV system span the site’s 900,000 sq ...

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U.S. States Energy Efficiency Scorecard
U.S. States Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Thursday 23rd October 2014

HOW are the States across the U.S. performing with regards to energy efficiency, yesterday the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The Scorecard reveals that governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the U.S. continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, ...

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UK Cities Call for PM to Back Binding Energy Efficiency Target
UK Cities Call for PM to Back Binding Energy Efficiency Target

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOUR UK Cities are calling on the government to support the EU’s binding energy efficiency targets for 2030. Bristol, Aberdeen, Leicester and Milton Keynes, all members of Energy Cities, sent a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging him the to “support an ambitious, binding, energy efficiency target for 2030, ...

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EU Can Cut Natural Gas Imports by Half
EU Can Cut Natural Gas Imports by Half

Tuesday 21st October 2014

BY ramping up cost-effective investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency the European Union can cut its dependency on natural gas imports in half, according to new analysis released yesterday. Carbon reductions of 49% or more could be achieved below the 1990 level by 2030 – far more than currently ...

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Jordan get $207.5M for Solar Energy Plants
Jordan get $207.5M for Solar Energy Plants

Monday 20th October 2014

JORDAN is to get $207.5 million to fund the construction of seven solar plants to boost the Kingdom’s use of renewables and help transform its energy sector. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, finalized the debt package for the solar project, which is the largest ...

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$10M Savings from Energy Efficiency for University
$10M Savings from Energy Efficiency for University

Friday 17th October 2014

THE University of Southern Mississippi, U.S., has undertaken significant changes in energy consumption and efficiency that have resulted in a savings of more than $10 million since 2009. Facilities across the Hattiesburg campus – including those designated for academics, athletics, residence life and dining – continue to be examined to determine ...

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UK Manufacturing Concerned Over Energy Price Hikes
UK Manufacturing Concerned Over Energy Price Hikes

Thursday 16th October 2014

BRITAIN'S ambitions for a better-balanced economy could be seriously undermined by escalating energy costs, warns a new report out today from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. It projects a 50% hike in electricity costs by 2020 and says that this would hit investment, margins and competitiveness, potentially applying a brake to ...

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$30M IFC Loan for Brazilian Energy Efficiency and Renewables
$30M IFC Loan for Brazilian Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Wednesday 15th October 2014

A loan of $30 million to Banco Caixa Geral of Brasil (BCG) funding renewable energy projects to mitigate climate change in Brazil has been made by International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is making the five year loan to BCG, which is part of ...

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