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Turkish State Buildings to be made Energy Efficient
Turkish State Buildings to be made Energy Efficient

Monday 16th May 2011

TURKEY is looking to make its state buildings energy efficient, such as office blocks, hospitals and student dormitories, all of which will need to be upgraded to make the savings. The Turkish Ministry of Public Works has decided to convert the buildings, starting with around 100 properties, according to data gathered ...

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Russia get IFC Financial Help to Improve Energy Efficiency
Russia get IFC Financial Help to Improve Energy Efficiency

Friday 13th May 2011

THE International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is teaming up with the Russian Energy Agency (REA) to aid to Russia improve its energy efficiency. The REA and IFC signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with the aim to help Russian industry and housing to become energy ...

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Seattle's Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data
Seattle's Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data

Friday 13th May 2011

THE U.S. CITY of Seattle has launched an initiative that will see commercial buildings benchmarking energy performance and making energy ratings available to prospective buyers, tenants and lenders. The City of Seattle, Washington State, sent letters to over 800 large commercial property owners and managers this week, telling them about the ...

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Ireland add another €30m for Energy Efficiency
Ireland add another €30m for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 12th May 2011

IRELAND’S Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte, announced yesterday that an additional €30 million in funding is being made available for commercial and domestic energy efficiency programmes. Rabbitte also claimed this initiative will create new jobs and see energy bills fall significantly, along with the environmental benefits the move is also seen ...

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Euro Zone Binding Energy Efficiency Targets in Question
Euro Zone Binding Energy Efficiency Targets in Question

Thursday 12th May 2011

THE EUROPEAN Commission has diluted plans to move the European Union (EU) towards 20 percent energy savings by the end of the decade, reports EurActiv. A draft efficiency directive, seen by EurActiv, is now being examined by several European Commission departments before it will be finalised and published late next month. ...

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Australian Budget Casts Shadow on Solar
Australian Budget Casts Shadow on Solar

Wednesday 11th May 2011

IN TUESDAY night's Australian Federal Budget announcements, Australia's renewable energy sector took a battering, although further funds are released for energy efficiency programmes. The budget allocated A$13m (US$14.13 million) in extra funding to support energy-efficiency programmes, with more than A$20m (US$21.7 million) being provided to improve the reporting of greenhouse gas ...

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Survey Reveals Energy Efficiency Desire and Financial Challenges
Survey Reveals Energy Efficiency Desire and Financial Challenges

Wednesday 11th May 2011

A NEW survey, the 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator, reveals growing interest in energy efficiency gains, despite hurdles in raising the necessary finance. The survey, released yesterday by Johnson Controls, claims that many companies face financial challenges when trying to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, this is despite ever increasing ...

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UK Building Bosses call for Compulsory Energy Efficiency Data
UK Building Bosses call for Compulsory Energy Efficiency Data

Tuesday 10th May 2011

SOME of the UKs leading property bosses are calling for the British Government to force commercial landlords to publish the energy efficiency of their buildings. A letter from CEOs of British Land, Land Securites and Hammerson and signed by the developer of the Olympic Village, Lend Lease, called for the Prime ...

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80 Percent of Europeans Say
80 Percent of Europeans Say "Yes" to Binding Energy Saving Target

Tuesday 10th May 2011

EU citizens want energy efficiency measures to reduce energy bills and make the target of 20 percent energy savings by 2020 binding, according to a European Parliament survey. The European Union (EU) set itself the three goals in 2007 of reducing greenhouse gases by 20 percent, raising energy efficiency by ...

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Kenyan Manufacturers Benefit from Energy Efficiency
Kenyan Manufacturers Benefit from Energy Efficiency

Monday 9th May 2011

MANUFACTURERS in Kenya are using energy-efficient technologies to save on production costs, increase the competitiveness of their products and hence protect their bottom line. An audit in 2010 by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Centre for Energy Efficiency Conservation revealed significant savings of Sh783 million ($9,282,421) on energy costs. The ...

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Nigeria Combats Power Crisis with Energy Efficiency Drive
Nigeria Combats Power Crisis with Energy Efficiency Drive

Monday 9th May 2011

NIGERIA is looking to a four-year programme to drive energy efficiency across the public and private sectors to combat the country’s power crisis. A country has been suffering greatly from frequent power outages, primarily due to an inadequate and unstable power generation and grid. The black outs have forced businesses to ...

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Report Calls for UK to Forget Renewable Target
Report Calls for UK to Forget Renewable Target

Friday 6th May 2011

THE UK should abolish its renewable energy targets and focus on cheaper ways to reduce carbon emissions, according to researchers at Policy Exchange. Britain could save 12.5 billion pounds ($20.6 billion) by cutting back ambitious wind farm projects and "renegotiate its commitment" to the European Union’s (EU) target of generating 20 ...

