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Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency

Monday 31st January 2011

VIET NAM’S Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is urging governmental ministries, sectors and grass-root authorities to provide adequate power supply for business production and increased demand. Dung has asked State agencies and offices to present plans to save power, issue regulations on power use, and use energy-efficient equipment and lights. Ministers, heads ...

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Banks to Evaluate Energy Efficiency Projects
Banks to Evaluate Energy Efficiency Projects

Monday 31st January 2011

BULGARIAN banks will, from this year, take part in evaluating energy efficiency projects under the country’s Competitiveness Operational Programme (OP) revealed Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister Evgeni Angelov. Angelov added that the banks will now review projects proposed by local companies who are seeking funds for energy efficiency schemes, which are expected ...

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China Needs More Stimulus for Energy Efficiency Gains
China Needs More Stimulus for Energy Efficiency Gains

Friday 28th January 2011

ECONOMIC development plans in China need to promote a low carbon economy even further, so says a new WWF report assessing the climate and energy impacts of China’s stimulus package. The study found that China’s stimulus package (approximately $586 billion) has been successful in boosting economic growth mainly through investments in ...

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Romania get Energy Efficiency Funding Boost
Romania get Energy Efficiency Funding Boost

Friday 28th January 2011

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstructions and Development (EBRD) is continuing to support private industrial companies in Romania with a new €10 million loan. The loan is being provided to Raiffeisen Bank S.A. as part of EBRD’s drive to improve energy efficiency in Romanian businesses. Extended under the EU/EBRD Energy Efficiency Financing Facility ...

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Industry to Pay Millions for Energy Efficiency
Industry to Pay Millions for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 27th January 2011

THE INDIAN Power Ministry revealed today that eight industrial sectors would invest Rs 30,000 crore ($6.6 million) to save 10 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the next three years. The Power Ministry has notified the industrial sectors affected; thermal power plants, fertilisers, cement, pulp and paper, textiles, chlor-alkali, iron ...

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Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria
Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria

Thursday 27th January 2011

SYRIA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) yesterday announced they have teamed up to produce an energy efficiency building code document for the middle east country. The project aims at reducing CO2 emission in buildings through the new code, which will focus on a buildings performance, including efficiency standards for ...

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables Advances in Rural U.S.
Energy Efficiency & Renewables Advances in Rural U.S.

Wednesday 26th January 2011

US DEPARTMENT of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday revealed on his White House Blog the advances made in agriculture and rural areas in energy efficiency and renewables. He posted: At President Obama’s direction, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working hard to unleash the power of America’s innovators and entrepreneurs to ...

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€165 Million Energy Efficiency Financing for Slovakia
€165 Million Energy Efficiency Financing for Slovakia

Wednesday 26th January 2011

THE EUROPEAN BANK for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is adding a further €15 million loan to the €150 million previously in place to help private companies in Slovakia improve energy efficiency. The loan has been made to the UniCredit Bank Slovakia to finance sustainable energy projects under the bank’s Slovakia Sustainable ...

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Energy Saving Body Suffers Funding Cut
Energy Saving Body Suffers Funding Cut

Tuesday 25th January 2011

THE UK government has slashed by half its funding of the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the Guardian newspaper reports. The EST provides grants and advice to businesses, public entities and the public to aid them to reduce their energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The UK government has said that ...

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EU Commissioner has Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans
EU Commissioner has Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans

Tuesday 25th January 2011

EUROPEAN Union (EU) commissioner Gunther Oettinger has outlined an ambitious programme designed to boost the EU's energy role. Speaking today, the German official also said he was "confident" next week's summit of EU leaders will "send a clear signal to accelerate energy efficiency targets". Oettinger, who is responsible for energy policy, detailed ...

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Future Energy Predictions
Future Energy Predictions

Monday 24th January 2011

ACCORDING to a study by oil giant BP, energy consumption in developed countries in 2030 will be only slightly higher than today, while consumption in emerging markets will double. The BP Energy Outlook 2030 provides their projections for future energy trends, estimating that world primary energy consumption grew by 45 percent ...

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Vietnam Ripe for Energy Saving Industry
Vietnam Ripe for Energy Saving Industry

Monday 24th January 2011

IN VIETNAM power outages are becoming more frequent, so many enterprises are looking to use energy-saving technologies and products. Experts are hence predicting that the trend is set to strengthen the country’s energy saving businesses. Huynh Kim Tuoc, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Energy Conservation Center, said saving power helps ...

