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UAE Focus on Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings
UAE Focus on Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Monday 16th January 2012

THE Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) based in Dubai will stress the importance of improving the energy efficiency in existing buildings at its Focus Day on Tuesday (Jan 17). The Focus Day is being held in conjunction with the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), taking place in Abu Dhabi. EmiratesGBC is also ...

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Large Indian Corporations to be Energy Capped
Large Indian Corporations to be Energy Capped

Friday 13th January 2012

LARGE corporations in India will have to keep a close eye on their power usage as the Government is going to set a cap on their energy consumption. According to officials at the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) a list of around 477 facilities belonging to various large corporations ...

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Energy Efficiency Directive Drags On
Energy Efficiency Directive Drags On

Friday 13th January 2012

EUROPEAN Union Members of Parliament (MEP) have recognised the need for more flexibility for member states when choosing their energy efficiency targets and are close to an agreement. This has become apparent after yesterday’s debate at the European Parliament's Committee on Industry (ITRE) regarding the draft Energy Efficiency Directive dragged on, ...

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Further Pressure for Binding Energy Efficiency Target
Further Pressure for Binding Energy Efficiency Target

Thursday 12th January 2012

SOME states within the European Union are trying to revive a legally binding 20 percent energy efficiency target as energy efficiency funding discussions are taking place in the European Parliament. Supporters of a binding target want to make it harder for member states to argue against energy efficiency funds, because they ...

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Funding for Multifamily Building Energy Efficiency Improvements
Funding for Multifamily Building Energy Efficiency Improvements

Thursday 12th January 2012

DEUTSCHE Bank today announced the results of a new study that sets the foundation for what could be an unprecedented change in multifamily lending: the ability to incorporate energy savings projections into underwriting practices. The innovative approach would allow for larger loans to multifamily owners, increasing the availability of capital required ...

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Energy Efficiency Grows in Midwest
Energy Efficiency Grows in Midwest

Wednesday 11th January 2012

A REPORTED $1.2 billion has been invested in energy efficiency across the U.S. Midwest during 2011 but further development is needed for further future benefits and further funding is available. Mandated energy savings targets are increasing, and this funding is projected to continue to grow annually to exceed $1.5 billion by ...

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Energy Efficient Buildings for South Africa
Energy Efficient Buildings for South Africa

Wednesday 11th January 2012

IN most countries buildings use at least 40 percent of the nations energy - meaning that improving the energy efficiency of the country’s energy stock is vital for the environment and the economy. In South Africa, which is also battling a shortfall in energy capacity, tackling the energy efficiency of buildings ...

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New York City's Great Green Buildings
New York City's Great Green Buildings

Tuesday 10th January 2012

NEW York City was awarded the World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Award in “Industry Transformation”, as reported this week, for their “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan” on building energy efficiency The “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan” programme concentrates on the City’s larger buildings which produce 45 percent of the City’s CO2 emissions, ...

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Croatia Needs Major Investment for Energy Efficiency Regulations
Croatia Needs Major Investment for Energy Efficiency Regulations

Tuesday 10th January 2012

TO achieve the standards required by the European Union for membership, Croatia will need to spend €6 billion in energy efficiency and renewables. Nikola Ruzinski, the former Croatian State Secretary for Environmental Protection and the country’s Negotiator with the EU for Environmental Protection and Energy, said recently that Croatia will need ...

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World Green Building Awards
World Green Building Awards

Monday 9th January 2012

THE World Green Building Council, has announced the winning cities in its WorldGBC Government Leadership Awards for Excellence in City Policy for Green Building. The Leadership awards, created in partnership with ICLEI-International and UN-HABITAT, announced the following winners for the varied categories: Best Green Building Policy: San Francisco, USA, for the San Francisco Green Building ...

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Energy Efficiency Will be the Focus of Energy Summit
Energy Efficiency Will be the Focus of Energy Summit

Monday 9th January 2012

ENERGY efficiency will be at the top of the agenda at the World Future Energy Summit, or WFES 2012, in Abu Dhabi later this month. WFES 2012 will devote a special session to energy efficiency, with contributions from many world leaders in energy efficiency, including Siemens and Exxon Mobil. Much of the ...

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Help to Fund Energy Efficiency Improvements for UK Firms
Help to Fund Energy Efficiency Improvements for UK Firms

Friday 6th January 2012

NEW analysis from the Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme - has revealed that some 400,000 businesses throughout England would struggle to raise standard bank loans for energy efficient investments.  The Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme is a financing scheme for green equipment for organisations of all sizes, delivered by the Carbon Trust and its ...

