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Older Buildings can be More Energy Efficient than New
Older Buildings can be More Energy Efficient than New

Friday 28th December 2012

DECEMBER’S issue of The Green Economy themed ‘Cities and Buildings’ studies how retrofits, and certifications impact buildings’ energy efficiency and can transform the cities where they are based. Maryruth Priebe, Senior Editor for the magazine said, “New, certified green buildings may offer sex appeal and flashy style, but older buildings offer ...

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Kentucky get Energy Efficiency Funding from Settlement
Kentucky get Energy Efficiency Funding from Settlement

Thursday 27th December 2012

THE Governor of the U.S. State of Kentucky announced yesterday that 13 organizations will receive energy efficiency project funding, including educations and agricultural projects amongst others. The grant funding is available under the 2011 settlement agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), after findings ...

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EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding Boost for Turkey's Businesses
EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding Boost for Turkey's Businesses

Monday 24th December 2012

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is further aiding Turkey to improve its energy efficiency and create a low carbon economy through a finance package worth €50 million. The EBRD is providing the funding through the Finansbank for on-lending to private companies investing in industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy, ...

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Craft Brewery Benefits from Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Craft Brewery Benefits from Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Friday 21st December 2012

THE Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, U.S.have received the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund’s Energy Efficiency Leadership Award for their efforts in improving energy efficiency and environmental awareness. Two Roads, a craft brewery, benefited from the Energy Efficiency Fund’s program, Energy Conscious Blueprint. Via this program Two Roads upgraded their energy ...

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New U.S. Act to Push Energy Efficiency in Federal Facilities
New U.S. Act to Push Energy Efficiency in Federal Facilities

Thursday 20th December 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama this week signed a handful of energy efficiency provisions into law. The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act is the legislative mechanism to drive energy efficiency actions within governmental agencies. The Act will promote energy efficiency across federal facilities, including installing advanced energy monitoring. The act will also ...

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Indian Government's Most Energy Efficient Building
Indian Government's Most Energy Efficient Building

Wednesday 19th December 2012

THE Government of India’s most energy efficient building for 2012 is the Ambala divisional railway building in the northern state of Haryana. The Indian Union Ministry of Power honored the Senior Electrical Engineer R K Gupta for his efforts and success in greatly improving the energy efficiency in the building.

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Energy Efficiency Funding for New Mexico
Energy Efficiency Funding for New Mexico

Tuesday 18th December 2012

THE New Mexico Bank & Trust and the BluePath Finance LLC have teamed up offering finance for energy efficiency technology upgrades for businesses, non-profits and the public sector. BluePath specialize in providing funding for the installation of energy efficiency technology, with a lot of the saving made through the technology covering ...

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London's Buildings Continue Energy Efficiency Upgrade
London's Buildings Continue Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Monday 17th December 2012

THE Mayor of London’s RE:FIT program is set to enter its second phase - with millions of pounds due to be spent upgrading around 400 public buildings in the UK’s capital. Law courts, libraries and schools will be amongst the facilities that will be retrofitted with energy efficiency technology, saving costs ...

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Businesses 'Sleep' While Resources Dwindle
Businesses 'Sleep' While Resources Dwindle

Friday 14th December 2012

MANY Companies remain unprepared for the effects of dwindling natural resources, according to new research from the Carbon Trust.  The study, amongst 475 senior executives in Brazil, China, Korea, UK and USA, shows that many are not prepared to look at the issue of resource shortages now and believe they will ...

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Guam's Red Cross Office Saves Through Energy Efficiency
Guam's Red Cross Office Saves Through Energy Efficiency

Thursday 13th December 2012

THE Pacific Island of Guam’s Energy Office yesterday inspected the energy efficiency measures taken by the American Red Cross in their offices in the island capital Haganta. The walk-through looked at the installed energy efficiency technologies, which have already seen the building enjoying energy and the resultant cost savings over the ...

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Big Business Set the Lead in Clean Energy
Big Business Set the Lead in Clean Energy

Wednesday 12th December 2012

CLIMATE change and energy efficiency maybe on the minds of world leaders at COP18 and in national parliaments but a new report shows it is business that is taking action. The new report from Calvert Investments, Ceres and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) titled: “Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies ...

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RBS Set Up £200M Energy Efficiency Fund
RBS Set Up £200M Energy Efficiency Fund

Tuesday 11th December 2012

THE UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has launched a Carbon Reduction Fund so businesses can access low cost loans to improve energy efficiency. The £200 million ( $320 million) fund can offer lower cost finance as it is backed by the UK government’s Funding and Lending scheme’s low lending rates. ...

