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Carbon Trust: UK has led development of energy saving solutions
Carbon Trust: UK has led development of energy saving solutions

Saturday 12th September 2009

The UK has led the world in the development of many energy saving solutions, according to the Carbon Trust. Dave Raval, head of the organisation's incubation scheme, made his comments as it was announced that the initiative is set to expand in response to a developing need for business support to ...

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UK businesses 'unaware of energy-saving opportunities'
UK businesses 'unaware of energy-saving opportunities'

Friday 11th September 2009

A new survey of industry figures in the UK has indicated that many of the nation's businesses could be missing the chance to save money by going green. According to findings released by the Carbon Trust, 46 per cent of British firms are unaware that they can reduce energy costs by ...

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UK firms urged to save energy for 'greenest office' competition
UK firms urged to save energy for 'greenest office' competition

Friday 11th September 2009

Cartridge World has announced a competition to identify the most environmentally-friendly office space in the UK. The global supplier of printer ink cartridges partnered with CO2balance to launch the contest, which can be entered by any British business demonstrating a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through energy-saving initiatives or other ...

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IFC to finance energy-saving initiatives in Asia
IFC to finance energy-saving initiatives in Asia

Thursday 10th September 2009

International Finance Corporation (IFC) will fund the introduction of energy-saving initiatives by Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance under the terms of a new agreement. As the investment arm of the World Bank, IFC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese firm to provide financing for energy efficiency and renewable ...

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UK and China make energy-saving business deals
UK and China make energy-saving business deals

Thursday 10th September 2009

British enterprises will be able to access new business opportunities through a series of new low-carbon investments in China. This is according to British business secretary Lord Mandelson, who was in China this week to speak at a business forum on low-carbon solutions and energy-saving in Beijing. Lord Mandelson said that contracts ...

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UK TV star promotes energy-saving for businesses
UK TV star promotes energy-saving for businesses

Wednesday 9th September 2009

High-profile entrepreneur Theo Paphitis is backing a campaign to help British businesses replace inefficient equipment with funding for new energy-saving products. Paphitis is well-known in the UK as one of the stars of Dragons' Den, a popular television show in which members of the public pitch new business ideas to a ...

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Energy-saving smart meters 'creating business opportunities'
Energy-saving smart meters 'creating business opportunities'

Wednesday 9th September 2009

Several new business sectors are likely to develop in response to the introduction of smart meter technology, it has been claimed. Writing in the Brisbane Times, Leon Gettler states that the use of smart meters to monitor energy consumption in homes and businesses will create the need for new support industries ...

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Energy-saving measures help Pakistani textile lower production costs
Energy-saving measures help Pakistani textile lower production costs

Saturday 5th September 2009

Pakistani textile companies have cut their electricity consumption and lowered production costs as a result of energy-saving measures. Some 42 spinning mills are saving up to ten per cent of their electricity thanks to the initiatives, which have resulted in production costs falling by three per cent, according to The News. The ...

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Top 100 companies urged to step up conservation efforts
Top 100 companies urged to step up conservation efforts

Friday 4th September 2009

The world's largest companies are not doing enough to reduce their carbon emissions, according to a report published by the not-for-profit organisation Carbon Disclosure Project. Most of these major companies have put in place carbon reduction and energy conservation measures, but their schemes do not go far enough and still fall ...

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Energy-saving measures considered by Easton Area School District
Energy-saving measures considered by Easton Area School District

Thursday 3rd September 2009

Officials at a Pennsylvania school district are mapping out how to adopt long-term energy-saving measures that will help them reduce their electricity consumption, wastage and expenditure. Installing energy efficient lighting systems and using renewable energy are among the options under consideration by Easton Area School District officials, according to lehighvalleylive.com. The website ...

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Carrefour China to invest in energy-saving upgrades
Carrefour China to invest in energy-saving upgrades

Thursday 3rd September 2009

A French-based company with retail interests in China is to invest in energy-saving renovations and products across its stores in the country in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint. China Retail News reports that Carrefour China is planning to invest between CNY50 million (£4.5 million) and CNY60 million in energy ...

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Ohio school district's energy-saving scheme reaps rewards
Ohio school district's energy-saving scheme reaps rewards

Wednesday 2nd September 2009

An energy conservation initiative in a school district in the US state of Ohio has saved thousands of dollars in its first year. Just a year after the introduction of Granville School District's $2 (£1.2 million) million energy-reduction scheme, an estimated $107,000 has already been saved, according to the Granville Sentinel. A ...

