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Coverage of energy efficiency since September 26, 2023.

Heat pumps vs. AC: Report notes progress, challenges in reaching climate goals

"...“The world's climate ambitions hinge on our ability to make the global energy system more efficient,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol said. It was not all negative, however, as the report did note “strong gains” from certain countries and regions, with the European Union set to post a five per cent improvement this year, and the U. S..."

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Home Energy Savings Program

"...This program is the result of seven years of work in partnership with communities in central/northern coastal BC. It is led by Ecotrust Canada, funded by Natural Resources Canada, and implemented in collaboration with our community partners. It aims to support and empower households to increase their home energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing energy costs, energy insecurity, air pollution, and safety hazards..."

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Latin America

"...Beyond tackling CO2 emissions, major producers in the region can reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations by nearly 80 per cent at low cost, and around 40 per cent with no net costs, supporting the Global Methane Pledge that most countries have signed. Based on announced pledges, emissions from land use and agriculture, which account for half of economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions in the region today, are cut by the end of the decade and reach net zero. About 85 per cent of forests in the region are in countries that are part of the Glasgow Pledge, which aims to stop deforestation by 2030..."

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Media Release: Canada must scale up funding to meet climate and nature targets, urge 22 leading environmental organizations

"...“The fall economic update is a prime opportunity for the government to announce such investments,” said Sabine Jessen, Green Budget Coalition Co-Chair and Senior Strategic Advisor, National Ocean Program at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “As repeated floods, fires and smokey air have illustrated, we must accelerate action to mitigate and adapt to climate change and halt and reverse biodiversity loss. ”..."

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OPINION: Ottawa’s energy-efficiency standards will increase home prices in B.C.

"...New housing isn’t keeping up with B. C. population growth and energy standards won’t help Nov..."

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Easy Home Improvements You Can Do in Winter

"...As we tend to spend more time indoors during cold weather, eager do-it-yourselfers need to look for some interior reno projects to keep them occupied. Here are some low-cost tasks you can tackle that will help improve your home’s energy efficiency and maybe even save your life..."

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Energy Innovation Fair in Red Deer highlights latest advancements

"...“As we began to engage a lot of the stakeholders to this event in relation to geothermal, carbon capture, hydrogen, solar, energy efficiency and a bunch of other realms of clean tech, I realized I had no idea how much was going on in Central Alberta. It’s pretty diverse,” Thomas noted..."

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2023 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship Award Announcement

"...The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship continues the legacy of Lee Schipper’s enrichment of international policy dialogue in the fields of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. Schipper, a physicist, researcher, musician and co-founder of EMBARQ (today the Urban Mobility program of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities) inspired and shaped the thinking of a generation of students and professionals. The scholarship provides funding support and mentoring advice to promising young researchers..."

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RDP hosting Energy Innovation Fair

"...Workshops will provide opportunities to learn advancements and trends in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon capture, battery technology, building science and electric vehicles..."

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Home insurers aiming for ‘climate risk’ rating system to deal with extreme weather events

"...Insurance leaders are meeting this week with experts from Natural Resources Canada to revisit Otttawa’s promise – two years ago – to develop a national home rating system to help home buyers and sellers assess the climate risk associated with their property. That vow was part of Jonathan Wilkinson’s mandate letter when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named him Natural Resources Minister in December 2021. From the extreme wildfires this past summer to floods that devastated southwestern B..."

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“Extraordinary growth” in clean energy is keeping the

"...Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1. 8 trillion in 2023 to $4. 5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency..."

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Fossil fuel demand to peak before 2030 even with no new climate policies: report Globalnews.ca

"...The IEA report also urges governments to adopt a “build big” mentality. Electricity transmission and distribution grids need to expand by about two million kilometres each year by 2030 to reach the IEA's net-zero scenario, but the organization pointed out that building grids today can take more than a decade. “We need massive growth of battery energy storage and demand response; expanded, modernized grids; more dispatchable low-emission capacity, including fossil fuel capacity with CCUS, hydropower, biomass, nuclear and hydrogen and ammonia-based plants,” the report stated..."

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Jobs in energy efficiency

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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Director of Energy, Environment and Climate Change - Island Health Authority (Victoria, BC)

"...Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ..."

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Energy Management Coordinator - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...An incumbent coordinates the administration of the corporate energy management program complimented under the City’s Climate Action Framework and City Energy Strategy; participates with supervisors in developing goals, strategies and plans for reducing consumption of energy, all utilities, gas, hydro and water in municipal facilities; coordinates efforts in transitioning gas and diesel powered fleet to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV); prepares reports and updates on program objectives and goals; conducts a technical study of the feasibility and processes involved in the improvement of energy efficiencies for the City; recommends and implements energy and GHG emissions reduction projects and alternatives; develops plans for retrofits and upgrades to existing systems; compiles energy consumption statistics, prepares reports and recommendations and may present same as required; recommends and monitors annual budgets for hydro and gas; identifies funding sources for energy retrofits and the expansion of energy efficiency programs; liaises with BC Hydro, FortisBC..."