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Andhra Pradesh to Set Mandatory Energy Efficiency Code
Andhra Pradesh to Set Mandatory Energy Efficiency Code

Monday 10th December 2012

TO produce substantial energy savings India’s Andhra Pradesh state government’s Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for commercial buildings will become mandatory after January 2013. The code means that if a planned commercial building has a capacity of 100 kilowatts, energy saving strategies, measures and technology needs to be implemented, along ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital for Our Future - Fatih Birol
Energy Efficiency Vital for Our Future - Fatih Birol

Friday 7th December 2012

IN an interview this week with EurActiv the International Energy Agency’s Chief Economist, Fatih Birol. explained how energy efficiency is vital for a reduction in global CO2 emissions. He actually referred to energy savings as one of the “few valuable options” left for mankind, particularly without any global climate agreement before 2020 ...

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U.S. Bipartisan Effort to Improve Federal Building Energy Efficiency
U.S. Bipartisan Effort to Improve Federal Building Energy Efficiency

Thursday 6th December 2012

THE U.S. is slowly accepting man made global warming, as is exemplified by efforts of a Republican and a Democrat in working together on improving energy efficiency in federal buildings. Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Peter Welch are forming a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. Congress in an effort to ensure ...

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UK Climate Change Funding for Developing Nations
UK Climate Change Funding for Developing Nations

Wednesday 5th December 2012

THE UK is to provide £150 million in sustainable financing to developing countries to enable them to better combat climate change. The announcement was made yesterday by UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey when he arrived in Doha for the final week of the UN climate ...

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LED Lighting a Major Factor in Combatting Climate Change
LED Lighting a Major Factor in Combatting Climate Change

Tuesday 4th December 2012

ELECTRONICS giant Philips hailed the governments and businesses at COP18, the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, to adopt energy efficient lighting to lower costs, improve competitiveness and reduce emissions. Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting commented: “LED lighting is a technology innovation that enhances efficiency and brings substantial savings. These ...

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Four Degrees Rise Means Disaster
Four Degrees Rise Means Disaster

Monday 3rd December 2012

A CATACLYSMIC future has been predicted by the World Bank - not due to financial upheaval but due to climate change, which would also bring financial disaster. In their report ‘Turn Down the Heat’ the World Bank claims that by the end of the century the world would have warmed by ...

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Michigan Push Energy Efficiency
Michigan Push Energy Efficiency

Friday 30th November 2012

STATE Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder in an address this week put energy efficiency at the center of the U.S. state’s energy policy. Snyder called for longer term, adjustable strategies to secure the State’s future energy needs and protect its natural environment. He stated in his address that energy efficiency is ...

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UK Proposal to Cut Energy Use
UK Proposal to Cut Energy Use

Thursday 29th November 2012

Proposals to dramatically reduce electricity demand across the whole UK economy will be published by the Government today. Cutting the amount of electricity used in Britain’s homes, businesses and industry can be much cheaper than paying firms to supply it; saving money through lower bills and reducing the need for new ...

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Australian Sawmill Investing in Energy Efficiency
Australian Sawmill Investing in Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 28th November 2012

AN Australian sawmill is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by almost 36 percent through investing millions in energy efficiency equipment and technology. The Bombala Times of New South Wales reports on local business Dongwha Timbers sawmill, which is benefitting from an AUS$8.2 million grant from the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Investment Program. The ...

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EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding in Belarus Businesses
EBRD Energy Efficiency Funding in Belarus Businesses

Tuesday 27th November 2012

THE European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are providing an initial $4 million of energy efficiency funding for Belarus’ industry and small to medium businesses. Industry and commerce in Belarus is energy intensive and the finance aims to help the country reduce energy consumption, and cutting carbon emissions. The initial loan ...

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COP-18 Opens In Doha
COP-18 Opens In Doha

Monday 26th November 2012

THE 18th UNFCCC conference, COP18, started in Doha today, but will it take the world further forward in battling climate change and improving energy use? The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will see 194 countries represented by 17,000 people discussing climate change and trying to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Many ...

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Carbon Pricing Producing Positive Effects
Carbon Pricing Producing Positive Effects

Friday 23rd November 2012

AUSTRALIA’S and New Zealand’s largest public listed companies are happier with carbon pricing and are taking more action on energy efficiency than they were in 2011. The Carbon Disclosure Project Australia and New Zealand Climate Change Report 2012, which was written by Deloitte Australia, revealed a 12 percent increase amongst the ...

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Economic Sense of Incentives for Energy Efficiency
Economic Sense of Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 22nd November 2012

A NEW report from BlueGreen Canada entitled ‘More Bang for our Buck’ explains how the country can create more jobs while cutting harmful emissions. The report claims that Canada’s increasing reliance on oil sands, including the tax incentives given to the gas and oil sectors, is not the best long term ...

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