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Iconic New York building being made energy efficient
Iconic New York building being made energy efficient

Tuesday 1st September 2009

One of the most iconic buildings in the US is undergoing an energy saving revamp aimed at cutting its electricity use and carbon footprint. The Empire State Building in New York is going green with a $500 million (£303 million) retrofit that is designed to help it cut its energy consumption ...

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Mandatory EU energy-saving initiative comes into force in September
Mandatory EU energy-saving initiative comes into force in September

Tuesday 1st September 2009

Businesses and domestic consumers throughout Europe will be required to start phasing out energy inefficient lights from the beginning of September. A mandatory EU phase out of 100W and frosted incandescent lightbulbs comes into effect from September 1st and, in addition to cutting carbon emissions, the development could result in energy-saving ...

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Electricity conservation can help Austin become greener
Electricity conservation can help Austin become greener

Saturday 29th August 2009

Efficient electricity usage has been suggested as the ideal way of helping a company that powers the capital city of the US state of Texas to reduce its own carbon emissions. Austin Energy wants the city of Austin to be greener and is considering numerous proposals that can help it achieve ...

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Montana schools implementing energy-saving projects
Montana schools implementing energy-saving projects

Friday 28th August 2009

Schools in the US state of Montana are investing in energy-saving products and conservation initiatives aimed at reducing their power usage and carbon footprint. The schools are adopting the green measures thanks to more than $4.8 million in funding made available as part of the Montana Reinvestment Act, according to Billings ...

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Wisconsin company invests in energy-saving products
Wisconsin company invests in energy-saving products

Wednesday 26th August 2009

A small business in the US state of Wisconsin has invested in several energy-saving measures that are projected to save it thousands of dollars in electricity bills, according to Biztimes.com. Columbia Grinding hopes to save $33,000 (£20,000) per year as a result of the investments, which include an air filtration system ...

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China's economic agency working on energy conservation guidelines
China's economic agency working on energy conservation guidelines

Wednesday 26th August 2009

Plans to govern how the energy-saving sector is operating and developing are being worked on by China's economic planning agency. The National Development and Reform Commission has announced that it is formulating a development plan for the fast growing industry and environmental protection. According to a statement posted on the economic agency's ...

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Pittsburgh International Airport gets grant for energy-saving project
Pittsburgh International Airport gets grant for energy-saving project

Wednesday 26th August 2009

A grant worth thousands of dollars has been granted to Pittsburgh International Airport for the installation of energy-saving lights designed to lower the facility's carbon footprint. The Allegheny County Airport Authority has taken delivery of $800,000 (£486,000) from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority for investment in LED lights at the facility. Some ...

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US green product manufacturers get funding from government
US green product manufacturers get funding from government

Tuesday 25th August 2009

Manufacturers of energy-saving products in the US have received backing from the government, which has announced a multi-billion dollar tax break initiative. The Department of Energy and the Treasury have set aside $2.3 billion (£1.4 billion) of tax credits to be awarded to manufacturers of clean-energy products that can help reduce ...

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US DoE supporting research to diversify LED lighting use
US DoE supporting research to diversify LED lighting use

Tuesday 25th August 2009

LED light bulbs could become a common feature in businesses in the US as a result of an initiative being supported by the US Department of Energy (DoE). The organisation is supporting a study aimed at making the energy-saving lights more available by reducing their costs, according to the Miami Herald. At ...

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Baltimore puts in place energy efficiency programme
Baltimore puts in place energy efficiency programme

Saturday 22nd August 2009

Consumers in the US city of Baltimore in Maryland are to be targeted in an energy-saving campaign aimed at encouraging power conservation and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot programme, dubbed the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, is aimed at encouraging consumers to reduce the amount of electricity they use, according to ...

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Four US states receive funding for energy-saving programmes
Four US states receive funding for energy-saving programmes

Saturday 22nd August 2009

Green business opportunities in the US states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut and Hawaii have been given a boost thanks to a multi-million dollar investment from the Department of Energy (DoE). More than $66 million (£40 million) in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be advanced to the states ...

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Think tank highlights economic benefits of green proposals
Think tank highlights economic benefits of green proposals

Friday 21st August 2009

Center for American Progress chief executive John Podesta has spoken to US television network CNBC about the economic benefits of enacting a recent proposal put forward by the think tank. Green business opportunities with the potential to create and support 625,000 permanent jobs by 2020 can be created if the proposals ...

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Arizona State University installs LEDs in energy-efficiency project
Arizona State University installs LEDs in energy-efficiency project

Friday 21st August 2009

Arizona State University (ASU) has stepped up its efforts to become more energy-efficient, reduce its carbon footprint and save money by investing in new light emitting-diode (LED) fixtures. Six parking structures at the higher learning institution's Tempe campus have been retrofitted with the LED fixtures, which the university hopes will save ...

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