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Thailand's Energy Transition Challenge
Thailand's Energy Transition Challenge

Thursday 17th May 2012

WORLD Economic Forums's Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy Industries, and Busba Wongnapapisan, Head of Renewable Energy Industries have written about the challenge facing Thailand's energy future. Their article in The Nation states that for the past decade, Thailand has experienced significant economic growth, moving into the World Bank's upper middle income bracket. ...

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Malaysia to Inculcate Energy Saving Awareness
Malaysia to Inculcate Energy Saving Awareness

Wednesday 16th May 2012

MALAYSIA needs to focus on energy efficiency for the future of the planet and to improve the competitiveness of their companies Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, Malaysia’s Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, wishes his fellow countrymen to adopt a culture of energy-efficiency. Chin said at the opening SIRIM QAS ...

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EU Energy Companies Want Energy Efficiency Directive Adopted
EU Energy Companies Want Energy Efficiency Directive Adopted

Tuesday 15th May 2012

EurActiv report that European energy companies want the negotiations on the blocs Energy Efficiency Directive, their main tool to achieve 20 percent energy cuts by 2020, to be finalised over the coming weeks. Nicola Rega of Eurelectric, the Electricity Industry Association in Europe, told EurActiv: “Industry wants the directive sooner than ...

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Dubai Chamber Sets Green Example for UAE Businesses
Dubai Chamber Sets Green Example for UAE Businesses

Monday 14th May 2012

UNITED Arab Emirates' businesses are urged by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry to improve their environmental performance as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). These improvements will not only save businesses money but also contributes to the vision of the UAE's leaders, providing significant social and environmental benefits, ...

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University Granted Over £1 Million for Energy Visualisation Project
University Granted Over £1 Million for Energy Visualisation Project

Friday 11th May 2012

PLYMOUTH University in the UK has been awarded more than one million pounds to lead an innovative project which will help people to understand how they use energy in their homes and buildings. It is hoped that eViz – Energy visualisation for carbon reduction – will help people with property, from ...

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Ethiopia and Nigeria get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding
Ethiopia and Nigeria get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 10th May 2012

ETHIOPIA and Nigeria have been given a financial boost to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy across the two countries from African Development Bank (AfDB). Ethiopia’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and diversify its hydro-dependent energy mix through renewable energy got a $50 million boost from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Directive Near Completion
EU Energy Efficiency Directive Near Completion

Wednesday 9th May 2012

THE proposed EU Energy Efficiency Directive looks as if it will become a reality according to European Commission official Krzysztof Gierulski, who helped to draft the bill. EurActiv reports Gierulski stating: "There is a political agreement to get a deal by the end of June, we have quite a lot of ...

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Energy and Green Building Week Starts
Energy and Green Building Week Starts

Tuesday 8th May 2012

ENERGY & Green Building Week of the 2012 Building Safety Month campaign kicked off yesterday with a focus on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first model green code for constructing and remodeling buildings. The IgCC will make buildings more efficient and reduce waste. It is expected to have a ...

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UK Needs Green Growth
UK Needs Green Growth

Monday 7th May 2012

UK politician Chris Huhne has warned that the UK's economic growth strategy will fail unless "green growth" is pursued by investing in industries such as energy efficiency and clean energy. Writing in the Guardian, the UK’s former Energy and Climate Change minister said: "Much of our economic debate implies we must ...

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Mexico set to Pass Legally Binding Emission Targets
Mexico set to Pass Legally Binding Emission Targets

Friday 4th May 2012

MEXICO is set to pass strong climate change legislation, joining the UK by having legally binding emission targets to combat the effects of climate change. The new legislation, passed by the Mexican Senate, contains wide-ranging provisions to alleviate the effects of climate change, including a mandate to cut emissions of carbon ...

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New UK Energy Efficiency Not-For-Profit Organisation Launched
New UK Energy Efficiency Not-For-Profit Organisation Launched

Thursday 3rd May 2012

A NEW UK not-for-profit organisation, the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings, has launched, aiming to aid the energy efficiency industry overcome challenges to the uptake of energy saving measures. It is a major relaunch for what was formerly the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, an influential network set up in 1999 ...

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New York State to Invest $800M in Energy Efficiency
New York State to Invest $800M in Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

NEW York State is to invest $800 million to improve energy efficiency in their state governmental buildings, with the goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent over the next 4 years. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will issue debt to finance the projects, which will involve energy efficient upgrades ...

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U.S. Government still Challenged by Energy Efficiency Example
U.S. Government still Challenged by Energy Efficiency Example

Tuesday 1st May 2012

U.S. Federal Agencies show progress towards sustainability, but funding and competing priorities conflict with ultimate energy efficiency goals. Progress towards answering U.S. President Barack Obama's challenge to "lead by example" in achieving greater energy efficiency is mixed in federal agencies, according to a survey conducted by the Government Business Council (GBC), ...

