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Buildings Desperate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Buildings Desperate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday 7th November 2011

ACCORDING to the Philadelphia Inquirer, owners of the City’s commercial property spend 29 percent more on energy than the U.S. national average. The paper highlights a new study that highlights the region's aging buildings as prime candidates for energy efficiency retrofits. The study looked at the region's 9,058 middle to larger ...

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UK Energy Intensive Businesses Exceed Energy Saving Targets
UK Energy Intensive Businesses Exceed Energy Saving Targets

Monday 7th November 2011

UK ENERGY intensive industries saved 28.5 million tonnes of carbon last year, exceeding the target under the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) tax break scheme, according to new government figures. Energy intensive businesses who voluntarily sign up for the CCA get a discount of 65 percent on the Government's Climate Change Levy ...

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Belgium Follow Suit in Shutting Down Nuclear Power
Belgium Follow Suit in Shutting Down Nuclear Power

Friday 4th November 2011

BELGIUM’S political parties have agreed, at least conditionally, to shut down the two remaining nuclear power stations a government spokes person revealed. A plan for the shutdown of three reactors by 2015 and then elimination of nuclear power in the country by 2025 is conditional on finding enough energy from energy ...

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Japan Calls for Winter Energy Saving after Fukushima
Japan Calls for Winter Energy Saving after Fukushima

Friday 4th November 2011

THE Japanese Government is calling for energy users to reduce consumption by more than 10 percent this winter as more nuclear reactors go offline after the Fukushima disaster in March. Bloomberg reported that a call is to go to the energy users in the area supplied by the Kansai Electric Power ...

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Spirits High Over Energy Saving at Scotch Distillers
Spirits High Over Energy Saving at Scotch Distillers

Thursday 3rd November 2011

THE UK spirits industry has beaten British Government energy efficiency targets through investing in energy-saving schemes, paying off big time for Scotch whisky distilleries. Latest results from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DEEC) reveal that the 71 sites participating in the Spirits Energy Efficiency Company’s (SEEC) scheme improved ...

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Insured Energy Savings
Insured Energy Savings

Thursday 3rd November 2011

BUILDING owners can undertake retrofits to improve their building's energy efficiency knowing that energy savings are guaranteed, thanks to the introduction of an innovative new "Energy Savings Warranty" insurance product. The policy, when purchased jointly by engineering and contracting firms that are assisting buildings with energy retrofits, provides a financial backstop ...

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Incredible Potential for Economy in Energy Efficiency Financing
Incredible Potential for Economy in Energy Efficiency Financing

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

ENERGY efficiency investments can help the U.S. economy bounce back according to a new report compiled by Capital E for the Energy Foundation. The report, Energy Efficiency Finance – Models and Strategies, states that energy efficiency investments can create over one million jobs during the next decade. It also reveals that ...

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London's Green Economy Thriving
London's Green Economy Thriving

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

LONDON’S green economy is thriving, despite the downturn, according to new figures published today by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Figures compiled by INNOVAS for a report commissioned by the Mayor, has examined in detail for the first time, the health of the low carbon and environmental goods and ...

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Cities Ranked on Sustainability
Cities Ranked on Sustainability

Tuesday 1st November 2011

COMPARISON of the World’s Cities based on how green they are will soon be possible with the launch of an index that will rank them on their efforts to become ‘smart’. IDC (International Data Corporation), the creators of the Smart Cities Index, claim the Index, first pioneered in the 44 largest ...

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Jobs and Economic Growth from the Energy Efficiency Industry
Jobs and Economic Growth from the Energy Efficiency Industry

Tuesday 1st November 2011

The U.S. National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) Executive Director, Terry E. Singer, highlighted the benefits the industry brings to the country ahead of its annual conference this week. "At a time when Congress is debating the best way to support job creation, the energy-efficiency industry is one of the ...

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Philippines Energy Efficiency Project Progresses
Philippines Energy Efficiency Project Progresses

Monday 31st October 2011

THE Philippines Department of Energy (DoE) has finished the upgrade of seven government buildings as part of the Energy Efficient Lighting initiative component of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP). The Filipino Government agencies which have received the energy efficiency upgrades are the: National Food Authority, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, National ...

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Australia's Green Building Regulations Kick-In
Australia's Green Building Regulations Kick-In

Monday 31st October 2011

REGULATIONS for Green Buildings in Australia become serious tomorrow - November 1 - with building owners and even tenants facing substantial fines if their commercial space falls short environmentally. The Commercial Building Disclosure (CDB) programme requires a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) if more than 2000 square metres of office space ...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades Key to Green Growth
Energy Efficiency Upgrades Key to Green Growth

Friday 28th October 2011

A NEW World Economic Forum report recommends steps for governments to stimulate investments into energy efficiency upgrades in existing commercial buildings in order to enable job creation and green growth. The report, entitled, A Profitable and Resource Efficient Future: Catalysing Retrofit Finance and Investing in Commercial Real Estate, also describes ...

