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Public Sector Doubles Emissions Targets
Public Sector Doubles Emissions Targets

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

NEW research released by the Carbon Trust reveals that the UK’s public sector has doubled its determination to tackle climate change over the past five years, despite difficult economic times. Fresh analysis of 472 public sector bodies shows that average carbon reduction targets have almost doubled since 2006, rising from 16 ...

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Energy Companies Call for Tougher 'EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package'
Energy Companies Call for Tougher 'EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package'

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

THREE leading European energy utilities want the European Commission to present a second ‘Climate and Energy Package’, including binding 2030 targets on carbon reductions, renewables and energy efficiency. The three energy companies – Eneco (the Netherlands), Dong Energy (Denmark) and SSE (United Kingdom) are making the call. Following the First ...

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South Africa Must Become Energy Efficient
South Africa Must Become Energy Efficient

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

South Africa needs to become more energy efficient if it is to meet industrialisation pressures. "It is clear that we cannot continue on a wasteful path as we have been on. We all know that an economy cannot grow without energy but that does not mean inefficient use of energy," said ...

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Substantial Savings Available Through Improving Motor Efficiency
Substantial Savings Available Through Improving Motor Efficiency

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

UK INDUSTRY could save over £630 million through making electric motors more energy efficient, using motor controllers such as variable speed drives (VSDs), according to the UK’s Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust reveal through the release of new guides how businesses can make significant savings on their annual energy bill. In ...

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IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Emissions
IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Emissions

Monday 21st November 2011

SOME of the recent extreme weather experienced globally is the result of human induced climate change which will get worse over forthcoming decades, according to a new report from the IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that greenhouse gas emissions related to mans activities are responsible for more recent ...

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Almost All New Buildings in China Fall Short on Energy Efficiency
Almost All New Buildings in China Fall Short on Energy Efficiency

Monday 21st November 2011

A CHINESE Senior Government Planner claims that over 95 percent of new buildings that are erected annually are energy inefficient and the country needs to promote energy efficient construction projects. Xinhuanet.com report Tang Kai, Chief Planner of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development as stating that China builds around 2 ...

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More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government
More Energy Efficiency Action Needed from Philippines' Government

Friday 18th November 2011

EXPERTS are calling for the Philippines’ Government to incentivise and promote energy efficiency to reduce consumption particularly as cleaner energy is being developed. Philippines’ BusinessWorld Online reports Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona, Research Scientist of De La Salle University commenting at a briefing: "We should look at energy efficiency while renewable ...

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City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme
City of Sydney Office Energy Efficiency Scheme

Friday 18th November 2011

THE Australian city of Sydney intends to sign 10 agreements over the next 12 months to improve energy efficiency in the city’s office buildings. A city official said yesterday that the plan is to help commercial building owners to gain access to private capital and to share the upgrade costs with ...

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Hungarian Energy Efficiency Incentives
Hungarian Energy Efficiency Incentives

Thursday 17th November 2011

ENERGY efficiency projects in Hungary have received nearly HUF 80 billion ($343.6 million) in grants. Hungarian SMEs received the vast majority of the incentive money, which was used for energy efficiency building upgrades, and the “Norwegian Financing Mechanism” is to ensure another HUF 5.6 billion ($24 million) for a similar ...

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Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project
Success for Viet Nam's Energy Saving Project

Thursday 17th November 2011

A PROJECT promoting energy saving to small-and medium-sized enterprises in Viet Nam has been hailed a success at a workshop this week in Hanoi. Attendees at the international workshop were told that the success is due in no small measure to a strong commitment from all those involved and efficient project ...

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China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets
China Considers Lifting Energy Saving Targets

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE world's second-largest energy consumer, China, plans to reduce energy consumption further and cut carbon dioxide emission in their 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). China is expected to cut energy consumption of per unit industrial added value and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent and above respectively by 2015, compared with the ...

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Cheese and Steel Bear Energy Saving Fruit
Cheese and Steel Bear Energy Saving Fruit

Wednesday 16th November 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing its drive to promote energy saving in Ukraine through specialised energy efficiency initiatives and bearing fruit. The latest programme and the largest to date is the $160 million Ukraine Energy Efficiency programme (UKEEP), which is now nearing completion. In the Ukrainian capital ...

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CO2 Emissions Exceed Economic Growth
CO2 Emissions Exceed Economic Growth

Tuesday 15th November 2011

GLOBAL emissions are increasing faster than economic growth, reversing a slow, but gradual, reduction in carbon emissions intensity. The findings, from new analysis in the PwC Low Carbon Economy Index, show that for the first time since 2004, no improvement has been made in reducing the carbon intensity (which reflects the ...

