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A round-up of energy efficiency news from Australia and around the world.

5 Star Performance rating building in Wollongong

Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building has energy efficiency measures which save $200 000 in electricity costs a year compared with 2007–2008 consumption.

Source: The Fifth Estate

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COAG Energy Council gives consumers a strong voice

The COAG Energy Council has delivered reforms to give consumers a stronger voice by establishing Energy Consumers Australia, a new body that will increase consumer advocacy in the national energy policy arena.

Source: Minister for Industry and Science

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How to measure energy efficiency improvements

This article considers the challenges of measuring energy efficiency—how do you measure something that is not there? It draws from work under the Clean Energy Ministerial (a global forum) to look at how to achieve certainty, credibility and consistency to build confidence in the measurement and verification processes, methodologies and protocols used.

Source: Energy Manager Today

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LEDs lead to a brighter energy future in Malaysia

Energy-saving LED lighting is being deployed across Malaysia, with support from the UK Carbon Trust and the Southeast Asia Prosperity Fund.

Source: UK Carbon Trust

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Supply chains unshackle future business models

A look at why embedding sustainability into business strategy and management is important to improving resilience and competitive advantage. The article includes discussion of labour and resource costs, collaborating with supply chains and building better business models. Includes examples of work the UK Carbon Trust has done with business supply chains.

Source: UK Carbon Trust/Supply Management

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Supply chain facilitation opportunity

AusIndustry’s Supply Chain Facilitation service offers Australian businesses assistance to connect with and supply into project opportunities and new markets. A range of targeted services are available, including a series of upcoming workshops.

Source: business.gov.au

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The energy efficiency economic balancing act

This article looks at five external factors that will impact on US consumers’ and utilities’ implementation of energy efficiency measures in 2015, namely oil prices, privacy, smart cities, combined heat and power and off-grid generation.

Source: intelligent utility

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Global opportunities for elevator efficiency

A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy shows that elevators and escalators make up 2–5% of the energy used in most buildings in the US, but can use up to 50% of a building’s energy at peak times.

Source: PR Newswire

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Smart building predictions for 2015

Various analytic systems have correctly identified building systems that are not performing optimally and shown the effectiveness of building operations. This article looks at how innovative automated systems can be used more effectively to not only identify issues, but fix them.

Source: Energy Manager Today

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dealflow - new quarterly magazine for entrepreneurs

'dealflow' is a new free quarterly online magazine which profiles some of the best performing and highest potential businesses that have received commercialisation support from the Australian Government. The first issue focuses on the food and agribusiness sectors.

Source: business.gov.au

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