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Cities need funding to make most of green growth, says CDP

The world’s cities have significant opportunities for green growth but need funding to make the most of them, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Panasonic starts production of home energy storage system

Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic says it is starting production of lithium-ion battery packs for home energy storage this month.

Japanese firm to plant ‘green curtains’ to cut energy use

Japanese advanced ceramics company Kyocera ia planting ‘green curtains’ at its locations throughout the country to cut energy use.

HP unveils net zero-energy data centre design

HP’s research arm HP Labs has unveiled a design for a net zero-energy data centre that matches energy supply to computing demand to lower power costs by 30%.

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Toyota tots up 29 certified green buildings in US

Toyota tots up 29 certified green buildings in US

Japanese carmaker Toyota has totted up a total of 29 LEED-certified ‘green’ buildings in the US with the completion of a training centre in Kansas.

Philips LEDs to light up Empire State Building

Philips LEDs to light up Empire State Building

New York City’s iconic Empire State Building is teaming up with Philips to use LEDs to create a state-of-the-art lighting show that changes colour in real-time.

GE switches on LED replacement for 100 W bulb

GE switches on LED replacement for 100 W bulb

GE’s lighting division is this week switching on its 27 W light-emitting diode replacement for the 100 W incandescent light bulb.

UK government launches £35 million fund for eco-entrepreneurs

UK government launches £35 million fund for eco-entrepreneurs

The UK government today launched a £35 million fund for energy entrepreneurs and a £3 million fund for innovation in heat storage.

Honda unveils test smart house in Japan

Honda unveils test smart house in Japan

Japanese carmaker Honda unveiled this week a house the company has built in the city of Saitama to demonstrate its ‘smart home’ system.

UK Prime Minister opposed to compulsory energy efficiency improvements

UK Prime Minister opposed to compulsory energy efficiency improvements

Proposals to require UK homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient when undertaking other renovation or extension work is likely to be opposed by the Prime Minister David Cameron, according to media reports.