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Alabama Programme to Improve Energy Efficiency and Create Jobs
Alabama Programme to Improve Energy Efficiency and Create Jobs

Friday 28th October 2011

THE U.S. southeastern State of Alabama is acting to improve energy efficiency and create jobs through the Alabama Saves Energy Loan programme. The programme came into effect less than a year ago when it was seeded by $25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, it was then further boosted by ...

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2011 U.S. Small Business Energy Survey
2011 U.S. Small Business Energy Survey

Thursday 27th October 2011

THE U.S. National Small Business Association (NSBA) released its 2011 Energy Survey this week which revealed the concern most SMEs have over energy costs. Among the key findings: rising energy costs weigh heavily on the majority of small businesses with 87 percent reporting negative impacts on their business. This is likely ...

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Global Paper Company Plans Energy and Emissions Reductions
Global Paper Company Plans Energy and Emissions Reductions

Thursday 27th October 2011

GLOBAL paper and packaging company International Paper, is committing to use 15 percent less energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. The company will use the energy consumption and emissions figures from 2010 as a baseline, with this target the first in a set of extensive ...

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SMEs Missing out on £7.7 billion by Ignoring Energy Efficiency Measures
SMEs Missing out on £7.7 billion by Ignoring Energy Efficiency Measures

Wednesday 26th October 2011

NEARLY four million of the UK's 4.8 million small businesses are missing out on £7.7 billion every year by not implementing energy efficiency measures, according to new research from E.ON.  E.ON is on a mission to get British businesses energy fit and has revealed only one in five (21 percent) of ...

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The World's Greenest Companies
The World's Greenest Companies

Wednesday 26th October 2011

NEWSWEEK released their Green Rankings list of companies and report that while governments are slow to act many corporations are already improving energy efficiency and implementing environmental measures. The Green Rankings list shows how the top-ranked companies approach green projects with determination and with a long term view as it makes ...

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Energy Efficiency Key Points for Business
Energy Efficiency Key Points for Business

Tuesday 25th October 2011

THE Guardian Newspaper recently held an energy efficiency discussion with its Sustainable Business Group and they have published a summary of key points - click here. Read it in full, but some of the highlights include the following: Most organisations have become more receptive to the idea of energy saving initiatives, especially ...

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Ten Countries Emit Two-Thirds of Global CO2
Ten Countries Emit Two-Thirds of Global CO2

Tuesday 25th October 2011

A NEW report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) reveals that just ten countries are accountable for most of the world’s CO2 emissions. The report, “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2011”, reveals that two-thirds of global CO2 emissions in 2009 came from these ten, according to figures released in the lead-up ...

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Hungary and UK Join Forces on Carbon Finance Barriers
Hungary and UK Join Forces on Carbon Finance Barriers

Monday 24th October 2011

A EUROPEAN low carbon finance summit yesterday looked to overcome barriers to green investment in Central and Eastern Europe and highlighted the significant commercial opportunities of an ambitious low carbon transition. The UK and Hungarian Governments have joined forces to bring together key finance experts, business leaders and policy makers to ...

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UK's Green Deal for Business Worth £800m?
UK's Green Deal for Business Worth £800m?

Monday 24th October 2011

A report from Ernst & Young highlighting key policy issues facing the non-domestic UK Green Deal (NDGD) and the potential for incentivising energy efficiency in small and medium sized businesses. The report, ‘Making energy efficiency your business - understanding the potential of the non-domestic Green Deal’, was commissioned by British Gas ...

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Companies Call for Climate Action
Companies Call for Climate Action

Friday 21st October 2011

LEADERS of almost 200 major multi-national corporations around the world have called for tougher action on climate change from the world’s governments. The 2°C Challenge, initiated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, calls on governments attending the Durban event to take decisive action on climate change, because it threatens ...

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Massachusetts Overtakes California as Top U.S. Energy Efficiency State
Massachusetts Overtakes California as Top U.S. Energy Efficiency State

Friday 21st October 2011

A SOUR U.S. economy, tight State budgets, and a failure by Congress to adopt a comprehensive energy strategy haven’t slowed the growing momentum among U.S. States toward increased energy efficiency. This is according to the fifth edition of the annual ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council ...

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New Green Energy Efficiency Fund for South Africa's Industries
New Green Energy Efficiency Fund for South Africa's Industries

Thursday 20th October 2011

SOUTH Africa’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has launched a R500-million ($62.6 million) fund, for energy efficiency and ‘self-use’ renewable energy projects in energy intensive industries. The fund, “Green Energy Efficiency Fund” (GEEF), is backed by the German development bank KfW, which has extended a €48-million long-term loan to the IDC. ...

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