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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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Mixed Nuclear Message from Japan - but Energy Efficiency Needed
Mixed Nuclear Message from Japan - but Energy Efficiency Needed

Wednesday 15th June 2011

JAPAN’S Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda pledged to do his "utmost" to get nuclear reactors operational, adding nuclear power will remain a core energy source for Japan. Kaieda’s pledge came during a government panel meeting earlier this month and has come to light through previously undisclosed minutes of ...

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Australia Lags on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
Australia Lags on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 14th June 2011

THE AUSTRALIAN Federal Government today released new reports that clearly show Australia is not acting alone or ahead of other countries when it comes to action on climate change. Fact sheets prepared by the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency show many countries, including all the major emitters, are ...

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U.S. DOE in Partnership to Expand Commercial Building Energy Efficiency
U.S. DOE in Partnership to Expand Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 14th June 2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation as part of the administrations target to improve commercial building energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. The partnership aims to expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings and help American businesses to reduce ...

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Insurance Giant's Investment Arm Targets Energy Efficiency Growth
Insurance Giant's Investment Arm Targets Energy Efficiency Growth

Monday 13th June 2011

LEGAL & General Investments announces the launch of the Global Environmental Enterprises Fund, a passively managed fund aimed at profiting from the evolution to a lower carbon economy. Legal & General Investments has partnered with Osmosis Investment Management on this fund. Osmosis is an independent specialist investment firm with a deep ...

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EU Minister Want Voluntary Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Minister Want Voluntary Energy Efficiency Targets

Monday 13th June 2011

EUROPEAN Union (EU) Energy Ministers said friday, that efforts to improve energy efficiency in the 27-Member States should include voluntary rather than binding national targets. The EU set a 20 percent boost in energy efficiency by 2020 target but the European Commission (EC) projected it will fail and will reach ...

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Pakistan Promotes SME Energy Efficiency
Pakistan Promotes SME Energy Efficiency

Friday 10th June 2011

A MEMORANDUM of Understanding has been signed in Pakistan between SME Leasing and SME Business Support Fund, subsidiaries of the same bank, to encourage and promote energy efficiency. Both parties are working together to develop energy efficiency in small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan through raising awareness and promote the ...

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Ukraine get $200 Million Energy Efficiency Boost
Ukraine get $200 Million Energy Efficiency Boost

Friday 10th June 2011

The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine JSC has borrowed $200 million from the World Bank to improve energy efficiency across the country. Bloomberg report that World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Martin Raiser, said in an e-mailed statement.: “To reduce Ukraine’s energy intensity by 50 percent by 2030, as ...

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Japan needs to plan for more Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Japan needs to plan for more Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Thursday 9th June 2011

BLOOMBERG New Energy Finance report that Japan should become a global leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy as it rebuilds its power infrastructure after the disaster in March. The Fukushima Nuclear Reactor disaster and resultant energy crisis in Japan, opens the way for the country to embrace a fully rounded ...

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India's SMEs to get Energy Efficiency Subsidy
India's SMEs to get Energy Efficiency Subsidy

Thursday 9th June 2011

THE Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry (MSME) is soon to provide subsidies for businesses who make energy efficient improvements. Shyam Agarwal, Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner for MSME, said today that, "If by adoption of certain measures you can reduce your consumption of energy by 15 percent you get ...

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UK Low-Carbon Projects at Risk
UK Low-Carbon Projects at Risk

Wednesday 8th June 2011

THE UK Government risks failing to achieve emissions reduction targets despite its ambition, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). 
Launching its latest Climate Change Tracker today, the CBI said the UK Government had set the wheels in motion in a number of key areas, including providing more clarity on ...

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Nova Scotia Target Government Buildings for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Nova Scotia Target Government Buildings for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Wednesday 8th June 2011

NOVA Scotia is investing $10 million to improve the energy efficiency of government-owned buildings, which will save energy and money and protect the environment. “Nova Scotians want their government to take action toward a more sustainable future and lead the way to a healthier economy and environment,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister ...

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