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Scottish Universities Face £20 Million Carbon Bill
Scottish Universities Face £20 Million Carbon Bill

Friday 7th January 2011

SCOTTISH universities, currently facing major financial cuts, have been rocked by research that estimates that they face a new tax to cut carbon emissions of up to £20 million. The UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is to apply the tax to higher education institutions across Scotland between 2012 ...

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President Unhappy with Europe's Energy Efficiency Progress
President Unhappy with Europe's Energy Efficiency Progress

Thursday 6th January 2011

EUROPEAN Commission President José Manuel Barroso yesterday announced that he was disappointed by the European Union's (EU) lack of progress on energy efficiency. “While on the renewables we are making a lot of progress and it is now realistic to think that we are going to fulfill our 20 percent target ...

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Programme to Fund Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Programme to Fund Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Wednesday 5th January 2011

THE U.S. state of Missouri’s capital city, Jefferson City, claims to be the states first community to provide aid for businesses and residents to improve their energy efficiency. Jefferson City officials have formed a Clean Energy Development Board that will provide businesses and private property owners funding through municipal bonds for ...

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A Sustainable Energy Future for Bulgaria
A Sustainable Energy Future for Bulgaria

Wednesday 5th January 2011

IN BULGARIA an expert team from the Energy Efficiency Agency (EEA) has developed a draft National Energy Efficiency Strategy document and sent it to energy minister Traicho Traikov for approval. At the energy ministry a work group is to prepare the final version of the document. The strategy is based on ...

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Encouragement for Philippine Energy Efficiency
Encouragement for Philippine Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 4th January 2011

PHILIPPINES Senator Edgardo J. Angara has emphasised that the country needs to be more canny with regards to energy usage and consumption. He also stated the need for a better energy programme to benefit both the providers and the consumers. “Now that we’re facing a new year, it’s time for the government ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Funds Unclaimed
EU Energy Efficiency Funds Unclaimed

Tuesday 4th January 2011

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) has energy efficiency grants from a reallocated fund worth €8 billion which are still unclaimed, so reports a top European Commission official. Marie Donnelly, director at the European Commission’s DG Energy told EuroActiv that the unclaimed funds are a concern to the EU as they are struggling ...

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Middle East Experiences Largest Rises in Energy Consumption
Middle East Experiences Largest Rises in Energy Consumption

Monday 3rd January 2011

ENERGY consumption in China and the United States is growing quickly, but no region has experienced a greater boom in demand recently than the Middle East. A GE report compared figures from 2007, the most recent year for which data are available through the International Energy Agency and the World Bank, ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding Boost in Bulgaria
Energy Efficiency Funding Boost in Bulgaria

Monday 3rd January 2011

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) intends to establish the "Energy Efficiency for Competitive Industry Financing Facility" in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the European Commission have asked the EBRD to provide its support in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy investments in Bulgaria ...

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$55 Million Saved Despite Missed Energy Efficiency Target
$55 Million Saved Despite Missed Energy Efficiency Target

Friday 31st December 2010

THE NORTH Carolina (N.C.) state government in the U.S. saved taxpayers $55.3 million in energy costs last year but failed to meet the state's own energy efficiency goal. An energy efficiency programme was started in 2003 to reduce energy costs at state government agencies and universities. The goal of the programme ...

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€70 Million Energy Efficiency Grants for Ukraine
€70 Million Energy Efficiency Grants for Ukraine

Friday 31st December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is to grant Ukraine €63 million for an energy-saving programme, and a further €7 million for energy efficiency technical assistance. The grants were revealed in a preliminary report handed to Mykola Pashkevych, chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (NAER), by ...

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Energy Saving Standards to be set in Azerbaijan
Energy Saving Standards to be set in Azerbaijan

Thursday 30th December 2010

IN AZERBAIJAN specialists from the State Committee for Standardisation, Metrology and Patent have prepared a draft national programme on energy saving. According to Sabig Abdullayev, the Chief of Department for Standardisation and Technical Regulation, the proposed programme will apply 75 standards of energy efficiency, leading to a target of 30 percent ...

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Indian State Departments Face Mandatory Energy Audits
Indian State Departments Face Mandatory Energy Audits

Wednesday 29th December 2010

THE INDIAN State of Madhya Pradesh is set to carry out mandatory energy audits and energy efficiency measures across all state government, semi-government, corporation and board offices. A 10 percent increase is predicted in Indian energy bills in the near future, leading to concerns over energy wastage across the states facilities. The ...

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Building Owners Unaware of Energy Efficiency Act
Building Owners Unaware of Energy Efficiency Act

Wednesday 29th December 2010

THAILAND passed the Energy Conservation Promotion Act, requiring building owners to inspect their energy management nearly a year ago, but many building owners have no idea the Act exists. The landlords of these buildings also fail to realise that they must also prepare an energy management report each March, due to ...

