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Energy Efficient Buildings Standards for Scotland
Energy Efficient Buildings Standards for Scotland

Monday 30th September 2013

NEW buildings in Scotland are to be more energy efficient when changes to the building standards come into effect in 2015, the Scottish Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay announced last week. From October 2015, improvement to new buildings will reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to the current levels. These measures will ...

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US Manufacturers Save $1 Billion Through Energy Efficiencies
US Manufacturers Save $1 Billion Through Energy Efficiencies

Friday 27th September 2013

THE U.S. Energy Department today recognized more than 120 manufacturers that are making smart investments to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve their bottom lines. The recognition supports the current administration’s efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help businesses save money and energy. Through the U.S.’s ...

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Bosnia Herzegovina Look to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
Bosnia Herzegovina Look to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

Thursday 26th September 2013

THE Bosnia Herzegovina Environmental Fund and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has signed an agreement to improve energy efficiency in the country’s public buildings. The two organizations are planning to implement an energy management and audit system in 400 buildings throughout the republic, including education institutions, hospitals, municipal administration buildings ...

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Bahrain and World Bank set Energy Efficiency Program
Bahrain and World Bank set Energy Efficiency Program

Wednesday 25th September 2013

THE Government of Bahrain and the World Bank signed an agreement for an Energy Efficiency Implementation Program yesterday. The Program aims to provide support to the Government to address the challenge of curbing energy demand in the country over the next three years, which has one of the highest energy ...

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Oil Company's LED Switch Over to save $6M in Two Years
Oil Company's LED Switch Over to save $6M in Two Years

Tuesday 24th September 2013

AN annual saving of $6 million through swapping out incandescent lighting with LED lighting over the next two years is forecast for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). The Oman Daily Observer reports that around 300,000 incandescent bulbs and lamps will be replaced with LED alternatives. The LED's consume up to 70% less ...

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Singapore Cranks Up Energy Efficiency Improvement
Singapore Cranks Up Energy Efficiency Improvement

Monday 23rd September 2013

SINGAPORE’S Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan stated yesterday that energy efficiency has overtaken sustainable water supply as a critical concern for the republic. He said: “What has really happened globally is the substitution of one critical vulnerability - water - with another critical vulnerability - energy, simply because ...

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U.S. City Energy Efficiency Scorecard
U.S. City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Friday 20th September 2013

THE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a report that ranks 34 of the most populous U.S. cities. The scores were based on policies to advance energy efficiency. The report includes recommendations and strategies for all cities to lower energy use. ACEEE ...

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National Energy Efficiency Advocacy Plan for Canada
National Energy Efficiency Advocacy Plan for Canada

Thursday 19th September 2013

THE Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) has released its white paper to outline its priorities for future energy efficiency efforts in Canada. The paper, 'Priorities for Energy Efficiency Market Development', is CEEA’s National Advocacy Plan. It is designed to help advance energy efficiency by proposing tangible, implementable solutions to current ...

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WEC Report Reveals Energy Efficiency Improvements Need to Improve
WEC Report Reveals Energy Efficiency Improvements Need to Improve

Wednesday 18th September 2013

THE World Energy Council (WEC) reveal that more still needs to be done to unlock the potential of energy efficiency to deliver energy and carbon savings across the globe. This message comes from the findings of a report to be published next month by the WEC and ADEME, the French environment ...

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Euro 40M Energy Efficiency and Renewables Boost for India
Euro 40M Energy Efficiency and Renewables Boost for India

Tuesday 17th September 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €40 million long-term loan to SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited (SREI) of India, with the main purpose of financing investments that will help to mitigate climate change in India. The loan will be supported by the Italian Export Credit Agency SACE S.p.A. This ...

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Energy Efficiency Technology Boost in New York State
Energy Efficiency Technology Boost in New York State

Monday 16th September 2013

THE New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have announced that it is making $3.3 million available for energy efficiency projects in commercial and institutional buildings. The program has been developed to accelerate the adoption and utilization of commercially available energy-saving and load management technologies and strategies. This funding opportunity, ...

