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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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Ukraine Need Energy Efficiency & Renewables
Ukraine Need Energy Efficiency & Renewables

Monday 15th October 2012

UKRAINE needs to improve energy efficiency along with renewables to reduce its reliance on expensive Russian natural gas to gain energy independence according to New Europe Online. New Europe report that a debate is ongoing over whether to concentrate on energy efficiency or renewables, when both are vital to their energy ...

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Germany Prepares an Energy Saving Plan
Germany Prepares an Energy Saving Plan

Wednesday 10th October 2012

BLOOMBERG report that the German Government is preparing an energy-savings initiative to combat rising electricity prices and reduce energy consumption by 10 percent by 2020. The plan is to help consumers “cheat rising power prices and make the German energy switch a success,” Altmaier said after meeting with energy executives and ...

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Consumers and Corporations Want Clean Energy
Consumers and Corporations Want Clean Energy

Thursday 27th September 2012

TWO global studies commissioned by Vestas reveal positive news for clean energy: 85% of consumers want more, and global investment is outpacing fossil fuel generation.

 This data is drawn from two global surveys: the Global Consumer Wind Study 2012 (GCWS), an annual survey produced by TNS Gallup, about consumers’ preferences for renewable ...

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Japan to Drop Nuclear Power
Japan to Drop Nuclear Power

Tuesday 18th September 2012

JAPAN has confirmed that nuclear power will be phased out across the country following the tragic events relating to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that lead to last years Fukushima crisis. The Japanese government revealed its plans to shut down the country’s reactors at the end of their 40 year life ...

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The Importance of Energy Efficiency to US Industry
The Importance of Energy Efficiency to US Industry

Thursday 13th September 2012

U.S. industrial sector companies recognize the importance of energy efficiency as a cost-savings method at their energy-intense sites, according to Jones Lang LaSalle white paper “Manufactured Energy Savings.” More than ever, these companies rely on sustainability for value-driven and innovative solutions to reduce consumption and, in turn, operational expenses. In its Annual Energy ...

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New Report Spotlights Pro Sports Sustainability Leaders
New Report Spotlights Pro Sports Sustainability Leaders

Monday 10th September 2012

PROFESSIONAL sports teams and venues in the U.S. have been championing green issues, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance. The new report reveals the collective impact the uniquely influential professional sports industry is having on advancing environmental protection in North ...

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China to Invest $372B to Save Energy and Pollution
China to Invest $372B to Save Energy and Pollution

Thursday 23rd August 2012

CHINA is planning to spend $372 billion on energy efficiency, energy conservation and anti-pollution measures over the next three and a half years. Reuters revealed that China's State Council said in a report that the investment would get the nation halfway towards its target of reducing energy intensity by 16 percent ...

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Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array
Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

THE largest roof-based solar cell system in Northern Europe with 3,042 panels and covering an area of 5,019 square meters has real-time energy monitoring technology at its heart. The system has been installed on the roof of the headquarters building of the Danish insurance company Topdanmark in the Copenhagen suburb Ballerup, ...

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KfW to Lend €100 billion for German Energy Transformation
KfW to Lend €100 billion for German Energy Transformation

Friday 10th August 2012

GERMAN government-owned development bank KfW announced that they will lend €100 billion ($123 billion) to renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes over the next five years. Dr Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW said: "KfW has taken responsibility as a promotional bank” in the country’s transition from fossil fuels and ...

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Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables
Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables

Wednesday 1st August 2012

AZERBAIJAN are preparing an energy efficiency and alternative energy programme according to Akim Badalov Director of State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources. Badalov revealed that the medium term action plan is being prepared for further publicity in November. He added that currently development work is being conducted and a ...

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Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget
Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget

Wednesday 25th July 2012

AUSTRALIA’S latest federal budget saw reaffirmation of support for renewable energy and energy efficiency and the benefits involved, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC). Kane Thornton, Acting Chief Executive of CEC said “In this budget, the Federal Government has recognised the importance of the programs that are in place to ...

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Effort to Cut U.S. Hospital Energy Use in Half
Effort to Cut U.S. Hospital Energy Use in Half

Monday 23rd July 2012

HOSPITALS are energy hungry facilities but energy efficiency can improve their energy health according to the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Hospitals use a lot of energy to save lives. In fact, they use more than 836 trillion BTUs of energy every year and produce more than 2.5 times the ...

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Ireland Faces up to Challenge of Low-Carbon Economy
Ireland Faces up to Challenge of Low-Carbon Economy

Thursday 12th July 2012

DESPITE a severe economic downturn, Ireland has held to its ambitious energy targets to move itself towards a low-carbon economy through improving energy efficiency, renewables and demand side management. But the International Energy Authority (IEA) in a review of Irish energy policies has warned that to reach its goals and ...

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IEA Say Technology Can Answer World's Energy Challenge
IEA Say Technology Can Answer World's Energy Challenge

Friday 15th June 2012

THE International Energy Agency (IEA) this week released a major publication about energy saving technology that they claim will transform the world’s energy systems. The technology has the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy security and generate a huge investment return according to the IEA. The book, Energy Technology Perspectives ...

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Thailand's Energy Transition Challenge
Thailand's Energy Transition Challenge

Thursday 17th May 2012

WORLD Economic Forums's Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy Industries, and Busba Wongnapapisan, Head of Renewable Energy Industries have written about the challenge facing Thailand's energy future. Their article in The Nation states that for the past decade, Thailand has experienced significant economic growth, moving into the World Bank's upper middle income bracket. ...

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Ethiopia and Nigeria get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding
Ethiopia and Nigeria get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 10th May 2012

ETHIOPIA and Nigeria have been given a financial boost to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy across the two countries from African Development Bank (AfDB). Ethiopia’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and diversify its hydro-dependent energy mix through renewable energy got a $50 million boost from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) ...

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IEA Urges Governments to Speed Up Clean Energy Technology Deployment
IEA Urges Governments to Speed Up Clean Energy Technology Deployment

Friday 27th April 2012

WHILE progress is being made on renewable energy, most clean energy technologies are not being deployed quickly enough, the International Energy Agency (IEA) claimed yesterday. They made the comments in an annual progress report presented to ministers and representatives of nations that together account for four-fifths of global energy demand. The report, ...

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U.S. Needs to Continue to Improve Energy Efficiency - Steven Chu
U.S. Needs to Continue to Improve Energy Efficiency - Steven Chu

Friday 13th April 2012

U.S. Secretary of the Energy Department Steven Chu said yesterday that improving the nations energy efficiency should remain a priority. Chu was speaking at a New York Times energy conference, stating that if the Obama administration is in for a second term they should continue enhancing energy efficiency through their energy ...

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Renewable Power Revenue Can Fund Energy Efficiency
Renewable Power Revenue Can Fund Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 11th April 2012

SCOTLAND’S consumer watchdog, Consumer Focus Scotland, says Community Benefit Funds from renewables can help improve energy efficiency. Hundreds of thousands of pounds paid by renewable energy developers to local communities could be invested in improving energy efficiency and helping take thousands more Scottish homes out of fuel poverty. In a report published ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital to Renewable Impact Claims Porritt
Energy Efficiency Vital to Renewable Impact Claims Porritt

Wednesday 28th March 2012

JONATHON Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future feels that renewable technologies cannot deliver unless the world also cuts its energy use over the next 30-40 years. Porritt revealed his thoughts in Edinburgh yesterday at the Scottish Renewables annual conference, where the former director of Friends of the Earth said that ...

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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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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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