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40,000 Inefficient Air-Con Units Confiscated
40,000 Inefficient Air-Con Units Confiscated

Thursday 16th January 2014

OFFICIALS of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) confiscated 40,000 air conditioners from shops and stores as they do not comply with the country’s energy efficiency standards. MCI inspectors did the rounds checking the air conditioning in markets and shops over the last few days and will continue ...

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Richest Nations Need to do More to Cut CO2 Emissions
Richest Nations Need to do More to Cut CO2 Emissions

Wednesday 15th January 2014

THE Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who represent the world’s richest nations, report that their members have limited environmental damage, but not enough. Carbon dioxide emissions need to drop over the next 10 years to reduce the threat of global temperatures reaching dangerous levels, but the OECD report, ‘Environment ...

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A Rise in U.S. CO2 Emissions
A Rise in U.S. CO2 Emissions

Tuesday 14th January 2014

U.S. energy related carbon dioxide emissions rose about 2% in 2013 after declining for several years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA, the analytical branch of the U.S. Department of Energy, reports that the increase is due primarily because of an increase in coal consumption in power ...

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Gulf State's Renewable Energy Future
Gulf State's Renewable Energy Future

Monday 13th January 2014

THE International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes that the success of Gulf states in achieving their renewable energy goals could create 116,000 jobs annually in the Middle East until 2030. IRENA pointed out that the Gulf countries have started executing renewable energy projects and setting long-term goals to encourage the ...

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Austrian Energy Efficient Building Initiative
Austrian Energy Efficient Building Initiative

Friday 10th January 2014

AUSTRIA has embarked upon an ambitious programme for improving the energy performance of buildings, which covers both rehabilitation and new construction projects. Comprehensive promotional programmes are being co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) under an EUR 150m framework loan. The contract for an initial EUR 50m tranche was signed today ...

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Climate Change Prime Suspect in 'Extreme Weather'
Climate Change Prime Suspect in 'Extreme Weather'

Thursday 9th January 2014

BRITAIN feeling the full force of extreme Atlantic blasts with winds, rain and floods plaguing the country led to British Prime Minister, David Cameron suspecting climate change is to blame. His words highlight the importance of sustainability and green actions, particularly with regard to energy conservation, saving and efficiency. Cameron said in ...

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Energy Efficient Pumps Will Save Energy and Money
Energy Efficient Pumps Will Save Energy and Money

Wednesday 8th January 2014

THE Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is providing the City of Florence with $5.8 million financing to support energy efficiency upgrades at one of their drinking water pumping stations. The funding will be in the form of low interest loans and grants, with $315,000, coming from a clean air ...

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Call For Improved Renewable Energy Targets for EU
Call For Improved Renewable Energy Targets for EU

Tuesday 7th January 2014

A CALL for a new renewable energy target from eight EU energy ministers has been made to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, and Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate. In a letter sent at the end of December the eight ministers tried to count a years resistance to an extension ...

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U.S. Climate Change Battle Plan
U.S. Climate Change Battle Plan

Monday 6th January 2014

THE U.S. Department of State last week submitted the “2014 U.S. Climate Action Report” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The report details actions the United States is taking domestically and internationally to mitigate, adapt to, and assist others in addressing climate change. The “2014 U.S. Climate Action ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Moldovan Businesses
Energy Efficiency Funding for Moldovan Businesses

Friday 3rd January 2014

IN response to high demand for energy efficiency loans in Moldova, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a further €7 million to one of the country’s banks for on-lending to private companies. BC Mobiasbanc─â - Groupe Société Générale SA will have the funds available to lend to ...

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New Hotel Sets Energy Standard
New Hotel Sets Energy Standard

Thursday 2nd January 2014

THE hospitality and hotel industry is often at the cutting edge of energy saving and efficiency, due to the high energy use in hotel environments. Setting an example is Barcelona’s SB Plaza Hotel Europa a four star hotel, which opened on October 31, 2013, and is rated with an 'A' energy ...

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Colombia's UNE Wins on Energy Efficiency & Renewables
Colombia's UNE Wins on Energy Efficiency & Renewables

Tuesday 31st December 2013

UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones in Colombia has saved 6.8 million kilowatts of electricity, cutting out about 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. The energy efficiency improvements have been attained through UNE’s Rational Use and Energy Efficient program, which started in 2009. During the past four years the Environmental Management team and Energy Efficiency Technical ...

