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Real-time Energy Use Display Saves Energy
Real-time Energy Use Display Saves Energy

Thursday 31st January 2013

DISPLAYING energy consumption via monitors in the lobby of a commercial building has a dramatic effect in saving energy for the tenants, as experienced in a UK commercial building. Over the last four years tenants in a retail and commercial building in the central business district of Birmingham, UK, enjoyed energy ...

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Hong Kong Needs to Improve Building Energy Efficiency
Hong Kong Needs to Improve Building Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 30th January 2013

THE buildings that are packed into Hong Kong consume most of the regions electricity, hence improving the energy efficiency of those buildings is vital to developing Hong Kong’s low carbon economy. This was the message delivered on Monday at the conference of Sustainable Development through Energy Efficiency and Conservation, by the ...

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A Good Green Deal for Businesses
A Good Green Deal for Businesses

Tuesday 29th January 2013

YESTERDAY the Green Deal was launched in the UK and it isn’t just for households as it also applies to businesses - enabling them to finance energy efficiency upgrades. All types and sizes of businesses can have an individual energy efficiency package and one that suits the needs of a particular ...

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Jewish Groups Promote Energy Efficiency
Jewish Groups Promote Energy Efficiency

Monday 28th January 2013

TWO Jewish groups launched a joint scheme promoting energy efficiency on Tu Bishvat, a Jewish 24 hour holiday that in modern Israel is celebrated as an ecological awareness day. This year Tu Bishvat, which literally means 'New Year of the Trees', ended at nightfall on January 26, and the Coalition on ...

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Public Funding Vital to Fight Climate Change
Public Funding Vital to Fight Climate Change

Friday 25th January 2013

IF public sector spending on combating climate change increased by $36 billion annually it would release huge amounts of private capital for the same battle, according to a new report. The report launched this week at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – The Green Investment Report: The Ways and ...

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England's Health Service Has £50M for Energy Efficiency Projects
England's Health Service Has £50M for Energy Efficiency Projects

Thursday 24th January 2013

THE National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and Foundation Trusts in England are being prompted by central government to bid for a share of £50M to invest in energy efficiency projects. The capital funding is for investments during 2013-14, and will support new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon ...

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Energy Efficiency Needed to Combat Belgium Energy Shortfall
Energy Efficiency Needed to Combat Belgium Energy Shortfall

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

BELGIUM needs to improve its energy efficiency or face possible blackouts according to a study of the country’s energy problems after two nuclear reactors had to be taken offline. A study by consultancy group 3E for various green organisations highlighted energy efficiency as the key to Belgium’s energy shortfall, with the ...

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Obama Addresses Climate Change
Obama Addresses Climate Change

Tuesday 22nd January 2013

A wind of change has swept across the United States recently, culminating in a call to action from President Barack Obama on climate change in his inaugural speech yesterday. Although he has highlighted the importance of combating climate change during his first term in office it never really got the attention ...

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Oman Companies Pressed to Improve Energy Efficiency
Oman Companies Pressed to Improve Energy Efficiency

Monday 21st January 2013

THE Times of Oman reports that a clear message has been given to the Sultanate’s businesses and organizations to adopt sustainability and the need for energy efficiency improvement. The important message was delivered during the opening of Oman's premier eco-friendly exhibition, 'Gulf Eco 2013‘ yesterday. Energy efficient practices are at the forefront ...

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Pressure on UK Government from 'Green for Growth'
Pressure on UK Government from 'Green for Growth'

Friday 18th January 2013

BUILDING magazine launched its ‘Green for Growth’ campaign designed to pressure the UK government to implement various measures to boost the countries green economy. The campaign has received wide support from many companies and organizations, including the the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and the UK Green Building Council, now the ...

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Energy Efficency Slows Fuel Use Rise
Energy Efficency Slows Fuel Use Rise

Thursday 17th January 2013

DUE to energy efficiency rapidly improving worldwide, the rise in fuel use will be slower than prosperity, primarily due to improved energy efficiency in industrial developments in China. This is the conclusion from BP Plc’s latest Energy Outlook 2030, released yesterday. It reveals that strong growth in production from unconventional sources of ...

