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Business, Government and Utility Unite in South Africa over Energy Savings
Business, Government and Utility Unite in South Africa over Energy Savings

Thursday 11th August 2011

THE NORTH West African Chamber of Commerce (NWACC) in South Africa is supporting Eskom’s 49M energy saving initiative as the country faces an energy supply crisis. The initiatives moniker, 49M, refers to the population of South Africa, and is approved by the South African Government and business partners, with the aim ...

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Pakistan's Energy Crisis - Action Needed
Pakistan's Energy Crisis - Action Needed

Thursday 11th August 2011

Pakistan’s former Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dr Gulfraz Ahmed, has said that the country’s energy crisis should be dealt with on emergency basis. Dr Gulfraz told Radio Pakistan that short term actions like improved energy efficiency and energy saving campaigns should be shifted up a gear ...

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Australia can more than Double Emission Cuts
Australia can more than Double Emission Cuts

Wednesday 10th August 2011

A REPORT by a ClimateWorks think-tank states that Australia will achieve over double the Treasury’s forecasted emissions cuts through carbon pricing and energy efficiency. Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks Australia Executive Director, said the research shows that if implemented successfully, Australia’s carbon price package announced by the Government with the default scheme cap ...

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India Cautious of G20 Energy Roadmap
India Cautious of G20 Energy Roadmap

Wednesday 10th August 2011

THE Indian Government has reacted with caution to the potential of the G20 dictating the country’s energy roadmap and what technologies to adopt. The suggestion comes from the G20's sub-group on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency, which will present a roadmap on how to turn India’s energy sector green and environmentally ...

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Energy Efficiency will help Pakistan with $35 Billion Power Bill
Energy Efficiency will help Pakistan with $35 Billion Power Bill

Tuesday 9th August 2011

PAKISTAN’S energy sector will be required to invest $35 billion to meet the increasing demand for energy over the next four years. A paper prepared by the Pakistani Planning Commission (PC) revealed that energy demand is expected to increase to over 25,000 MW by 2014-15, leading the paper to also predict ...

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A Call for Display Energy Certificates for all UK Non-Residential buildings
A Call for Display Energy Certificates for all UK Non-Residential buildings

Tuesday 9th August 2011

THE UK Green Building Council has recommended the mandatory  Display Energy Certificates (DEC) for all non-residential buildings – as early as next year. DECs were introduced in 2008 and were required in all public sector buildings/offices larger than 1000m2; that are frequently visited by the public. DECs were not made ...

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Chicago to Shine Brighter while Saving $1.8 Million
Chicago to Shine Brighter while Saving $1.8 Million

Monday 8th August 2011

CHICAGO is about to shine brighter as they undergo a major installation of energy efficient lighting. The new replacement light bulbs will reportedly burn brighter, provide a better colour, burn less energy they will also last longer. Commissioner Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation, told Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 news: "We're going ...

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Vietnam Addresses Power Problems
Vietnam Addresses Power Problems

Monday 8th August 2011

THE Vietnamese National Electricity Development Plan for 2011-2020 has been approved by the Prime Minister and is expected to ensure the country’s power. The plan is pressed ahead with the 13th Government’s important breakthroughs, including developing the nation’s electricity transformation system and using energy-saving technology. As part of developing the Vietnamese electricity ...

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Texas asked to Reduce Energy Use due to Heat
Texas asked to Reduce Energy Use due to Heat

Friday 5th August 2011

TEXAS is facing an energy supply problem due to suffering from high temperatures and the increased demand on the grid in combating the heat, leading to a call for energy efficiency. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a power watch this week to businesses and consumers across the state, ...

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IEA Report Reveals Carbon Pricing is not Enough
IEA Report Reveals Carbon Pricing is not Enough

Friday 5th August 2011

NEW analysis published by the International Energy Agency examines whether energy efficiency policies are redundant once carbon pricing is implemented. To date, many academics and government officials have argued that putting a price on carbon – most commonly through taxes or emissions trading – is all that is needed to ...

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Mid-point for Battle of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Competition
Mid-point for Battle of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Competition

Thursday 4th August 2011

THE University of Central Florida is currently in the lead out of 245 buildings battling it out in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Starnational building competition. We reported on the Battle of the Buildings competition earlier in the year but now the EPA have released the halfway point results, ...

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NYSERDA Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $5.5 million
NYSERDA Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $5.5 million

Thursday 4th August 2011

Municipalities, K-12 school districts, hospitals, businesses and colleges throughout New York City continue to make energy-saving investments that are reducing energy costs by more than $5.5 million annually. The information came from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) yesterday, revealing the energy savings in New York City—35.3 ...

