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Pakistan's Energy Conservation Plan Extended
Pakistan's Energy Conservation Plan Extended

Thursday 29th July 2010

THE Pakistani federal government on Tuesday decided to maintain two-day weekly off and early markets’ closure by another three months till Oct 31, 2010. Pakistan has been facing stringent measures to reduce energy use since April, when office closures and early closing of markets were implemented, with stronger punishments added ...

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Empire State Building's Energy Saving Retrofit Makes Business Sense
Empire State Building's Energy Saving Retrofit Makes Business Sense

Thursday 29th July 2010

THE world famous Empire State Building, a New York City skyline landmark is undergoing a major energy efficiency retrofit that will bring 40% reduction in costs and energy use. The Malkin family have been part owners of the building since 1961 and they now supervise the current building managers W&H Properties. ...

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Turkey's Urgent Need for Energy Efficiency
Turkey's Urgent Need for Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 28th July 2010

Turkey’s 2009 Review shows that the country is likely to see the fastest medium to long-growth energy demand among the IEA member countries according to the study Energy Policies of IEA Countries. Mr Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the IEA said "Turkey has progressed significantly in all areas of energy policy ...

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UK Businesses to face 26 per cent Energy Bill Rise
UK Businesses to face 26 per cent Energy Bill Rise

Tuesday 27th July 2010

UK Businesses' energy bills could rise by 26% in the next decade owing to UK policies to cut emissions, according to reports published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The estimates came as UK’s Energy Secretary Chris Huhne delivered the first annual energy statement to the British Parliament in ...

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Chinese Vice Premier Highlights Energy Efficiency
Chinese Vice Premier Highlights Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 27th July 2010

ON Friday Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, appealed for greater effort in developing and in using advanced energy technologies as a way of boosting energy conservation and efficiency, while helping to fuel China’s economic growth. Li made the remarks while meeting with prize winners awarded for their contributions to China's energy ...

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UAE Needs Energy Efficiency
UAE Needs Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 27th July 2010

WITH utility bills in United Arab Emirates (UAE) for commercial buildings rising by over 50 per cent over the last two years, many more companies are embracing energy-saving measures to reduce costs and carbon emissions, reports Anita Mathews, exhibition director of Middle East Electricity. The financial as well as environmental issues ...

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New Zealand Draft new Energy Efficiency Strategies
New Zealand Draft new Energy Efficiency Strategies

Sunday 25th July 2010

NEW ZEALAND (NZ) businesses, the public service and households will be encouraged to save energy to help make the country as energy efficient as its Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) partners. The Draft New Zealand Energy Strategy sticks to the last NZ (Labour) government's 2007 target of having 90% ...

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U.S. Commercial Buildings Need Energy Efficiency Retrofit
U.S. Commercial Buildings Need Energy Efficiency Retrofit

Thursday 22nd July 2010

COMMERCIAL building space in the United States covers a total of 79 billion square feet, and buildings are one of the leading sources of energy consumption and carbon emissions. With more than 80% of commercial buildings being more than 10 years old, they also represent a significant opportunity for energy ...

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Green Light for Savings from City's LED Traffic Signals
Green Light for Savings from City's LED Traffic Signals

Wednesday 21st July 2010

LANCASTER city, in the American state of Pennsylvania, have revealed that their maintenance workers used to change the incandescent bulbs in the city's traffic lights every year - but they haven’t touched them for three years and do not expect to do so for at least another seven, if not ...

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UK Firms and Organisations Face Energy Use Fines
UK Firms and Organisations Face Energy Use Fines

Wednesday 21st July 2010

ONE third of UK companies could miss the 30th September deadline for registering for the UK's energy efficiency scheme requiring them to reveal information on their energy use, this will result in fines of up to £5000 ($7,644) each, an environmental consultancy revealed yesterday. The UK's mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy ...

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China Challenges IEA Report
China Challenges IEA Report

Wednesday 21st July 2010

CHINA is challenging the credibility of an International Energy Agency (IEA) report that branded the country the world's top energy consumer, surpassing the United States, claiming that the estimation is inaccurate, according to the Global Times. "The IEA's data on China's energy use is unreliable," Zhou Xian, an official with China's ...

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South Africa Sets Energy Efficiency Regulations for New Buildings
South Africa Sets Energy Efficiency Regulations for New Buildings

Tuesday 20th July 2010

NEW energy efficiency regulations will soon be in place for all new buildings being built in South Africa. The South African Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies has published amendments to the energy efficiency regulations. This move will make it compulsory for all new buildings to be designed and built ...