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States Reach Record Energy Efficiency Investments Levels
States Reach Record Energy Efficiency Investments Levels

Friday 6th January 2012

BUDGET for energy efficiency programmes across the USA reached a record level of $6.8 billion in 2011 - a 25 percent increase over 2010, so writes Joe Romm on Climate Progress. The record amount was due to an increase in the number of improved energy efficiency standards across many States, writes ...

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Brazilian Energy Efficiency Projects Save $1.3 Billion
Brazilian Energy Efficiency Projects Save $1.3 Billion

Thursday 5th January 2012

FROM March 2008 to December 2011, the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) calculated 914 energy efficiency projects which produced energy savings of approximately 2.06 million MWh a year. The various projects, with investments of about R$2.4 billion ($1.3 billion), include initiatives related to municipal power management and cogeneration amongst others.   The ...

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New Indian Energy Efficiency Loan Fund
New Indian Energy Efficiency Loan Fund

Thursday 5th January 2012

INDIAN financial services provider Tata Capital, aims to issue Rs 7,000 — 8,000 crore ($1.43-$1.8 billion) for energy efficiency financing over the next five years, a company official said yesterday. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Tata Capital with the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to put in ...

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Wales Gains Power for Energy Efficiency Building Regulations
Wales Gains Power for Energy Efficiency Building Regulations

Wednesday 4th January 2012

THE Welsh Government is to use its new powers to improve energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings. The Welsh Government assumes responsibility this week for building regulations from the UK central government in Westminster, and has revealed their energy efficiency plans. From the beginning of this year the Welsh Assembly have the devolved ...

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Energy Efficiency Investments Numero Uno
Energy Efficiency Investments Numero Uno

Wednesday 4th January 2012

EACH new year many predictions are made - here is an interesting one for 2012 claiming that the number one return on investment will be energy efficiency, and why. Website triplepundit.com reckons that 2012 will be the milestone year with the US economy demonstrating sustained economic growth through the adoption of ...

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Future Energy Ideas
Future Energy Ideas

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

IBM was long known as a forward looking company, and despite a huge shift in the technology universe they are again influential and also study what the future will bring through technology. Last month they made five predictions of things that may be developed over the next five years, that could ...

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Makati City Leads by Energy Efficiency Example
Makati City Leads by Energy Efficiency Example

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

MAKATI City was built on the old Manila airport to become the financial hub of the Philippines today, and is a fine example of an energy-efficient environment. The city has been called the Southeast Asia’s First Energy-Efficient City by Greenpeace because of its programmes for reducing its carbon footprint through improving ...

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Scotland's First Minister Calls for Sustainable Action in 2012
Scotland's First Minister Calls for Sustainable Action in 2012

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

SCOTLAND’S First Minister, Alex Salmond, has urged world leaders to make 2012 the 'Year of Climate Justice' with sustainable development and energy policies to become the focus for the year. Salmond made the call ahead of the major UN conference on sustainable development in June, adding that climate justice should be ...

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New Year, New Energy Efficienct Lights for U.S.
New Year, New Energy Efficienct Lights for U.S.

Monday 2nd January 2012

2012 ARRIVED with stunning firework displays around the world - but New York took the headlines for a future for lighting energy efficiency in the year ahead. The famous ball dropped in Times Square on New Year's Eve, but was lit up with 32,256 energy efficient LED lightbulbs, hailing in a ...

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KfW Offer New Sustainability Financing in Germany
KfW Offer New Sustainability Financing in Germany

Friday 30th December 2011

GERMAN bank KfW are providing a new financing vehicle for renewable energies, energy efficiency and innovations for Germany’s energy turnaround across the private and public sectors. The expanded range of energy and environmental financing, "KfW Energy Turnaround Action Plan" for enterprises starts on January 1 and will be broadly-based financing for ...

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Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to UK Economy
Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to UK Economy

Friday 30th December 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne today revealed more evidence of the economic benefits of renewable energy and reaffirmed the UK coalition government’s commitment to meeting EU renewable energy targets. This came as the UK published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. Latest ...

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Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 29th December 2011

VIET NAM’S businesses were told the importance of improving energy efficiency to save energy, the environment and to maintain economic development at a forum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. "This forum will discuss initiatives and plans to develop green businesses, a friendly environment, energy-savings, and carbon-emissions reductions," said Professor Nguyen ...

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Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting
Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting

Thursday 29th December 2011

HAWAII is leading the U.S.A. for investment in energy saving performance contracting for public buildings - also aiming for 70 percent energy needs from clean energy sources by 2030. Hawaii is ranked first according to the listing from the Energy Services Coalition, with the State’s overall energy saving investment exceeding $150 ...

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