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European Commission Looks to 2030 Energy Framework
European Commission Looks to 2030 Energy Framework

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

THE European Commission last week took the first step towards developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies, with an adoption of a Green Paper launching public consultations. The consultation will be in the content of the 2030 energy framework. The Commission also adopted a report assessing Member ...

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$40 Billion Needed Yearly for Africa's Power Needs
$40 Billion Needed Yearly for Africa's Power Needs

Wednesday 20th March 2013

$40 Billion needs to be spent annually to be able to fulfill the future energy demands for Africa according to one African energy expert. Currently less than a quarter of this amount is being invested states Professor Mosad Elmissiry, head of Energy Programme for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), ...

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Call for Change to Barriers to U.S. Energy Efficiency Improvements
Call for Change to Barriers to U.S. Energy Efficiency Improvements

Tuesday 19th March 2013

A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) highlights 16 policies that would remove barriers in the U.S. to investments in energy efficiency. The report, 'Overcoming Market Barriers and Using Market Forces to Advance Energy Efficiency', provides the U.S. Congress and state policymakers with a road map ...

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Australian Cleantech Industries Booming
Australian Cleantech Industries Booming

Monday 18th March 2013

ACCORDING to a new report The Australian Cleantech sector employs 53,000 and has a revenue of AUS$29 billion making it larger than the countries automotive industry. The report, “Australian Cleantech Review 2013” published by Australian CleanTech, reveals that the cleantech sector, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon trading, employs five ...

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Romania Has Huge Energy Saving Potential
Romania Has Huge Energy Saving Potential

Friday 15th March 2013

THE Romanian Association to promote Energy Efficiency (ARPEE) reckons the country has the potential to substantially reduce energy consumption by 2025, according to a report by Romania-Insider.com. The ARPEE claim that the savings could reach up to EUR 7.4 billion or an equivalent of almost 6 percent of Romania’s GDP, according to ...

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U.S. Cities Green Buildings League Table
U.S. Cities Green Buildings League Table

Thursday 14th March 2013

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the list of cities which had the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012. The list highlights how commercial buildings owners and managers across the country are taking action on climate change while delivering real financial savings to the bottom line. “Through their partnership ...

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India get 150M Euro from EIB for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
India get 150M Euro from EIB for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday 8th March 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) and Exim Bank signed a €150 million loan for financing investments, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in India. The EIB loan will make long term financing available for investments that contribute to climate change mitigation implemented by both public and private sector companies. The operation ...

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Renewables Calls for Energy Efficiency in Gulf
Renewables Calls for Energy Efficiency in Gulf

Thursday 7th March 2013

ENERGY efficiency needs to take the foreground as it will reduce the need for generating capacity across the Arabian Gulf according to columnist Tanzeed Alam writing in the Khaleej Times. Alam highlights how much is being spent on renewable energy, with almost every country in the Gulf Cooperation Council setting renewable ...

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Morocco Set Energy Efficiency Plan
Morocco Set Energy Efficiency Plan

Wednesday 6th March 2013

The North African Kingdom of Morocco is setting up an energy efficiency plan to secure a sustainable future for the country. Morocco has already planned and is investing in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar energy, which helps to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel imports. Now they are looking to ...

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China to Step-Up Energy Efficiency Efforts
China to Step-Up Energy Efficiency Efforts

Tuesday 5th March 2013

BLOOMBERG report that China will increase their efforts to improve energy efficiency and cut emissions after suffering record air pollution in Beijing. China’s National Development and Reform Commission report that this year carbon-trading trials will start and they will target a reduction in energy use per unit of GDP by at ...

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EU Could Save 250 Billion Euros Annually
EU Could Save 250 Billion Euros Annually

Monday 4th March 2013

IF the European Union (EU) reduced its energy use by 35 percent on 2005 levels by 2030 it could realize savings of €250 billion annually according to a new report. The report, Saving Energy, highlights that further savings could be in the region of €200 billion annually if the bloc met ...

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Nigeria to get $50M Energy Efficiency Funding Boost
Nigeria to get $50M Energy Efficiency Funding Boost

Tuesday 26th February 2013

NIGERIA is to receive $50 million funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The money is to bolster the African Development Bank (AfDB) supported program of financial systems for clean energy through local banks. It is also part of the country’s national Investment Plan ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital for Hospitals to Combat Shortfall
Energy Efficiency Vital for Hospitals to Combat Shortfall

Friday 22nd February 2013

THE UK’s hospitals face a budget shortfall of £2.3 billion due to soaring energy costs according to building giant Balfour Beatty’s consultancy Power Efficiency. Power Efficiency calculates that energy inflation will create a £2.3 billion shortfall in NHS budgets over the next decade unless the NHS, hospital trusts and regional health ...

