South African buildings must declare their energy usage

All Non-residential buildings >2000 sqm and Govt Buildings > 1000 sqm must declare their energy performance per sqm/ year. The energy performance certificate must be submitted to South African national energy development institute and a copy of it is to be pasted at the entrance of the building. Read more

Pertamina is pioneering Indonesia’s Energy Transition

State owned and the second largest crude oil producer of Indonesia – PT Pertamina, has prepared a framework to decarbonise the operations of the company. It includes investments in renewable energy systems, geothermal power plants and bio-fuels making the transition towards renewable energy by 2050. Read more

TSREDCO invites interest for designing Net Zero Energy Office Building

Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corp Ltd (TSREDCO), the state nodal agency for MNRE and state designated agency for BEE is planning to construct a net zero energy building in the state. As per the invitation, the performance of the net zero building should meet or exceed the SuperECBC specifications. Read more

Usage of natural gas is being banned in buildings in many cities of US

Oakland joins the league of many US cities to ban natural gas or propane in both residential and commercial buildings. As per Officials, reduction of gas systems will reduce the risk of fires, improve indoor air quality and simplify building systems and maintenance. This regulation paves the way for all electric power sources, boosting the reliance and adoption of renewable energy resources. Read more

Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep to go green

Power Minister of India declared in a statement that the two island territories of India will meet 100% of its energy demand from renewable energy resources. The Government has already given them the targets to become green. Read more

Israel launches national energy efficiency plan for a decade

The national energy efficiency plan 2020-30 is expected to reduce 7.5% of greenhouse gas emissions per year equivalent to 6 million tonnes. The plan promotes the adoption of renewable energy and utilization of technologies that consume less fossil fuels. Electric mobility will be preferred and sale of polluting vehicles shall be banned. Read more

Columbia’s first Net Zero Energy Building

Montessori School of Columbia begins construction of the country’s first commercial net zero building. The designers focused on creating a well-insulated and air tight building with efficient heating and cooling system so that the solar power generated is sufficient to cater to the demands of the building. Read more

Global Warming heading towards 3.3º C rise by 2100

Bloomberg NEF’s study indicates that even with the expansion of renewables the planet is heading towards 3.3º C rise in global temperature by 2100. The emission are required to be slashed by 6% every year if it is to be contained below the desired 2º C rise said Matthias Kimmel, senior analyst at BNEF and co-author of the report. Read more

Energy Saving Liquid Window

The Energy Saving Window can regulate solar transmission through the window and at the same time trap thermal energy that can help to reduce energy consumption of buildings. Read more

Green Homes get grants in England

Homeowners can avail grants of upto £10,000 to adopt energy efficient reforms in their residences as per the Green Homes Grant scheme. Reforms could be a solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation, or low-carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, a biomass boiler or a solar thermal system. Read more

ADB supporting pilot Renewable Energy Plants in Bhutan

A pact to support $3 million grant from ADB administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) was signed with Bhutan to undertake a pilot project to explore the viability and sustainability of solar power projects in Bhutan.  Read more

84% of Businesses in Ireland are Green

Findings from new Green Business Sentiment Index reveal that 84% of the businesses in Ireland are environment friendly. 46% of the businesses consider expenses as the major hurdle in implementing sustainable measures to reduce their carbon footprints. Read more

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