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Kesko Save Big with Energy Efficiency
Kesko Save Big with Energy Efficiency

Thursday 6th October 2011

KESKO, a Finnish retailing conglomerate, with about 2,000 stores in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Belarus, has made great headway in saving energy through energy efficiency measures. Kesko has saved 34 GWh (gigawatt-hours) of energy in 2008-2010, which represents more than half of its target. In the trading ...

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Netherlands Failing to Reach Energy Saving Targets
Netherlands Failing to Reach Energy Saving Targets

Thursday 6th October 2011

THE Netherlands Court of Audit, which checks that the government spends public funds and conducts policy as intended, reports there been been a failure for years to achieve energy saving targets. Due to this failure the Court of Audit reckons it is doubtful that the Netherlands will meet the agreed EU ...

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European Energy Efficiency Lighting Market to Grow
European Energy Efficiency Lighting Market to Grow

Wednesday 5th October 2011

NEW research predicts steady growth is forecast for the European lighting market across all sectors with retail and hospitality experiencing fast growth due to their preponderance of expensive decorative lighting. The market will be driven by the shift towards more intelligent and energy efficient lighting. In particular, the predicted "LED revolution" ...

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Thailand to Complete First Energy Master Plan
Thailand to Complete First Energy Master Plan

Wednesday 5th October 2011

THE government of Thailand is in the process of completing their first national energy master plan, incorporating three current energy-related plans. The new master plan, is to be completed over the next few months and will include a forecast of the country's oil and gas consumption. Thailand's 20-year power development plan (PDP) ...

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Formation of Industry-led UK Green Deal Consortium
Formation of Industry-led UK Green Deal Consortium

Tuesday 4th October 2011

THE Green Deal Finance Company – an industry-led consortium investigating how to finance the best value Green Deal option for UK consumers is formed An industry-led consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the business plan for a not-for-profit organisation, The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC), to finance ...

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EBRD Extends €225M for Turkish Energy Efficiency and Renewables
EBRD Extends €225M for Turkish Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Tuesday 4th October 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has extended financing facilities to support Turkey’s investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions. With the extension of the mid-size Sustainable Energy Financing Facility, or MidSEFF, originally launched in December 2010, the Bank will ...

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$1 Million Available for Energy Efficiency Improvements in Tennessee
$1 Million Available for Energy Efficiency Improvements in Tennessee

Monday 3rd October 2011

THE U.S. State of Tennessee is to receive a further funding boost of $1 million to improve energy efficiency across the state. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development have announced that applications for a third round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) will be accepted beginning on ...

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Uganda turns to Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Uganda turns to Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Monday 3rd October 2011

UGANDA’S Government is looking to energy efficiency and renewables to overcome inconsistent energy supply, enforced load shedding and ever increasing energy prices. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, said during the opening of the Energy Efficiency exhibition in Mbale (Eastern Uganda) that the, "Government is aware that Ugandans are ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital for Pakistan.
Energy Efficiency Vital for Pakistan.

Friday 30th September 2011

PAKISTAN continues to face an acute energy crisis which is hitting their economy, and the government needs to promote energy efficiency programmes - according Mahfooz Elahi. Mahfooz Elahi is President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and his remarks were reported by Pakistan’s Daily Times. The claim is also serious ...

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Italy Requested to Comply with EU Building Energy Efficiency Rules
Italy Requested to Comply with EU Building Energy Efficiency Rules

Friday 30th September 2011

THE European Commission are getting tough with Italy, who have not followed the European Union’s (EU) legislation on the energy performance of buildings, with a demand for them to comply. Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of EU CO2 emissions in the European Union. If ...

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New Hampshire Companies REAP Energy Efficiency Funding
New Hampshire Companies REAP Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 29th September 2011

FIVE New Hampshire, U.S., companies received energy efficiency grants and loans totaling $285,454, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed on Monday. The grants and loan guarantees are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. Molly Lambert, State director for Rural Development, said, “The REAP ...

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Energy Prices Lead to Energy Efficiency Focus
Energy Prices Lead to Energy Efficiency Focus

Thursday 29th September 2011

IN an excellent article at FT.com by Sarah Murray the business case for improving energy efficiency is expertly argued and should convince decision makers that are lagging behind in energy efficiency. Murray quotes the commissioner of Connecticut’s department of energy and environmental protection, Daniel Esty, as he explains the “market failure” ...

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South Africa's Energy Saving Tax Allowance Detail
South Africa's Energy Saving Tax Allowance Detail

Thursday 29th September 2011

IN SOUTH Africa there is much anticipation for section 12L energy saving tax incentive, which is now a step closer to implementation. In section 12L the proposal is that taxpayers will be entitled to claim an allowance for energy efficiency savings resulting from activities in the production of income. The allowance ...

