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Indian SMEs to get Energy Efficiency Funding Boost
Indian SMEs to get Energy Efficiency Funding Boost

Monday 18th July 2011

THE INDIAN Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has entered into an agreement with the Bureau for Energy Efficiency (BEE) for the development of energy efficiency amongst MSMEs. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) have a huge potential for energy saving through energy efficiency improvements, and this new agreement will help ...

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EIB Provides €310 Million for Energy Efficiency in Greece
EIB Provides €310 Million for Energy Efficiency in Greece

Friday 15th July 2011

€310 million is to be provided to the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC) by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for promoting energy efficiency and security in economic hit Greece.  The EIB investment will be used for environmentally friendly energy production and reinforcing efficient power transmission and distribution across the country. Energy ...

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Empire State Building Rises High on Energy Efficiency
Empire State Building Rises High on Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th July 2011

ONE of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Empire State, gained further recognition for its energy efficiency improvements, reducing energy use by 38 percent and annual savings of $4.4 million. The ground-breaking energy efficiency work at the Empire State Building, described by PR Newswire as the World's Most Famous Office Building, ...

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Keeping the UK's Lights On
Keeping the UK's Lights On

Thursday 14th July 2011

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has laid out the Government's plans for reforming the electricity market, with the intention of incentivising energy efficiency and renewables. With a quarter of the UK’s generating capacity shutting down over the next ten years, as old coal and nuclear power stations ...

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U.S. Traditional Lights Grow Dim
U.S. Traditional Lights Grow Dim

Thursday 14th July 2011

WE reported yesterday on a bill by U.S. Republicans looking to overturn a law which would phase out traditional light bulbs for energy efficient replacements - it failed. The Republican campaign took the stance of defending America against an assault on personal freedom, represented by energy-saving lightbulbs, but the arguments failed ...

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EBRD make Record First-Half Year Investments
EBRD make Record First-Half Year Investments

Wednesday 13th July 2011

OVER the first six months of 2011 the European Bank for Reconstruction Development (EBRD) financed a record 161 projects, the highest number of first half projects in its history. As we often report on EBRD investments on these pages, there is plenty of funding to improve energy efficiency across Europe. Within ...

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U.S. Energy Efficiency Lighting Law against Personal Freedom?
U.S. Energy Efficiency Lighting Law against Personal Freedom?

Wednesday 13th July 2011

PERSONAL freedom reaches great lengths in the U.S. although some hefty smoking bans fly-in-the-face of such views, with the ban on inefficient lighting meeting opposition. Some feel that having to buy energy efficient, compact fluorescent lighting is an affront to personal freedom, which is why the U.S. House of Representatives is ...

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Help for Australian Business with Carbon Tax
Help for Australian Business with Carbon Tax

Tuesday 12th July 2011

AUSTRALIAN steel makers and manufacturers have been described as key winners under a AUS$9.2 billion compensation package for industries affected by their new carbon tax. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian manufacturers, over four years, will get AUS$1.2 billion for improving energy efficiency and investments in clean energy technology, meanwhile ...

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UK CRC Scheme to be Simplified
UK CRC Scheme to be Simplified

Tuesday 12th July 2011

THE UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will simplify the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to lessen the burden on businesses, according to UK climate change minister Greg Barker. Barker pointed to the success of the first year of the CRC scheme (Carbon Reduction Commitment), with many UK businesses now ...

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U.S. Hospitals Energy Efficiency Progress but More to be Done
U.S. Hospitals Energy Efficiency Progress but More to be Done

Monday 11th July 2011

ACCORDING to a survey recently conducted by Health Facilities Management magazine and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) U.S. hospitals and health systems are expanding their energy efficiency efforts. After the recent economic downturn, the 2011 Hospital Energy Management Survey shows health companies and facilities are making progress in energy ...

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Philippines to set new Energy Efficiency Standards
Philippines to set new Energy Efficiency Standards

Monday 11th July 2011

THE Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) is to develop new standards for energy efficiency before the end of 2011, the agency’s top official said. Jose Rene Almendras, Energy Secretary, revealed the intention after an uproar from industry calling for updated guidelines on energy efficient technology and equipment. Almendras stated: “We’re going to ...

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Energy Efficiency Investments leave Cleantech Behind
Energy Efficiency Investments leave Cleantech Behind

Friday 8th July 2011

THE latest Cleantech investment figures, released yesterday by the Cleantech Group, reveal a drop in general investment but with plenty of growth in energy efficiency technology and energy management software. According to the latest figures from the Cleantech Group, Cleantech venture investments dropped by as much as a third during the ...

