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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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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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