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A Surprise Increase in CO2 Emissions
A Surprise Increase in CO2 Emissions

Wednesday 28th September 2011

FURTHER increases in global energy efficiency and clean energy generation is need to counter a reported and unexpected rise in CO2 emissions. The report "Long-term trend in global carbon dioxide emissions", has been compiled by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Much to many ...

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EBRD Launches €60M Energy Efficiency Loans for Romanian SMEs
EBRD Launches €60M Energy Efficiency Loans for Romanian SMEs

Tuesday 27th September 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstructions and Development (EBRD) is helping SMEs in Romania improve their energy efficiency with a newly launched €60 million programme to fund sustainable energy investments. The funds will be channelled to Romania’s real economy, through local financial intermediaries, including banks and leasing companies. The Romanian SME Sustainable Energy ...

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Call for an EU 25 Percent Emissions Reduction Target
Call for an EU 25 Percent Emissions Reduction Target

Tuesday 27th September 2011

A CALL for the EU to reduce its emission reduction target to 25 percent, five percent more than currently set, through such measures as energy efficiency has been made. The European Economic and Social Committee in an opinion on the European Commission's roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in ...

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Further Pressure on EU States to Ensure Energy Efficiency Targets
Further Pressure on EU States to Ensure Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 27th September 2011

THE European Commission's top energy official has criticised EU member sates, reports EurActiv, for double language on Europe’s target to cut energy use by 20 percent by the end of the decade. The head of the Commission's directorate-general for energy, Philip Lowe, criticised EU member state governments for obstructing binding rules ...

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UK Business Concerned by Cost of Energy Efficiency
UK Business Concerned by Cost of Energy Efficiency

Monday 26th September 2011

INVESTMENT by British business in energy reduction measures is in danger of grinding to a halt, new research has warned. The research, commissioned by Ernst & Young, which polled board members in 250 of Britain’s leading companies, revealed that whilst the overwhelming majority of companies have invested in low cost measures ...

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New Sustainability Guidelines for Transparency in Construction and Real Estate
New Sustainability Guidelines for Transparency in Construction and Real Estate

Monday 26th September 2011

FIRMS operating in the built environment will be able to measure their green performance evermore effectively after the launch of new international guidelines on sustainability reporting. Carbon emissions, management and remediation of contaminated land, and sub-contracted labour issues are some of the sustainability issues that can now be reported by construction ...

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EU Provide €70M for Ukraine's Energy Efficiency Programme
EU Provide €70M for Ukraine's Energy Efficiency Programme

Friday 23rd September 2011

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is to provide Ukraine €70 million for an energy efficiency programme. Ukraine’s Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Mykola Pashkevych, said that the EU is providing the funding in support of a national programme for energy efficiency which will run until 2015. Pashkevych ...

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Luxembourg Unveils Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
Luxembourg Unveils Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Friday 23rd September 2011

THE GRAND Duchy of Luxembourg is to provide tax credits to encourage energy efficiency improvements to buildings. Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Luc Frieden and Housing Minister Marco Schank recently unveiled the key details of various tax incentives. Highlighting the environmental and economical aims of the new tax credits, Frieden explained that the Luxembourg ...

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Ukraine Schools due to Benefit from Energy Saving Technologies
Ukraine Schools due to Benefit from Energy Saving Technologies

Thursday 22nd September 2011

UKRAINE Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, announced his Government is to introduce energy saving technology into the country’s schools. The announcement was made after Azarov visited a Kyiv school, where FoRum reports he went to check that energy efficiency work that had been planned had been completed, with the project expected to ...

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£35M from UK Government for Energy Efficiency
£35M from UK Government for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 22nd September 2011

THE UK Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne announced this week that £35 million has been earmarked to help with the development and deployment of innovative energy saving and energy efficiency technologies for buildings. The Spending Review of November 2010 announced funding of over £200 million for low carbon technologies. A further allocation ...

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Commercial Interests Drive Corporate Climate Change Actions
Commercial Interests Drive Corporate Climate Change Actions

Wednesday 21st September 2011

THE 2011 edition of the annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 report reveals that most of the largest corporations are taking climate change actions including energy efficiency improvements. The report, which examines carbon reduction activities at the world’s largest public corporations, has found for the first time in the ten ...

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Energy Use to Increase by 53 Percent Predicts the EIA
Energy Use to Increase by 53 Percent Predicts the EIA

Wednesday 21st September 2011

A NEW projection of future energy use predicts an increase of 53 percent by 2035 - but improved energy efficiency could make a significant dent in this increase. International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for world energy markets through to ...

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