http://www.energyefficiencynews.comAfion Media Ltd European Parliament calls for binding 20% energy efficiency target<p>The European Parliament yesterday demanded a binding target to improve energy efficiency 20% across the region by 2020.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3662/ 2010-12-16T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, energy efficiency binding target, 20% by 2020, buildings, construction, design, maintenance, lighting, refurbishment, public sector, Dell cuts customers’ energy costs on desktops and laptops 25%<p>Computer manufacturer Dell says its efforts to reduce the energy use of its desktops and laptops over the last two years are saving customers 25% in energy costs.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3665/ 2010-12-16T00:00:00-00:00 IT, computing, Dell, desktops, laptops, LED display, energy efficiency, maintenance, UK’s Warm Front scheme closed for business until next year<p>UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced today that the Government&rsquo;s Warm Front scheme will be closed for any further applications because all funds are fully allocated.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3661/ 2010-12-15T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, Warm Front, Warm Front Discount, fuel poverty, heating and ventilation, insulation, boilers, refurbishment, Scotland’s public sector needs to cut energy use, says report<p>Scotland&rsquo;s public bodies need to cut energy use to reduce carbon emissions and the impact of price rises, according to Audit Scotland.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3656/ 2010-12-14T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, Scotland, public sector, energy efficiency, maintenance, buildings, energy use, enegry saving, Audit Scotland, Carbon footprint calculations riddled with uncertainties, says research<p>Carbon footprint calculations, particularly for electronic goods, are often riddled with certainties, according to a US researcher.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3657/ 2010-12-14T00:00:00-00:00 Carbon footprint, lifecycle analysis, energy use, energy efficiency, research, Carnegie Mellon University, computer, IT, server, Energy efficiency not necessarily low-hanging fruit, warns report<p>Energy efficiency may be quite the &lsquo;low-hanging fruit&rsquo; politicians promise, warns a report from the World Economic Forum, because of the substantial gap between policy and implementation.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3651/ 2010-12-13T00:00:00-00:00 Energy efficiency, World Economic Forum, policy, implementation, energy saving, world energy demand, Ofgem no longer responsible for smart meter rollout, says UK Government<p>UK energy regulator Ofgem is no longer going to be responsible for the nationwide rollout of smart meters, according to an open letter from Energy Minister Charles Hendry and chair of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority Lord Mogg.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3652/ 2010-12-13T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, smart meter rollout, infrastructure and distribution, transmission, Ofgem, Department of Energy and Climate Change, US names first three companies to receive energy efficiency certification<p>The US Department of Energy yesterday announced the first three companies to be accredited under its new industrial energy efficiency certification scheme.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3647/ 2010-12-10T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, Department of Energy, DOE, energy efficiency certification, regulations and control, maintenance, industrial operations, manufacturing, Cook Composites and Polymers, Freescale Semiconductor, Owens Corning, Superior Energy Performance, Text service alerts householders to an energy efficient Christmas<p>UK energy management company KiWi Power is launching a text service to alert householders to times of peak power over the holiday period and inviting them to turn off their Christmas lights for an hour.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3648/ 2010-12-10T00:00:00-00:00 Maintenance, energy efficiency, Christmas decorations, lighting, UK Government unveils Green Deal legislation<p>The UK Government today publishes its Energy Bill, which lays out the details of how the proposed Green Deal will work to make energy efficiency available to all.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/building-and-design/i/3635/ 2010-12-09T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, Green Deal, Energy Bill, refurbishment, insulation, heating and ventilation, energy efficiency, energy usage,