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Help for Australian Business with Carbon Tax
Help for Australian Business with Carbon Tax

Tuesday 12th July 2011

AUSTRALIAN steel makers and manufacturers have been described as key winners under a AUS$9.2 billion compensation package for industries affected by their new carbon tax. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian manufacturers, over four years, will get AUS$1.2 billion for improving energy efficiency and investments in clean energy technology, meanwhile ...

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UK CRC Scheme to be Simplified
UK CRC Scheme to be Simplified

Tuesday 12th July 2011

THE UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will simplify the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to lessen the burden on businesses, according to UK climate change minister Greg Barker. Barker pointed to the success of the first year of the CRC scheme (Carbon Reduction Commitment), with many UK businesses now ...

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U.S. Hospitals Energy Efficiency Progress but More to be Done
U.S. Hospitals Energy Efficiency Progress but More to be Done

Monday 11th July 2011

ACCORDING to a survey recently conducted by Health Facilities Management magazine and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) U.S. hospitals and health systems are expanding their energy efficiency efforts. After the recent economic downturn, the 2011 Hospital Energy Management Survey shows health companies and facilities are making progress in energy ...

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Philippines to set new Energy Efficiency Standards
Philippines to set new Energy Efficiency Standards

Monday 11th July 2011

THE Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) is to develop new standards for energy efficiency before the end of 2011, the agency’s top official said. Jose Rene Almendras, Energy Secretary, revealed the intention after an uproar from industry calling for updated guidelines on energy efficient technology and equipment. Almendras stated: “We’re going to ...

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Energy Efficiency Investments leave Cleantech Behind
Energy Efficiency Investments leave Cleantech Behind

Friday 8th July 2011

THE latest Cleantech investment figures, released yesterday by the Cleantech Group, reveal a drop in general investment but with plenty of growth in energy efficiency technology and energy management software. According to the latest figures from the Cleantech Group, Cleantech venture investments dropped by as much as a third during the ...

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CBI Backs Mandatory Carbon Reporting For UK Businesses
CBI Backs Mandatory Carbon Reporting For UK Businesses

Friday 8th July 2011

THE CBI (Confederation of British Industry) yesterday reiterated its call for the UK Government to introduce mandatory carbon reporting for businesses. But they urged the Government to take the opportunity to align it to existing regulations on measuring emissions. 
In its submission to the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) ...

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Worldwide Power Shortage
Worldwide Power Shortage "Likely" without $16.6 Trillion

Thursday 7th July 2011

THE IEA claim that global electricity shortages are “likely to continue” due to difficulties raising investments of $16.6 trillion to meet the estimated 2 percent annual growth in electrical demand. Countries can minimise the economic, social and environmental impacts of electricity shortages by developing emergency strategies to save energy well in ...

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World Bank Grant to Boost Viet Nam's Energy Efficiency
World Bank Grant to Boost Viet Nam's Energy Efficiency

Thursday 7th July 2011

THE World Bank have granted $2.37 million to the Viet Nam Government and other stakeholders in their efforts to improve the nations energy efficiency. The World Bank’s Global Environment Facility will fund the $2.37 million three-part project with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Viet Nam’s industrial sectors. The first ...

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Call for UK to Match Actions with Words
Call for UK to Match Actions with Words

Wednesday 6th July 2011

UK BUSINESSES stand ready to build a new low-climate-risk economy, but feel the Government needs to take their promised action. Business leaders and Chief Executives from some of Britainʼs biggest companies including Shell, Tesco, Lloyds Banking Group, EDF Energy, Unilever and Kingfisher, have issued their sternest warning yet that the Government ...

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Europe has a €265 million Energy Efficiency & Renewables Fund
Europe has a €265 million Energy Efficiency & Renewables Fund

Wednesday 6th July 2011

ON FRIDAY the European Commission launched a €265 million European Energy Efficiency Fund by utilising money left from a €4 billion EU energy infrastructure fund investments from other parties. The European Commission (EC) will provide €125 million, with the European Investment Bank (EIB) €75 million, Italian public bank Cassa Depositi e ...

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Spain Aims for €600 Million Sustainability Fund
Spain Aims for €600 Million Sustainability Fund

Tuesday 5th July 2011

SPAIN has launched a fund with the ultimate target of €600 million to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Spanish Energy Saving and Diversification Institute (IDAE) have concluded an agreement which sees the two bodies launch a JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable ...

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14 Initial Partners Join U.S. Better Buildings Challenge
14 Initial Partners Join U.S. Better Buildings Challenge

Tuesday 5th July 2011

THE US Government’s energy efficiency Better Buildings Challenge has been boosted by 14 companies and communities that have committed to the scheme. The Better Building Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative and was launched earlier this year by U.S. President Barak Obama. The Initiative aims to encourage private sector ...

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Energy Efficiency Market to Continue Growth
Energy Efficiency Market to Continue Growth

Monday 4th July 2011

DESPITE financial difficulties for many economies and industries the energy efficiency market shows remarkable growth according to new research. The White paper published by Pike Research identifies trends across the energy market and this new research predicts continuing development and growth of the energy efficiency industry over the next year. The research ...

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UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report
UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report

Monday 4th July 2011

The UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications were published on June 30 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes. The June edition ...

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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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