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4000 Jobs and Millions Saved in State Energy Efficiency Program
4000 Jobs and Millions Saved in State Energy Efficiency Program

Wednesday 16th January 2013

MASSACHUSETTS State government officials announced yesterday an Accelerated Energy Program that will make energy efficiency upgrades across 700 state facilities. These facilities consist of 4,000 individual buildings all being subject to energy efficiency improvements, making it a huge task but with huge rewards for the state. The program estimates savings of ...

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Call for Greater Investment in Clean Energy
Call for Greater Investment in Clean Energy

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Yesterday, during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), energy and finance leaders met to discuss ways to encourage greater private sector investment in clean energy projects. The discussion included renewable energy and low-carbon, climate friendly projects and how they can be a tactic to mitigate climate change and diversify the global ...

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Bhopal's Old Government Buildings may Turn Green
Bhopal's Old Government Buildings may Turn Green

Monday 14th January 2013

THE Indian City of Bhopal's old governmental buildings maybe about to be revitalized along with upgrades to make them energy efficient. The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has offered funding for the program, which the Madhya Pradesh Department of Urban Administration has accepted in principle, it just needs the State ...

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Poland Gets more EIB Sustainability Financing
Poland Gets more EIB Sustainability Financing

Friday 11th January 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) is supplying €150 million ($197.5 million) to fund sustainable projects in Poland. The funds will be piped through Polish Bank PKO BP and will include financing for energy saving projects. The support from EIB will enable PKO BP to provide longer term financing, which is not always ...

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UK's Energy Efficiency Sector Scrutinized
UK's Energy Efficiency Sector Scrutinized

Thursday 10th January 2013

THE UK’s consumer and competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), wants to raise compliance standards across the energy efficiency industry. An OFT review of the energy efficiency sector, discovered instances of poor practice and has written to 50 businesses in the industry telling them to ensure they treat ...

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Large Energy Efficiency Loan Looms for Czech Republic
Large Energy Efficiency Loan Looms for Czech Republic

Wednesday 9th January 2013

ACCORDING to the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) website they are looking at providing an energy efficiency loan facility of €100 million ($131 million) for the Czech Republic. The loan will be to finance energy efficiency projects carried out by SMEs and mid-sized corporations, as well as projects of limited size undertaken ...

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Targeted Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Work
Targeted Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Work

Tuesday 8th January 2013

LAST month the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) highlighted to a U.S. Senate Finance Committee the importance of well targeted energy efficiency incentives. The hearing was analyzing the appropriate uses of federal tax code in promoting investments in energy efficiency. Steven Nadel, executive director of the ACEEE testified ...

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Alaskan Study Highlights Potential Energy Savings
Alaskan Study Highlights Potential Energy Savings

Monday 7th January 2013

ALASKA has discovered hard facts about the energy efficiency, or not, of public buildings across the state following an energy audit according to Alaska Journal of Commerce. The Journal reports 327 audits performed on public facilities by state organization Alaska Housing Finance Corp. (AHFC). The study concluded that there are 5,000 ...

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Fixed Energy Saving Targets for State Government
Fixed Energy Saving Targets for State Government

Thursday 3rd January 2013

THE Southern Indian State of Andhra Pradesh is considering fixing energy saving targets for a range of departments including energy, administration, industries and agriculture. The Andhra Pradesh Government constituted a State Energy Conservation Mission in September last year to monitor energy efficiency actions, and through this mechanism they now look set ...

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Hong Kong More Energy Saving Action Needed
Hong Kong More Energy Saving Action Needed

Wednesday 2nd January 2013

HONGKONG Electric, has fallen well short of its agreed energy saving target agreed with the government four years ago. The utility, which supplies Hong Kong and Lamma islands, did achieve energy savings of 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) between 2009 and 2011, but their set target was 3 million kWh annually. Meanwhile China ...

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