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New York State Capital Region Save $4.5M Yearly on Energy
New York State Capital Region Save $4.5M Yearly on Energy

Friday 8th April 2011

THE NEW York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced yesterday that 219 Capital Region businesses are reducing energy costs by nearly $4.5 million annually. The savings are as a result of the energy efficiency upgrades and sustainable building projects supported by NYSERDA during 2010.   

The energy savings—more than 48 ...

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London's Streets to be Paved with Green
London's Streets to be Paved with Green

Friday 8th April 2011

THE MAYOR of London has confirmed the continuation of key energy efficiency programmes supported by £116.5 million from the London Development Agency (LDA) and other organisations are to go ahead. As a result of accessing substantial levels of funding from a spread of funding sources (including private sector, London Green Fund ...

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Australian Climate Group Calls for Action
Australian Climate Group Calls for Action

Thursday 7th April 2011

CLIMATEWORKS Australia say the country’s failure to embrace energy efficiency projects, and setting a carbon price, is costing business and the whole economy. The climate think tank outlined over 50 practical ways for policies to be set that would help Australia to reach their five percent emissions reduction target by 2020. ClimateWorks ...

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Spain to Increase Energy Efficiency
Spain to Increase Energy Efficiency

Thursday 7th April 2011

YESTERDAY the Spanish government revealed an energy-efficiency plan to save nearly €11.48 billion ($16.4 billion) and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 36.4 million tons by 2020. Development Minister Jose Blanco presented the plan, stating that the aim is in part to cut Spain's dependence on foreign energy at this time of sky-high ...

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EBRD Warn of Insufficient Climate Action
EBRD Warn of Insufficient Climate Action

Wednesday 6th April 2011

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) report claims that insufficient support is holding back climate action across the former Soviet bloc countries and into central Asia. The joint Special Report on Climate Change “The Low-Carbon Transition”, by the EBRD and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the ...

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First Green Lease for New York City
First Green Lease for New York City

Wednesday 6th April 2011

NEW YORK law firm WilmerHale, has signed a revolutionary green lease on office space with Silverstein Properties to share in the costs, and benefits, of energy-efficiency building upgrades. The lease for 210,000 square feet of office space over several floors at 7 World Trade Center lower Manhattan, saw New York mayor ...

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Nuclear Future for UK but Energy Efficiency takes Focus
Nuclear Future for UK but Energy Efficiency takes Focus

Tuesday 5th April 2011

BRITAIN, along with many other nations, have been looking to nuclear energy for future power generation, but after the Fukushima accident energy efficiency is taking centre stage. Last week Nick Clegg, the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, raised concerns about a delay in future nuclear power plant development, telling reporters that new ...

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China Lead in Clean Energy Investments
China Lead in Clean Energy Investments

Tuesday 5th April 2011

CHINA leads the world in global clean energy investments, topping $54.4 billion in 2010, leaving the UK and US trailing, according to research from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Global clean energy finance and investment grew significantly in 2010 to $243 billion, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. China, Germany, ...

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Japan May Review Emissions Reduction Target
Japan May Review Emissions Reduction Target

Monday 4th April 2011

JAPAN has mooted that it will review its carbon emission reduction goals after the nuclear disaster highlighted the radiation risk of nuclear energy as a low-carbon energy source. Yukio Edano, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, said the country’s carbon emission reduction targets were likely to be reviewed after the earthquake, the resulting ...

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Calls for Change in New Zealand's Energy Efficiency Strategy
Calls for Change in New Zealand's Energy Efficiency Strategy

Monday 4th April 2011

ENVIRONMENT and Conservation Organisations (ECO) called today for the New Zealand Government to urgently revise their Energy Strategy and address decarbonising the country’s energy production and use. The ECO was responding after the release by New Zealand’s Coal Action Network of the government’s almost complete Energy Strategy and National Energy Efficiency ...

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Nations face Climate Change Challenge in Bangkok
Nations face Climate Change Challenge in Bangkok

Friday 1st April 2011

THE FIRST round of the UN climate change negotiations since the Cancun summit in December are being held in Bangkok next week, to work on the plans agreed at Cancun. The Bangkok meeting will build on the Cancun agreements and work towards establishing a new global climate change regime, complementing or ...

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Filipino Government Offices Ordered to make Energy Savings
Filipino Government Offices Ordered to make Energy Savings

Friday 1st April 2011

THE Philippine’s Department of Energy (DOE) is to implement two administrative orders that mandate a 10 percent reduction in monthly electricity consumption in all government agencies and facilities. The DOE statement revealed: “The current global energy situation makes it more imperative for government to lead in managing energy use to demonstrate ...

