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Eco Expo Asia Highlights Energy Efficiency
Eco Expo Asia Highlights Energy Efficiency

Thursday 30th October 2014

YESTERDAY saw the opening of the Eco Expo Asia showcasing green products and energy saving technology. The Expo runs from 29 October until Saturday 1 November with many exhibitors from 22 countries and regions taking part, highlighting energy efficiency amongst other eco technologies. Eco Expo Asia is comprised of four themed days: ...

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EU Accepts Binding 40% Emissions Target
EU Accepts Binding 40% Emissions Target

Tuesday 28th October 2014

AN EU binding target reducing greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030 was agreed very early last Friday, setting a lead for the rest of the world in tackling climate change. The EU’s goal produces a face off between heavy industry and green business. Industry claims the target is a massive challenge ...

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Marks and Spencer to install UK's Largest Roof Mounted Solar Array
Marks and Spencer to install UK's Largest Roof Mounted Solar Array

Friday 24th October 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that it is installing the UK’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington. The project, which is expected to be completedin early 2015, will see the solar PV system span the site’s 900,000 sq ...

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U.S. States Energy Efficiency Scorecard
U.S. States Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Thursday 23rd October 2014

HOW are the States across the U.S. performing with regards to energy efficiency, yesterday the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The Scorecard reveals that governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the U.S. continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, ...

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EU Can Cut Natural Gas Imports by Half
EU Can Cut Natural Gas Imports by Half

Tuesday 21st October 2014

BY ramping up cost-effective investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency the European Union can cut its dependency on natural gas imports in half, according to new analysis released yesterday. Carbon reductions of 49% or more could be achieved below the 1990 level by 2030 – far more than currently ...

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Jordan get $207.5M for Solar Energy Plants
Jordan get $207.5M for Solar Energy Plants

Monday 20th October 2014

JORDAN is to get $207.5 million to fund the construction of seven solar plants to boost the Kingdom’s use of renewables and help transform its energy sector. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, finalized the debt package for the solar project, which is the largest ...

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$30M IFC Loan for Brazilian Energy Efficiency and Renewables
$30M IFC Loan for Brazilian Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Wednesday 15th October 2014

A loan of $30 million to Banco Caixa Geral of Brasil (BCG) funding renewable energy projects to mitigate climate change in Brazil has been made by International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is making the five year loan to BCG, which is part of ...

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Pacific Northwest Energy Efficiency Improvements
Pacific Northwest Energy Efficiency Improvements

Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE U.S. Pacific Northwest improved electric energy efficiency in 2013 by 268 average megawatts, equal to the entire electricity load of Oregon and western Montana combined. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council published the figures, and in terms of savings they reveal that the 2013 achievements equal about $3.5 billion ...

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Funding for School Districts Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Funding for School Districts Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Wednesday 8th October 2014

THE California Energy Commission yesterday approved more than $6.7 million in no-interest loans to school districts int he state to install energy efficiency upgrades. Tulare City School District, Kern Community College District, and Yuba Community College District are the beneficiaries of the loans. The loans were provided through the Energy Conservation Assistance ...

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Higher Energy Efficiency Target Would Boost UK Economy
Higher Energy Efficiency Target Would Boost UK Economy

Monday 6th October 2014

THE Guardian reports today that improvements in energy efficiency across the UK would produce a massive economic boost. The conclusions come via unpublished EU figures and through a study by independent consultants Cambridge Economics, which were obtained through an information request by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The Guardian in ...

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Solar Energy to Supply Most Electricity by Mid-Century?
Solar Energy to Supply Most Electricity by Mid-Century?

Friday 3rd October 2014

THE sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The two IEA technology roadmaps show how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16% ...

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$3M Energy Efficiency Funding for Azerbaijan
$3M Energy Efficiency Funding for Azerbaijan

Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending $3 million to Muganbank to finance energy efficiency projects in Azerbaijan. The money is provided for on-lending to qualifying corporate and individual customers, and will be used for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and it will allow Muganbank to ...

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Sustainable Energy Finance for Philippines
Sustainable Energy Finance for Philippines

Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE International Finance Corp. (IFC), is going to help finance sustainable energy projects and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and its partner banks have provided 19 billion Philippine pesos (about $463 million) worth of financing to more than 130 sustainable-energy projects, ...

