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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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Energy Efficiency Funding Provides Huge Potential
Energy Efficiency Funding Provides Huge Potential

Tuesday 20th September 2011

U.S. ENERGY efficiency loan financing is proving to be a stable, low risk investment with low default rates and large-scale potential. This is the conclusion of the study What Have We Learned from Energy Efficiency Financing Programmes? which was released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), it ...

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South Africa Consider Tax Allowances for Energy Efficiency
South Africa Consider Tax Allowances for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 20th September 2011

ON Friday, South Africa’s Department of Energy (DOE) released proposed regulations which would provide a tax allowance for energy efficiency savings. The regulations stipulate that any company or business holding an energy saving certificate will be able to submit this certification to the South African Revenue Service and claim the tax ...

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USDA Announce Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects
USDA Announce Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects

Monday 19th September 2011

U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced loans and grants for over 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement energy efficiency measures and renewable energy. "This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration's plan to help the nation's farmers, agricultural producers and rural small businesses conserve natural ...

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Malaysia Consider New Energy Efficiency Policy
Malaysia Consider New Energy Efficiency Policy

Monday 19th September 2011

MALAYSIA has a new policy on energy efficiency in the final drafting stages ahead of being presented to the Cabinet. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, stated yesterday that such a policy is critical as many issues will be addressed by improving energy efficiency and identifying possible new sources ...

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Research Predicts Growth in Intelligent Lighting Controls
Research Predicts Growth in Intelligent Lighting Controls

Friday 16th September 2011

CLEAN tech research specialists Pike Research have issued a new report on the importance of intelligent lighting controls for reducing energy consumption and costs. The report discusses that although lighting accounts for a significant portion of all global electricity use, surpassing 2,200 terawatt hours every year and costing up to $200 ...

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UK Firms Falling Short of Climate Change Challenge
UK Firms Falling Short of Climate Change Challenge

Friday 16th September 2011

BRITAIN’S companies are "nowhere near" to meeting the challenge of climate change, according to the “Sustainable Business 2011: Reflecting on Progress” report. The report assessing the sustainability performance of UK business was published Thursday, revealing that despite encouraging progress in many areas, UK firms are falling well short of achieving the ...

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2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa
2012 a Crucial Year for Climate Investment in Africa

Thursday 15th September 2011

A CONFERENCE to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, next January looks to address the importance of climate change finance and carbon markets for the whole of Africa. Since carbon markets were first mooted and started, Africa has not seen the same level of benefits that were hoped for. Africa still ...

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New Building Energy Efficiency Finance Scheme for Singapore
New Building Energy Efficiency Finance Scheme for Singapore

Thursday 15th September 2011

A PILOT financing scheme has been launched by Singapore’s building authority enabling building owners to get loans of up to S$5 million ($4.3 million) to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings. Minister of State for National Development,Brigadier-General, Tan Chuan Jin, announced the scheme today at the opening of the International Green ...

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Empire State Building gets Gold for Greening
Empire State Building gets Gold for Greening

Wednesday 14th September 2011

NEW YORK’S Empire State Building has been awarded LEED® Gold for Existing Buildings certification as further recognition of the $550 million spent in improving energy efficiency and greening the building. The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well known building in the U.S. to receive LEED certification for its ...

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Call to Cut UK VAT to stimulate Green Deal Scheme
Call to Cut UK VAT to stimulate Green Deal Scheme

Wednesday 14th September 2011

THE UK Government has been urged to cut VAT to 5 percent for all energy efficiency upgrades in buildings for businesses and homes under its proposed "Green Deal" scheme. If the tax isn’t cut the “Green Deal” programme will fail to reach its targets, this is the warning from 27 different ...

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables can Shelve Japan's Nuclear Power
Energy Efficiency & Renewables can Shelve Japan's Nuclear Power

Tuesday 13th September 2011

JAPAN can switch off all nuclear plants permanently by 2012 and still achieve both economic recovery and its CO2 reduction goals, according to a new Greenpeace report. Released today, the report: “Advanced Energy [R]evolution report for Japan”, shows how energy efficiency and rapid deployment of renewable technology can provide all ...

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A Third of U.S. Stimulus Funds for Energy Efficiency Unspent
A Third of U.S. Stimulus Funds for Energy Efficiency Unspent

Tuesday 13th September 2011

ALMOST one-third of stimulus money to be used for energy efficiency programmes has not been spent, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Inspector General. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Programme, received $3.2 billion ...

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Ghana's Energy Efficiency Month
Ghana's Energy Efficiency Month

Monday 12th September 2011

GHANA’s Energy Efficiency Month, was launched Thursday in Accra and helped focus on the nations efforts to save energy, money and the environment. Mr Kofi Wayo, a board member of Ghana’s Energy Commission (EC), revealed at the launch that the Commission aims to help the country’s industry and commerce to reduce ...

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UK's Environment Agency save £6m  a Year Through Sustainability
UK's Environment Agency save £6m a Year Through Sustainability

Monday 12th September 2011

THE UK’s Environment Agency (EA) have made energy savings since 2006 adding to £6 million a year in cost savings from sustainability. The report shows that within five years, the Agency have reduced building energy use by 15 per cent and carbon emissions by 17 per cent, and they are on ...

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