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South Africa Sets Energy Efficiency Regulations for New Buildings
South Africa Sets Energy Efficiency Regulations for New Buildings

Tuesday 20th July 2010

NEW energy efficiency regulations will soon be in place for all new buildings being built in South Africa. The South African Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies has published amendments to the energy efficiency regulations. This move will make it compulsory for all new buildings to be designed and built ...

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Asia Pacific a Focus for Energy Efficiency Solutions
Asia Pacific a Focus for Energy Efficiency Solutions

Monday 19th July 2010

ENERGY demand in the Asia Pacific region is increasing at a fast pace, primarily with the upward demand being fueled by rapid economic growth across Southeast Asia, India, and China. Asian governments and industrial leaders are also heavily focused on creating a more sustainable and energy-efficient economy and these worthwhile goals ...

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Index Reveals More Energy Efficiency Needed in Buildings
Index Reveals More Energy Efficiency Needed in Buildings

Monday 19th July 2010

FOR the second year in a row Norway heads a global list of countries who are working towards zero carbon buildings. Second was Brazil followed by the UK in the 2009 RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) ‘Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index’ produced by Professor Yvonne Rydin, a co-director at ...

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Victoria Doubles Energy Efficiency Target
Victoria Doubles Energy Efficiency Target

Friday 16th July 2010

The Victoria State Government in Australia has been strengthening their energy saving scheme, which will now also target businesses. John Brumby, Premier of Victoria, has launched an election climate-change policy, which expands the current energy-saving scheme to target 500,000 small and medium businesses. This has doubled the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), ...

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Emissions Figures Revised but Tougher Measures in Place
Emissions Figures Revised but Tougher Measures in Place

Friday 16th July 2010

CHINA is again grabbing the energy efficiency headlines after the People’s Republic revised the gains they have made already in energy efficiency over the last four years, with the new calculations purporting that the country has almost achieved it’s five year target early. Although the revised figures seem to put China ...

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IFC to Stimulate Chinese SMEs Energy Efficiency
IFC to Stimulate Chinese SMEs Energy Efficiency

Thursday 15th July 2010

THE International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, said this week that it is offering more help to Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in support of the countries efforts towards greater energy efficiency. Dai Cunfeng, operations officer and team leader of the China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency ...

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Energy Saving Scheme at the Right Time for Property Owners
Energy Saving Scheme at the Right Time for Property Owners

Thursday 15th July 2010

AN expert claims that the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is providing property owners with a benchmark enabling them to measure their energy efficiency. Don Jordison, managing director at property investment firm Threadneedle, stated yesterday that the CRC is providing the property industry a "legislative framework with ...

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Canada and New England Together on Energy Efficiency
Canada and New England Together on Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 14th July 2010

A conference held yesterday, in the U.S. State of Massachusetts with the New England Governors and five Eastern Canadian Premiers, outlined a series of key agreements to boost the regions energy efficiency. Governor Debal Patrick said: “As the region that started the Industrial Revolution, the Northeast can also be the region ...

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Australian Standards and Awards for Business Energy Efficiency
Australian Standards and Awards for Business Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 13th July 2010

AN Australian National Energy Savings Scheme is likely to provide a combination of energy efficiency standards and financial rewards for businesses that make long term investments to cut their power use. Rob Murray-Leach, Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) said, ''Our position is that a national energy efficiency target ...

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Healthcare Benefits from Energy Efficiency Investments
Healthcare Benefits from Energy Efficiency Investments

Tuesday 13th July 2010

ACCORDING to new research healthcare organisations are more likely to invest in energy efficiency for their facilities compared to other industry sectors. According to PR Newswire in March American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Johnstone Controlls and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), commissioned the 2010 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey, ...

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Australian Businesses Request Tax Breaks for Energy Efficiency
Australian Businesses Request Tax Breaks for Energy Efficiency

Monday 12th July 2010

BUSINESS groups in Australia are appealing to the government to use tax breaks to improve energy efficiency, rather than the planned carbon tax or emissions trading scheme, at least until there is an international consensus on climate policy. The current Labor government is due to meet tomorrow, Tuesday 13th July, to ...

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France Provide Pakistan 46 Million Euros for Energy Efficiency
France Provide Pakistan 46 Million Euros for Energy Efficiency

Saturday 10th July 2010

FRANCE announced on Friday that it is providing a 46 million Euros loan to Pakistan for energy saving and rehabilitating a power plant to promote energy efficiency and enhance Pakistan’s supply against the backdrop of electricity outages that have been plaguing the country. Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Sibtain Fazal Halim, ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Legislation Possible
EU Energy Efficiency Legislation Possible

Friday 9th July 2010

THE European Union (EU) may need new legislation to produce the required long term reductions for carbon emissions, so stated the European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger yesterday during the annual Greenpeace energy revolution roadmap. Oettinger did not advocate any new specific legislation, only hinting that the EU could bring in laws ...

