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Auckland's Businesses Encouraged to Join Eco-Smart Business Programme
Auckland's Businesses Encouraged to Join Eco-Smart Business Programme

Tuesday 20th March 2012

BUSINESSES in Auckland, New Zealand, who wish to save money and gain environmental credentials are being invited to enroll for the Eco Smart Business programme. The programme is being run by the New Zealand Employers and Manufacturers Association with support from the Auckland Council and the country’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation ...

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EU's Energy Efficiency - Doing More with Less Campaign
EU's Energy Efficiency - Doing More with Less Campaign

Monday 19th March 2012

REDUCING the amount of energy consumed every day is Europe’s biggest energy resource. The European Union (EU) is highlighting the need to incorporate energy efficiency in all aspects of life to consume less and even better it is cheaper, protects our environment and favours competitiveness. We are all involved! Energy efficiency is ...

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South Africa Loan Arrangement for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
South Africa Loan Arrangement for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday 16th March 2012

SOUTH African bank ABSA has made an agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) to offer loans for clean energy and energy-efficiency projects. The loan, of €40m, comes at a time as South Africa is about to see an explosion of renewable energy projects on the back of the government's independent ...

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India's Cement Industry Energy Efficiency Study Revealed
India's Cement Industry Energy Efficiency Study Revealed

Thursday 15th March 2012

A REPORT released yesterday, ‘A Study of Energy Efficiency in the Indian Cement Industry’, is the result of a two-year study of modelling the energy efficiency of the industry in India. The report provides analysis and insights for the successful implementation of Perform-Achieve-Trade (PAT). PAT is a major initiative within the ...

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Belarus Energy Efficiency Project Discussions with World Bank
Belarus Energy Efficiency Project Discussions with World Bank

Wednesday 14th March 2012

WORLD Bank (WB) experts are to discuss joint energy-efficient projects in Belarus this week, checking on progress and targets. The WB are to carry out a series of visits, which includes working meetings with Belarus’ energy efficiency department and specialists from the Utilities Ministry as well as in the Belinvestenergosberezheniye Company. ...

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Connie Hedegaard Speaks Out After Poland's Stance
Connie Hedegaard Speaks Out After Poland's Stance

Tuesday 13th March 2012

''POLAND'S no to the European Commission low-carbon Roadmap is unfortunate, but it will not stop Europe from moving on with its transition to a low-carbon economy," said Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action. She added: "The bad news was that Poland blocked (the) Council conclusions for the second time. The ...

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EU Energy Retailers Resistant to Binding Efficiency Targets
EU Energy Retailers Resistant to Binding Efficiency Targets

Monday 12th March 2012

ENERGY retailers in Europe are opposing a mandatory 1.5 percent annual energy efficiency target as they prefer to find their own way to improve productivity, primarily through higher electricity prices. EurActiv reports that they have heard this view at an industry conference, adding that energy suppliers would also prefer subsidies from ...

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Financing Techniques Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency
Financing Techniques Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency

Friday 9th March 2012

SPIRALING energy costs are driving businesses globally to invest in energy efficiency technologies, reducing their energy consumptions and costs according to a new paper from Siemens Financial Services (SFS). HeatingandVentilation.net report SFS stating: "In developed economies, tough credit conditions have restricted organisations' ability to invest. Now, however, financing arrangements are becoming ...

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 UK Green Deal Cash Boost
UK Green Deal Cash Boost

Thursday 8th March 2012

A total of £3.5 million in funding has been announced today to help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of the launch of the UK’s Green Deal, delivering on the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement in March last year to create 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships. The Green Deal is ...

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Helping Australian Businesses Access $1 Billion in Clean Tech Funding
Helping Australian Businesses Access $1 Billion in Clean Tech Funding

Wednesday 7th March 2012

OVER 1800 manufacturers in Australia have registered to attend information sessions for the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment programs. The $800 million Clean Technology Investment Program and the $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program offer assistance to businesses to invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions ...

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$1 Trillion Savings - Report on US Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit
$1 Trillion Savings - Report on US Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit

Tuesday 6th March 2012

US ENERGY efficiency retrofits could yield $1 trillion of energy savings and create 3.3 million job years; new financing models can unlock this opportunity. Deutshe Bank Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA) and The Rockefeller Foundation today released a research study which examines the potential size and investment opportunity of upgrading and replacing ...

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€10 million to the Bulgarian Energetics and Energy Savings Fund
€10 million to the Bulgarian Energetics and Energy Savings Fund

Monday 5th March 2012

THE EBRD is boosting its support for energy efficiency projects in Bulgaria with a new €10 million loan to the Bulgarian Energetics and Energy Savings Fund (FEEI) – the country’s first private fund supporting energy-saving measures in publicly-owned buildings. The seven year loan highlights the Bank’s long-standing commitment to supporting the ...

