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Smart Meters Essential For UK CO2 Cuts
Smart Meters Essential For UK CO2 Cuts

Monday 14th December 2009

A National Grid executive has declared that England definitely needs smart meters. Making consumers aware of how much they are using and what it's costing them will encourage a reduction in energy consumption and help the UK reach its ambitious carbon emission reduction target by 2050 in a cost-effective way. The ...

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Carbon Reduction Urged By US President
Carbon Reduction Urged By US President

Friday 11th December 2009

At the Copenhagen conference yesterday, US President Barack Obama pressed world leaders to break barriers regarding climate change, despite the US having been accused by many nations of lacking ambition.   President Obama outlined the threats the world is facing, as he warned of dramatic consequences if nothing is done to inhibit ...

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Japan And Indonesia Determined To Curb Climate Change
Japan And Indonesia Determined To Curb Climate Change

Thursday 10th December 2009

Japanese and Indonesian leaders are urging UN climate conference negotiators, currently in Copenhagen, to agree on a deal setting up targets to reduce carbon emissions. Indonesia is one of the developing countries that could experience the most damaging consequences of rising temperatures. Japan is offering Indonesia a helping hand by proposing ...

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Proposal For Worldwide Emission Reduction Targets
Proposal For Worldwide Emission Reduction Targets

Wednesday 9th December 2009

Where the Kyoto Protocol obliged only richer nations to cut down on CO2 emissions, the US, Australia, France and Denmark have issued a new climate regime proposal that would cancel the element of differentiation and be addressed to all nations. This proposal suggests that every country will need to submit their ...

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EPA Ruling Opens Doors To US Greenhouse Gas Control
EPA Ruling Opens Doors To US Greenhouse Gas Control

Tuesday 8th December 2009

A ruling was issued yesterday by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stating that greenhouse gases are a recognised threat to public health, thereby providing the Obama administration with the power to regulate the emissions that fuel global warming. According to specialists, this ruling means that the US can now control greenhouse ...

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The CBI Call For Carbon Permits And Energy Efficiency
The CBI Call For Carbon Permits And Energy Efficiency

Monday 7th December 2009

Today marks the opening of the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) called on other countries to adhere to carbon emissions reduction target schemes, in order to help fight global warming. The CBI believe that emission cutting measures along with protocols allowing businesses to purchase ...

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London Takes The Lead In Energy Saving Measures
London Takes The Lead In Energy Saving Measures

Friday 4th December 2009

Public buildings will be receiving help to reduce their energy consumption and costs through a major expansion of a UK climate change program, according to London's Mayor, Boris Johnson. The Mayor made his announcement following his recent visit to a London fire station in Ilford, which was one of 42 buildings ...

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Canada Sets Green Example
Canada Sets Green Example

Thursday 3rd December 2009

Ontario's 2nd annual report on climate change, released on Wednesday, has led environmentalists to the conclusion that the province is making a lot of progress toward reducing carbon emissions. Steps forward toward achieving carbon reduction targets include the implementation of energy efficient systems, enabling energy savings and cost reductions. According to the ...

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UK Government Supports Smart Meters
UK Government Supports Smart Meters

Wednesday 2nd December 2009

The UK government is injecting 6 million pounds to develop smart technology, to make the country's homes and businesses energy efficient. 2020 is the targeted deadline by which all homes should be equipped with smart meters to make electricity use more efficient and cut carbon emissions. This initiative is very encouraging in ...

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US Propose Carbon Reduction Targets
US Propose Carbon Reduction Targets

Tuesday 1st December 2009

As promised a few days ago, US President Barack Obama has revealed the country's carbon reduction target, and announced he would be joining the other 75 world leaders already scheduled to attend the UN climate summit in Copenhagen this month. The United States aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 17% below 2005 ...

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Proposals For Climate Summit Promote Energy Saving
Proposals For Climate Summit Promote Energy Saving

Monday 30th November 2009

Denmark - host country for the Copenhagen climate summit from December 7th to 18th - has recently released a draft proposal ahead of the conference, stating that the world should aim for a 50% carbon emissions reduction by 2050 from 1990 levels. This achievement is accessible through the implementation of energy ...

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Energy Efficiency In Buildings The Key To Climate Change Combat
Energy Efficiency In Buildings The Key To Climate Change Combat

Monday 30th November 2009

The world's buildings account for about 30% of the global energy consumption. The remaining 70% is due to transportation (about 30%) and factories/mines (about 40%). Environmental concerns have lead governments to implement regulatory measures to make cars and factories more energy efficient, but little has yet been done for buildings. Considering the amazing ...

