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Energy Efficiency Vital for Our Future - Fatih Birol
Energy Efficiency Vital for Our Future - Fatih Birol

Friday 7th December 2012

IN an interview this week with EurActiv the International Energy Agency’s Chief Economist, Fatih Birol. explained how energy efficiency is vital for a reduction in global CO2 emissions. He actually referred to energy savings as one of the “few valuable options” left for mankind, particularly without any global climate agreement before 2020 ...

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U.S. Bipartisan Effort to Improve Federal Building Energy Efficiency
U.S. Bipartisan Effort to Improve Federal Building Energy Efficiency

Thursday 6th December 2012

THE U.S. is slowly accepting man made global warming, as is exemplified by efforts of a Republican and a Democrat in working together on improving energy efficiency in federal buildings. Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Peter Welch are forming a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. Congress in an effort to ensure ...

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LED Lighting a Major Factor in Combatting Climate Change
LED Lighting a Major Factor in Combatting Climate Change

Tuesday 4th December 2012

ELECTRONICS giant Philips hailed the governments and businesses at COP18, the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, to adopt energy efficient lighting to lower costs, improve competitiveness and reduce emissions. Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting commented: “LED lighting is a technology innovation that enhances efficiency and brings substantial savings. These ...

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Michigan Push Energy Efficiency
Michigan Push Energy Efficiency

Friday 30th November 2012

STATE Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder in an address this week put energy efficiency at the center of the U.S. state’s energy policy. Snyder called for longer term, adjustable strategies to secure the State’s future energy needs and protect its natural environment. He stated in his address that energy efficiency is ...

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UK Proposal to Cut Energy Use
UK Proposal to Cut Energy Use

Thursday 29th November 2012

Proposals to dramatically reduce electricity demand across the whole UK economy will be published by the Government today. Cutting the amount of electricity used in Britain’s homes, businesses and industry can be much cheaper than paying firms to supply it; saving money through lower bills and reducing the need for new ...

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Australian Sawmill Investing in Energy Efficiency
Australian Sawmill Investing in Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 28th November 2012

AN Australian sawmill is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by almost 36 percent through investing millions in energy efficiency equipment and technology. The Bombala Times of New South Wales reports on local business Dongwha Timbers sawmill, which is benefitting from an AUS$8.2 million grant from the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Investment Program. The ...

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EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding in Belarus Businesses
EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding in Belarus Businesses

Tuesday 27th November 2012

THE European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are providing an initial $4 million of energy efficiency funding for Belarus’ industry and small to medium businesses. Industry and commerce in Belarus is energy intensive and the finance aims to help the country reduce energy consumption, and cutting carbon emissions. The initial loan ...

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Thailand Looks to Introduce Green Building Certification and Codes
Thailand Looks to Introduce Green Building Certification and Codes

Tuesday 20th November 2012

$13 billion over two decades may be needed by Thailand’s energy efficiency and green construction sector, this conclusion comes after a report on energy efficiency spending between 2003 and 2011. Currently the sector is anticipating the positive effect of energy efficiency, green building standards and certification which will drive growth in ...

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Chicago Harbour Awarded for Energy Efficiency
Chicago Harbour Awarded for Energy Efficiency

Monday 19th November 2012

THE Chicago Park District have received a major sustainability award for running the worlds most energy efficient and green marina. The Chicago Park District manage the largest municipal park area in the U.S., and opened the 31st Street Harbor in May at a cost of $103 million. Michael Kelly, Chicago Park District ...

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Jamaica's ESCO Project
Jamaica's ESCO Project

Friday 16th November 2012

THE Jamaican Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, said improving the island state’s energy efficiency is vital to achieving savings in energy costs of around $10.4 million monthly. Kellier made the statement this week during the launch of the ‘Developing an Energy Services Company (ESCO) in Jamaica’ project, which ...

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UK Energy Efficiency Strategy
UK Energy Efficiency Strategy

Wednesday 14th November 2012

A CHANGE in energy use in the UK and investment in energy efficiency would increase jobs and could save the equivalent energy produced by 22 power stations by 2020. That is the conclusion of the UK Government’s Energy Efficiency Strategy published yesterday, which looks to change the way we use energy ...

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IEA Calls for Efforts on Energy Efficiency
IEA Calls for Efforts on Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 13th November 2012

THE world’s politicians and other policy makers have been urged by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to concentrate on energy efficiency to combat climate change. Yesterday the IEA released the 2012 World Energy Outlook, annually released providing a report on the global situation with forecasts of energy trends until 2035 along ...