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UK Cities Focus on Energy Efficiency but More Needed
UK Cities Focus on Energy Efficiency but More Needed

Friday 13th September 2013

THE UK’s major city authorities all plan to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and infrastructure, but a new study reveals a chasm of difference in climate change preparedness. A study by scientists from Newcastle University discovered that all the local authorities from the 28 that were studied and contacted ...

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Energy Savings for Scotland's Butchers
Energy Savings for Scotland's Butchers

Thursday 12th September 2013

A NEW guide to help Scotland’s butchers save energy and hence money is available from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Carbon Trust Scotland (CTS). QMS state in the guide, “The Scottish Butchers’ Guide to Saving Energy”, that the average Scottish butcher could see savings of £720 per year by taking ...

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Energy Efficiency Brings Added Bonuses
Energy Efficiency Brings Added Bonuses

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Energy efficiency reduces the use of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases, but it affects societies in many other ways which the IEA calls the multiple benefits of energy efficiency. IEA (International Energy Agency) analysis suggests that these extra gains appear in five key categories: economy-wide impacts such as job ...

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EIB Support for Energy Efficiency in Czech Republic
EIB Support for Energy Efficiency in Czech Republic

Tuesday 10th September 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended two intermediated loans combined with EU grant subsidies to support energy efficiency promoted by SMEs and Mid-Cap companies in the Czech Republic. Both loans are expected to benefit from the new SME Energy Efficiency Window with a view to supporting energy efficiency and renewable ...

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Survey Reveals Future Investment in Energy Efficiency to Grow
Survey Reveals Future Investment in Energy Efficiency to Grow

Monday 9th September 2013

THE new Schneider Electric Survey, reveals that 43% of energy leaders say their investment in energy efficiency next year is projected to be more than it was last year. While 22% said their projected investment would stay the same, only 10% reported their investment would be less than last year. The ...

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Loans for SMEs for Energy Efficiency Projects
Loans for SMEs for Energy Efficiency Projects

Friday 6th September 2013

A NEW finance facility has been launched to help UK SMEs to fund energy efficiency solutions, saving energy, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. ReEnergise SmartEnergy Finance has been launched this week by independent and specialist financial services company ReEnergise Finance, and is a dedicated commercial funding facility for SMEs for energy ...

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UK Businesses Concerned by Energy Market Reform
UK Businesses Concerned by Energy Market Reform

Thursday 5th September 2013

THREE quarters of UK businesses are worried about the impact Electricity Market Reform (EMR) will have on their business according to new research by utility npower. The Reform has been sparked by energy generating plant closures due over the next decade and hence the need for hefty capital investment of £110 ...

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Inbalance Between EU Energy Efficiency Targets and Member States
Inbalance Between EU Energy Efficiency Targets and Member States

Wednesday 4th September 2013

27 national reports assessing national energy efficiency policies in every EU Member State have now been published as part of the Energy-Efficiency-Watch project. The reports are based on the screening of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) as well as an expert survey, involving about 750 experts, on the implementation ...

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Cash for Office Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Cash for Office Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

THE State Government of Victoria, Australia, is to hand out AUS$3.59 million in grants to help improve the energy efficiency of Victoria’s commercial office buildings. The Coalition Government’s 'Smarter Resources Smarter Business – Energy Efficient Office Buildings' program aims to increase business productivity and reduce costs for building owners across Victoria ...

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Kazakhstan Adopt Energy Efficiency Program
Kazakhstan Adopt Energy Efficiency Program

Monday 2nd September 2013

KAZAKHSTAN is implementing the Energy Efficiency-2020 program according to a report by Azernews. The decision was made at a government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, who stated that the Kazakh President wishes to reduce the country’s energy use by 10 percent annually through to 2015. Vice Minister of Industry and ...

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