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DOE Support Latin America Energy Efficiency Projects
DOE Support Latin America Energy Efficiency Projects

Monday 11th January 2010

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will be supporting 3 projects aimed at expanding the development and use of energy efficiency technologies and renewables in Latin America. The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and other National Laboratories, will provide technical assistance to the successful projects. Council Members of the Energy Saving ...

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Germany Encourages Green Focus
Germany Encourages Green Focus

Monday 11th January 2010

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, made comments on Monday, at an environmental event on biodiversity, about her concerns in regards to climate change: "The fight against climate change and securing biodiversity is crucial to preventing costly environmental damage". Mrs Merkel's words come after the result of the UN-sponsored climate conference in December ...

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EIB Lends China Efficient Helping Hand
EIB Lends China Efficient Helping Hand

Friday 8th January 2010

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending China €134 million to support 4 projects aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions by 830,000 tonnes. Initiatives to encourage and sponsor energy efficiency improvements are welcomed by the Energy Saving Association (ESA), whose members believe in the undeniable potential of energy ...

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DOE Grant IT + .Com $47 Million For Energy Efficiency
DOE Grant IT + .Com $47 Million For Energy Efficiency

Friday 8th January 2010

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is granting IT and communications giants a $47 million boost to improve energy efficiency. These major groups include IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo!. IT and telecommunications centers currently consume approximately 120 billion kWh/year, which is 3% of America's total electricity use. Energy efficiency improvements are needed ...

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London New Builds Achieve 33% Carbon Cuts
London New Builds Achieve 33% Carbon Cuts

Thursday 7th January 2010

A London South Bank University report reveals that new developments in London are cutting their carbon emissions by 33%. The capital’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, is committed to achieving a 60% cut in emissions by 2025 and has focused efforts on the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for 71% of emissions ...

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UK Cold Snap Not Disproving Global Warming Reality
UK Cold Snap Not Disproving Global Warming Reality

Thursday 7th January 2010

As the UK currently suffers an unusual cold snap, questions are being raised concerning the validity of the global warming theory, according to Stephen Dorling, of the University of East Anglia's school of environmental sciences, However, Mr. Dorling insists the cold weather should not be considered a proof that global warming ...

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France Rejects Sarkozy's  Carbon Tax Proposal
France Rejects Sarkozy's Carbon Tax Proposal

Wednesday 6th January 2010

When he proposed his carbon tax scheme, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expected to earn the position of head of the worldwide climate change battle. However,  in France the council rejected the carbon tax proposal, which allowed for too many tax exemptions for the country's major polluters. Indeed, the scheme enabled about 93% ...

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US City Funding Initiative For Energy Efficient Implementations
US City Funding Initiative For Energy Efficient Implementations

Wednesday 6th January 2010

A $950,000 federal grant was given to the US city of Macon, to upgrade the roof of City Hall, replace the heating and cooling systems at the City Auditorium, and implement all other necessary changes aimed at energy saving. Thomas Brandner, Council Member of the Energy Saving Association (ESA), responds to ...

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Public Sector A Bad Student In Climate Change Class
Public Sector A Bad Student In Climate Change Class

Tuesday 5th January 2010

The UK's public sector buildings are emitting 27% more CO2 than previously estimated, which is costing the country a staggering £4 billion per annum in energy bills. The situation calls for the initiation of a major refurbishment program, as the UK has targeted a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from '99 ...

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Oz Heats Up With Temp Records For Last Decade
Oz Heats Up With Temp Records For Last Decade

Tuesday 5th January 2010

Australia has been experiencing its hottest temperatures on record over the past 10 years, from 2000 to 2009, with an average temperature rise of 0.48 degrees Celsius above the 61-90 degree average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. This phenomenon will continue and even increase, and 2010 temperatures are expected to ...

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UK Public Sector Must Save Energy To Reach CO2 Reduction Targets
UK Public Sector Must Save Energy To Reach CO2 Reduction Targets

Monday 4th January 2010

Approximately 33% of the UK's emissions from non-domestic properties, which implies the public sector still has a long way to go to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions, with hospitals as top offenders. The Communities and Local Government Department have undertaken an audit which revealed that the 28,000 public buildings in ...

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UK's PM Believes In Global Climate Change Agreement
UK's PM Believes In Global Climate Change Agreement

Monday 4th January 2010

Despite the non-binding results of last month's climate summit in Copenhagen, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has recently announced that he believed a global agreement to combat climate change might still be possible. When asked what was next on the agenda following the UN climate meeting, Gordon Brown told the BBC: "I've ...

