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U.S. Agricultural and Rural Small Businesses Energy Efficiency Funding
U.S. Agricultural and Rural Small Businesses Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 15th December 2011

U.S. AGRICULTURE Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). "Stable energy costs create an environment for job growth in rural America," ...

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Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency
Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 14th December 2011

INDIAN Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has reiterated India’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency and clean energy, as spelt out in the National Action Plan on Climate Change. Singh was inaugurating the National Energy Conservation Day function in New Delhi today, where he stated that the target of 9 percent ...

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Energy Saving Business to Help Local Businesses Cut Energy Costs
Energy Saving Business to Help Local Businesses Cut Energy Costs

Wednesday 14th December 2011

WITH financial problems still troubling Europe many are surprised to see new ventures start up or grow, but as in the following example the time is perfect for the energy saving business. In the UK’s west country a businessman reveals that despite the European wide financial problem there is still much ...

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Call for Government and Industry to Work Together to Save Energy
Call for Government and Industry to Work Together to Save Energy

Tuesday 13th December 2011

GOVERNMENT and industry need to work together to use fewer resources, improve energy efficiency and encourage businesses to come up with solutions, the Confederation for British Industry (CBI) announced yesterday. . Businesses are increasingly seeking to improve their resource efficiency, particularly energy efficiency, because it offers them a competitive advantage and reduces ...

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€58M EU-EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding for Romanian SME
€58M EU-EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding for Romanian SME

Tuesday 13th December 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing to support Romania’s energy security strategy by boosting funding to the real economy to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions. The Bank selected the 10 best projects financed under a joint EU-EBRD programme called the Energy Efficiency Finance Facility (EEFF). ...

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COP17 Legal Climate Treaty Agreement
COP17 Legal Climate Treaty Agreement

Monday 12th December 2011

THE UN climate talks in South Africa have been heralded a success after a climate change deal was struck in the early hours of Sunday morning. 194 parties have spent the past two weeks in Durban discussing how to cut emissions to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees to ...

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Moldova Launches Energy Efficiency Campaign
Moldova Launches Energy Efficiency Campaign

Monday 12th December 2011

THE Moldovan Economics Ministry and the Agency for Energy Efficiency has launched the energy efficiency campaign Moldova ECO-Energy. Moldova ECO-Energy is a comprehensive campaign, whose goal is to promote energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. The campaign is conducted by the Moldovan government in partnership with The European Union the United ...

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Energy Efficiency Pledge by South African Government and Business
Energy Efficiency Pledge by South African Government and Business

Friday 9th December 2011

SOUTH AFRICA’S Department of Energy has signed an Energy Efficiency Leadership Network Pledge along with Business Unity SA (BUSA) and the National Business Initiative (NBI). The Pledge aims to improve energy efficiency in South Africa, with the signatories developing an energy efficiency road map, the required energy efficiency targets, work with ...

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Energy Efficiency Financing Helps Thai Companies
Energy Efficiency Financing Helps Thai Companies

Friday 9th December 2011

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is scaling up energy efficiency and renewable-energy financing in Thailand by partnering with Bangkok Mitsubishi UFJ Lease Ltd. The collaboration will help companies find funding for projects that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and use sustainable energy. IFC’s risk-sharing facility agreement with Bangkok Mitsubishi ...

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COP17 - US-China
COP17 - US-China "Ping-Pong" Must End

Thursday 8th December 2011

THE European Parliament is calling for a binding global deal on climate change to be agreed by 2015, but the "ping pong blame game" between the US and China is holding up progress. This “game” that is preventing progress must come to an end, said Jo Leinen, Chair of the European ...

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£30M Extra Funding for UK Public Sector and Community Energy Efficiency
£30M Extra Funding for UK Public Sector and Community Energy Efficiency

Thursday 8th December 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne has today announced a £20 million boost to the existing public sector energy efficiency loan scheme and £10 million for local community energy projects. Huhne said: “This is great news for the public sector. Not only do we need to encourage energy efficiency in our schools, ...

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South Africa's Energy Efficiency Project Advances
South Africa's Energy Efficiency Project Advances

Wednesday 7th December 2011

The South African government is progressing with the implementation of their Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE) claimed South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Davies explained that the energy efficiency project promotes industrial energy management systems, energy system optimisation and energy standards development training for SMEs. Davies was speaking at an ...

