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EU Acknowledges Future Role of Energy Efficiency
EU Acknowledges Future Role of Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

THE draft European Parliament report on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, rightly acknowledges the future role of energy-efficiency policies in the 2030 climate and energy framework. The draft report produced jointly by the ENVI (environment, public health and food safety) and ITRE (industry, research and energy) committees, is ...

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Jamaica to Speed Up Public Sector Energy Efficiency
Jamaica to Speed Up Public Sector Energy Efficiency

Monday 21st October 2013

THE Jamaican Government is looking to speed-up the provision of energy saving solutions under the Public Sector Energy Efficiency and Conservation programme. Jamaica’s Principal Director in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal, said that work under the programme is “fairly advanced.” “We are going to do as much ...

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Energy Efficiency Saves NY Schools $37M Annually
Energy Efficiency Saves NY Schools $37M Annually

Monday 14th October 2013

THE New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Energy Services for Schools Program has saved school districts roughly $37 million dollars in energy costs annually. The NYPA revealed the success of their program to highlight the significant economic and environmental benefits from increased investments in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies at public ...

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UK On Shaky Track to Energy Targets
UK On Shaky Track to Energy Targets

Friday 11th October 2013

THE UK Government claims the country is on track to reduce emissions by 34% by 2020 due to Government reforms towards a low-carbon economy, despite disputes over energy policy. UK Secretary of State, Edward Davey, yesterday revealed the Government’s assessment of progress made in reducing emissions across each sector of the ...

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EU States Need to Keep Up Energy Efficiency Efforts
EU States Need to Keep Up Energy Efficiency Efforts

Thursday 10th October 2013

EUROPEAN Union States have had mixed progress in achieving three climate and energy targets for 2020 according to a new report. These findings come from new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessments, and are published in their report 'Trends and projections in Europe 2013'. The report examines EU progress in meeting energy efficiency ...

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Kosovo Receives Energy Efficiency Funding Boost
Kosovo Receives Energy Efficiency Funding Boost

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching the Kosovo Sustainable Energy Projects Framework (KoSEP), with €12 million finance and €3 million from the EU Office in Kosovo. The framework has been designed to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to invest in energy efficiency technology and the rational use ...

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Green Financing for Sri Lanka
Green Financing for Sri Lanka

Tuesday 1st October 2013

PAN Asia Bank has entered into an agreement with the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) to raise $20 million through a seven year unsecured loan in Sri Lanka, reports The Island. The funds raised will be utilized to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects which would support the post conflict ...

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Bosnia Herzegovina Look to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
Bosnia Herzegovina Look to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

Thursday 26th September 2013

THE Bosnia Herzegovina Environmental Fund and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has signed an agreement to improve energy efficiency in the country’s public buildings. The two organizations are planning to implement an energy management and audit system in 400 buildings throughout the republic, including education institutions, hospitals, municipal administration buildings ...

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Singapore Cranks Up Energy Efficiency Improvement
Singapore Cranks Up Energy Efficiency Improvement

Monday 23rd September 2013

SINGAPORE’S Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan stated yesterday that energy efficiency has overtaken sustainable water supply as a critical concern for the republic. He said: “What has really happened globally is the substitution of one critical vulnerability - water - with another critical vulnerability - energy, simply because ...

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Euro 40M Energy Efficiency and Renewables Boost for India
Euro 40M Energy Efficiency and Renewables Boost for India

Tuesday 17th September 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €40 million long-term loan to SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited (SREI) of India, with the main purpose of financing investments that will help to mitigate climate change in India. The loan will be supported by the Italian Export Credit Agency SACE S.p.A. This ...

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UK Cities Focus on Energy Efficiency but More Needed
UK Cities Focus on Energy Efficiency but More Needed

Friday 13th September 2013

THE UK’s major city authorities all plan to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and infrastructure, but a new study reveals a chasm of difference in climate change preparedness. A study by scientists from Newcastle University discovered that all the local authorities from the 28 that were studied and contacted ...

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EIB Support for Energy Efficiency in Czech Republic
EIB Support for Energy Efficiency in Czech Republic

Tuesday 10th September 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended two intermediated loans combined with EU grant subsidies to support energy efficiency promoted by SMEs and Mid-Cap companies in the Czech Republic. Both loans are expected to benefit from the new SME Energy Efficiency Window with a view to supporting energy efficiency and renewable ...

