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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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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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Carbon Pricing Producing Positive Effects
Carbon Pricing Producing Positive Effects

Friday 23rd November 2012

AUSTRALIA’S and New Zealand’s largest public listed companies are happier with carbon pricing and are taking more action on energy efficiency than they were in 2011. The Carbon Disclosure Project Australia and New Zealand Climate Change Report 2012, which was written by Deloitte Australia, revealed a 12 percent increase amongst the ...

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Economic Sense of Incentives for Energy Efficiency
Economic Sense of Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 22nd November 2012

A NEW report from BlueGreen Canada entitled ‘More Bang for our Buck’ explains how the country can create more jobs while cutting harmful emissions. The report claims that Canada’s increasing reliance on oil sands, including the tax incentives given to the gas and oil sectors, is not the best long term ...

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Business Leaders Call for Binding EU Energy Efficiency Targets
Business Leaders Call for Binding EU Energy Efficiency Targets

Wednesday 21st November 2012

REUTERS report that business leaders want the European Union (EU) to set a new binding energy efficiency target. The group went public to ignite a discourse of sustainability aims for 2030, with the European Commission (EC) due soon to issue green policy documents. The group of executives sent a letter yesterday to ...

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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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President Obama Will Tackle Climate Change
President Obama Will Tackle Climate Change

Thursday 15th November 2012

A WEEK after winning another four years in office, U.S. President Barack Obama held his first press conference and declared his support to combat climate change. A question from New York Times journalist Mark Landler focused on how the President would ‘tackle climate change’. As a politician it may be that Obama ...

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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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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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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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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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