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> 2010-12-16T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, energy efficiency binding target, 20% by 2020, buildings, construction, design, maintenance, lighting, refurbishment, public sector, 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> 2010-12-10T00:00:00-00:00 Maintenance, energy efficiency, Christmas decorations, lighting, COP16: Business calls for low-carbon future to drive recovery<p>Leading multinationals and WWF called on governments to work together with business to build a low-carbon economy at COP16 in Canc&uacute;n.</p> 2010-12-02T00:00:00-00:00 ROW policy, UK policy, EU policy, US policy, United Nations climate change talks, COP16, low carbon, lighting, UN Environment Programme, UNEP, GE launches energy management service aimed at homeowners<p>Earlier this week, US giant GE launched a suite of energy management products and services aimed specifically at homeowners.</p> 2010-12-02T00:00:00-00:00 GE, energy management, maintenance, regulation and control, appliances, smart grid, smart meters, infrastructure and distribution, lighting, heating and ventilation, UK Housing Minister relaxes new home building regulations<p>UK Housing Minister Grant Shapps has announced that he is scrapping proposals for tighter building regulations for new homes and will end red tape.</p> 2010-11-29T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, building, construction, new homes, zero carbon, building regulations, energy efficiency, Zero Carbon Hub, ZCH, Code for Sustainable Homes, Saint-Gobain invests $80 million in SAGE to make energy saving glass<p>French glass and construction material manufacturer Saint-Gobain has announced an $80 million investment in SAGE Electrochromics to make energy saving glass.</p> 2010-11-15T00:00:00-00:00 Building, construction, refurbishment, materials, windows, SAGE Electrochromic, Saint-Gobain, electrochromic glass, dynamic glass, London Assembly to investigate why offices leave the lights on<p>The London Assembly&rsquo;s Environment Committee is launching an investigation into why the capital&rsquo;s workplaces leave the lights on overnight and what can be done to encourage energy saving practices.</p> 2010-11-10T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, London Assembly Environment Committee, lighting, energy efficiency, energy saving, US votes to improve national building energy code by 30%<p>US state and local officials have voted to improve the national building model energy code to deliver a 30% boost in savings.</p> 2010-11-02T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, building, construction, design, commercial, residential, 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC, energy efficiency, materials, insulation, windows, lighting, renewables, heating and ventilation, EU frees up &euro;146 million for energy efficiency and renewables<p>The European Parliament&rsquo;s Energy Committee has given the go ahead for the freeing up of &euro;146 million of unspent funds to be diverted to energy saving, efficiency and renewables projects.</p> 2010-10-27T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, energy efficiency, renewables, microgeneration, infrastructure and distribution, smart meters, smart grid, transport, road, low carbon, energy saving, insulation, refurbishment, European Energy Recovery Plan, EERP, Carbon Trust to help UK motor industry improve efficiency<p>The Carbon Trust is working with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Retail Motor Industry Federation to improve efficiency in dealerships.</p> 2010-10-26T00:00:00-00:00 Carbon Trust, energy efficiency, energy savings, motor industry, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, SMMT, Retail Motor Industry Federation, RMI,