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China Builds
China Builds "Green"

Saturday 2nd January 2010

Environmentally friendly buildings are becoming the trend in China, who are responsible for the world's highest level of greenhouse gas emissions and who also has the world's largest market by floor space. China's development is growing so rapidly, and "all levels of government, designers, and even the general public are becoming ...

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Brazil Makes
Brazil Makes "Voluntary Commitment" To Cut CO2

Wednesday 30th December 2009

Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has approved a new law confirming that the country  will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 39% by 2020. This new law meets a commitment made during the climate change summit in Copenhagen earlier this month, which states that Brazil would make a "voluntary ...

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Council To Reduce Carbon To Avoid Charges
Council To Reduce Carbon To Avoid Charges

Tuesday 29th December 2009

A staggering £400,000 could be the price that South Tyneside council bosses will have to pay, should they fail to achieve massive carbonemissions cuts. 2010 will see the carbon trading scheme be introduced, implying that councils will have 12 months to bring down bills before the Government imposes steep financial strikes ...

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China Adopts New Law For Clean Energy
China Adopts New Law For Clean Energy

Saturday 26th December 2009

Following the Copenhagen climate talks last week, during which China was criticised for obstructing the adherence to a treaty on climate change, the Chinese government has decided to show its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a new law in favor of the country's renewable energy industry. The legislation ...

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Americans Want Clean Energy Future
Americans Want Clean Energy Future

Thursday 24th December 2009

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has released a poll today showing that over 80% of the US population is supportive of any action to limit carbon pollution and move the country to a clean energy future. The poll was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, from December 12th to 15th 2009, ...

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India Needs Energy Efficient Systems
India Needs Energy Efficient Systems

Wednesday 23rd December 2009

New energy efficient measures are desperately needed to make India more sustainable, as the country heads for an energy crisis. India relies on coal to source energy, and more diversity in its sources is necessary to avoid a majorly critical situation, according to the predictions of the UN's top climate change ...

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COP15 Deal Deemed Satisfactory By UN
COP15 Deal Deemed Satisfactory By UN

Wednesday 23rd December 2009

Following the Copenhagen conference, delegates have finally agreed to ‘recognise’ the US-brokered deal, despite the fact that it does not secure unanimous support. The accord, which was arranged between the 5 key nations (US, EU, India, China and Brazil), is not legally-binding, but should be made so in 2010 according to ...

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USA Strives For Global Warming Solution With Energy Saving Initiatives
USA Strives For Global Warming Solution With Energy Saving Initiatives

Tuesday 22nd December 2009

US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa Jackson, claims that the US is committed to combating climate change by finding a global solution to the threat of climate change: "We have reached the first point in history where the impact of everyday human activities are affecting the health of our entire ...

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Energy Efficiency Needs To Be First  And Second Priority
Energy Efficiency Needs To Be First And Second Priority

Tuesday 22nd December 2009

The Carbon Trust report that firms' poor energy efficiency is putting Britain’s emission targets at risk; hence energy efficiency should be the first and second priority for organisations! The Trust’s new report concludes that increased investment in the energy efficiency of non-domestic properties is needed to reduce the carbon footprint of commercial ...

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Copenhagen Accord Considered A 'Step Forward'
Copenhagen Accord Considered A 'Step Forward'

Sunday 20th December 2009

Chinese Minister Yang Jiechi claims that a positive step forward has been achieved by the Copenhagen summit, in the recognition of different responsibility regarding climate change for both developing countries and richer nations. This shared responsibility implies that measures are going to be taken by all countries to reduce emissions by ...

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US Supports Poor Countries Energy Efficiency Funds
US Supports Poor Countries Energy Efficiency Funds

Thursday 17th December 2009

The Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, announced on Thursday that the USA is willing to extend its contribution toward a fund worth 100 billion dollars per year by 2020, to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The figure is similar to the long-term figures established by the European Union (EU). Such ...

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Energy Efficiency Programme Funds For Europe
Energy Efficiency Programme Funds For Europe

Wednesday 16th December 2009

An assistance scheme has been launched by The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), who have decided to join forces in order to allow local authorities in the region to invest in energy efficiency and renewables. This initiative has been christened the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA). ELENA aims to ...

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Energy Efficient Retrofits Crucial For Buildings
Energy Efficient Retrofits Crucial For Buildings

Wednesday 16th December 2009

Retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficient technology should be the focus of the Copenhagen climate summit in order to drastically reduce emissions and create new jobs, according to the authors of a new book on property retrofits around the world - "Retrofitting Office Buildings to be Green and Energy-Efficient". This new ...

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