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EU, Spain, IDB help the Caribbean Develop Sustainable Energy
EU, Spain, IDB help the Caribbean Develop Sustainable Energy

Tuesday 30th September 2014

Representatives of the European Union (EU), Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a joint declaration regarding collaboration on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Caribbean. Renewable energy and energy efficiency can help the Caribbean accelerate its development, mitigate the impacts of climate change and achieve greater energy ...

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Serbia Aiming to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities
Serbia Aiming to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities

Monday 29th September 2014

SERBIA is aiming to improve their energy efficiency to cut emissions, energy waste and reduce costs in public buildings, with private and public sectors looking to help. With energy efficiency in mind a conference was held last week entitled “The ESCO Opportunity: Improving Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities,” in Belgrade. The ...

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Mayors Pledge Action on Climate Change
Mayors Pledge Action on Climate Change

Thursday 25th September 2014

MAYORS from cities around the world announced at the UN Climate Conference that they will scale up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programs and resilient financing mechanisms . They also committed to target a reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions by 454 megatons by 2020. According to a statement, these and ...

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Renewable Energy on Target to Take Over from Fossil Fuel
Renewable Energy on Target to Take Over from Fossil Fuel

Wednesday 24th September 2014

LAZARD a U.S. investment bank, has released analysis revealing that solar and wind energy are on-track to compete with fossil-fuel and nuclear power in the U.S., even without subsidies. Lazard released their “Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis – Version 8.0”, an in-depth study comparing the cost of generating energy from conventional ...

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USDA Invest $68M in Energy Efficiency and Renewables
USDA Invest $68M in Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Invests $68 Million in 540 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects nationwide. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said of the funding arrangement: "These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities where these projects are located. "Investing in renewable ...

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U.S. Poposes New Energy Efficiency Rules
U.S. Poposes New Energy Efficiency Rules

Friday 19th September 2014

U.S. President Obama revealed yesterday a series of public and private sector commitments and executive actions to promote energy efficiency and advance solar energy. Altogether the proposed actions will cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons through 2030 – equivalent to taking more than 60 million cars off the ...

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Energy Efficiency Leasing Finance for Turkey
Energy Efficiency Leasing Finance for Turkey

Thursday 18th September 2014

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is lending $96 million to Yapi Kredi Leasing, Turkey’s leading leasing company, to increase its leasing operations in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This long-term financing to Yapi Kredi Leasing will reduce greenhouse gases as it will be used to finance renewable ...

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Report Highlights Importance of EU Energy Efficiency
Report Highlights Importance of EU Energy Efficiency

Friday 12th September 2014

THE UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank has released a report stating energy efficiency has to be centre to EU strategy to improve security of energy supplies. In the shadow of the Ukrainian crisis, Europe could cut its gas dependency by a third – the proportion of the ...

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Renewable Energy Promotion for Islands
Renewable Energy Promotion for Islands

Friday 5th September 2014

THE International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), have joined forces to promote the use of renewable energy on islands. IRENA, the intergovernmental organization dedicated to supporting countries’ efforts to adopt renewable energy, and UNWTO, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, released a Joint Statement on ...

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EBRD Invests in Hydropower in Tajikistan
EBRD Invests in Hydropower in Tajikistan

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

EBRD (European Bank for Reconstructions and Development) is investing approximately $75.7 million, including $21 million in donor funds, a $10 million loan and a $11 million grant for hydropower in Tajikistan. Hydropower is of crucial importance to Tajikistan’s economic well-being, the source of some 96% of its electricity but also bringing ...

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UK Industry Turn to Energy Efficiency to Dent Rising Prices
UK Industry Turn to Energy Efficiency to Dent Rising Prices

Monday 1st September 2014

THE Financial Times reports that UK industry is becoming evermore concerned about the rising costs of energy, which is driving them towards energy management. It has become very much the focus at boardroom level according to a survey by Siemens, and is now regarded as business critical by most industry bosses. The ...

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Nigeria's Nasarawa State to get Energy Efficiency Aid
Nigeria's Nasarawa State to get Energy Efficiency Aid

Monday 18th August 2014

THE Global Environment Facility – United Nations Development Programme (GEF-UNDP) has revealed it will spend 21 million Nigerian Naira to improve sustainable energy projects and energy efficiency. Etiosa Uyigue, the National Coordinator of GEF-UNDP, revealed the program for Nasarawa State in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He ...

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