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Hanoi Promoting Energy Efficiency Across City
Hanoi Promoting Energy Efficiency Across City

Friday 4th March 2016

THE Vietnam News Service reports that the city of Ha Noi is promoting the efficient use of energy and resources by tightening management of energy-consuming equipment and vehicles. The city’s municipal Department of Industry and Trade will work with relevant agencies to supervise capacity, technology and environment standards at production facilities, ...

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Competition Drives Investment in Energy Efficiency
Competition Drives Investment in Energy Efficiency

Monday 29th February 2016

COMPETITION from Asia seems to be a key driver for investing in higher energy efficiency in manufacturing processes. This was at least one of the reasons which pushed Bossa, a Turkish textile giant operating three plants in Adana, in the south of the country, to take the issue very seriously. With a ...

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Irish Public Bodies Made €120M Energy Savings
Irish Public Bodies Made €120M Energy Savings

Friday 26th February 2016

THE Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) revealed that in 2014 energy efficiency measures in public bodies reduced energy spend by €120 million. The results were published yesterday, February 25, in their Annual Report 2015 on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance. This puts the public sector about halfway towards its ...

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Reinventing Future Electricity Markets
Reinventing Future Electricity Markets

Monday 22nd February 2016

ELECTRICITY markets are undergoing massive transformation, as the push for low-carbon power generation shifts the industry towards high investment in renewables and other new technologies. This is the conclusion of a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Re-powering Markets: Market design and regulation during the transition to low-carbon power ...

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Smart Digital Platform to Boost Energy Efficiency in EU Cities
Smart Digital Platform to Boost Energy Efficiency in EU Cities

Friday 19th February 2016

THE EU-funded SUNSHINE project has developed a novel online platform to substantially improve energy efficiency in both buildings and wider urban areas. The platform, designed for city planners, industry and energy stakeholders, assesses and maps buildings’ energy behaviour, and can also remotely control public street lighting. The platform has already succeeded ...

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Fund to Help UK Universities Save £210M on Energy Costs
Fund to Help UK Universities Save £210M on Energy Costs

Monday 15th February 2016

THE Revolving Green Fund backed by the UK government is an energy efficiency scheme for UK Universities, and has led to projects that are estimated to save Universities more than £210 million in energy costs In 2008 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Salix Finance formed a partnership to ...

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Boost for Sustainable Energy Financing in Turkey
Boost for Sustainable Energy Financing in Turkey

Friday 12th February 2016

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is expanding its support for sustainable energy financing in Turkey with an additional €500 million. Under the Mid-size Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MidSEFF), now totalling €1.5 billion, funds are provided to Turkish banks in the form of loans and capital market instruments for ...

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Centre to Jump Start Ghana’s Green Economy
Centre to Jump Start Ghana’s Green Economy

Monday 8th February 2016

THE World Bank Group have announced the upcoming launch of a new Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Accra to support Ghana’s green growth strategy. The CIC will be financed through a $17.2 million grant package recently approved by the World Bank Group. The CIC will support Ghana’s National Climate Change ...

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Morocco Opens Phase 1 of Worlds Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant
Morocco Opens Phase 1 of Worlds Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Friday 5th February 2016

MOROCCO has opened the first phase of what is set to become the world’s largest concentrated power plant (CSP). Yesterday, February 4, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated Noor 1, the first phase of what will become the largest CSP in the world, in a ceremony attended by world and industry leaders ...

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New Three Year Energy Efficiency Plan for Massachusetts
New Three Year Energy Efficiency Plan for Massachusetts

Monday 1st February 2016

THE Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities has issued an order approving the 2016‑2018 Three‑Year Energy Efficiency Plans of the Commonwealth’s electric and gas distribution companies and the Cape Light Compact.  The Plan, supported by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, is expected to deliver an estimated $8 billion in economic, environmental ...

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Jamaican Government Making Major Savings Through Energy Efficiency
Jamaican Government Making Major Savings Through Energy Efficiency

Monday 25th January 2016

THE Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) office at the Donald Sangster Building (DSB) in Kingston reports a $500,000 reduction in monthly electricity bills after the implementation of energy efficient strategies. The strategy is part of the Jamaican government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme. Before, the agency was faced with a bill ...

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£14M Fund to Improve Energy Efficiency in Scotland
£14M Fund to Improve Energy Efficiency in Scotland

Friday 22nd January 2016

A £14 million fund will allow Councils across Scotland to make homes, public buildings and businesses more energy efficient, Scotland’s Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced today. Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) will help improve warmth in buildings and homes, drive down energy bills and work towards reaching climate change targets. ...