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Asia Pacific a Focus for Energy Efficiency Solutions
Asia Pacific a Focus for Energy Efficiency Solutions

Monday 19th July 2010

ENERGY demand in the Asia Pacific region is increasing at a fast pace, primarily with the upward demand being fueled by rapid economic growth across Southeast Asia, India, and China. Asian governments and industrial leaders are also heavily focused on creating a more sustainable and energy-efficient economy and these worthwhile goals ...

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Index Reveals More Energy Efficiency Needed in Buildings
Index Reveals More Energy Efficiency Needed in Buildings

Monday 19th July 2010

FOR the second year in a row Norway heads a global list of countries who are working towards zero carbon buildings. Second was Brazil followed by the UK in the 2009 RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) ‘Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index’ produced by Professor Yvonne Rydin, a co-director at ...

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Victoria Doubles Energy Efficiency Target
Victoria Doubles Energy Efficiency Target

Friday 16th July 2010

The Victoria State Government in Australia has been strengthening their energy saving scheme, which will now also target businesses. John Brumby, Premier of Victoria, has launched an election climate-change policy, which expands the current energy-saving scheme to target 500,000 small and medium businesses. This has doubled the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), ...

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Emissions Figures Revised but Tougher Measures in Place
Emissions Figures Revised but Tougher Measures in Place

Friday 16th July 2010

CHINA is again grabbing the energy efficiency headlines after the People’s Republic revised the gains they have made already in energy efficiency over the last four years, with the new calculations purporting that the country has almost achieved it’s five year target early. Although the revised figures seem to put China ...

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IFC to Stimulate Chinese SMEs Energy Efficiency
IFC to Stimulate Chinese SMEs Energy Efficiency

Thursday 15th July 2010

THE International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, said this week that it is offering more help to Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in support of the countries efforts towards greater energy efficiency. Dai Cunfeng, operations officer and team leader of the China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency ...

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Energy Saving Scheme at the Right Time for Property Owners
Energy Saving Scheme at the Right Time for Property Owners

Thursday 15th July 2010

AN expert claims that the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is providing property owners with a benchmark enabling them to measure their energy efficiency. Don Jordison, managing director at property investment firm Threadneedle, stated yesterday that the CRC is providing the property industry a "legislative framework with ...

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Canada and New England Together on Energy Efficiency
Canada and New England Together on Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 14th July 2010

A conference held yesterday, in the U.S. State of Massachusetts with the New England Governors and five Eastern Canadian Premiers, outlined a series of key agreements to boost the regions energy efficiency. Governor Debal Patrick said: “As the region that started the Industrial Revolution, the Northeast can also be the region ...

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Australian Standards and Awards for Business Energy Efficiency
Australian Standards and Awards for Business Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 13th July 2010

AN Australian National Energy Savings Scheme is likely to provide a combination of energy efficiency standards and financial rewards for businesses that make long term investments to cut their power use. Rob Murray-Leach, Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) said, ''Our position is that a national energy efficiency target ...

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Healthcare Benefits from Energy Efficiency Investments
Healthcare Benefits from Energy Efficiency Investments

Tuesday 13th July 2010

ACCORDING to new research healthcare organisations are more likely to invest in energy efficiency for their facilities compared to other industry sectors. According to PR Newswire in March American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Johnstone Controlls and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), commissioned the 2010 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey, ...

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Australian Businesses Request Tax Breaks for Energy Efficiency
Australian Businesses Request Tax Breaks for Energy Efficiency

Monday 12th July 2010

BUSINESS groups in Australia are appealing to the government to use tax breaks to improve energy efficiency, rather than the planned carbon tax or emissions trading scheme, at least until there is an international consensus on climate policy. The current Labor government is due to meet tomorrow, Tuesday 13th July, to ...

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France Provide Pakistan 46 Million Euros for Energy Efficiency
France Provide Pakistan 46 Million Euros for Energy Efficiency

Saturday 10th July 2010

FRANCE announced on Friday that it is providing a 46 million Euros loan to Pakistan for energy saving and rehabilitating a power plant to promote energy efficiency and enhance Pakistan’s supply against the backdrop of electricity outages that have been plaguing the country. Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Sibtain Fazal Halim, ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Legislation Possible
EU Energy Efficiency Legislation Possible

Friday 9th July 2010

THE European Union (EU) may need new legislation to produce the required long term reductions for carbon emissions, so stated the European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger yesterday during the annual Greenpeace energy revolution roadmap. Oettinger did not advocate any new specific legislation, only hinting that the EU could bring in laws ...

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U.S. DOE Ignores Its Own Advice
U.S. DOE Ignores Its Own Advice

Thursday 8th July 2010

THE U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) web site publishes energy saving and efficiency advise – as you would expect, but the New York Times reports that it’s a case of “do as I say, not what I do” for the DOE An internal audit revealed on Wednesday that many of the ...

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