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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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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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