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KfW Offer New Sustainability Financing in Germany
KfW Offer New Sustainability Financing in Germany

Friday 30th December 2011

GERMAN bank KfW are providing a new financing vehicle for renewable energies, energy efficiency and innovations for Germany’s energy turnaround across the private and public sectors. The expanded range of energy and environmental financing, "KfW Energy Turnaround Action Plan" for enterprises starts on January 1 and will be broadly-based financing for ...

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Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to UK Economy
Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to UK Economy

Friday 30th December 2011

UK ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne today revealed more evidence of the economic benefits of renewable energy and reaffirmed the UK coalition government’s commitment to meeting EU renewable energy targets. This came as the UK published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. Latest ...

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Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam Businesses to Focus on Energy Efficiency

Thursday 29th December 2011

VIET NAM’S businesses were told the importance of improving energy efficiency to save energy, the environment and to maintain economic development at a forum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. "This forum will discuss initiatives and plans to develop green businesses, a friendly environment, energy-savings, and carbon-emissions reductions," said Professor Nguyen ...

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Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting
Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting

Thursday 29th December 2011

HAWAII is leading the U.S.A. for investment in energy saving performance contracting for public buildings - also aiming for 70 percent energy needs from clean energy sources by 2030. Hawaii is ranked first according to the listing from the Energy Services Coalition, with the State’s overall energy saving investment exceeding $150 ...

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Spanish Companies Combine to Improve Energy Efficiency
Spanish Companies Combine to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 28th December 2011

COLLABORATION between nine companies in Spain has set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions to the tune of one million tonnes between them all through improving energy efficiency. Spearheaded by utility company Endesa, the other companies forming the Energy Efficiency Platform come from different business sectors, and include: Cemex, CEPSA, Meliá ...

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Nigeria Must Address Energy Challenge
Nigeria Must Address Energy Challenge

Wednesday 28th December 2011

NIGERIA needs to develop its power supply if it wishes to become a top 20 world economy according to United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mission Director, Dana Mansuri. Inconsistent power for the nations businesses, hospitals and schools. let alone households, hits a nations economy and production. Mansuri disclosed that ...

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Scottish Government Building's Poor Energy Performance
Scottish Government Building's Poor Energy Performance

Wednesday 28th December 2011

THE Scottish Government has been accused of failing to set an example on energy efficiency after its buildings fell well short of performance targets. Two of the 18 largest government buildings have the worst ratings possible, and not one building achieved top marks. Energy Performance Certificates are rated A to G, ...

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Fund Boost for Energy Efficiency Businesses in China
Fund Boost for Energy Efficiency Businesses in China

Tuesday 27th December 2011

THE Japan Bank for International Cooperation announced yesterday that it is to establish an investment fund for the energy-saving and environmental protection business in China. The fund will be established with companies and financial institutions in Japan and China, including Mizuho Corporate Bank, JGC Corporation, The Export-Import Bank of China and ...

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Texas Faces Summer Blackouts
Texas Faces Summer Blackouts

Monday 26th December 2011

THE U.S. State of Texas could face outages next summer unless action, including improving energy efficiency, is taken to allow for more power reserves. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric market, released its biannual assessment for the next 10 years indicating ...

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New Zealand Authority Consulting on Energy Efficiency
New Zealand Authority Consulting on Energy Efficiency

Monday 26th December 2011

NEW Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has only two weeks left on its consultation on the use of an electricity levy, including an appropriation for electricity efficiency improvements. The Authority, which promotes energy efficiency. make clear that investing in electricity efficiency helps the economy and the countries businesses achieve ...

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$29M Savings Through Energy Efficiency for Long Beach Schools
$29M Savings Through Energy Efficiency for Long Beach Schools

Friday 23rd December 2011

LONG Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), California, have been officially recognised for their energy efficiency improvements, as well as benefitting with substantial financial savings worth $29 million. The school district has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The certification is ...

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Sustainability at Centre of Irish Government's Recovery
Sustainability at Centre of Irish Government's Recovery

Friday 23rd December 2011

THE Irish Government released today their draft paper ‘Framework for Sustainable Development’ which will state that the “green economy” must be at the centre of Government policy. The paper is published by the Irish Department of the Environment and aims to affect policy over the next 10 years to combat climate ...

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Investment in Efficiency Produces Big Energy Savings for Minnesota
Investment in Efficiency Produces Big Energy Savings for Minnesota

Thursday 22nd December 2011

THIRTY-SIX facilities across the U.S. state of Minnesota will realise more than $3 million in permanent, ongoing energy savings every year for the foreseeable future. These substantial savings are thanks to a one-time, $4.1 million energy upgrade grant programme administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER). ...