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Bill Clinton and Mayor Emanuel Announce Chicago's Energy Efficiency Trust
Bill Clinton and Mayor Emanuel Announce Chicago's Energy Efficiency Trust

Friday 2nd March 2012

First Project, Retrofit Chicago, will invest more than $200 million in energy efficiency for Chicago City Properties, creating more than 2000 Jobs and saving taxpayers $20 million annually. Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday announced the proposed setting up of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, an innovative way to leverage private investment for ...

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China's Economic Growth Needs More Energy Efficiency
China's Economic Growth Needs More Energy Efficiency

Thursday 1st March 2012

CHINA needs to radically improve its energy efficiency levels to maintain current levels of growth, says a leading expert on Chinese climate policy reports Responding to Climate Change (RTCC). RTCC is a Non-Governmental Organisation and an official observer to the United Nations climate change negotiations dedicated to raising awareness about climate ...

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EU Energy Committee Backs Binding National Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Energy Committee Backs Binding National Energy Efficiency Targets

Wednesday 29th February 2012

EU countries will have to set themselves binding national energy efficiency targets, and save energy by specific means, under a draft EU directive approved by the Energy Committee on Tuesday. This directive would not only save energy, but also reduce CO2 emissions, and hence increase demand for emission allowances under ...

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Key Vote on Energy Efficiency Bill in EU Parliament
Key Vote on Energy Efficiency Bill in EU Parliament

Tuesday 28th February 2012

THE draft EU Energy Efficiency Directive will probably require support from the European Parliament before the Assembly can speak as one in upcoming negotiations with the EU member states. Several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) told EurActiv that hopes will probably be dashed for accelerated negotiations immediately after the draft ...

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New Zealand Dairy Farms Can Save Big on Electricity
New Zealand Dairy Farms Can Save Big on Electricity

Monday 27th February 2012

NEW Zealand's dairy farms could achieve cost-effective annual energy savings of at least 68.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in the dairy shed, according to the results of a pilot energy efficiency programme. That's a 10 percent reduction and is equivalent to the annual electricity use of around 7,100 households. Individual farms ...

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UK Energy Statistics for 2011 Released
UK Energy Statistics for 2011 Released

Friday 24th February 2012

THE UK Department of Energy and Climate Change released its provisional energy statistics yesterday, that allow an assessment to be made of trends in energy production, transformation and consumption in 2011. Primary energy production fell by a record 14 percent on a year earlier to 136.3 million tonnes of oil ...

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China's Energy Use Increases
China's Energy Use Increases

Thursday 23rd February 2012

CHINA’S energy use rose over four years until 2011 at its fastest rate ever but energy efficiency improved, reports the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. Energy consumption rose 7 percent up to 3.48 billion metric tons of standard coal equivalent, according to the report on the bureau's website. This represents the ...

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Energy Efficiency Best Power Solution for South Africa
Energy Efficiency Best Power Solution for South Africa

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

SOUTH Africa’s Energy Minister, Dipuo Peters, said that energy efficiency is the best strategy to handle the country’s power shortfall and to meet its future electricity demand. Addressing an energy indaba (an important conference) in Johannesburg, Peters explained that facing serious power capacity limitations, and with power infrastructure development being a ...

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Hong Kong's Building Energy Efficiency Initiatives
Hong Kong's Building Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Tuesday 21st February 2012

THE Hong Kong Government announced yesterday that the three-year Buildings Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes launched in  April, 2009, will close on April 7. 

With $450 million(US$58M) allocated by the Hong Kong Environment and Conservation Committee, the subsidy schemes have aimed to encourage building owners to upgrade the energy efficiency performance of their ...

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Energy Efficiency Central to Future of Energy Supply
Energy Efficiency Central to Future of Energy Supply

Monday 20th February 2012

ENERGY efficiency is set to grow in impact worldwide according to two multinational oil companies, as reported by Nick Snow in Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ). There have been a raft of energy forecasts for the year ahead, leading one reader of the OGJ to ask a simple question: "With all ...

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UK's Green Deal Offers Opportunities
UK's Green Deal Offers Opportunities

Friday 17th February 2012

THE UK government and business leaders discussed the economic and environmental benefits of the country's Green Deal during a Renewable Energy World 2012 conference panel. The Green Deal programme aims to perform energy efficiency upgrades in UK businesses and residences to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs with ...

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Energy Projects Cut Emissions in Taiwan
Energy Projects Cut Emissions in Taiwan

Thursday 16th February 2012

THE Republic of China (ROC) reports that 229 energy and energy efficiency projects that they have promoted has helped reduce CO2 emissions by 4.82 million metric tonnes last year. The figures were announced by the Bureau of Energy (BoE) this week. In their statement they revealed: “Energy density and carbon density ...

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Obama's Robust Energy Efficiency Budget Welcomed by ASE
Obama's Robust Energy Efficiency Budget Welcomed by ASE

Wednesday 15th February 2012

U.S. President Obama’s 2013 budget gives financial muscle to his State of the Union energy efficiency message, the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) stated this week. If the U.S. Congress approves the President’s allocations, the United States will be able to better achieve the triple promise of energy efficiency ...

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