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Lugar Fires-off Practical Energy Plan for U.S.
Lugar Fires-off Practical Energy Plan for U.S.

Friday 1st July 2011

U.S. SENATOR Richard Lugar is pushing a national energy plan which he claims will save billions of dollars by improving energy efficiency and increasing domestic oil production. Lugar unveiled his 2011 Practical Energy Plan on his Facebook page via a live stream yesterday morning. The plan looks to break the countries dependence ...

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Energy Price Hikes Hit Cape Town
Energy Price Hikes Hit Cape Town

Friday 1st July 2011

BUSINESSES in Cape Town, South Africa, are facing economical strains as the latest round of electricity price hikes will hit the city hard. From today, the city’s electricity tariffs increase by 19.94 percent, as Eskom, South Africa’s state owned utility, has increased its bulk selling price to Cape Town by 26.7 ...

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Hawaii's Capitol Enters Energy Efficiency Battle
Hawaii's Capitol Enters Energy Efficiency Battle

Thursday 30th June 2011

HAWAII'S State Capitol employees are fighting it out in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Battle of the Buildings in an effort to be the most energy-efficient workplace in the U.S. Hawaii NewsNow reports the words of Jon Chin from the State Energy Office of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and ...

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Simplification Proposals for UK CRC Scheme
Simplification Proposals for UK CRC Scheme

Thursday 30th June 2011

Proposals to make the UK's CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme simpler (formerly Carbon Reduction Commitment) easier and more straightforward have been outlined. The CRC scheme started in April last year to reduce carbon emissions in businesses through energy efficiency improvements. Following recent discussions with businesses, industry, other scheme participants and regulators the proposals ...

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UK MPs want to Stand up to World Bank over Fossil Fuel Subsidies
UK MPs want to Stand up to World Bank over Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Wednesday 29th June 2011

UK funding for World Bank aid programmes should be withheld if the Bank does not stop financing new unabated coal-fired power stations in developing countries, British MPs warn. The call came in a report published on today, with the Chair of the UK’s Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP, stating: "The ...

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Firms Missing out on Energy Efficiency Savings
Firms Missing out on Energy Efficiency Savings

Wednesday 29th June 2011

THE Green Corporate Energy event in London yesterday had a basic message for executives - embrace energy efficiency and enjoy the savings - which many are failing to do. New research was presented at the event revealing that 51 percent of firms reckon they are realising less than one third of ...

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India to Provide Funds for Energy Efficiency Industry
India to Provide Funds for Energy Efficiency Industry

Tuesday 28th June 2011

THE Indian Government is to provide incentives to the emerging energy efficiency industry through the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE).   Two funds are being set up, the Partial Risk Guarantee Fund and the Venture Capital Fund, to provide financial incentives to drive forward the energy efficiency industry.   Ajay Mathur, ...

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Montenegro gets new Funding for
Montenegro gets new Funding for "Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings."

Tuesday 28th June 2011

BALKAN State Montenegro has new funding of €12.5 million from this autumn for the countries “Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings” programme. Dr Milorad Katnić, Montenegro's Minister of Finance, met with Dr. Tina Babo, Regional Director of the KfW Bank in Southeast Europe to discuss the new funding, its future support for ...

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Sustainability Challenge Produces Savings
Sustainability Challenge Produces Savings

Monday 27th June 2011

THE initial results have been published from the pilot energy efficiency projects as part of Sustainable Stamford’s Corporate Sustainability Challenge, in the City of Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. The city is the first municipality to take part in the Challenge, launched by Sustainable Stamford, the city’s volunteer environmental task force, and the ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding Bonus for Wellington Businesses
Energy Efficiency Funding Bonus for Wellington Businesses

Monday 27th June 2011

COMPANIES in Wellington, New Zealand are being offered an added bonus of up to NZ$1,000 to improve energy use, under a partnership between Government and Wellington City Council announced today. Last month the New Zealand Government launched its Energising Business programme to help Kiwi businesses cut energy costs. Under the scheme, ...

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Energy Efficiency Master Plan for Malaysia
Energy Efficiency Master Plan for Malaysia

Friday 24th June 2011

MALAYSIA is in the final stages of formulating a National Energy Efficiency Master Plan, that is expected to have a major impact on the country. Datuk Sri Peter Chin, Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, announced the news of the master plan, which is intended to be the catalyst ...

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China Release Energy Efficiency Reward Funds
China Release Energy Efficiency Reward Funds

Friday 24th June 2011

CHINA has been setting impressive energy efficiency targets in the face of a rocketing economy and progress, and has now offered further funds for energy efficiency rewards to industry. The Chinese Ministry of Finance said today that the Government will continue to allocate funds for rewards to enterprises who upgrade their ...