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New EU Presidency Wants a Greener Economy
New EU Presidency Wants a Greener Economy

Thursday 22nd December 2011

DENMARK will take over the presidency of the European Union in January and believes that the current financial crisis presents the region an opportunity to convert to a greener economy. Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard stated that the answer to the current financial problems is to invest ...

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Pennsylvania's Energy Saving Law Works Wonders
Pennsylvania's Energy Saving Law Works Wonders

Wednesday 21st December 2011

THE PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment released a new study by Optimal Energy detailing the impact of energy savings law, on Pennsylvania's businesses, environment, families and economy. "The energy savings law is an unqualified success," said Courtney Lane, Senior Energy Policy Analyst for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) ...

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EU Environment Committee Call for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Targets
EU Environment Committee Call for Mandatory Energy Efficiency Targets

Wednesday 21st December 2011

THE EU Environment Committee yesterday voted on measures aiming to get the EU on track to meet its 20 percent energy efficiency target by 2020. The Environment Committee supported the European Commission's broad approach to improving energy efficiency, but called for Member States to have "mandatory national targets" and greater flexibility ...

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Macedonia to Improve Energy Efficiency in Hospitals
Macedonia to Improve Energy Efficiency in Hospitals

Tuesday 20th December 2011

FYR Macedonia's Ministry of Health is running a pilot programme focussing on improving the energy efficiency of the countries hospitals. Two-pilot institutions - Gostivar General Hospital and Stip Clinical Hospital - have been chosen for the two-year study as part of an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO). "We not only ...

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Optimism for the UK Cleantech Sector
Optimism for the UK Cleantech Sector

Tuesday 20th December 2011

OPTIMISM in the UK cleantech sector has witnessed a surprisingly strong increase over the last eight months, claims new research published yesterday by Ernst & Young. However, the market remains less optimistic than a year ago in the UK Coalition Government’s ability to establish the conditions necessary for energy sustainability, cleantech ...

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EU Energy Efficiency Directive to Cost UK Hospitals £70M Annually?
EU Energy Efficiency Directive to Cost UK Hospitals £70M Annually?

Monday 19th December 2011

PROPOSALS for an EU directive designed to encourage countries to reduce their energy consumption has been called "too rigid and top-heavy" by the UK’s NHS Confederation. They also claim that it could cost the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) organisations millions of pounds at a time when the service is already ...

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Sri Lanka Aim to Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency
Sri Lanka Aim to Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency

Monday 19th December 2011

THE Sri Lankan Ministry of Industry and Commerce has launched an energy efficiency programme for the countries industries to combat rising energy and production costs. Using a Public Private Partnership model, the aim of the programme is to help companies to upgrade their energy efficiency, cutting down on the cost of ...

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Energy Saving Must be Main Focus for Ukraine
Energy Saving Must be Main Focus for Ukraine

Friday 16th December 2011

UKRAINE should make improving energy efficiency a national priority, Deputy Prime Minister and Social Policy Minister Sergiy Tigipko has said. "Euro 2012 has shown that we can allocate rather significant resources in the country if we want this," Tigipko said in an interview with Interfax- Ukraine, "energy saving is now one ...

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EU's Energy Efficiency Directive Needs More Work
EU's Energy Efficiency Directive Needs More Work

Friday 16th December 2011

THE purpose of the proposed European Commission's Energy Efficiency Directive is to save energy while increasing growth, but how to combine both still needs to be decided upon by member states. British MEP Fiona Hall told EurActiv, “We are working hard to get compromises on this directive.” The proposal has been ...

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Pay as You Save with UK Energy Efficiency Finance Scheme
Pay as You Save with UK Energy Efficiency Finance Scheme

Thursday 15th December 2011

RESEARCH shows that UK businesses and organisations want to improve their energy efficiency and can now overcome the negatives of the current economic climate with help from a financing scheme. The estimated market for energy efficiency equipment finance in the UK is enormous, with research estimating that the market over the ...

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U.S. Agricultural and Rural Small Businesses Energy Efficiency Funding
U.S. Agricultural and Rural Small Businesses Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 15th December 2011

U.S. AGRICULTURE Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). "Stable energy costs create an environment for job growth in rural America," ...

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Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency
Indian Prime Minister Calls for Increased Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 14th December 2011

INDIAN Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has reiterated India’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency and clean energy, as spelt out in the National Action Plan on Climate Change. Singh was inaugurating the National Energy Conservation Day function in New Delhi today, where he stated that the target of 9 percent ...

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