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U.S. DOE Ignores Its Own Advice
U.S. DOE Ignores Its Own Advice

Thursday 8th July 2010

THE U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) web site publishes energy saving and efficiency advise – as you would expect, but the New York Times reports that it’s a case of “do as I say, not what I do” for the DOE An internal audit revealed on Wednesday that many of the ...

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Iran Plan Energy Conservation
Iran Plan Energy Conservation

Thursday 8th July 2010

THE Iranian Supreme Leader has announced a policy for energy conservation and consumption. After a consultation with Iran's Expediency Council, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei declared the mechanism for reforming consumption patterns, especially for the conservation of energy and water resources. The Ayatollah has forwarded a ...

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Manila Police to Arrest Energy Use
Manila Police to Arrest Energy Use

Thursday 8th July 2010

THE Eastern Police District (EPD) of Manila is being forced to take energy efficiency measures to be able to pay its utility bills, by arresting the amount of energy wasted. Police chiefs are strictly implementing energy saving at district and station level after continuing increases in energy consumption across their precincts. EPD ...

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Energy Efficiency Report for the World's Governments
Energy Efficiency Report for the World's Governments

Wednesday 7th July 2010

A report on energy efficiency published by Energy Regulators from around the world has been sent to the energy ministers of all the G8 countries, fulfilling a commitment made by energy regulators last year. The report highlights how energy efficiency is one of the major issues regarding climate change and compiles ...

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Energy Efficient Buildings for India
Energy Efficient Buildings for India

Tuesday 6th July 2010

INDIA is seeing a 10% annual increase in commercial buildings with the increase in the energy demand projected to be 5.4 billion kWh annually. The need for businesses in India to design and construct ‘high performance buildings’, so that the use of electricity can be controlled is imperative. Due to ...

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Energy Efficiency Twice the Impact of Clean Energy
Energy Efficiency Twice the Impact of Clean Energy

Tuesday 6th July 2010

THE International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that energy efficiency will achieve 65% of the worldwide carbon cuts in the energy sector by 2020. Meaning that by 2020 energy efficiency could have almost twice the impact of renewable energy, nuclear power and clean coal will have, combined. The IEA is an ...

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New Energy Code for NYC Buildings
New Energy Code for NYC Buildings

Tuesday 6th July 2010

NEW YORK'S Department of Buildings launched the New York City Energy Conservation Code last week. It is just one step in New York’s target to cut CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The new regulations affects lighting, power, and HVAC for renovations and new building projects. The new code is ...

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EU invest 10 Million Euros in Chinese Energy Efficiency Fund
EU invest 10 Million Euros in Chinese Energy Efficiency Fund

Monday 5th July 2010

THE European Commission (EC) announced today that it is going to invest €10 million into the Greenstar Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Private Equity Fund, making it China’s first energy efficiency focused private equity fund. The investment and further energy efficiency activity is much needed, as China’s great efforts towards reducing ...

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Report Reveals SMEs Can Save a Fortune through Energy Efficiencies
Report Reveals SMEs Can Save a Fortune through Energy Efficiencies

Monday 5th July 2010

THE Committee on Climate Change in the UK has underlined the fact that substantial savings are just waiting for small and medium-sized businesses to claim through energy efficiency Although focused on UK SMEs the benefits apply worldwide for any business or organisation. The Committee reported that in the UK, and many other ...

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Energy Efficiency can save Canadian Businesses $100,000s
Energy Efficiency can save Canadian Businesses $100,000s

Friday 2nd July 2010

SAVING hundreds of thousands of dollars in operational costs through energy conservation and efficiency is not that difficult, so heard an audience of business leaders in the Canadian City of Guelph, at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce Environmental Sustainability Forum this week. 

They discovered it can be a simple to save ...

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Sri Lanka to Focus on Energy Saving
Sri Lanka to Focus on Energy Saving

Friday 2nd July 2010

THE Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) is to host the Vidulka Energy Week energy saving exhibition next month in Colombo. The exhibition will inform Sri Lankans about energy conservation and will also address concerns and questions of energy professionals, the energy industries, academics and the general public. The exhibition will be ...

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Sticks not Carrots for SME Energy Efficiency
Sticks not Carrots for SME Energy Efficiency

Thursday 1st July 2010

"I don't think incentives work, sticks do." so said Bob Wigley, chairman of the UK government’s Green Investment Bank Commission. Wigley encouraged the UK government to show they have “the guts” by imposing financial penalties on businesses who fail to become energy efficiency and accept their environmental responsibilities. Wigley, speaking yesterday at ...

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