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Energy Efficiency Investment Best for Growth
Energy Efficiency Investment Best for Growth

Monday 12th November 2012

A REPORT from the UK’s Consumer Focus reveals that linking carbon taxes to energy efficiency programmes is an excellent way to boost economic growth, job creation and combating climate change. The report estimates that in the UK alone increasing energy efficiency investment would create 71,000 jobs by 2015, rising to 130,000 ...

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10 Billion EBRD Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
10 Billion EBRD Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday 9th November 2012

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced this week that since 2006 they have invested €10 billion (over $13 billion) in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The Bank’s Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) was set up in 2006 and has funded 552 energy efficiency and sustainable energy programs and schemes ...

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Health Authority Saves Through Energy Efficiency
Health Authority Saves Through Energy Efficiency

Thursday 8th November 2012

THE National Health Service covering the south west Scottish Area of Ayrshire and Arran has made substantial energy savings and reductions to their carbon emissions across their facilities since 2011. Cost saving estimated to be about £250,000 ($400,225) by taking several energy efficiency and energy saving steps. They replaced inefficient internal ...

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Report Claims U.S. Businesses Waste $60 Billion Annually
Report Claims U.S. Businesses Waste $60 Billion Annually

Wednesday 7th November 2012

United States businesses waste over $60 billion yearly on excess energy costs, offering a massive scope for the energy efficiency industry according to a new report. The study from E Source, who provide unbiased advice and research to utilities and large energy users, reveals the figures after looking at the energy data ...

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Savings from California's Energy Efficiency Programs
Savings from California's Energy Efficiency Programs

Tuesday 6th November 2012

CALIFORNIA, USA, expect to save $4.5 million annually from 70 energy efficiency upgrade projects across state owned buildings and car parks. The state’s Department of General Services revealed that a reduction of around 28,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases will be achieved throughout the programs they have been overseeing. Various energy ...

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Alternative Financing the Choice for Energy Efficient Programs
Alternative Financing the Choice for Energy Efficient Programs

Friday 2nd November 2012

SIEMENS Financial Services have released a white paper which reveals that many companies are increasing their investment in energy efficiency technology to reduce energy consumption and bills. The report comments that spiraling energy prices are often the motivation behind these efforts, but obstacles have to be overcome to access loans for ...

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Indian State Adopts Building Energy Efficiency Code
Indian State Adopts Building Energy Efficiency Code

Thursday 1st November 2012

THE Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will embrace India’s Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2013, making certain that buildings across the state meet at least minimum energy efficiency standards. India is a rapidly expanding economy, with an even more rapid increase in demand for energy. By adopting the ECBC Andhra ...

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Ohio Energy Efficiency Industry Growing
Ohio Energy Efficiency Industry Growing

Wednesday 31st October 2012

ACCORDING to a new report in the U.S. state Ohio almost 10,000 people work at improving energy efficiency, generating $2.1 billion in annual sales. The report that was produced by nonprofit Advanced Energy Economy sounds impressive and is a move in the right direction, although to put the figures into perspective ...

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Not Enough Spent on Energy Efficiency Innovation and Research
Not Enough Spent on Energy Efficiency Innovation and Research

Tuesday 30th October 2012

NOT enough is being done to develop energy efficient buildings, appliances and cars to combat climate change according to the latest research. The research by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia published in Nature Climate Change discovered that double the amount of effort is ...

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Call for Action on Australia's Spiralling Energy Costs
Call for Action on Australia's Spiralling Energy Costs

Monday 29th October 2012

A CALL from several large Australian organisations for action from governments after the country has seen a 50 percent energy cost rise over five years with more increases due. The review released today by energy consults Oakley Greenwood, commissioned by the Australian Industry Group, CHOICE, the Energy Efficiency Council and the ...

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China Acknowledges Energy Efficiency Gap
China Acknowledges Energy Efficiency Gap

Wednesday 24th October 2012

CHINA recognises the energy efficiency gap between what developed countries are attaining compared with what they have achieved, despite their wish to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions. During this weeks World Energy Forum 2012 in Dubai the director-general of China's Department of International Cooperation for the country's Science and Technology Ministry, ...

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Energy Saving Funding for Scottish Hospitals
Energy Saving Funding for Scottish Hospitals

Monday 22nd October 2012

HOSPITALS across Scotland are benefiting from a £24 million fund for investment in various energy saving schemes over the next three years. The projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gases across the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland by around 10 percent, saving around £4 million in energy costs each year. Funding for ...

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Serbia to get Energy Efficiency and Renewable Funding
Serbia to get Energy Efficiency and Renewable Funding

Friday 19th October 2012

SERBIA is to receive funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. EUR 100 million has been allocated by the EBRD for such projects throughout much of the former Yugoslavia, and €50 million has already been assigned. Another €21 million of funding ...

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