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EU Targets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction
EU Targets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction

Friday 22nd January 2010

A recent draft European Union letter has shown that the EU intends to stick to the offer made during the UN talks last month to cut CO2 emissions to one fifth below 1990 levels over the next 10 years. The letter, intended for top UN Climate Official Yvo de Boer, states: ...

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French Carbon Tax Law To Be In Place By July 2010
French Carbon Tax Law To Be In Place By July 2010

Thursday 21st January 2010

The French high court recently rejected President Sarkozy's law on carbon tax, a few days before it was meant to come into force, claiming it contained too many exemptions which unjustly placed the burden on a minority of consumers. This came as an embarrassment for the French leader, who had fiercely ...

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US Senate More Likely To Pass Energy Bill Than Climate Change Legislation
US Senate More Likely To Pass Energy Bill Than Climate Change Legislation

Wednesday 20th January 2010

The US Senate is more likely to focus on a bi-partisan energy bill than to pass climate change legislation this year, after having gone through the contentious health care debate, according to a Democratic senator earlier this week. As part of an energy bill, energy efficiency technology could be placed as ...

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New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans
New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans

Wednesday 20th January 2010

Plans for a smart grid demonstration in the Syracuse area of upstate New York have been unveiled by the National Grid, and is aimed at informing future development of a smart grid on a wider scale. 39,400 homes and businesses will receive smart meters to provide precise information about energy usage, ...

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Canada Invests $146 Million In Clean Energy
Canada Invests $146 Million In Clean Energy

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Over the next 5 years, the Canadian government plans to inject up to $146 million in 19 clean energy projects, including energy use in buildings, community heat generation, renewables and energy storage. The projects are being supported by the $1 billion Clean Energy Fund, which is part of the Government of ...

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E.ON And MASDAR Set Example To Reduce Carbon Footprint
E.ON And MASDAR Set Example To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Tuesday 19th January 2010

The German outfit E.ON and the United Arab Emirates' Masdar have joined forces to develop projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company's new name is E.ON Masdar Integrated Carbon (EMIC) and its goal is to develop and fund emission reducing projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, focusing ...

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Russia's PM Urges Experts To Solve Energy Failures
Russia's PM Urges Experts To Solve Energy Failures

Monday 18th January 2010

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Prime Minister, has urged power engineering specialists to solve energy failures without delay. Mr. Putin expressed his concerns during a meeting with the Regional Development Minister, Viktor Basargin, a few days ago. Mr. Putin explained that Russia had entered the peak heating season as usual , and that ...

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EU Want To Make
EU Want To Make "Rapid" Moves Towards CO2 Cuts

Monday 18th January 2010

Europe's leading environment ministers are on the verge of making 'rapid and efficient' moves towards reducing CO2 emissions. At a recent  meeting held in Spain, as the Spanish president is the EU's current president, discussions took place regarding climate change and how to reach targets, following the disappointing outcome of the ...

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Malaysia Switches To Energy Efficiency
Malaysia Switches To Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th January 2010

Malaysia is soon going to experience a considerable rise in energy prices, and industry and businesses are searching for energy saving solutions in order to counter the possibility of  sharpley rising overheads. Although Malaysia’s energy prices are currently among the lowest in the region (after Vietnam and Indonesia), a price review ...

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EU Agree To Aim For 30% CO2 Cut By End Of 2010
EU Agree To Aim For 30% CO2 Cut By End Of 2010

Friday 15th January 2010

A climate change policy officer, at the European Commission, last week announced that the European Union will hopefully be able to succeed in its commitment to reach a 30% reduction of carbon emissions (presently sitting at 20%) by the next U.N. climate conference in Mexico at the end of the ...

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India's Energy Credit Trading Plan To Curb Climate Change
India's Energy Credit Trading Plan To Curb Climate Change

Thursday 14th January 2010

Seeking to curb greenhouse gas emissions, India - the world’s 4th-largest polluter - plans to start a market to trade energy saving credits that may reach 740 billion rupees ($16 billion) in 5 years. The Director General of The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ajay Mathur, explains: "Businesses that exceed energy efficiency ...

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Brecon Beacons Win Energy Saving Grant
Brecon Beacons Win Energy Saving Grant

Thursday 14th January 2010

A £1m prize has been won by a community group in the Brecon Beacons for measures to tackle climate change. The Green Valleys Project, 'Technology and the Arts Big Challenge', based in the Brecon Beacons, has cut CO2 emissions in the National Park by up to 33% in 2009 and has ...

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UK Carbon Reduction Meaningless
UK Carbon Reduction Meaningless

Wednesday 13th January 2010

The UK's efforts to tackle climate change could be 'rendered meaningless', if world leaders fail to reverse the growth in global emissions by 2020, MPs on the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee warn. Nevertheless, the Committee's new report on Carbon budgets calls on the Government to redouble its efforts to cut emissions ...

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Energy Efficiency Aim Due To Price Hikes
Energy Efficiency Aim Due To Price Hikes

Tuesday 12th January 2010

Many countries face serious energy price increases over the next few years, but this threat is helping to focus business leaders minds on becoming more energy efficient to protect their profitability. Reportedly one of the latest nations to worry over increasing energy prices is Malaysia, this has led commerce and industry there ...

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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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