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Siemens Sees A Sustainable London

Technology company Seimens has suggested that London is well placed to meet international carbon reduction targets. Their report, Sustainable Urban Infrastructure has been touted as the first comprehensive analysis of costs and potentials of greenhouse gas abatement technologies in a major conurbation and suggests that by 2025 a 44% reduction in CO² emissions (~20 megatonnes) is possible in the capital by adopting currently available technologies.

The study published June 2008, produced in association with management consultants McKinsey & Company, analysed more than 200 technological levers that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste disposal in London.

Adoption of common technologies for reducing greenhouse gases is not only suggested as making good economic sense but also to have a minimum impact on consumer lifestyle. The report indicated that 70% of the potential abatement could be achieved with the help of technologies that would pay for themselves, largely by reducing energy costs.

Further information: www.climateactionprogramme.org

Air Conditioning Heats Up

Research published by buildings' consultancy organisation BSRIA has indicated that despite global awareness of the need to reduce energy consumption, the world market for air conditioning is growing fast. In their World Market for Air Conditioning report BSRIA reveals that In 2007, the world market for air conditioning was valued at US$62bn compared to US$55bn in 2006 and the Ukraine showing the most marked growth in sales up a remarkable 45% from 2006.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, China has become the world's largest market for air-conditioning with its market alone valued at US$12 bn; it also remains the biggest manufacturer in the world and is the largest in the minisplit market.

Currently, in 25 out of the 46 observed countries, the market for window units continues to decrease, including the US which is still the largest world market for this product. VRF has continued to be the best performing segment, and BSRIA expects this market to grow by around 15% in value by 2011.

Further information: www.bsria.co.uk

Government's Green Blueprint

A tenfold increase in renewable energy production has been proposed by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to meet the Government's binding target with EU member states stating that 20% of the EU's energy consumption must come from renewable sources by 2020.

The Government's Renewable Energy Strategy was set out by Business Secretary John Hutton in June 2008 at the Low Carbon Economy Summit on London's South Bank.

The proposals are designed to dramatically cut carbon emissions and reduce the UK's dependency on oil and gas and enable the UK to meet its proposed 15% renewable energy target by 2020 - an increase of 1,000% on current levels. This is likely to include up to a third of electricity coming from renewables as well as significant increases in the use of renewable forms of heat and transport fuels.

Responses to the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation are invited by 26 September 2008 with the final strategy expected to be in place by spring 2009.

Further information: www.berr.gov.uk

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