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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Energy Performance in Public Buildings

In Valdivia, a city of about 160,000 people in southern Chile, a university research team set about analyzing how best to cut energy use in public buildings. Seeking the biggest bang for the buck, the team focused on three schools and City Hall.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Green Financing for Efficiency

In Mexico, a widely accessible financing mechanism—the “Green Mortgage”—makes it easy for homebuyers to install energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets, LED lighting, solar water heaters, and a host of other “ecotechnologies.”
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Protection from the Elements

Far too many people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in substandard dwellings, often built with poor materials and lacking basic infrastructure services. A study by the Inter-American Development Bank put the number at 59 million people, or one in three families. An organization called Weatherizers Without Borders (WWB) is working in Argentina and beyond to help change that—and reduce energy use in the process—by getting local and national governments to invest in housing weatherization. The money is already there, WWB’s CEO says; the challenge is to shape public policy.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spotlight on Energy Efficiency

What energy could be more cost-effective than energy that’s never used in the first place? No wonder governments are increasingly looking at energy efficiency as the “first fuel” and “a source of energy in its own right,” as the International Energy Agency puts it. For this month’s newsletter, the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas reached out to a few people involved in promoting energy efficiency in different countries, to learn about what works and what could be improved. One important aspect: the potential human impact.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

World Bank Scores Sustainable Energy Policies in 111 Countries

An increasing number of developing countries – Mexico, China, Turkey, India, Vietnam, Brazil, and South Africa – are emerging as leaders in sustainable energy, with robust policies to support energy access, renewables and energy efficiency, according to a new World Bank Report.
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