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Perfect Time for Australian Retail Energy Efficiency Measures
Perfect Time for Australian Retail Energy Efficiency Measures

Thursday 23rd June 2011

AUSTRALIAN energy prices are climbing rapidly, and the countries businesses are beginning to take evermore interest in improving energy efficiency. Sean Lucy, Head of Origination, Environmental Finance Solutions at the National Australia Bank (NAB), writing for Climate Spectator states that now is the perfect time for business leaders to engage with ...

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Poland Blocks EU Emission Reductions
Poland Blocks EU Emission Reductions

Thursday 23rd June 2011

THERE was disappointment yesterday after the failure of the EU Environmental Council to reach an agreement on emission reduction targets from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2020. Chris Huhne, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said after the meeting, “I’m deeply disappointed that the only country in the EU that ...

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ADB Calls for Investment in Asia-Pacific Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
ADB Calls for Investment in Asia-Pacific Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) is urging countries in the Asia-Pacific region to invest in energy efficiency and clean energy to benefit from the resulting economic gains. Haruhiko Kuroda, ADB President, said today in a speech at the opening of the 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, that investment in ...

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New EU Law to Meet Energy Efficiency Target
New EU Law to Meet Energy Efficiency Target

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

THE European Commission have proposed a new law to push the public and private sector organisations to save energy, putting the EU on track for 20 percent savings by 2020. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), said in a statement today: "If nothing changes in the ...

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Pakistan Implement Framework Law on Energy Efficency
Pakistan Implement Framework Law on Energy Efficency

Tuesday 21st June 2011

PAKISTAN plans to publicise an energy efficiency framework law this year with the view of making substantial annual energy savings, sources revealed yesterday. Sources from within Pakistan’s Planning Commission revealed to the local press that the framework law carried the potential of dramatic savings in the beleaguered energy supply through improved ...

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EU add ETS Option to new Energy Efficiency Law
EU add ETS Option to new Energy Efficiency Law

Tuesday 21st June 2011

THE European Union (EU) looks to have ended the internal dispute over a new energy efficiency law and the impact it would have on its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). We reported last week the howls of protest from certain sectors of the EU regarding the new law with claims that it ...

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Australian Government could have saved $75 Million through Energy Saving
Australian Government could have saved $75 Million through Energy Saving

Monday 20th June 2011

The Australian Federal Government is trying to reach an agreement on a carbon price, but The Sydney Morning Herald claims the Government has shelved some of its own key energy efficiency commitments. The paper states that they have failed to publish an annual update on its energy use since 2007-08. It ...

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Finance Incentives Key to Building Energy Efficiency
Finance Incentives Key to Building Energy Efficiency

Monday 20th June 2011

Availability of financing and incentives are among the key elements to driving increased energy efficiency in buildings, according to leaders who attended the North America Energy Efficiency Forum. The forum, co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the U.S. Energy Association, examined how advanced efficiency technologies, energy policies and consumer education can ...

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Big Business calls for Tougher EU Emission Reductions
Big Business calls for Tougher EU Emission Reductions

Friday 17th June 2011

OVER 70 major companies have called on the European Union (EU) to increase its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 30 percent. The declaration has been orchestrated by WWF, The Climate Group and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, has been signed by such corporations as British Telecom ...

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Chinese Revitalises Energy Efficiency
Chinese Revitalises Energy Efficiency

Friday 17th June 2011

CHINA is revitalising its interest in energy saving and efficiency, in response to power shortages and blackouts this year, along with longer-term security worries about dependence on energy imports. The importance of reemphasising energy efficiency comes as China's construction industry continues to drive forward at breakneck speed. In 2010, China used ...

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Survey Reveals Commercial Building Owners push for Energy Efficiency
Survey Reveals Commercial Building Owners push for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 16th June 2011

ACCORDING to the fifth annual, global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey rising energy prices, enhanced public image and governmental incentives are driving energy efficiency in buildings to new heights. The survey of nearly 4,000 building owners and operators around the world was led by Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, the International ...

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Unrest over EU Energy Efficiency and Carbon Trading Policies
Unrest over EU Energy Efficiency and Carbon Trading Policies

Thursday 16th June 2011

Peter Vis, a senior European Commission official, has broken with protocol to warn that the European Commission's draft Energy Efficiency Directive could "undermine" the bloc's carbon market, EurActiv report. It is extremely rare for Commission officials to comment on draft EU laws, but Vis said yesterday that new binding rules Günther ...

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Almost Half of UK's Biggest Companies Failing on Carbon Targets
Almost Half of UK's Biggest Companies Failing on Carbon Targets

Wednesday 15th June 2011

ALMOST half of the top companies in the UK have not set targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, despite legislation over the last few years, reveals a study by the Carbon Trust. The Guardian newspaper reports that these leading businesses either lack numerical targets or their targets have expired and ...

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