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Maltese Tourism gets Energy Saving Loan Scheme
Maltese Tourism gets Energy Saving Loan Scheme

Friday 6th May 2011

TOURISM operators in the Mediterranean island of Malta can take advantage of a soft-loan scheme designed to help with investment in energy saving technology. The scheme launched by Tonio Fenech, Malta’s Finance, Economy and Investment Minister, and Mario de Marco, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary is open to all with a valid ...

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Experts and Scientist Agree on Energy Efficiency
Experts and Scientist Agree on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 5th May 2011

WE HAVE all come to realise that there is a major drawback with using energy as we have been doing - the expense to the environment and the budget, but using less energy has only positives. This was the basic message delivered by policy experts and scientists yesterday at the Rutgers ...

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Experts Call for Energy Efficiency Policies for Buildings
Experts Call for Energy Efficiency Policies for Buildings

Wednesday 4th May 2011

THIRTY of Europe’s leading energy efficiency executives released an open letter last week calling for the European Union to push policies for the energy efficiency of buildings. The letter was published simultaneously in Le Monde, the Financial Times, the Handelsblatt, Berlingske, and the European Voice. It urges European ministers to favour ...

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Energy Saving Boost for New Zealand SMEs
Energy Saving Boost for New Zealand SMEs

Wednesday 4th May 2011

THE New Zealand government is providing $1.46 million (US$1.16 million) to help smaller companies improve energy use and boost competitiveness with a new scheme launched today (May 4). Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, today launched Energising Business, a new programme run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority ...

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Thailand Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency to Dent Energy Price Shock
Thailand Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency to Dent Energy Price Shock

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

THE Bangkok Post reports that economists believe Thailand will inevitably suffer impacts from higher energy prices unless it improves existing regulations and enhances energy efficiency. Jeeva A. Perumalpillai-Essex, sustainable development leader for Southeast Asia with the World Bank commented that Thailand's resolve in the 1970s to advance energy efficiency has unfortunately ...

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"Battle of the Buildings" Energy Efficiency Competition Begins

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star programme yesterday launched the 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from 245 buildings around the country are going head-to-head to improve energy efficiency and determine who can reduce their energy use the most. Nearly five million commercial buildings in ...

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Energy Efficiency Focus for Building Safety Month
Energy Efficiency Focus for Building Safety Month

Monday 2nd May 2011

THIS month marks the 31st anniversary of the International Code Council Foundation's (ICCF) Building Safety Month, with this years focus on energy efficiency, green issues and sustainability. The first week of Building Safety Month , May 1-7, is devoted to green and energy efficiency issues—a timely topic because of the ...

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U.S. EPA Energy Efficiency Challenge for Manufacturing
U.S. EPA Energy Efficiency Challenge for Manufacturing

Monday 2nd May 2011

ONE year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenged the U.S. manufacturing industry to improve their energy efficiency by 10 percent or more within five years. Over that time, 240 manufacturing sites have responded to the Energy Star Challenge for Industry and 34 sites have improved their energy efficiency by ...

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Further Energy Efficiency Encouragement for South Africa
Further Energy Efficiency Encouragement for South Africa

Friday 29th April 2011

SOUTH Africa faces an uncertain power supply during this winter, as we have previously reported the state owned utility Eskom have called for increased energy saving and efficiency. The current energy supply to demand margin is tight, leading Eskon to make no guarantees of a blackout free winter or load-shedding. With ...

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New York City Update their Sustainablity & Energy Efficiency Plan
New York City Update their Sustainablity & Energy Efficiency Plan

Friday 29th April 2011

IN 2007 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched PlaNYC, the city’s long-term plan for a sustainable future, this week an update to the plan has been released. “Through PlaNYC we learned that the challenges and solutions of managing our growth in a sustainable way interlock with one another,” said Mayor ...

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Japan May Reset Energy Saving Target
Japan May Reset Energy Saving Target

Thursday 28th April 2011

THE Japanese government is likely call on businesses serviced by Tokyo Electric Power Company and Tohoku Electric Power Company to reduce electricity use by 15 percent compared to last year. The Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Banri Kaieda, revealed the possible move today, which sees the target for the ...

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Australian Commercial Porperty Owners Turn to Energy Efficiency
Australian Commercial Porperty Owners Turn to Energy Efficiency

Thursday 28th April 2011

AUSTRALIAN property owners, managers and listed property trusts are faced with rocketing energy prices, new regulations and an upcoming price on carbon. Property owners and managers are now asking how bad this situation will get, with most concluding that the energy price increases alone justify further or new investment into energy ...

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Vegas Resort Saves Big Through Energy Efficiency
Vegas Resort Saves Big Through Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 27th April 2011

MARRIOTT’S Grand Chateau, located at the center of the high-energy Las Vegas Strip, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious Energy Star rating. The Energy Star rating is the U.S. national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the 40-story-building performs in the top ...

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