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German Industry to get Tax Exemption for Energy Efficiency Improvements
German Industry to get Tax Exemption for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Thursday 2nd August 2012

GERMANY is to allow heavy industries in the country to be exempt from environmental taxes, but only as long as they provide guarantees to improve their energy efficiency. The exemption was due to finish at the end of 2012, but the extension will see around 25,000 German companies continue to benefit ...

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Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables
Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables

Wednesday 1st August 2012

AZERBAIJAN are preparing an energy efficiency and alternative energy programme according to Akim Badalov Director of State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources. Badalov revealed that the medium term action plan is being prepared for further publicity in November. He added that currently development work is being conducted and a ...

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Energy Efficiency - Bottom Line and Brand Image
Energy Efficiency - Bottom Line and Brand Image

Tuesday 31st July 2012

IMPROVING energy efficiency at America's businesses is as important to brand building as it is to growing the bottom line, according to a new Deloitte report. The study, "reSources 2012," shows that while 85 percent of companies claim that electricity cost reductions are essential to staying financially competitive, nearly an equal ...

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Call for Energy Efficiency Improvement from South Korean Minister
Call for Energy Efficiency Improvement from South Korean Minister

Monday 30th July 2012

TO achieve sustainable growth South Korea needs to improve its energy efficiency according to Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan reports Yon Hap News Agency. Recently South Korea has been suffering from very high temperatures leading to heat advisories being issued, with the result that electricity demand has been hitting highs, leading to ...

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Building Energy Efficiency Grants of S$3M for Singapore
Building Energy Efficiency Grants of S$3M for Singapore

Friday 27th July 2012

Singapore’s developers and building owners can expect more funding from the City State’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings according to channelnewsasia.com. Channel News Asia reports that under the Republic’s enhanced Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings, BCA will co-fund up to 50 ...

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UK's DECC gets 'C' Certification
UK's DECC gets 'C' Certification

Thursday 26th July 2012

THE UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been awarded a new, improved Display Energy Certificate (DEC) rating of ’C’ for its headquarters building. A DEC is the measure of the energy efficiency of a building, which is rated on a scale of A to G, with A being ...

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Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget
Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget

Wednesday 25th July 2012

AUSTRALIA’S latest federal budget saw reaffirmation of support for renewable energy and energy efficiency and the benefits involved, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC). Kane Thornton, Acting Chief Executive of CEC said “In this budget, the Federal Government has recognised the importance of the programs that are in place to ...

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New Institution to Promote Energy Efficiency in South Africa
New Institution to Promote Energy Efficiency in South Africa

Tuesday 24th July 2012

A NEW institution in South Africa (SA) has been set-up to help the nation manage its energy needs efficiently, while allowing a greater share in the energy available to more of the population. SA Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at the launch of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), ...

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Effort to Cut U.S. Hospital Energy Use in Half
Effort to Cut U.S. Hospital Energy Use in Half

Monday 23rd July 2012

HOSPITALS are energy hungry facilities but energy efficiency can improve their energy health according to the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Hospitals use a lot of energy to save lives. In fact, they use more than 836 trillion BTUs of energy every year and produce more than 2.5 times the ...

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North American Market for Energy Efficient Lighting Grows
North American Market for Energy Efficient Lighting Grows

Friday 20th July 2012

THE rising environmental consciousness of end users as well as new energy-efficiency requirements have opened up a large market for energy-efficient lighting equipment across the U.S. Consumers are eager to not only adopt products that have the least impact on the environment, but also reduce energy consumption. As lighting accounts ...

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USDA Proposed Rule to Help Rural Energy Efficiency Upgrades
USDA Proposed Rule to Help Rural Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Thursday 19th July 2012

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a proposed regulation that will help rural businesses and homeowners make affordable energy improvements to their buildings. This effort is expected to expand job opportunities in the construction industry and save businesses and homeowners money on their energy bills – reflecting the U.S. Administration’s overall ...

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Australian Businesses Spend to Improve Energy Efficiency
Australian Businesses Spend to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 18th July 2012

A REPORT from the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) reveals that energy expenditure as a percentage of turnover increased 10 percent from 2008 to 2011 increasing demand for energy efficiency. Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said that the report, "Highlights the mounting pressure on business from rising energy prices. We ...

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UK Identifies Areas for Improved Energy Efficiency
UK Identifies Areas for Improved Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 17th July 2012

THE conclusions of the UK’s initial Electricity Demand Reduction Assessment, has revealed significant potential for greater efficiency in the use of electricity. The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC),that conducted the assessment work with some analysis by McKinsey, concludes that implementing existing energy efficiency improvement measures to their full ...