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Senior Green Building Planner II - Energy Benchmark Reporting - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...They will be involved in all phases of related projects including regulation design, planning, IT systems and data management design, support program design, industry/utility partnerships, and handover/closeout as appropriate..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention energy efficiency.

Energy Agenda for U.S. States

Duration: 34:03

"...This week, David Terry, Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) joins Morgan Higman (Clean Resilient States Project, CSIS) to look at how states are working together and with the federal government to craft workable and innovative solutions to implement energy policies..."

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E074: Energy Efficiency in the Philippines and the Growth of Asia-Pacific ESCO Industry Alliance

Duration: 50:58

"...Today we hear form Alexander Ablaza, the man behind many energy energy efficiency initiatives across Asia, for more than two decades in development agencies and the private sector..."

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E070: RE Development in the Philippines and Regulatory Challenges

Duration: 45:01

"...Monalisa Dimalanta is the former Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board of the Philippines. ..."

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243 Get rid of Gas

Duration: 37:42

"...Richard Keech lives in a zero-carbon home in Melbourne..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about energy efficiency.

From Risk To Reward: Financing The Energy Transition By Moving From Pilot To Scale

"...The IPCC AR6 report clearly states that the massive deployment of solar and wind technology combined with energy efficiency is the best tool kit to close the 2030 emission gap..."

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GW Sustainability Summit 2021 | Part 5 - Energy Innovation

"...How is renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy critical to recovery? ..."

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Driving On Compressed Air: The Little-Known Compressed Air Revolution

"...This prototype showcased remarkable energy efficiency, reaching up to 90% of a lithium-ion electric vehicle's efficiency and predicting a range of around 140 kilometers..."

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Why don't we all just use Geothermal Energy?

"...There's no carbon dioxide emissions and no air pollution with geothermal, and it's literally right there beneath our feet..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about energy efficiency relevant to the latest news.

The Promethean Fate of Economy: Will Hydrogen Really Be Prometheus III?s New Gift to Humanity?

"...This gift, thanks to the fact that green hydrogen is an easily storable raw material, a clean fuel, a vector and a means for accumulation of energy, can contribute, as already pointed out by Jeremy Rifkin, to overcome, at European level, the problems of exhaustion of non-renewable energy resources, of pollution, of climate change, of security and independence of energy supplies, of economic recovery after covid-19 pandemic and Ukrainian war, of lack of democracy in energy generation..."

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Role of green financial assets, financial technology and the green energy on the development of a green economy

"...Green bonds, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and green economic development all play a necessary part in green finance development..."

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Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission abatement opportunities for an existing gas treatment plant: a comprehensive tech

"...Technical feasibility assessments and economic evaluations were performed for the implementation of waste heat recovery systems, specifically an absorption chiller and a hot oil-driven re-boiler..."

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Evaluation of model predictive control (MPC) of solar thermal heating system with thermal energy storage for buildings with hig

"...This situation becomes even more complex when such buildings are integrated with renewable energy technologies, due to the inherently intermittent nature of these energy source..."

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Energy storage techniques, applications, and recent trends: A sustainable solution for power storage

"...The utilization of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery in hybrid propulsion systems for marine applications, as well as the creation of a high energy density portable/mobile hydrogen energy storage system with an electrolyzer, a metal hydride, and a fuel cell are both covered in detail with a case study..."

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Artificial Intelligence and the Decarbonization Challenge

"...The DSO was able to employ available and incoming distributed energy resource assets more effectively thanks to AI Similar to this, a German transmission system operator employed AI to produce more accurate grid loss forecasts..."

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Packet Scheduling in the Underwater Network Using Active Priority and QLS-Based Energy-Efficient Backpressure Technique

"...Especially in scenarios based on natural calamities like tsunamis, pollution detection, and surveillance, underwater communications are indispensable..."

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Sustainable Buildings: A Comprehensive Review and Classification of Challenges and Issues, Benefits, and Future Directions

"...The papers focused more on the details of different aspects of improving energy efficiency and energy reduction to minimize the environmental, economic, social, and other impacts of fossil fuels..."

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Implementation of DL 101-D/2020 in a Service Building

"...Energy efficiency and environment decarbonization are domains of growing concern..."

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Assessment of the Life Cycle Cost and Improvement of the Parametric Series of Torque-Flow Pumps

"...The research developed and proposed criteria for a comprehensive assessment of the life cycle cost of a dynamic pump installation, which allows to practically and visually assess the value of energy efficiency (energy consumption indicator ?eff) and mass-dimensional qualities (material capacity indicator ?mat) of dynamic pumps..."

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