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News from February 2011

Energy Efficiency Loans for Jamaican SMEs
Energy Efficiency Loans for Jamaican SMEs

Monday 7th February 2011

THE DEVELOPMENT Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has embarked on a three-pronged initiative to promote its small and medium-sized enterprises energy loan facility. The initiative, to be undertaken over a 24-month period and is which is financed by the PetroCaribe Fund, will include amongst other items an education campaign to showcase energy ...

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South Korea to have Flexible Carbon Trading
South Korea to have Flexible Carbon Trading

Monday 7th February 2011

SOUTH KOREAN President Lee Myung-bak said today that his government will introduce a carbon emissions trading system with flexibility, taking impact on businesses into account, Yonhap news agency reported. "The government is planning to introduce the emissions trading scheme at an opportune time after thoroughly sounding out the opinions of industries," ...

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Irish Companies Strive for Energy Efficiency
Irish Companies Strive for Energy Efficiency

Saturday 5th February 2011

OVER 50 percent of Irish companies have acted to improve their energy efficiency in the last three years, a new survey by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) reveals. The survey highlights the importance of reducing energy costs and implementing energy efficiency initiatives, demonstrating that businesses on average achieved 12 ...

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Obama's Plan to save Businesses $40 Billion a Year
Obama's Plan to save Businesses $40 Billion a Year

Friday 4th February 2011

U.S. PRESIDENT Obama is following through on his State of the Union address and is getting serious about energy efficiency. He is driving his Better Buildings Initiative, which developed out of his "Better Buildings" program within the Department of Energy, by rolling out three new targets yesterday: improve energy efficiency ...

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EU Leaders Dodge Targets
EU Leaders Dodge Targets

Thursday 3rd February 2011

EUROPEAN UNION (EU) leaders meet in Brussels tomorrow (Feb 4) and are expected to announce a review of energy saving plans but not to the levels called for by many energy and environmental experts. We reported in December that the EU is set to miss its target, leading to stakeholders criticising ...

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Energy Efficient Upgrades in Commercial Properties a Challenge
Energy Efficient Upgrades in Commercial Properties a Challenge

Thursday 3rd February 2011

ENERGY efficient upgrades for the UK’s commercial properties is going to be difficult, warns the head of climate change at Manchester City Council. Speaking at the Retrofit Salford 2011 event, Michael O'Doherty explained adding energy efficiency improvements to commercial properties is more of a challenge than making improvements to residential buildings. He ...

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Banks Needed to Support Europe's Low-Carbon Economy
Banks Needed to Support Europe's Low-Carbon Economy

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

WITH EUROPE suffering with high levels of public sector debt the banking sector will be needed to support Europe’s €2.9 trillion transition to a low-carbon economy. These are the findings of a new report, Carbon Capital, released today from Accenture and Barclays which gauges that the cost of developing, acquiring and ...

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U.S. Energy Institute's Plans Tackle Energy Challenges
U.S. Energy Institute's Plans Tackle Energy Challenges

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

IN AN attempt to get energy back into focus, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy yesterday unveiled their strategy to offer realistic solutions to America’s top energy challenges. The FINANCIAL reports on the five-part plan for the Chamber, which was formulated after Energy Institute officials returned from the first phase of ...

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Energy Efficiency Study for Southeast Asia
Energy Efficiency Study for Southeast Asia

Tuesday 1st February 2011

ENERGY efficiency has been described as the ‘low-hanging fruit’ and a new study in Southeast Asia will highlight the fact. The benchmarking study on energy efficiency investments among countries in the Southeast Asian region is to start in the Philippines this Month. Collaboration between the British Embassy in the Philippines and the ...

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"Game Changer" for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 1st February 2011

THE UK government's Green Deal will increase the scale and pace of improved energy efficiency, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker told the Retrofit Salford 2011 conference. Barker added that the Green Deal is set to be a "fundamental game changer" explaining: "The coalition (UK government) is absolutely committed to this task. ...

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