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Energy Use to Double by Mid Century
Energy Use to Double by Mid Century

Tuesday 9th July 2013

OIL giant Shell predict that over the next 50 years energy demand could increase by 80% as the population nears 9.5 billion by mid-century and the fiscal advance of emerging economies. This is the view of the future presented by Shell in their New Lens Scenarios Report entitled: ‘A Shift In ...

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Europe and Central Asia need to Improve Energy Efficiency
Europe and Central Asia need to Improve Energy Efficiency

Thursday 27th June 2013

A FEW lessons in energy efficiency policy can go a long way in Europe and Central Asia, where despite improvements, many countries remain highly energy intensive. This is the conclusion of a World Bank Group study, “Lessons Learned From Energy Efficiency Success Cases”, which notes that measures taken by countries that ...

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Australian Cross Language Energy Efficiency Initiative
Australian Cross Language Energy Efficiency Initiative

Tuesday 25th June 2013

THE Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future (CEF) initiative is looking to promote and improve energy efficiency amongst SMEs run by entrepreneurs from non-English speaking backgrounds. A series of seminars will be run over the next few weeks to assist these small business owners to better understand the assistance available under the ...

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Rethinking Energy Balance in Latin America and Caribbean
Rethinking Energy Balance in Latin America and Caribbean

Friday 21st June 2013

INTER-American Development Bank’s (IDB) new report Rethinking our Energy Future, reckons Latin America and the Caribbean’s renewable energy potential is more than enough to fulfill energy needs in 2050. The report argues that lower prices and new energy efficiency technologies are making renewables a viable alternative. Solar, geothermal, wave, wind and ...

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US Business $780bn Potential Savings Through Cutting Emissions
US Business $780bn Potential Savings Through Cutting Emissions

Thursday 20th June 2013

Smart companies innovate their way through business challenges. A new analysis shows they can also innovate to solve a global challenge and profit by employing clean energy measures. The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reduction, released yesterday by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), provides a groundbreaking ...

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Hawaii Steps up Energy Efficiency Efforts
Hawaii Steps up Energy Efficiency Efforts

Wednesday 19th June 2013

THE U.S. State of Hawaii has revealed plans to aid in reaching the target of reducing energy consumption by 30 percent and increasing renewable energy supply by 40 percent by 2030. In July, Hawaii will launch an energy saving program in an effort to double the energy efficiency in state and ...

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Energy Efficiency Increases in Importance
Energy Efficiency Increases in Importance

Monday 17th June 2013

NEW research released last week by Johnson Controls, shows energy efficiency interest rose 116 percent globally since 2010, with those who set goals making the greatest strides in reducing energy use. Momentum is also growing for green building certification and green tenant space leasing, although 22 percent cite a lack ...

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IEA Urge Swift Action to Combat Climate Threat
IEA Urge Swift Action to Combat Climate Threat

Wednesday 12th June 2013

THE International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that climate change targets will be missed and urged governments to enact four energy policies to keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth. “Climate change has quite frankly slipped to the back burner of policy priorities, but the problem is not going away – ...

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EIB Sustainable Funding Boost for Italian Businesses
EIB Sustainable Funding Boost for Italian Businesses

Wednesday 5th June 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UniCredit Group have signed agreements which includes €100 million funding for companies to implement environmental and renewable energy projects. The funding is aimed at financing small and medium-scale projects in the industrial and sustainable community sectors via UniCredit and UniCredit Leasing, targeting in particular ...

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World Bank Aid Energy Plans in Turkey
World Bank Aid Energy Plans in Turkey

Monday 3rd June 2013

TURKEY is looking to reduce energy consumption, expand renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of its centennial in 2023, with commitments to ambitious action plans. Electricity demand in Turkey has been increasing by as much as 7-8 percent in recent years, resulting in energy transmission and peak capacity ...

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World Bank Call for Further Investment in Energy Efficiency
World Bank Call for Further Investment in Energy Efficiency

Thursday 30th May 2013

A WORLD Bank report, Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework, released yesterday, highlighted that energy efficiency investment needs to increase, despite promising advances recently. The report noted that 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity, about 17 percent of the world’s population, and 2.8 billion rely on inefficient ...

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Germany's Energy Transformation
Germany's Energy Transformation

Tuesday 28th May 2013

GERMANY took what some considered a brave decision after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster - to turn away from nuclear and greatly increase their renewable energy resources and improve energy efficiency. Is the German strategy working? The German Embassy in London released some details about the future use of energy in ...