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CBI Backs Mandatory Carbon Reporting For UK Businesses
CBI Backs Mandatory Carbon Reporting For UK Businesses

Friday 8th July 2011

THE CBI (Confederation of British Industry) yesterday reiterated its call for the UK Government to introduce mandatory carbon reporting for businesses. But they urged the Government to take the opportunity to align it to existing regulations on measuring emissions. 
In its submission to the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) ...

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Worldwide Power Shortage
Worldwide Power Shortage "Likely" without $16.6 Trillion

Thursday 7th July 2011

THE IEA claim that global electricity shortages are “likely to continue” due to difficulties raising investments of $16.6 trillion to meet the estimated 2 percent annual growth in electrical demand. Countries can minimise the economic, social and environmental impacts of electricity shortages by developing emergency strategies to save energy well in ...

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World Bank Grant to Boost Viet Nam's Energy Efficiency
World Bank Grant to Boost Viet Nam's Energy Efficiency

Thursday 7th July 2011

THE World Bank have granted $2.37 million to the Viet Nam Government and other stakeholders in their efforts to improve the nations energy efficiency. The World Bank’s Global Environment Facility will fund the $2.37 million three-part project with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Viet Nam’s industrial sectors. The first ...

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Call for UK to Match Actions with Words
Call for UK to Match Actions with Words

Wednesday 6th July 2011

UK BUSINESSES stand ready to build a new low-climate-risk economy, but feel the Government needs to take their promised action. Business leaders and Chief Executives from some of Britainʼs biggest companies including Shell, Tesco, Lloyds Banking Group, EDF Energy, Unilever and Kingfisher, have issued their sternest warning yet that the Government ...

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Europe has a €265 million Energy Efficiency & Renewables Fund
Europe has a €265 million Energy Efficiency & Renewables Fund

Wednesday 6th July 2011

ON FRIDAY the European Commission launched a €265 million European Energy Efficiency Fund by utilising money left from a €4 billion EU energy infrastructure fund investments from other parties. The European Commission (EC) will provide €125 million, with the European Investment Bank (EIB) €75 million, Italian public bank Cassa Depositi e ...

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Spain Aims for €600 Million Sustainability Fund
Spain Aims for €600 Million Sustainability Fund

Tuesday 5th July 2011

SPAIN has launched a fund with the ultimate target of €600 million to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Spanish Energy Saving and Diversification Institute (IDAE) have concluded an agreement which sees the two bodies launch a JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable ...

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14 Initial Partners Join U.S. Better Buildings Challenge
14 Initial Partners Join U.S. Better Buildings Challenge

Tuesday 5th July 2011

THE US Government’s energy efficiency Better Buildings Challenge has been boosted by 14 companies and communities that have committed to the scheme. The Better Building Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative and was launched earlier this year by U.S. President Barak Obama. The Initiative aims to encourage private sector ...

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Energy Efficiency Market to Continue Growth
Energy Efficiency Market to Continue Growth

Monday 4th July 2011

DESPITE financial difficulties for many economies and industries the energy efficiency market shows remarkable growth according to new research. The White paper published by Pike Research identifies trends across the energy market and this new research predicts continuing development and growth of the energy efficiency industry over the next year. The research ...

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UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report
UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report

Monday 4th July 2011

The UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications were published on June 30 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes. The June edition ...

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Lugar Fires-off Practical Energy Plan for U.S.
Lugar Fires-off Practical Energy Plan for U.S.

Friday 1st July 2011

U.S. SENATOR Richard Lugar is pushing a national energy plan which he claims will save billions of dollars by improving energy efficiency and increasing domestic oil production. Lugar unveiled his 2011 Practical Energy Plan on his Facebook page via a live stream yesterday morning. The plan looks to break the countries dependence ...

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Energy Price Hikes Hit Cape Town
Energy Price Hikes Hit Cape Town

Friday 1st July 2011

BUSINESSES in Cape Town, South Africa, are facing economical strains as the latest round of electricity price hikes will hit the city hard. From today, the city’s electricity tariffs increase by 19.94 percent, as Eskom, South Africa’s state owned utility, has increased its bulk selling price to Cape Town by 26.7 ...

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Hawaii's Capitol Enters Energy Efficiency Battle
Hawaii's Capitol Enters Energy Efficiency Battle

Thursday 30th June 2011

HAWAII'S State Capitol employees are fighting it out in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Battle of the Buildings in an effort to be the most energy-efficient workplace in the U.S. Hawaii NewsNow reports the words of Jon Chin from the State Energy Office of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and ...

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Simplification Proposals for UK CRC Scheme
Simplification Proposals for UK CRC Scheme

Thursday 30th June 2011

Proposals to make the UK's CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme simpler (formerly Carbon Reduction Commitment) easier and more straightforward have been outlined. The CRC scheme started in April last year to reduce carbon emissions in businesses through energy efficiency improvements. Following recent discussions with businesses, industry, other scheme participants and regulators the proposals ...

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