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Federal Energy Efficiency Funds Boosts for Schools
Federal Energy Efficiency Funds Boosts for Schools

Tuesday 28th December 2010

THE MIDWEST U.S. city of Cincinnati’s Public Schools are focusing on "greening" its new buildings and also looking how they can energy costs in 26 of its older buildings. Some of the “older” buildings were built only five or six years ago and the city is using more than $23 million ...

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Two States set Example for U.S.
Two States set Example for U.S.

Monday 27th December 2010

IN THE U.S. the prospect of a comprehensive national energy policy seems uncertain, but two states reminded the whole country that bold energy efficiency policies can win bipartisan support. It is generally accepted that energy efficiency would save businesses and consumers millions in wasted energy costs, but national energy efficiency policies ...

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EBRD to Help Finance Business Energy Efficiency
EBRD to Help Finance Business Energy Efficiency

Friday 24th December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing in its support of Romanian companies in a drive to improve energy efficiency. EBRD are providing a new €10 million loan to OTP Bank Romania, part of the largest independent Central-Eastern-European banking group, to finance sustainable energy projects undertaken by local ...

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IFC to Guarantee Half of Energy Efficiency Loans
IFC to Guarantee Half of Energy Efficiency Loans

Friday 24th December 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL Finance Corp. (IFC) will guarantee half of the loans extended by the Filipino Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc. (BDO) under the bank’s Sustainable Energy Finance Program. The IFC, a private sector arm of the World Bank, released a statement yesterday revealing it had signed a risk-sharing facility with BDO, ...

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Energy Efficiency Binding Target Adopted
Energy Efficiency Binding Target Adopted

Thursday 23rd December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Parliament adopted a binding agreement calling for a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. The policy is to be implemented across all economic sectors. Meeting the target will save the European Union (EU) as a whole €100 billion, reducing emissions by almost 800 million tons a year. The European Parliament approved ...

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Energy Saving Verification Vital
Energy Saving Verification Vital

Wednesday 22nd December 2010

IN BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, the state legislative auditor has found that two state hospitals have energy efficiency contracts that fail to comply with state law due to a lack of verification. The local Advocate newspaper has reported that the auditor found that savings realised from “energy efficiency” contracts were not measurable ...

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Energy Efficiency Challenge for North China Buildings
Energy Efficiency Challenge for North China Buildings

Wednesday 22nd December 2010

MORE than half the buildings constructed in northern China in 2009 failed to meet China's energy-saving standards, stated an inspection report released this week. China's top legislature conducted an inspection discovering over 2 billion square meters of space in old buildings in northern China in need energy saving upgrades. "Concerning the ...

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Research Predicts Growth in Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Research Predicts Growth in Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Tuesday 21st December 2010

DESPITE the general turndown in new construction due to the global recession, one building-related field has continued to grow: upgrades tied to improving a facilities energy efficiency according to a new white paper. This is the results of a new white paper by Pike Research of Boulder. Colorado US. The report ...

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Energy Efficiency to Reduce Oil Imports
Energy Efficiency to Reduce Oil Imports

Monday 20th December 2010

THE PHILIPPINES government want to see energy efficiency improve as it will reduce the need for oil imports. Such a reduction will also lower the capital and operating cost of electricity and will consequently provide Filipinos with sufficient electricity at lower possible cost, according to Assistant Secretary Leonilo Lariosa of the ...

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Better Governance Vital for Energy Efficiency
Better Governance Vital for Energy Efficiency

Monday 20th December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have joined up to promote energy efficiency by highlighting the vital role of good governance. The IEA published the results of its global Energy Efficiency Governance study today in the form of a summary handbook and a ...

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Emissions Reduction from Energy Saving for Taiwan
Emissions Reduction from Energy Saving for Taiwan

Friday 17th December 2010

TAIWAN’S government’s commitment to saving energy and reducing emissions has reduced CO2 releases by 5.14 million metric tons so far of this year, revealed Premier Wu Den-yih yesterday. Wu said the figure, for the first three quarters of the year, represents a 4-percent fall in energy intensity, the largest reduction over ...

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Energy Efficiency Grants for Pennsylvania Small Businesses
Energy Efficiency Grants for Pennsylvania Small Businesses

Friday 17th December 2010

STATE investments are helping Pennsylvania, US, small-business owners continue to lower their operating costs by conserving energy and reducing pollution. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced yesterday, that 90 small businesses across Pennsylvania will receive more than $560,000 in grants through the Small Business Advantage program to reduce energy ...

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