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Bulgaria to Improve Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings
Bulgaria to Improve Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings

Monday 30th April 2012

THE Bulgarian Energy Minister is set to launch energy efficiency projects across 13 public buildings today. Delyan Dobrev, the Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism and his deputy Valentin Nikolov will launch the project to improve energy efficiency in buildings in the cities of Kozloduy and Novi Han. Financing of €1.3 ...

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IEA Urges Governments to Speed Up Clean Energy Technology Deployment
IEA Urges Governments to Speed Up Clean Energy Technology Deployment

Friday 27th April 2012

WHILE progress is being made on renewable energy, most clean energy technologies are not being deployed quickly enough, the International Energy Agency (IEA) claimed yesterday. They made the comments in an annual progress report presented to ministers and representatives of nations that together account for four-fifths of global energy demand. The report, ...

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Botswana Eager to Improve Energy Efficiency
Botswana Eager to Improve Energy Efficiency

Thursday 26th April 2012

AT an energy saving workshop in Gaborone, Botswana, Capacity Building Expert, Wim Jonker Klunne, highlighted the need for the country and the region to improve energy efficiency amongst SMEs. Writing in the Botswana Gazette Tendani Portia Nkani reports on the workshop, Klunne highlighted that energy consumption is growing less rapidly than ...

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Global Outlook Report Highlights Need for Sustainablity
Global Outlook Report Highlights Need for Sustainablity

Wednesday 25th April 2012

SUCCESSFUL initiatives to promote sustainable consumption and production are flourishing around the globe, but a lot more needs to be done according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. The new Global Outlook Report published by UNEP in collaboration with the European Commission, presents an overview of efforts worldwide to ...

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$8 Million Energy Efficiency Investment in Atlanta
$8 Million Energy Efficiency Investment in Atlanta

Tuesday 24th April 2012

THE U.S. City of Atlanta’s economic development division, Invest Atlanta, hopes to lure new businesses downtown by making commercial buildings more energy efficient according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Invest Atlanta's board approved plans to invest up to $8 million from the city’s Westside tax allocation district to help commercial building ...

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EU Energy Directive Revives!
EU Energy Directive Revives!

Monday 23rd April 2012

THE European Union’s draft Energy Efficiency Directive was being diluted by member states, or so we reported last week, but EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger claims it is still possible. The European Commission and the Danish EU presidency also said the Directive could "realistically" strengthen and see the light of day ...

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EU's Energy Efficiency Directive Diluted
EU's Energy Efficiency Directive Diluted

Friday 20th April 2012

EUROPEAN Union member states have so diluted the draft bloc’s Energy Efficiency Directive that only 38 percent of the European Commission's initial proposed savings can now be achieved, according to evidence seen by EurActiv. The evidence is what EurActiv call “non-papers” from the EU Executive and reveals that the European Commission ...

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Support for Industry to Fulfill its Potential for Energy Efficiency
Support for Industry to Fulfill its Potential for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 19th April 2012

OPPORTUNITIES to improve energy efficiency in industry are still under-exploited, even though the sector accounts for roughly one-third of global energy demand. Improving energy efficiency in industrial companies provides a range of benefits for the companies themselves as well as for the economy as a whole. These include improved energy security, ...

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"Save Power, Save Money" Campaign Launched in Uganda

Wednesday 18th April 2012

THE Ugandan utility company UMEME launched an energy efficiency campaign on Monday encouraging responsible energy usage particularly after major electricity price increases in January. UMEME General Manager Regulatory Affairs Sam Zzimbe said: “The campaign dubbed ‘Save Power, Save Money’, has been designed to provide customers around the country with personal, practical, ...

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Australian SMEs Facing 'Severe' Electricity Price Rises
Australian SMEs Facing 'Severe' Electricity Price Rises

Tuesday 17th April 2012

AUSTRALIA is facing what has been described as ‘severe electricity price rises from July’ by the Financial Review, which also highlights that it is bad news for small businesses. Mark Dreyfus, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency said that most small businesses will not be materially affected by ...

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Energy Efficiency Produces Big Savings for Commercial Buildings
Energy Efficiency Produces Big Savings for Commercial Buildings

Monday 16th April 2012

ONGOING research has found that commercial building owners can cut their energy costs by nearly half by implementing energy efficient controls. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington State, U.S., have been studying buildings across the country. They used computer simulations to find average savings of 25 to 35 ...

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U.S. Needs to Continue to Improve Energy Efficiency - Steven Chu
U.S. Needs to Continue to Improve Energy Efficiency - Steven Chu

Friday 13th April 2012

U.S. Secretary of the Energy Department Steven Chu said yesterday that improving the nations energy efficiency should remain a priority. Chu was speaking at a New York Times energy conference, stating that if the Obama administration is in for a second term they should continue enhancing energy efficiency through their energy ...

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