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France Calls for Smart Grid Deveopment
France Calls for Smart Grid Deveopment

Tuesday 7th June 2011

THE French Government called yesterday for submissions for developing smart grid technology, to improve the allocation of power resources. €250 million ($364 million) of governmental funds have been set aside for smart grid systems. The French Government announced: "The power network must guarantee at all times the balance of supply and demand. ...

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Help for EU Industries to Reduce GHG Emissions
Help for EU Industries to Reduce GHG Emissions

Tuesday 7th June 2011

EUROPEAN energy-intensive manufacturing industry is facing significant added costs based on their green house gas (GHG) emissions with the introduction of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The European Commission is calling for proposals to help GHG intensive industries reduce their Trading Scheme costs, which starts in January 2013, ...

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Lebanon Introduces Green Building Rating System
Lebanon Introduces Green Building Rating System

Monday 6th June 2011

THE Lebanon Green Building Council, with support from International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have launched ARZ, a rating system that will evaluate the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The rating system is designed to encourage better resource management, decreasing energy costs and addressing climate change. ...

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Tamil Nadu use Energy Efficiency to Cope with Power Outages
Tamil Nadu use Energy Efficiency to Cope with Power Outages

Monday 6th June 2011

THE Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa of Tamil Nadu today has requested Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to allocate more power to the Southern State as they are currently outstripping their supply. Jayalalithaa sent a letter to the Prime Minister, in which she said: 'Due to increasing demand and stagnant generation of power, ...

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Hong Kong Promotes Energy Efficiency
Hong Kong Promotes Energy Efficiency

Friday 3rd June 2011

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, Edward Yau, is looking to energy efficiency to reduce the energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across all districts. Yau revealed that almost 90 percent of Hong Kong’s electricity consumption is from buildings, contributing around 60 percent of the city’s GHG emissions. Yau said: ...

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Cities to Reduce CO2 Emissions
Cities to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Friday 3rd June 2011

FROM London through Los Angeles and onto Sydney cities are working hard to become energy efficient, amongst other environmental measures, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Mayors of 58 of the world’s largest cities have come together at the C40 Cities Summit, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the past three days. ...

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Energy Efficiency Wins from World's Troubles
Energy Efficiency Wins from World's Troubles

Thursday 2nd June 2011

IT seems wrong to try and draw positives from Japan’s terrible disaster in March this year, but energy efficiency companies are winners according to one Asset Management CEO. Bloomberg report that Ian Simm, Impax Asset Management Group Plc Chief Executive Officer, stated that energy-efficiency companies are the “stand-out” winners after Japan’s ...

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SMEs miss £5.7 Billion Growth from Sustainability Benefits
SMEs miss £5.7 Billion Growth from Sustainability Benefits

Thursday 2nd June 2011

BRITISH Bank Lloyds TSB Commercial claim that SMEs will miss out on a potential £5.7 billion of economic growth over the next three years if they fail to address sustainability. The bank, which questioned over 1,500 British businesses with a turnover of less than £15 million, discovered the majority of small ...

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African Nations turn to Energy Efficiency for Growth
African Nations turn to Energy Efficiency for Growth

Wednesday 1st June 2011

SOUTH African Development Community (SADC) Ministers are increasing efforts to promote economic development through energy efficiency to combat power shortages. Africa accounts for only 6 percent of the world’s energy consumption and 3 percent of the electricity generated, despite making up 13 percent of the world population. With SADC representing most ...

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India Set for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Scheme
India Set for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Scheme

Wednesday 1st June 2011

INDIA’S economy is growing between 8 to 9 percent annually, spurring its ambition to become an economic power but making it the world’s third heaviest carbon polluter as energy demand rises. India’s greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise as they look to improve power supply across the whole country, ...

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Energy Efficient Electric Motors Offer Big Savings
Energy Efficient Electric Motors Offer Big Savings

Monday 30th May 2011

THE first global analysis of energy consumption in electric motor- driven systems (EMDS) has been presented in a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Electric motors are used in a wide range of industrial systems, but also in many types of applications (such as pumps and compressors) in the ...

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Philippines Push Harder on Energy Efficiency
Philippines Push Harder on Energy Efficiency

Monday 30th May 2011

THE Filipino government is pursuing a number of policies to secure energy supply, including the enhancement of energy efficiency in the public and private sectors. Antonio Labios, the Filipino Department of Energy (DoE) Visayas Director, underscored the importance of this policy objective during the recent national training-workshop on energy efficiency and ...