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$20 Billion Geothermal Investment Needed for Ethiopia
$20 Billion Geothermal Investment Needed for Ethiopia

Monday 18th January 2016

IN the last news update we revealed the investment in Turkey to develop geothermal energy - an even bigger investment is needed to tap Ethiopia's geothermal potential, which is being addressed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). As explained previously geothermal energy is heat that’s generated from the earth’s core, can be ...

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Financial Help for Turkey's Geothermal Energy Development
Financial Help for Turkey's Geothermal Energy Development

Friday 15th January 2016

TO tap Turkey’s significant geothermal energy potential the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) are launching a programme to support exploratory drilling. Geothermal energy projects face high risks particularly in their initial stages, including high investment costs and development risks and very limited access ...

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Jamaican Ministries Save $80M Through Energy Efficiencies
Jamaican Ministries Save $80M Through Energy Efficiencies

Monday 11th January 2016

THE Jamaican Government is achieving its goal of reducing electricity used by its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), through the introduction of energy efficient solutions, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). So effective is the thrust, that the Jamaican Government is extending the three-year programme. “The programme has realized a ...

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$46M Energy Efficiency & Renewable Loan for Vermont
$46M Energy Efficiency & Renewable Loan for Vermont

Friday 8th January 2016

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded $46 million in assistance to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) to support energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in rural areas across the state. USDA awarded VEIC $46 million in assistance to help its customers save money, and live more comfortably by installing ...

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€5.5 Million for Moldovan Private Companies to Improve Energy Efficiency
€5.5 Million for Moldovan Private Companies to Improve Energy Efficiency

Monday 4th January 2016

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is promoting energy efficiency in Moldova with a €5.5 million loan for private companies undertaking energy-saving measures and renewable energy projects. The loan to CB “MOBIASBANCA-Groupe Société Générale” for on-lending will be complemented by European Union (EU) grants to provide direct incentives for ...

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Hotel Group First to get Superior Energy Performance Certification
Hotel Group First to get Superior Energy Performance Certification

Monday 21st December 2015

HILTON Worldwide, the hotel group, announced that it is the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The certification has been issued for leadership and improvement in energy management and productivity at three landmark Hilton hotels. This recognition follows Hilton’s system-wide ...

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Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in U.S. History
Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in U.S. History

Friday 18th December 2015

THE U.S. Department of Energy yesterday announced historic new energy efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save ...

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Energy Efficiency Loans for Thailand's SMEs
Energy Efficiency Loans for Thailand's SMEs

Monday 14th December 2015

THAILAND’S Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) is encouraging SMEs to switch to energy-saving machinery and equipment with soft loans available next year. The Bangkok Post reports DEDE Director-general Thammayot Srichuai as saying the loans would total 10 billion baht, helping SMEs seeking to modify machines or replace ageing ...

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Action Potential in Developing Countries
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Action Potential in Developing Countries

Friday 11th December 2015

Actions on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries Could Reduce Emissions by 1.7 Gt/year by 2020. Initial analysis of almost 6,000 projects targeting renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries has revealed that the projects could reduce CO2 emissions by about 1.7 gigatons a year by 2020. The findings, ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Australian Councils
Energy Efficiency Funding for Australian Councils

Monday 7th December 2015

AUSTRALIAN councils are being encouraged to invest in clean technologies to reduce their energy bills and lower emissions, via a new $250 million program from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The CEFC Local Government Finance Program is designed to provide flexible and competitive fixed-rate, long-term finance tailored to the needs ...

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Challenges for SME Energy Efficiency Programmes
Challenges for SME Energy Efficiency Programmes

Friday 4th December 2015

A NEW report highlights challenges in energy efficiency for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) around the world and calls for more energy efficiency programmes. The International Energy Agendy (IEA) report, “Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises” has been launched today on the fringes of COP21 international climate conference in ...

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Fight Climate Change With Energy Efficient Motors
Fight Climate Change With Energy Efficient Motors

Monday 30th November 2015

TODAY Ulrich Spiesshofer, the president and chief executive of ABB corporation, wrote and excellent article in The National highlighting motors offer incredible potential for energy efficiency gains. Spiesshofer starts out stating: “After years of focus on global warming, one might think that all of the easy measures for reducing greenhouse gas ...

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IEA Deliver Four Messages on Energy for COP21
IEA Deliver Four Messages on Energy for COP21

Friday 27th November 2015

THE International Energy Agency have deliver four key messages for the upcoming UN climate negotiations at COP21 in Paris. Building on extensive IEA analysis leading up to the Paris talks, the four messages could help COP21 shift the energy sector onto a low-carbon path while supporting economic growth and providing ...

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