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Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings
Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Monday 30th December 2013

BUILDINGS use more energy than any other sector and therefore a new publication from the International Energy Agency (IEA) aims to help improve the energy efficiency of the built environment. The “Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes” shows how improvements to the building envelope – the parts of a building that ...

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Energy Efficiency Finance Available for Turkish Businesses
Energy Efficiency Finance Available for Turkish Businesses

Friday 27th December 2013

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing support for Turkish businesses to become more energy efficient, through a new €50 million financing package to Turkiye IsBankas─▒ (IsBank). The loan will provide IsBank with long-term financing for sustainable energy investments under the EBRD’s Mid-Size Sustainable Energy Financing Facility. These ...

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New York's Green Bank to Boost Sustainability
New York's Green Bank to Boost Sustainability

Tuesday 24th December 2013

NEW YORK Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, announced $210 million initial funding for a NY Green Bank, to accelerate clean energy deployment, create jobs, and promote sustainability. The initial funding combines $165 million redirected from other programs and approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and $45 million from the Regional ...

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Balkans get Energy Efficiency and Renewable Boost
Balkans get Energy Efficiency and Renewable Boost

Monday 23rd December 2013

ELECTRICAL blackouts and insecure power supplies have plagued the Western Balkans but are likely to become a distant memory thanks to investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The EBRD is providing financing under the Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Direct Financing Facility (WeBSEDFF), targeted to help the region’s transition to renewable ...

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Hawaiian Airports to Improve Energy Efficiency
Hawaiian Airports to Improve Energy Efficiency

Friday 20th December 2013

STATE Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie unveiled an energy efficiency program for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Airports Division that will cut energy use by 49 percent. In financial terms this level of savings will return $518 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. The airports will be modernized with ...

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India's SCR Recognized for Energy Efficiency Efforts
India's SCR Recognized for Energy Efficiency Efforts

Thursday 19th December 2013

INDIA’S South Central Railway (SCR) has claimed two National Energy Conservation Awards for 2013, instituted by the Union Ministry of Power. The first award was in the General Category sector for the efforts in energy efficiency at the Guntakal Pumping Station. The pumping station reduced energy consumption by 17.2 percent compared to last ...

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ACEEE Call for Increased Energy Efficiency
ACEEE Call for Increased Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 18th December 2013

ENERGY efficiency increases needs to be a key strategy in achieving carbon emission reduction goals, according to comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The joint comments came via the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in response to the agency's forthcoming ...

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Dnipropetrovsk's Public Buildings Get Energy Efficiency Funding
Dnipropetrovsk's Public Buildings Get Energy Efficiency Funding

Tuesday 17th December 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of up to €10 million for energy efficiency improvements to public buildings in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk. There is also an option to increase the loan to €20 million in the future to further energy efficiency in one ...

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Japan, China and South Korea Combine for Green Battle
Japan, China and South Korea Combine for Green Battle

Monday 16th December 2013

YESTERDAY three East Asian countries signed an agreement to battle air pollution that blights many nations in the region - part of the strategy involved energy efficiency. China, Japan and South Korea agreed to increase sustainable development, sharing the benefits. South Korea and Japan have experience in energy saving that ...

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Improved Energy Efficient Buildings Cut Costs
Improved Energy Efficient Buildings Cut Costs

Friday 13th December 2013

THE least energy efficient US buildings use five times more electricity, four times more oil and eight times more gas than the energy efficient buildings over winter months. A new survey by WegoWise of 17,000 buildings, reveals the difference, and hence the benefits of improving energy efficiency. Of course the greater ...

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Energy Efficiency Can Replace Warheads
Energy Efficiency Can Replace Warheads

Thursday 12th December 2013

YESTERDAY the U.S. and Russia completed the Megatons to Megawatts Program, with the off-loading of the final shipment of low enriched uranium at the Port of Baltimore from Russia. The program started in 1993, and this shipment was the last of what has been more than 500 metric tons of ...

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Energy Efficiency Instead of Coal for EBRD
Energy Efficiency Instead of Coal for EBRD

Wednesday 11th December 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has adopted a new strategy that will guide its investments in the energy and natural resources sector for the next five years. EBRD are already the largest investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in its region of operations, but the new ...

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Containing Energy
Containing Energy

Tuesday 10th December 2013

Hitachi are moving forward with the development of a ‘BIG’ lithium-ion battery that would provide ideal energy storage from renewable sources. At the start of next year Hitachi will begin a test of this energy storage system in North America. Aiming to develop the results of this testing into a commercial ...

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