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Punjab Lowers the Lights
Punjab Lowers the Lights

Friday 27th May 2011

THE Punjab Government, India, have announced an energy efficiency policy for public premises that will see equipment and lighting switched off or dimmed. Approval has been given for the policy by senior ministers, leaving the Services & General Administration Department, the Industries department, Divisional Commissioners and District Coordination Officers to start ...

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€800 Million Energy Efficiency Fund Kick Starts
€800 Million Energy Efficiency Fund Kick Starts

Friday 27th May 2011

AN ENERGY Efficiency Fund that could total €800 million has been seeded by €205 million committed by the European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB) and Deutsche Bank. The money is going into the European Energy Efficiency Fund which provides financing either directly, or through financial institutions to energy efficiency projects, plus ...

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South Africa Facing Rolling Black-Outs?
South Africa Facing Rolling Black-Outs?

Thursday 26th May 2011

SOUTH Africa could be facing rolling black outs as winter hits and temperatures plummet, but a call for further energy efficiency discipline may stave off such drastic action. "People should be disciplined, they should be energy conscious" commented Louis Pieterse, Johannesburg's City Power spokesman, after concern has been raised following the ...

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Report on Importance of Information-Based Energy Efficiency
Report on Importance of Information-Based Energy Efficiency

Thursday 26th May 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week announced the findings of a major study analysing the impact of information-based energy efficiency programmes, which produced impressive results. The report identifies energy reductions that could generate billions in savings for Americans and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions by more than 8.9 million metric ...

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Win-Win for Korean Big and Small Businesses on Energy Saving
Win-Win for Korean Big and Small Businesses on Energy Saving

Wednesday 25th May 2011

KOREA has come up with an unusual way for big companies, such as the Hyundai Motor company, and small businesses to cooperate on energy efficiency and lower emissions. The cooperation could be described as a financial and technological partnership system between big and small businesses with the aim of reducing greenhouse ...

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Impressive First Quarter Energy Saving for Cuban Province
Impressive First Quarter Energy Saving for Cuban Province

Wednesday 25th May 2011

THE CUBAN central Camagüey province have ended the first quarter of 2011 with an impressive saving of energy and money through an energy saving project. The energy savings made across Camagüey also represent substantial environmental benefits, as a calculated reduction of 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions resulted from the efforts ...

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Funds and Awards for Energy Efficiency in Singapore
Funds and Awards for Energy Efficiency in Singapore

Tuesday 24th May 2011

A NEW award for energy efficiency and extra funds were announced at the start of the first National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) held in Singapore. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, announced that S$22.8 million (US$18.29 million) will be made available over the next two years via ...

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Swiss Energy Act Targets Buildings
Swiss Energy Act Targets Buildings

Tuesday 24th May 2011

SWITZERLAND’S revised Energy Act came into force this year focussing on improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. The revision look particularly at energy efficiency measures for buildings, as buildings offer high energy-saving potential, using about 45 percent of Switzerland’s energy and producing about 50 percent of the ...

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UK Carbon Tax will
UK Carbon Tax will "Create a Divide" Between Companies

Monday 23rd May 2011

ENERGY efficiency industry expert claims the UK government goes "far beyond" expectations, warning investors can "no longer afford to ignore" carbon efficiency according to the Financial Times (FT). The FT reports that Ralph Pettengell, chief of executive of Carbon Footprint Investments, claims that the proposal of a 50 per cent cut ...

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UN Energy Efficiency Initiative fro East Africa
UN Energy Efficiency Initiative fro East Africa

Monday 23rd May 2011

THE United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced a joint project to promote energy efficiency in East African buildings. The programme was approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), providing $2,853,000 for energy efficiency projects. UN-HABITAT refer to figures showing that 40 percent ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Hungarian Municipalities
Energy Efficiency Funding for Hungarian Municipalities

Friday 20th May 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are providing funding to stimulate energy efficiency in Hungarian municipalities. EBRD in cooperation with Erste Bank of Hungary have set up an agreement on the loan programme, which will be backed by EU grant funding, and was signed by the two banks yesterday. Under ...

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U.S. National Energy Efficiency Standard Legislation Introduced
U.S. National Energy Efficiency Standard Legislation Introduced

Friday 20th May 2011

THE U.S. Senate has introduced a national energy efficiency legislation that will help the country move toward a national building code, finance energy efficiency upgrades and advance energy efficiency technologies.

 The bipartisan bill, “The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011" is co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat, and Rob Portman, Republican. ...

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Cyprus look to increase Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Cyprus look to increase Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Thursday 19th May 2011

THE CYPRIOT Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Antonis Paschalides highlighted yesterday how important renewable energy and energy efficiency is to the Mediterranean island state. According to the Minister, who was addressing the Conference on Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Efficiency in Nicosia, renewable energy is the only indigenous energy source ...

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