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U.S. Architects Reiterate Top Five Energy Efficiency Proposals
U.S. Architects Reiterate Top Five Energy Efficiency Proposals

Thursday 31st March 2011

THE AMERICAN Institute of Architects (AIA) reacted yesterday to President Obama’s proposals for increasing the nation’s energy security by reiterating its top five energy conservation legislative priorities. AIA President Clark Manus said in a press release: "Architects make design decisions every day that have significant impact on the energy that buildings ...

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Energy Efficiency Presents Russia with Businesses Opportunities
Energy Efficiency Presents Russia with Businesses Opportunities

Wednesday 30th March 2011

THE RUSSIAN government’s enthusiasm for energy efficiency is opening up opportunities for businesses to save money on reduced energy costs and for new start up energy saving businesses. Leonid Sorokin, general director of Honeywell Russia, told The Moscow Times. “It’s just starting, but it is going to be big.” The Moscow Times ...

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Car Dealers can Enjoy Substantial Savings through Energy Efficiency
Car Dealers can Enjoy Substantial Savings through Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 29th March 2011

UK CAR dealers could make substantial savings through implementing energy efficiency behaviour and technologies, according to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). New research into dealer energy efficiency revealed that the average car dealership could save as much as £10,000 a year by cutting its energy use. The ...

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Indian Industry Energy Efficiency Scheme Launches April 1
Indian Industry Energy Efficiency Scheme Launches April 1

Tuesday 29th March 2011

INDUSTRIES across India are gearing themselves up for the launch on April 1 of the PAT scheme (perform, achieve and trade) which aims to improve their energy efficiency. Energy intensive industries across eight sectors with energy consumption more than the specified limit have been notified under the Energy Conservation Act, and ...

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China sets Higher Energy and Emission Targets
China sets Higher Energy and Emission Targets

Monday 28th March 2011

CHINA is making more drastic reductions in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions than previously planned, in order to sustain its economic growth at lower environmental cost. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) the compulsory targets will now require an 18 percent reduction of energy consumption ...

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New Zealand needs Mandatory Building Energy Scheme
New Zealand needs Mandatory Building Energy Scheme

Monday 28th March 2011

ROB MURRAY-LEACH, Australian Energy Efficiency Council chief executive officer, advised New Zealand (NZ) that they should adopt a mandatory building energy rating scheme similar to Australia’s. NZResources reports that Murray-Leach, said he understands that NZ and Australian commercial building sectors are different but he believes the economic case for mandatory building ...

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"Use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light," urges Ban Ki-moon

Friday 25th March 2011

UN SECRETARY General Ban Ki-moon leads a host of world and civic leaders supporting Earth Hour 2011 as a powerful symbol of a shared wish for a sustainable and secure future. “All over the world individuals, communities, businesses and governments are creating new examples for our common future – new visions ...

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Cape Town Hopes to Beat Blackouts
Cape Town Hopes to Beat Blackouts

Friday 25th March 2011

SOUTH Africa is facing blackouts over the winter (June to August) as electricity usage peaks leading to the City of Cape Town pushing for a 25-40 percent energy consumption reduction. The Independent Online reports that on Wednesday the city launched an energy-saving campaign, as South Africa’s state utility, Eskom, wants major ...

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Further European Energy Efficiency Funding
Further European Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 24th March 2011

THE EUROPEAN Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have pledged to invest around €220 million in a new energy efficiency fund. The fund is part of the proposed European Union's European Energy Efficiency Facility (EEE-F), which is due to set up by the end of this month. The Council of ...

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Failing to Improve Energy Efficiency makes no Business Sense
Failing to Improve Energy Efficiency makes no Business Sense

Thursday 24th March 2011

DAVID Powell, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth believes that failing to implement energy efficiency does not make any business sense. Although commenting on the situation in the UK, what he stated applies globally and to most, if not all, national governments. Powell argued that as energy prices continue to rise, ...

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Consumers Mistrust Businesses Green Claims
Consumers Mistrust Businesses Green Claims

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

BUSINESSES risk facing a costly backlash due to consumer mistrust of firms’ claims of action on climate change and energy efficiency. The results of a new research commissioned by the UK’s Carbon Trust and supported by global brand analysis, from BrandZ.

The research revealed that 90 percent of the public want firms ...

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Ohio Municipality to Improve Energy Efficiency
Ohio Municipality to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

THE small U.S. city of Oregon, a suburb of Toledo in Ohio, is looking to improve the energy efficiency of its city buildings, including the sprawling municipal complex. The aptly named Toledo Blade newspaper reports that the Oregon City Council unanimously agreed to enter a memorandum of understanding with the Toledo-Lucas ...

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Extreme Weather Experience leads to Energy Efficiency Action
Extreme Weather Experience leads to Energy Efficiency Action

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

EXPERIENCING extreme weather events increases concern about climate change and a willingness to take energy saving actions a new study reveal. The study by the UK’s Cardiff and Nottingham Universities, published in the first edition of Nature Climate Change, found that people are more prepared to take energy efficiency action to ...

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