Archive for October, 2009

Survey Reveals: Energy Efficiency Top Business Priorities

October 24th, 2009

powerlinesGreenbiz reports on BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) Survey:

Climate change, human rights and energy efficiency are some of the top priorities in business leaders’ sustainability strategies, according to a survey of BSR Conference 2009 attendees. And just as important, a large majority of companies expect their sustainability budgets will stay the same or increase, making sure they have the money to enact the actions they want to.

The BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Poll 2009 (PDF) polled 274 business leaders attending the conference in San Francisco.

When asked to list “very significant” priorities over the next year, 41 percent chose climate change, 32 percent cited human rights, 29 percent said workers’ rights and 26 percent listed water availability/quality.

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IEA Urges Nations Act On Energy Efficiency

October 15th, 2009

The IEAThe International Energy Agency (IEA) yesterday (14 Oct 2009) pushed for its members and other nations to improve their energy efficiency.

The Paris-based agency made this appeal at a ministerial meeting held in the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Jean-Yves Garnier, the director of the IEA energy statistics office, wished for the ministerial conference to send a clear message to their 28 member states.

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YouTube Copenhagen Video

October 15th, 2009

YouTube have produced their own video encouraging everyone to raise their voice over climate change.

Here is the YouTube blurb accompanying the video -

Bring your voice to the world leaders at COP15 – the most important conference on climate change in a decade.
As nations seek an agreement to protect the world we want your views from all across the world.

Watch the video below

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CFL Concerns Answered

October 13th, 2009

cfl_lampA great article has appeared in The Oklahoman newspaper, addressing some of the concerns regarding using energy saving CFL lights. Here is the article in full:

It is time to get the facts and the myths about compact fluorescent bulbs — CFLs — to address the concerns, questions and rumors that seem to be everywhere these days.

And because I often hear from readers complaining that the CFLs they buy never last very long, I tried to find out the best ways to use the bulbs so they reach the promised lifetimes their manufacturers claim. Consider the following:

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Press Screen To Save Planet!

October 12th, 2009
kiosk

Photo from San Franciso Airport

I read an article the other day about a growing trend for air travellers, purportedly allowing them to reset the balance of things environmentally, very conveniently and cheaply, assuaging troubled consciences and all through a modern form of a confessional, a kiosk!.

Apparently air travellers can voluntarily purchase “credit” from a kiosk at airports that will off-set the carbon contribution that the airplane they will travel on spews into the atmosphere. I can hardly believe this.

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60% Energy Price Increase

October 9th, 2009
British utility price could rise by as much as 60% during the next 10-15 years according to the “Energy Market Scenarios” report produced by the Office of gas and electricity markets (Ofgem) a UK government regulator.
This story could be from any nation as every region has the same problems an we all need to be more energy efficient.
The report highlights the problem of being able to supply the needed power, and many countries face that problem currently. The challenges we face can be reduced by energy efficiency.
Ofgem report that, just in the UK, investment of over £200bn is needed in power-plants plus other energy infrastructures during the next 10-15 years to be able to avoid energy shortages and meet climate change targets. Consistencies of supply and energy security form two major concerns.
Many countries have to import energy, gas and electricity, meaning energy and gas supply is dependent on other government’s readiness and stability to keep the current flowing. This means that supply disruption across the world affects energy costs.
Ofgem’s report also highlighted that energy suppliers face a twofold challenge of renewing or replacing old power-stations, while also deal with increasing volatility in worldwide gas markets, hence they would likely be forced to raise bills to meet future supply demands and carbon goals.
We can have an impact on this right away by becoming more energy efficient. Energy efficiency reduces demand, easing the urgency for new power production plants, allowing more consistent supply while reducing green house gas emissions.
Energy efficient products and tools are also far cheaper than constructing more power-plants, also allowing retrofit of energy inefficient older buildings.
It is important that we start to use smart meters with visual displays to help us to see what we are doing, why we are doing it and what we are achieving.
In commerce and industry something more is needed, an advance meter like Enigin’s Eniscope which takes report energy data a step up from regular smart metering. The Eniscope allows very precise decision making, knowledge is power in this case. Decisions can be made by business owners based on what real-time and historical data. What to do and where energy efficiency steps can be made to reduce escalating energy bills.
If you can see what is going on then you can measure it and make accurate changes for the good. Commerce and industry can make solid financial decisions to help to increase or protect the bottom line and reach environmental targets.
It seems whatever we do energy prices will go up, but we can do something by becoming energy efficient and, although energy prices will rise, we will be able to lessen our energy costs, leading to a secure future energy-wise and a environmentally.

Smart MeteringBritish utility prices could rise by as much as 60% during the next 10-15 years according to the “Energy Market Scenarios” report produced by the Office of gas and electricity markets (Ofgem) a UK government regulator.

This story could be from any nation as every region has the same problems an we all need to be more energy efficient.

The report highlights the problem of being able to supply the needed power, and many countries face that problem currently. The challenges we face can be reduced by energy efficiency.

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Energy Efficiency Scheme Will Save Cash And Carbon

October 7th, 2009

Below is the press release from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change:

decc-logoReducing energy use will save organisations a total of £1 billion and more than 4MtCO2 each year by 2020

The final details of the UK Government’s scheme to save organisations money on fuel bills and to reduce carbon emissions have been unveiled today by the UK’sDepartment of Energy and Climate Change.

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