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May 2017

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Improving Energy Efficiency in SMEs: the Italian example

A recent European Commission study on Best practices in Energy Efficiency revealed that some EU countries are already going beyond the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). Among them, Italy has decided to take significant steps to address the question of energy efficiency in SMEs.

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Important growth potential for the chemical sector in the Circular Economy says Accenture report

On March 14, Accenture published the report “Taking the European Chemical Industry into the Circular Economy”. This report highlights the key role the chemical industry has to play in the circular economy and the business opportunities that will arise from the implementation of this concept.

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2017, a decisive year for EU energy regulation

The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package is a set of new and reformed energy regulations proposed by the European Commission in November. It aims at enabling competitive, secure and clean energy at the EU level, labelled since 2015 as the objectives of the ‘Energy Union’.

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STEEEP: increasing energy savings in SMEs

STEEEP (Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance) is a 3-year European project helping 600 European cross-sector SMEs to reduce energy consumption and become more energy-efficient.

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Green Investment Bank to boost support for low carbon projects as government confirms sale to Macquarie

The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) will look to invest at least £3 billion into the green economy after a deal was agreed to sell it to Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie). Macquarie has published today a series of commitments for the future of GIB under its ownership, including:

Maintaining GIB’s green purpose and green objectives, in line with the ‘special share’ arrangements to safeguard GIB’s green purpose which will be held by five independent trustees.

Maintaining the GIB platform and brand, and to utilise the skills and experience of GIB employees in Edinburgh and London

GIB’s Edinburgh office will be home to a new revenue generating project delivery business providing services to the green energy portfolios of GIB and Macquarie in the UK

Nick Hurd Climate Change and Industry Minister said: The Green Investment Bank has been very successful in attracting private capital to the UK’s green economy. It now makes sense to move it into the private sector where it will be free from the constraints of public sector ownership, allowing it to build further on its success.

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Sasol Italy's implementation of Advanced Process Controls

Sasol Italy implemented an energy efficiency improvement project based on the application of Advanced Process Control ("APC") technologies in its factory at Augusta (Siracusa, Italy).

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VNCI shares Best Practice on insulation of process installations

While energy costs are increasing and legislation on energy use is stricter and stricter, preventing heat losses is becoming increasingly important.

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