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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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Earth Hour 8:30 Saturday - Energy Efficiency in Focus
Earth Hour 8:30 Saturday - Energy Efficiency in Focus

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

8:30pm SATURDAY, March 26, is this years Earth Hour when businesses, governments, individuals and communities turn out their lights for one hour to highlight sustainability and energy efficiency. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as ...

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Mandatory Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings Considered
Mandatory Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings Considered

Monday 21st March 2011

WITH THE Indian State of Tamil Nadu’s power demand is more than 11,000 mega watts (MW), the Tamil Nadu Electrical Inspectorate (TNEI) is considering mandatory  energy efficiency for commercial buildings. The Indian Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), launched in 2007, lists the energy performance requirements for commercial buildings with an ...

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Japan Forced to Save Energy in Disaster
Japan Forced to Save Energy in Disaster

Friday 18th March 2011

JAPAN has had its focus firmly set on energy efficiency since being hit so tragically by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami a week ago. With the continuing problems at the Fukushima Power Plant and the catastrophic destruction of infrastructure, a nation that once used energy freely is suffering from blackouts and ...

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EBRD Support Sutainable Energy Future for Turkey
EBRD Support Sutainable Energy Future for Turkey

Thursday 17th March 2011

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are supporting the development of a more sustainable economy and future for Turkey. The EBRD is strengthening its support for Turkey’s efforts to reduce its energy intensity and promote energy efficiency investments with the launch of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for ...

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Taiwan's Success in Exceeding Energy Efficiency Target
Taiwan's Success in Exceeding Energy Efficiency Target

Wednesday 16th March 2011

TAIWAN’S government set a target to gradually turn the nation into a low-carbon community and that goal has been boosted by a 4 percent energy efficiency increase in 2010. This success, doubling the targeted 2 percent improvement, was announced by Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy (BOE) under the Ministry of Economic ...

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Energy Efficiency more than a Wise Business Decision
Energy Efficiency more than a Wise Business Decision

Wednesday 16th March 2011

THE call for energy efficiency and conservation not only benefits business financially but also has advantages for this and future generations. This is the message that the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Mindanao wanted the business people of the island to understand in its promoting of energy efficiency. Approximately, Php 60 ...

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Survey Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency to Businesses
Survey Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency to Businesses

Tuesday 15th March 2011

IN A GLOBAL executive study on energy efficiency half of executives stated it has improved their organisation’s bottom line and will play a more important role in the future. Ingersoll-Rand plc together with the Economist Intelligence Unit announced yesterday the results of the global C-level executive study on energy efficiency and ...

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First Choice for Energy Resource is Energy Efficiency
First Choice for Energy Resource is Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th March 2011

THE UN Foundation said recently that governments should exploit energy efficiency as their energy resource of first choice. Referring to this comment U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference on green buildings that energy could be the definitive challenge of our time, as ...

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Companies can save Billions Through Resource Efficiencies
Companies can save Billions Through Resource Efficiencies

Monday 14th March 2011

BRITISH businesses can save around £23 billion a year by improving the way they use energy amongst other things. The figures come from research published by the UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and along with energy, water and waste management make up the potential savings. The research identifies these huge potential savings ...

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2010 Top 10 U.S. Cities for Energy Star Buildings
2010 Top 10 U.S. Cities for Energy Star Buildings

Monday 14th March 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named the top 10 metro regions with the most energy-efficient buildings in 2010. Los Angeles came in at number one with 510 Energy Star rated buildings, well ahead of second place Washington who have 301, belying the long held view of LA as a smog ...

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Jamaica to get $15M Energy Efficiency Loan
Jamaica to get $15M Energy Efficiency Loan

Friday 11th March 2011

JAMAICA are set to benefit from a $15 million loan approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank to increase energy efficiency and security on the island. According to the World Bank , the loan will benefit Jamaica’s commercial, industrial and even residential energy consumers by developing detailed ...

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Singapore Targets Energy Efficiency
Singapore Targets Energy Efficiency

Friday 11th March 2011

IMPROVING energy efficiency is a key strategy for Singapore said Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in a recent speech. Singapore achieved a decrease of 8 percent in energy intensity between 2005 to 2009, but Ibrahim added: “We will need to continue our efforts to meet our target, under ...

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Institutional Investment Vital to EU Roadmap
Institutional Investment Vital to EU Roadmap

Thursday 10th March 2011

THE EU needs to work with institutional investors to meet the 2050 targets in their energy efficiency roadmap published this week, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) have stated. The IIGC feel it is vital for institutional to be considered to shape policies which would encourage the private investment ...

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$200M Investment Energy Efficiency Potential for Armenia
$200M Investment Energy Efficiency Potential for Armenia

Thursday 10th March 2011

THE IFC revealed in their report, “Energy Efficiency: A New Resource for Sustainable Growth” Armenia’s industrial sector could save 14.5 percent of energy costs through improving energy efficiency. IFC (International Finance Corporation) Regional Head for the Caucasus, Thomas Lubeck, revealed the extent of potential savings at the Energy Efficiency Expo 2011, ...

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Europe's
Europe's "Roadmap" for more Energy Savings

Wednesday 9th March 2011

TO LIMIT spiralling energy costs and achieve its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said yesterday that the EU must invest heavily in energy efficiency. This opinion came from the unveiling of the Commission’s 'roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050'. The plan shows ...

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$15M Grants Available for Greening Illinois Firms
$15M Grants Available for Greening Illinois Firms

Wednesday 9th March 2011

THE ILLINOIS Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced this week that it is accepting applications for two grant programs designed to promote green industry and energy efficiency. The department expects to award up to $15 million in grant funds to the selected applicants. Both programs are run by the ...

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China Sets Example with Carbon Reduction Goals
China Sets Example with Carbon Reduction Goals

Tuesday 8th March 2011

CHINA seems to be setting the example and seems set deliver a ‘clean industrial revolution’ despite burgeoning expansion and a poor record on greenhouse gas emissions. A new report by The Climate Group commissioned by the HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, says the Chinese government’s decision to put a ‘clean ...

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UK Public Buildings Struggle to Achieve Energy Efficiency
UK Public Buildings Struggle to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 8th March 2011

UK GOVERMENT data has revealed that there are three times as many properties in the lowest energy efficiency category than in the top bands. The release of new figures highlight the immensity of the challenge facing the UK government in its plan to improve energy efficiency across the public sector, with ...

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Conflicts as China Pushes for Energy Efficiency
Conflicts as China Pushes for Energy Efficiency

Monday 7th March 2011

CHINA is the world’s second largest economy so their efforts to raise the country’s energy efficiency is important for their own and the worlds economy. They have so far managed to cut energy consumption per unit of GDP by 19.06 percent between 2006 and 2010 on the 2005 levels, however ...

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