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Getting Lighting Right Could Save UK Businesses £700m
Getting Lighting Right Could Save UK Businesses £700m

Wednesday 7th December 2011

THE UK’s Carbon Trust has revealed that businesses and the public sector can make their own lighting more efficient and save up to £700m a year. The Carbon Trust advises that cost-effective measures such as lighting refurbishment and sensor-based controls can lead to annual cost savings of 20 percent across all ...

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Code to Improve Energy Efficiency in Canadian Buildings
Code to Improve Energy Efficiency in Canadian Buildings

Tuesday 6th December 2011

THE 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings promises to bring a 25 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. Some 245 technical changes have been made to the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings to accommodate new technologies and construction practices that have emerged ...

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Need for a 'Building a Minute' Energy Efficiency Retrofit
Need for a 'Building a Minute' Energy Efficiency Retrofit

Tuesday 6th December 2011

THE UK Energy Saving Trust has published the results from research which shows the huge energy efficiency challenge facing the country’s buildings. The research reveals that for every minute, from now until 2050, at least one building will need a green renovation if the UK is to achieve its emissions targets. Business ...

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EU Support for Energy Efficiency in Ukraine
EU Support for Energy Efficiency in Ukraine

Monday 5th December 2011

THE European Commission today adopted a financial package to support energy efficiency and environment along with public administration and regional development, in Ukraine. The third component of the Annual Action Programme (AAP) for 2011 is worth €105 million in total and consists of three components. The third component of this assistance ...

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€100M Fund for South African Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
€100M Fund for South African Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

Monday 5th December 2011

SPECIALIST Bank Investec has reached an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to set up €100m of funding for the promotion of energy efficiency and clean energy in South Africa. The EIB and Investec will each contribute €50m to the fund, which will be available for selected projects over three ...

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Obama
Obama "Can't Wait" to Act on Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Friday 2nd December 2011

U.S. President Obama today announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy efficiency upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction ...

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UK Economy on Track to Meet Carbon Targets
UK Economy on Track to Meet Carbon Targets

Friday 2nd December 2011

THE task of rebalancing the UK economy away from carbon is progressing well and will result in greater energy security and development of technology, the Government's Carbon Plan showed today.  Emissions in the UK must by law be cut by at least 80 percent on 1990 levels by 2050.  The UK ...

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EU Energy Ministers Call for Flexible Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Energy Ministers Call for Flexible Energy Efficiency Targets

Thursday 1st December 2011

DISSATISFIED delegates at a meeting of European energy ministers in Brussels this week raised their concerns over the rigid targets in the European Commissions proposed energy efficiency directive. A progress report on a draft directive on energy efficiency was presented at the meeting of the EU Council of Ministers for energy ...

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European Mayors set Example for EU Nations
European Mayors set Example for EU Nations

Thursday 1st December 2011

EUROPEAN Mayors demonstrated today that energy efficiency targets can be met, despite sluggish talks on the proposed EU energy efficiency directive, according to EurActiv.  EurActiv reports that 3,000 Mayors came together today (November 30) for the launch of the 'Engage' campaign, a project that aims to become the largest EU-wide local ...

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Nigeria Needs to Concentrate on Energy Efficiency
Nigeria Needs to Concentrate on Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 30th November 2011

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has opined that Nigeria needs to concentrate on energy efficiency to meet their current and future energy challenges. Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper reports that the UNDP maintained that the energy crisis facing the country requires the development of an energy saving culture, particularly in the corporate ...

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Call to Action at UN Climate Change Conference
Call to Action at UN Climate Change Conference

Wednesday 30th November 2011

THOUSANDS of representatives from governments and international organisations have gathered for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17), which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution. The stakes at the two-week long conference are high, as its outcome will determine the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the ...

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Energy Efficiency Through
Energy Efficiency Through "Modernisation not Westernisation"

Tuesday 29th November 2011

INDIAN State Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighted the need for more energy efficiency planning to boost economic growth.  Speaking during a seminar on Energy Efficiency and Thermal Audit, Modi said that in the western Indian State of Gujarat they need to modernise but without westernisation. Explaining this view the Chief Minister ...

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COP17 to Answer Alarm Bells?
COP17 to Answer Alarm Bells?

Tuesday 29th November 2011

RECENT studies and findings regarding climate change are “sounding alarm bells” for urgent action said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, ahead of COP17. Speaking during a media briefing in Durban, South Africa, before the official opening of the UNFCCC COP17 conference, November 28 through ...

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