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Ukraine's Decision Makers to Learn about Energy Efficiency
Ukraine's Decision Makers to Learn about Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th February 2013

UKRAINIAN political and business decision-makers are being invited to a “Training in Energy Efficiency” (TrEff) program. The international program is being run by the Renewables Academy (RENAC), and is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of its Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. The first seminar ...

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Energy Efficiency in the State of the Union Address
Energy Efficiency in the State of the Union Address

Wednesday 13th February 2013

ENERGY efficiency was aired in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, stressing the importance of improvement. Obama said: “I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. “We’ll work with the states to do ...

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Energy Efficiency Summit for Pacific Islands
Energy Efficiency Summit for Pacific Islands

Monday 11th February 2013

THE New Zealand Government and the European Union are combining to hold the Pacific Energy Summit with the aim of progressing energy efficiency and renewable energy for Pacific Island Countries. The Summit will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, from 25-27 March, and will look to help Pacific countries and territories ...

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Focus on Energy Efficiency more than Renewables
Focus on Energy Efficiency more than Renewables

Thursday 7th February 2013

ULSTER University, Northern Ireland, have submitted evidence to the policy makers that energy efficiency should take the focus rather than renewable energy. The evidence, gathered from a European Regional Development Fund project, was presented to an All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment’s (APPGBE) inquiry by a research ...

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A Good Green Deal for Businesses
A Good Green Deal for Businesses

Tuesday 29th January 2013

YESTERDAY the Green Deal was launched in the UK and it isn’t just for households as it also applies to businesses - enabling them to finance energy efficiency upgrades. All types and sizes of businesses can have an individual energy efficiency package and one that suits the needs of a particular ...

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Call for Greater Investment in Clean Energy
Call for Greater Investment in Clean Energy

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Yesterday, during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), energy and finance leaders met to discuss ways to encourage greater private sector investment in clean energy projects. The discussion included renewable energy and low-carbon, climate friendly projects and how they can be a tactic to mitigate climate change and diversify the global ...

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EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding Boost for Turkey's Businesses
EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding Boost for Turkey's Businesses

Monday 24th December 2012

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is further aiding Turkey to improve its energy efficiency and create a low carbon economy through a finance package worth €50 million. The EBRD is providing the funding through the Finansbank for on-lending to private companies investing in industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy, ...

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Indian Government's Most Energy Efficient Building
Indian Government's Most Energy Efficient Building

Wednesday 19th December 2012

THE Government of India’s most energy efficient building for 2012 is the Ambala divisional railway building in the northern state of Haryana. The Indian Union Ministry of Power honored the Senior Electrical Engineer R K Gupta for his efforts and success in greatly improving the energy efficiency in the building.

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Businesses 'Sleep' While Resources Dwindle
Businesses 'Sleep' While Resources Dwindle

Friday 14th December 2012

MANY Companies remain unprepared for the effects of dwindling natural resources, according to new research from the Carbon Trust.  The study, amongst 475 senior executives in Brazil, China, Korea, UK and USA, shows that many are not prepared to look at the issue of resource shortages now and believe they will ...

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Big Business Set the Lead in Clean Energy
Big Business Set the Lead in Clean Energy

Wednesday 12th December 2012

CLIMATE change and energy efficiency maybe on the minds of world leaders at COP18 and in national parliaments but a new report shows it is business that is taking action. The new report from Calvert Investments, Ceres and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) titled: “Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies ...

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RBS Set Up £200M Energy Efficiency Fund
RBS Set Up £200M Energy Efficiency Fund

Tuesday 11th December 2012

THE UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has launched a Carbon Reduction Fund so businesses can access low cost loans to improve energy efficiency. The £200 million ( $320 million) fund can offer lower cost finance as it is backed by the UK government’s Funding and Lending scheme’s low lending rates. ...

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UK Climate Change Funding for Developing Nations
UK Climate Change Funding for Developing Nations

Wednesday 5th December 2012

THE UK is to provide £150 million in sustainable financing to developing countries to enable them to better combat climate change. The announcement was made yesterday by UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey when he arrived in Doha for the final week of the UN climate ...

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