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ExxonMobil Predict Gloomy Future on CO2 Emissions
ExxonMobil Predict Gloomy Future on CO2 Emissions

Friday 21st January 2011

THE WORLD’S largest oil company, ExxonMobil, predicts global CO2 emissions to rise by nearly 25 percent in the next 20 years, according to the company's annual Outlook for Energy report. The report, due to be published in the next few weeks, makes the startling claim which in effect, states the UK’s ...

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India Reveals Plans for a Sustainable Future
India Reveals Plans for a Sustainable Future

Thursday 20th January 2011

ACTION is being taken around Asia to deal with the expected massive increase in energy demand up to 2030, panelist heard at the four-day World Future Energy Summit. The Summit taking place in Abu Dhabi this week and a panel convened to discuss sustainable environment solutions around the world, with Indian ...

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EU Set for Crunch Energy Summit
EU Set for Crunch Energy Summit

Thursday 20th January 2011

Europe's lagging energy efficiency standards are emerging as a key issue ahead of a February meeting of European Union (EU) heads of state, EurActiv report. Apparently several German ministries are discussing the country's positioning on energy efficiency standards ahead of the summit, including the Ministries of Environment, Energy, Finance and Foreign ...

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Emergency Energy Saving Measures for South Korea
Emergency Energy Saving Measures for South Korea

Wednesday 19th January 2011

THE KOREAN government is implementing emergency energy-saving measures as demand for electricity skyrockets amid record-breaking cold weather. Following a Cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday, the Korean government announced a series of measures which include limiting the interior temperature of energy-hungry big buildings and operating fewer subway trains. ...

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U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum
U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum

Wednesday 19th January 2011

AUTHOR Bracken Hendricks of the Center for American Progress thinks the momentum energy efficiency is experiencing in the U.S. is due to a change in the forces driving it forward. He feels that the desire for energy efficiency has changed from being driven primarily by public programmes to produce a robust ...

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China Considers Regional Emission Targets
China Considers Regional Emission Targets

Tuesday 18th January 2011

IN AN EFFORT to reach its carbon intensity reduction goal China is considering imposing regional emissions targets, according to a report from Reuters. The Chinese government aims to reduce its carbon intensity, the amount of CO2 produced per unit of gross domestic product, by 40-45 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. In ...

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Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost
Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost

Tuesday 18th January 2011

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum is designed for the mitigation of climate change, one of the key priorities of the JICA in its ...

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Compulsory Energy Audits Considered for Maharashtra
Compulsory Energy Audits Considered for Maharashtra

Monday 17th January 2011

THE MAHARASHTRA government, in western India, is considering framing a specific policy making energy audits mandatory for commercial, government and semi-government buildings. A government official said that the aim is to ensure energy conservation: "With a view to reduce consumption of power and check its misuse, the government is contemplating to frame ...

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Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Monday 17th January 2011

A SCHEME aimed at cutting Nigeria’s carbon footprint through reducing energy use and implementing renewable energy sources has received the backing of the central government. The scheme entitled the Nigeria Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEAP), it will be promoted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment. Despite these efforts it ...

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Renewables Priority for Turkey
Renewables Priority for Turkey

Saturday 15th January 2011

RENEWABLE energy is a priority in terms of both legislation and culture, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said at the 2nd National Energy Efficiency Forum, or NEEF, on Thursday. In light of recent renewable energy legislation, Yildiz confirmed that Turkey’s green energy ambitions are a top priority, but need further legislative ...

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Industrial Leaders Want Energy Saving Action
Industrial Leaders Want Energy Saving Action

Friday 14th January 2011

EUROPEAN industry chiefs said yesterday that Europe's leaders need to take a stand on power savings as the continent continues to miss reduction targets. Chief executives of companies, such as Whirlpool Europe, AB Electrolux Bosch and Siemens, are insisting that politicians do more to bring about binding energy savings targets. ...

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Chinese City Freezes for Energy Saving Target
Chinese City Freezes for Energy Saving Target

Thursday 13th January 2011

ALMOST 20,000 people were left in the cold when the central heating in Linzhou City, central China's Henan Province, was suspended last week, allegedly to save energy. Despite restoration of much of the heating, the city’s population may have to endure freezing weather for the rest of this winter after part ...

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Local Governments Turn to Energy Saving Industry
Local Governments Turn to Energy Saving Industry

Thursday 13th January 2011

HEAVILY strained governmental budgets have convinced state and local governments across the United States to adopt a new form of performance-based investments in energy efficiency offered by ESCOs. An ESCO, and energy services company, provides energy-efficiency-related and other value-added services often with performance contracting as a core part of its ...

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