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Kosovo Receives Energy Efficiency Funding
Kosovo Receives Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 23rd May 2013

A €5 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will enable Kosovo’s business to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The loan to Turk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB), will open up loans for financing of rational energy utilization and assist small and medium-sized enterprises in combating ...

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$2 Million for Pacific Energy Project
$2 Million for Pacific Energy Project

Thursday 9th May 2013

SUSTAINABLE energy projects across Pacific states received a $2 million injection following an agreement signed by the Secretariat of Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The funding will be provided through the Small Island Developing States' Sustainable Energy Initiative and are provided by Denmark’s Government ...

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Azerbaijan to get Energy Efficiency Financing Boost
Azerbaijan to get Energy Efficiency Financing Boost

Friday 3rd May 2013

THE International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, is looking for proposals from Azerbaijan’s Banks to start funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Azerbaijan. The IFC recently publicised that it is to provide funding to Bank Respublika to start financing such projects, particularly expanding finance to ...

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Jamaica Lifts Duty on Energy Efficiency Technology
Jamaica Lifts Duty on Energy Efficiency Technology

Thursday 2nd May 2013

THE Jamaican Observer reports that more energy efficiency and renewable energy devices can now be imported into Jamaica duty free - which will boost energy efficiency across the island. The suspension of the Common External Tariff (CET) on clean energy technology by the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will ...

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Energy Efficiency First then Renewables for Farmers
Energy Efficiency First then Renewables for Farmers

Monday 29th April 2013

PUTTING energy efficiency at the top of the list when considering renewable energy projects is vital according to an excellent article in the Farmer’s Guardian. The publication refers to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures revealing that in 2012 total electricity generated from renewables rose 20 percent ...

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Singapore's Mandatory Energy Efficiency Kicks In
Singapore's Mandatory Energy Efficiency Kicks In

Tuesday 23rd April 2013

SINGAPORE’S industrial sector mandatory energy management requirements kicked in yesterday, April 22, all part of the Republic’s aim to improve energy efficiency through their Energy Conservation Bill. Businesses who consumed large amounts of energy, 54 terajoules every year, in at least two of the years since 2010 will have to have ...

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Latin America and Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Fund
Latin America and Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Fund

Monday 22nd April 2013

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced a $50 million Energy Efficiency Finance Facility, for companies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The energy efficiency fund will be available to those companies that invest in energy saving improvements and self-supply renewable energy projects. The IDB will provide small-scale financing for projects that ...

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IEA Report Highlights Need for Energy Efficiency
IEA Report Highlights Need for Energy Efficiency

Friday 19th April 2013

THE urgent need for improvement in energy efficiency globally has been dramatically highlighted by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) annual report released Wednesday. The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the IEA said in ...

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Chu Calls for Improvement in Indian Energy Efficiency
Chu Calls for Improvement in Indian Energy Efficiency

Thursday 18th April 2013

IT is vital for India to crank up its energy efficiency, claimed US Energy Secretary Steven Chu in Delhi on Tuesday. The country sources around 80 percent of its energy via overseas supplies, hence the call for the improvement in energy efficiency to reduce dependence on expensive energy imports. Chu said to ...

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Obama Looks to Increase Clean Energy Budget
Obama Looks to Increase Clean Energy Budget

Friday 12th April 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing a sizable increase in the countries clean energy budget, improving support for energy efficiency, clean transport, renewable power and other "green" technologies. The money for the increase will come from eliminating tax breaks and subsidies to fossil fuel producers, the oil, gas and coal industries. ...

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Russian Energy Efficiency Program Approved
Russian Energy Efficiency Program Approved

Tuesday 9th April 2013

RUSSIA’S been playing catch up with the rest of Europe but now Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a state energy efficiency and energy sector program development for 2013-2020. The Russian Government Press Service revealed: "The goals of the state program are the reliable provision of fuel and energy resources to ...

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UK Industry Agree to Stretch Energy Efficiency Improvement
UK Industry Agree to Stretch Energy Efficiency Improvement

Thursday 4th April 2013

UK Energy Intensive Industries have agreed to commit to stretching energy efficiency improvement targets to 2020 as part of the voluntary Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme. The agreement, which started yesterday, will deliver an overall 11 percent energy efficiency improvement across all industry sectors by 2020 against agreed baselines and provide ...

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U.S. Rural and Agricultural Business get Green Funding Boost
U.S. Rural and Agricultural Business get Green Funding Boost

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that they are accepting applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding has been made available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to keep the focus carrying out its mission, ...

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