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Different Energy Saving Measures For Different Organisations
Different Energy Saving Measures For Different Organisations

Sunday 29th November 2009

The Carbon Trust has reaffirmed that energy saving strategies should vary from one business to another in order to be more effective. Certain energy saving methods could deliver great results in some industries but not achieve as well in others, says Henrietta Stock, The Carbon Trust's technology acceleration manager. For example, some ...

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Russia Implements Energy Efficiency Legislation
Russia Implements Energy Efficiency Legislation

Friday 27th November 2009

A law on energy saving and efficiency has just been signed by Russian President, Dimtry Medvedev. Energy saving and efficiency issues will be regulated by the legislation, which will namely be imposing new restraints on the use of incandescent light bulbs. The law makes compulsory that electrical products be marked according to their energy efficiency, ...

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Greenwashing in the Workplace
Greenwashing in the Workplace

Thursday 26th November 2009

Recent research, conducted by the Lumison (a UK business ISP), has shown that less than 30 % of UK companies use energy efficient products, or carry out a carbon audit, which evaluates ways in which the company could reduce carbon emissions. The study shows that while 70% of UK employees are said to ...

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Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts
Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts

Thursday 26th November 2009

Global concerns about climate change have surpassed those relative to the credit crunch, which has persisted in some parts of the world since last year. Diligent efforts are being made world wide to incite businesses around the globe to integrate environmental factors in their activity by becoming energy efficient. These measures show that primary concerns have ...

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Climate Change Creating UK Floods
Climate Change Creating UK Floods

Thursday 26th November 2009

Climate change manifests itself in many ways, one of which is the recent flooding of Cumbria, which was described as a 'once in a millenium' event. An increasing number of natural disasters is going to occur and events such as the Cumbrian floods have already started to multiply worldwide. Climatic disturbances are ...

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EU Reaches Agreement On Energy Savings In Buildings
EU Reaches Agreement On Energy Savings In Buildings

Thursday 26th November 2009

The long awaited consensus regarding new builds has finally been adopted by the EU this week, confirming that new buildings would have to comply with energy efficient standards and draw a substantial part of their energy needs from renewable sources after the end of 2020. The public sector is first targeted ...

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Energy Efficiency Cheaper and Faster than Nuclear Power
Energy Efficiency Cheaper and Faster than Nuclear Power

Thursday 26th November 2009

A new report, conducted by the Environment California Research & Policy Center, has shown that creating a nuclear power industry from scratch is slower and more expensive than relying on energy efficient solutions to fight climate change. The US currently have no nuclear reactors in construction, and the country's power companies have not ordered a ...

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Energy Efficiency For Businesses A Priority
Energy Efficiency For Businesses A Priority

Thursday 26th November 2009

Businesses should implement energy efficient measures in the work place to cut down on their carbon emissions, says the presenter of "Dumped" on Channel 4, Rob Holdway. It would appear that although most employees use energy efficient solutions in their homes, they lose their momentum when they go to work and forget about environmental issues. At ...

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Sir John Parker Endorses Energy Efficiency For Businesses
Sir John Parker Endorses Energy Efficiency For Businesses

Thursday 26th November 2009

UK's influential newspaper, the Daily Telegraph interviewed the Chairman of the National Grid last week, Sir John Parker, concerning his views on energy efficiency. Sir John has successfully been implementing sustainability and energy saving policies for years, as he worked in collaboration with numerous major industrial and commercial organisations. It is Sir John's firm belief that ...

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UK's Next Step Towards Low-Carbon Economy
UK's Next Step Towards Low-Carbon Economy

Wednesday 25th November 2009

The UK's next plan of action towards a low-carbon economy was described in a speech given by the Queen a few days ago. Similarly to most countries in the world at present, the UK strives to participate actively in the conservation of the world's resources, aware that reducing energy consumption also ...

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Energy Efficiency - The World Under A New Light
Energy Efficiency - The World Under A New Light

Wednesday 25th November 2009

100W and frosted incandescent light bulbs have just been banned in the EU, after an odd 200 years of service. The attempt to curb climate change is the source of this EU initiative. Energy efficient fluorescent or halogen lighting is up to 80% more efficient than its incandescent counterpart, which should ...

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The Era of Energy Efficiency
The Era of Energy Efficiency

Friday 20th November 2009

The era of clean and cheaper energy sources has come at last! As one of the last power plants, the Big Stone II, admits defeat in the US, new opportunities arise for a change to more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective power in the Upper Midwest, and worldwide. The running cost of the Big Stone II ...

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Global Warming - On Our Way To +6C

Friday 20th November 2009

Irreversible climate changes could be taking place in the near future if carbon emissions are not dramatically reduced, according to several researchers. Scientists estimate a 6C increase of average global temperatures, and claim that civilisation is now on its way to reaching this alarming prediction, by the end of this century or the middle of ...

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