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Taipei Has World's Officially Certified Greenest Tall Building
Taipei Has World's Officially Certified Greenest Tall Building

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

THE TAIPEI 101, a 1,667-foot tower, has earned the highest US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, for energy efficiency and environmental design. The LEED certification means that the tower is officially recognised as the world's tallest green building, with the full title of the ...

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Energy Efficiency Popular with Tasmanian Business
Energy Efficiency Popular with Tasmanian Business

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

ENERGY efficiency is very much on the mind of Tasmanian businesses, as displayed by the more than 160 that attended a free workshop to help save energy and reduce costs. The Business Boost workshop, designed to help small and medium Tasmanian businesses learn about and adopt energy efficient methods, was held ...

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Mexico City's Green Plan is Working
Mexico City's Green Plan is Working

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

GREENHOUSE gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by 5.7 million metric tonnes (mt) in Mexico City since it began its Green Plan in 2008, the Mexico City government has announced. The reduction represents 82 percent of Mexico City's overall target of reducing GHG emissions by 7 million mt of CO2eq, which ...

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Thailand Need to Spend Billions on Energy Efficiency Promotion
Thailand Need to Spend Billions on Energy Efficiency Promotion

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

THE Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department reckon Thailand could have to spend 400 billion baht ($13.6 billion) over the next twenty years in promoting energy efficiency. Danai Egkamol, Director of the department's Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation told the Bangkok Post, "World oil prices rise each year, prompting governments ...

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EU Commission Proposes Cheaper Funds for Troubled States
EU Commission Proposes Cheaper Funds for Troubled States

Monday 1st August 2011

EUROPE’S States in economic crisis may soon get temporary access to funding at a lower cost for development, including energy efficiency programmes. The European Commission unveiled the proposal today (Monday) and wants the release of European Union grants to Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Latvia and Hungary, all receiving International bailouts, if ...

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More U.S. States and Cities Requiring Commerical Building Energy Data
More U.S. States and Cities Requiring Commerical Building Energy Data

Monday 1st August 2011

INCREASING numbers of U.S. States and Cities are now requiring that commercial buildings measure and disclose their energy use – so reports USA Today. The paper states that new rules, with exemptions for small businesses, are likely to shame non-residential building owners into energy efficiency upgrades, that will lead to energy ...

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The Philippine's New Energy Efficiency Bill
The Philippine's New Energy Efficiency Bill

Friday 29th July 2011

PHILIPPINE’S Energy Undersecretary, Loreta G. Ayson, revealed that the government is pushing for the Energy Efficiency bill to be a major reform. Ayson highlighted that one of the most effective ways to manage the country’s energy supply amid the current power problems it is facing is through energy efficiency. “We see energy ...

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Virgin Islands Announce Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebate
Virgin Islands Announce Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebate

Friday 29th July 2011

THE U.S. VIRGIN Islands (V.I.) Energy Office is to unveil a new energy efficiency rebate program to help small businesses today. The programme “Worthwhile Investments Save Energy” is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative. The rebate programme is designed to help businesses reduce their operating costs through ...

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NYC Building Owners Face Energy Data Deadline
NYC Building Owners Face Energy Data Deadline

Thursday 28th July 2011

AN Energy benchmarking deadline looms for non-residential buildings in the New York city, building owners have to report energy use data by August 1. The recently enacted law aims to increase awareness of the energy performance in non-residential buildings across the city, enforcing the owners of New York City’s largest buildings ...

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U.S. DOE and ASHRAE Sign Agreement on Building Energy Standards
U.S. DOE and ASHRAE Sign Agreement on Building Energy Standards

Thursday 28th July 2011

THE U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have renewed their agreement to improve building energy efficiency standards. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) underscores the commitment between DOE and ASHRAE to improve building energy standards that reduce energy costs and carbon pollution ...

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The Postman Delivers Lower Energy Bills to Himself
The Postman Delivers Lower Energy Bills to Himself

Wednesday 27th July 2011

THE U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has saved $400 million since 2007 through improved energy efficiency. As the USPS passed the two year mark since the completion of one of the country’s largest green roofs, they have reported more than $400 million in energy cost avoidance since fiscal year (FY) 2007. Proactive steps, ...

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Green Building Certification Important in Czech Republic
Green Building Certification Important in Czech Republic

Wednesday 27th July 2011

GREEN commercial property certification has become evermore important to tenants across the Czech Republic. Prague’s City Green Court complex, which is currently being developed by Skanska Property, is the first project in the Czech Republic to receive LEED Platinum pre-certification. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have taken a pre-lease on office space in this ...

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RCIS Gains Clarity on Energy Efficiency Plans
RCIS Gains Clarity on Energy Efficiency Plans

Tuesday 26th July 2011

THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) requested clarity on the UK Government's plans for energy efficiency regulations. The RICS has written to the UK Minister in charge of the Energy Bill, Greg Barker, and met with Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) officials to seek clarity on the details ...

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