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UK Top for Energy Efficiency as U.S. Lags
UK Top for Energy Efficiency as U.S. Lags

Monday 16th July 2012

THE UK comes first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed closely by Germany, Italy, and Japan, according to the first-ever International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The Scorecard has been published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report finds that in the last ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Directive Endorsed
EU Energy Efficiency Directive Endorsed

Friday 13th July 2012

THE deal on the proposed EU energy efficiency directive which we reported was struck by MEPs and Council on 13 June, was endorsed by the Energy Committee yesterday. The directive would introduce mandatory measures such as renovating public buildings and energy-saving schemes for utilities. The plenary vote is scheduled for ...

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Ireland Faces up to Challenge of Low-Carbon Economy
Ireland Faces up to Challenge of Low-Carbon Economy

Thursday 12th July 2012

DESPITE a severe economic downturn, Ireland has held to its ambitious energy targets to move itself towards a low-carbon economy through improving energy efficiency, renewables and demand side management. But the International Energy Authority (IEA) in a review of Irish energy policies has warned that to reach its goals and ...

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Tire Company Rewarded for Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Tire Company Rewarded for Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Wednesday 11th July 2012

THE Tennessee Valley Authority and the City of Tupelo in the U.S. presented close to $47,000 to the Cooper Tire company yesterday, all part of the TVA's Energy Right Solutions program. The money is an incentive for the company after they changed some of their lighting at the Tupelo plant for ...

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U.S. Government's $14M Energy Efficiency Funding for 22 States
U.S. Government's $14M Energy Efficiency Funding for 22 States

Tuesday 10th July 2012

THE U.S. Energy Department recently announced new investments in state-led energy efficiency projects, supporting the government's commitment to reduce building energy costs and transfer those savings directly to taxpayers.  The Energy Department, through its State Energy Program, awarded nearly $14 million to 22 states and territories to conduct energy efficiency upgrades ...

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$20M for Sustainable World Cup
$20M for Sustainable World Cup

Thursday 5th July 2012

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), have announced that they will spend $20 million for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to be the first with a comprehensive sustainability strategy. FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) teamed up with the Brazilian government at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable ...

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New Energy Efficiency Scheme to Start in India
New Energy Efficiency Scheme to Start in India

Wednesday 4th July 2012

THE Indian Power Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, inaugurated the ‘Perform, Achieve, Trade’ (PAT) scheme in New Delhi today. The PAT Mechanism is an important initiative under the Indian National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) programme, of the Government of India, under the eight national missions of NAPCC. It is a market ...

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A Major Step Towards a Clean Energy Future for Australia
A Major Step Towards a Clean Energy Future for Australia

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

AUSTRALIA claim they have taken a major step towards a greener future as major CO2 emitters are required to pay for what they emit under a new carbon pricing mechanism. Australia’s carbon price, which started July 1, means that in the year 2020, Australia’s carbon pollution will be at least 159 ...

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Aussie Energy Consumption set to Fall
Aussie Energy Consumption set to Fall

Monday 2nd July 2012

A NEW report released by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasts reduced energy use across eastern and south eastern Australia. AEMO prediction of a drop in energy consumption is likely to result in the deferral of new electricity generation or transmission network investment for years. The inaugural National Electricity Forecasting Report ...

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The Hidden Cost of Power
The Hidden Cost of Power

Friday 29th June 2012

A STUDY of UK households has revealed the amount of wasted energy from leaving appliances on standby - for the commercial and industiral sectors the losses must be greater. Computers, televisions and other electrical products plugged in but not in use or left on standby cost the UK up to £1.3 ...

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£8m Green Scheme is Major Boost for South West England
£8m Green Scheme is Major Boost for South West England

Thursday 28th June 2012

A NEW £8 million energy efficiency and micro-generation initiative has been launched this month for the South West of England by the UK’s Energy Saving Trust and Regen SW. The initiative – Ready for Retrofit – the £8m programme will help local businesses prepare for the eco-refurbishment of tens of thousands ...

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Rio+20 Focus on Future but Claims of Failure on Sustainability
Rio+20 Focus on Future but Claims of Failure on Sustainability

Wednesday 27th June 2012

THE Rio+20 Conference produced 100 commitments and actions for sustainable energy but environmental groups have still dubbed it a failure. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of the conference: “Sustainable Energy for All provides a powerful model for the future. This initiative is already mobilizing significant action ...

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