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Loans for SMEs for Energy Efficiency Projects
Loans for SMEs for Energy Efficiency Projects

Friday 6th September 2013

A NEW finance facility has been launched to help UK SMEs to fund energy efficiency solutions, saving energy, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. ReEnergise SmartEnergy Finance has been launched this week by independent and specialist financial services company ReEnergise Finance, and is a dedicated commercial funding facility for SMEs for energy ...

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UK Businesses Concerned by Energy Market Reform
UK Businesses Concerned by Energy Market Reform

Thursday 5th September 2013

THREE quarters of UK businesses are worried about the impact Electricity Market Reform (EMR) will have on their business according to new research by utility npower. The Reform has been sparked by energy generating plant closures due over the next decade and hence the need for hefty capital investment of £110 ...

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Inbalance Between EU Energy Efficiency Targets and Member States
Inbalance Between EU Energy Efficiency Targets and Member States

Wednesday 4th September 2013

27 national reports assessing national energy efficiency policies in every EU Member State have now been published as part of the Energy-Efficiency-Watch project. The reports are based on the screening of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) as well as an expert survey, involving about 750 experts, on the implementation ...

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EIB Funding to Boost Renewables in Central America
EIB Funding to Boost Renewables in Central America

Wednesday 28th August 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide $230 million backing to support investment in hydropower, wind, geothermal and photovoltaic renewable energy schemes across Central America. The joint program with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration will enable more than $500 million of investment in projects in six central ...

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Theatre to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save
Theatre to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save

Wednesday 21st August 2013

THE Nottingham Playhouse theatre in England has been awarded almost £1 million as a grant to improve energy efficiency. The Playhouse opened in 1963 at a time when energy costs and the resultant carbon emission had little consideration in the design, making it now costly to operate. Part of the grant will be ...

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Help to Improve Energy Efficiency in U.S. Rural Businesses
Help to Improve Energy Efficiency in U.S. Rural Businesses

Tuesday 20th August 2013

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for 631 projects across the nation to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs. Grant and loan funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by ...

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Energy Efficiency Grants for Christchurch Rebuilding
Energy Efficiency Grants for Christchurch Rebuilding

Thursday 15th August 2013

THE Christchurch Agency for Energy in New Zealand has established a $1.8 million fund to encourage the use of advanced energy efficiency measures and renewables in the central city rebuild. Developers of buildings inside the four avenues, around the central part of the city, can apply to the Christchurch Energy Grants ...

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UC San Diego Receive $7.2M for Energy Efficiency Efforts
UC San Diego Receive $7.2M for Energy Efficiency Efforts

Tuesday 6th August 2013

THE University of California’s San Diego campus has been given $7.2 million for three years of energy efficiency efforts and upgrades from their local utility company. Utility company, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) presented a cheque for $7.2 million, incentive money made from the amounts of $330,000 for 2010, $2.5 ...

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China Continues Heavy Investment in Energy Efficiency
China Continues Heavy Investment in Energy Efficiency

Friday 2nd August 2013

CHINA is continuing the efforts to develop clean energy and energy efficiency according to Xie Zhenhua, the Vice Director of the National Development and Reform Commission. The Asian giant’s total investment in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction projects is expected to be around $375 billion through to 2015, with ...

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Saving Energy in Small Commercial Buildings
Saving Energy in Small Commercial Buildings

Monday 22nd July 2013

BUILDING on U.S. President Obama’s Climate Action Plan the Energy Department announced an award of $10 million for six projects to help small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. These small commercial buildings are less than 50,000 square feet in size and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants and grocery ...

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Clean Energy Progress in Serbia
Clean Energy Progress in Serbia

Wednesday 17th July 2013

SERBIA plans to continue to improve energy efficiency across the country and increase the exploitation of renewable energy. Zorana Mihajlovic, Serbian Energy Minister, said at a green energy conference on Monday: “Serbia is rich in energy resources, but it has not been very efficient in exploiting them. Renewable energy sources are ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Turkish SMEs
Energy Efficiency Funding for Turkish SMEs

Tuesday 16th July 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is aiding Turkey’s efforts to become energy-efficient with a financing facility that now totals close to half a billion euros. With a group of key partner banks, the EBRD is providing finance for on-lending to Turkey’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wishing to ...

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Is the U.S. Progressing in Energy Efficiency?
Is the U.S. Progressing in Energy Efficiency?

Friday 12th July 2013

THE United States has lagged behind the developed world in energy efficiency for a long time, are they now catching up? This is a question answered in ACEEE’s latest report. With energy efficiency taking center stage last week when President Obama announced a series of steps the administration will be taking to ...

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