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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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Ukraine to get $200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects
Ukraine to get $200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects

Thursday 19th May 2011

THE World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a $200 million loan for Ukraine to finance energy efficiency projects in industry, municipalities and municipally owned enterprises and energy service companies.   The "Project on Energy Efficiency in Ukraine" will contribute to helping the country achieve its ambitious targets to reduce energy intensity by ...

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UK Propose 50 Percent Emissions Cut by 2025
UK Propose 50 Percent Emissions Cut by 2025

Wednesday 18th May 2011

THE UK yesterday issued its fourth Carbon Budget, proposing an audacious target of, eventually, an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions. A limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases to be emitted by the UK between 2023 to 2027 has been proposed to cut Britain’s emissions by 50 percent ...

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Serbia's Potential for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Serbia's Potential for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Wednesday 18th May 2011

SERBIAN Deputy Prime Minister, Verica Kalanovic, said that Serbia has significant potential in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Kalanovic, speaking at the opening of an energy efficiency and renewable conference in Kragujevac, commended the many Serbian municipalities who had completed energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. She also warned ...

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Firms need to Monitor Energy Use to Save
Firms need to Monitor Energy Use to Save

Tuesday 17th May 2011

THE British Council for Offices (BCO) have stated that businesses who want to improve their green credentials need to monitor their energy usage. According to the BCO, the first step for companies and organisations who wish to improve their energy efficiency is to be able to calculate and see the ...

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IEA - 25 Percent Reduction in CO2 Emission from Buildings Achievable
IEA - 25 Percent Reduction in CO2 Emission from Buildings Achievable

Tuesday 17th May 2011

THE International Energy Agency (IEA) said yesterday, CO2 emissions from buildings could be reduced by 25 percent through implementing existing energy saving technology. The new report from the International Energy Agency released yesterday shows how heating and cooling technologies that are energy-efficient and that emit little or no carbon dioxide can ...

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China Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
China Needs to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

Monday 16th May 2011

MANY provinces in China are already suffering from inconsistent power supply, with the China Daily claiming that this shows the urgent need for improved energy efficiency in public buildings. The power system failings, even before the peak season, is a concern for China, who need their public buildings to meet the ...

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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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