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India's Kerala State Ripe for Energy Efficiency
India's Kerala State Ripe for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th November 2011

INDIA’S south western State of Kerala daily loses 400 MW of electricity, due to inefficient use of energy by businesses, government agencies and domestic users. A study by the Indian National Productivity Council, for the Energy Management Centre-Kerala (EMC) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, reveals the extent of the problem. The ...

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Study Reveals Boom Times Ahead for U.S. Energy Efficiency
Study Reveals Boom Times Ahead for U.S. Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th November 2011

A NEW study from The Brattle Group reveals that energy efficiency improvements could lower U.S. electricity consumption by 5 - 15 percent relative to forecast trends by 2020. “The survey clearly shows that the age of energy efficiency has not come to an end,” said Ahmad Faruqui, one of the study’s ...

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APEC Address Energy Concerns
APEC Address Energy Concerns

Monday 14th November 2011

LEADERS from APEC’s (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 21 member nations vowed on Sunday to promote green growth, energy efficiency and cut fossil fuel subsidies across the region. The leaders agreed to a non-binding target to reduce the region's high energy intensity, which measures the energy efficiency of national economies, by 45 per ...

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Thailand Funding to Improve Post Flood Energy Efficiency
Thailand Funding to Improve Post Flood Energy Efficiency

Monday 14th November 2011

THE Thai Government has earmarked 1.55 billion Baht ($50,309,901) in grants and loans for businesses who participate in energy-saving efficiency enhancement programmes, so reports the Bangkok Post. Thailand has suffered from severe flooding since July, most significantly in the Chao Phraya but also in the Mekong River basin, affecting over 2.3 ...

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Global Corporation Benefit from Energy Efficiency Self-Funding
Global Corporation Benefit from Energy Efficiency Self-Funding

Friday 11th November 2011

HOLCIM Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates, has set aside CHF100 million (Swiss Francs) each year to further improve energy efficiency across the Group. This company are benefiting from financing many energy efficiency projects across its operations globally, countering rising energy prices, tough economic conditions, ...

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IEA Warns Just Five Years Left to Control Energy Use
IEA Warns Just Five Years Left to Control Energy Use

Friday 11th November 2011

THE International Energy Authority (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO) that the world is locking itself into an unsustainable energy future which would have far-reaching consequences. Without a bold change of policy direction, the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system, warns the ...

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Businesses Told to Take Control of Energy
Businesses Told to Take Control of Energy

Thursday 10th November 2011

THE urgent need for clarity and a coherent, coordinated energy policy for the UK is highlighted in a report, published by the London School of Economics aimed at the business sector. The npower Future Report, ‘Demanding times for energy in the UK’, examines the key challenges the energy industry is currently ...

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Little More than Evens on EU Reaching Energy Efficiency Target
Little More than Evens on EU Reaching Energy Efficiency Target

Thursday 10th November 2011

THE European Union’s (EU) chances of meeting its objective of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 are little more than even, the EU's top energy official has told EurActiv. EurActiv asked Philip Lowe, the European Commission’s Director General for Energy how confident he was that the target could be ...

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Energy Efficiency League Table Challenged
Energy Efficiency League Table Challenged

Wednesday 9th November 2011

UK business chiefs have challenged the publishing of a new league table ranking firms on their energy efficiency, claiming it presents a false picture of what is happening across industry. We reported yesterday that the UK’s Environment Agency published the Performance League Table (PLT) for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme detailing ...

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Energy Efficiency Retrofit Call from Diverse U.S. Groups
Energy Efficiency Retrofit Call from Diverse U.S. Groups

Wednesday 9th November 2011

AN unlikely collaboration between businesses and environmentalists in the U.S. is looking to add pressure to the energy efficiency movement for the good of the economy. A broad spectrum of real estate, business, lending, manufacturing, environmental and energy efficiency organisations led by The Real Estate Roundtable, U.S. Green Building Council and ...

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Manchester United Top of CRC League Table
Manchester United Top of CRC League Table

Tuesday 8th November 2011

MANCHESTER United Football Club is back on top, well at least joint top of a new energy efficiency league table under the UK Government's new flagship Carbon Reduction Commitment programme. The current Premier League champions share top spot with 20 other companies and organisations, including Center Parcs, UBS UK Properties, British ...

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Euro Battle over Energy Efficiency Directive
Euro Battle over Energy Efficiency Directive

Tuesday 8th November 2011

THE targets suggested in the EU’s draft energy efficiency directive are being challenged by member states, with the UK and the Netherlands calling for some provisions to be deleted entirely. EurActiv.com reports that one headline figure in the original directive, a mandatory annual 3 percent public buildings energy efficiency renovation rate, ...

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