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Annual AI Power Consumption Rivals That of an Entire Country 

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, October 12, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – The artificial intelligence (AI) industry could consume as much energy as a country the size of the Netherlands by 2027, new research shows. Data centers run 24/7; most are powered by fossil fuels. Today, the world’s data centers account for 1% of the global electricity demand, states the International Energy Agency, and about 4% of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than the aviation industry.

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Robust, Low-cost Sensor Tracks Heat Flow to Boost Efficiency

TOKYO, Japan, July 25, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – Is the machinery in your facility radiating too much heat? Is it dangerous for workers? Is it heating up the building, which then requires cooling? Excess heat from mechanical or electronic devices is a sign or cause of inefficient performance. Now, researchers in Tokyo are demonstrating embedded sensors to monitor the flow of heat that could help engineers alter device behavior or design to improve efficiency. 

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Brewers Need Efficiency to Master Shifting Industry 

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 26, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – A cold beer at the end of a hot day tastes mighty good. When most people enjoy a cold one, the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the brewery that made the pint at their lips rarely crosses their minds. But that’s not true of Ken Grossman. Energy efficiency is top of mind for him.

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Biden Invests Billions in Efficient Energy for Public Buildings

WASHINGTON, DC, May 18, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – These days President Joe Biden says, “I’m not joking, folks,” a lot. With all his friendly kidding around, the U.S. President is serious about many things, and supplying buildings in American cities with cleaner energy, particularly federal government buildings, is close to the top of his list.

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Earth Day, Earth Week: Earth Day Every Day

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – Earth Day is held each year on April 22 to show support for environmental protection. It started small on April 22, 1970, and now includes hundreds of events coordinated globally by, working with 150,000+ partners in 193 countries to build environmental democracy. The official theme for Earth Day 2023 is Invest In Our Planet. One billion people are expected to participate.

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Maritime Shipping: Energy Efficiency Rules the Bottom Line

By Sunny Lewis for Maximpact LONDON, UK, March 20, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – “The decline in private equity and venture capital dealmaking is widespread across sectors of the global economy, with just a few exceptions. One of them is energy efficiency,” declares the S&P Global Market Intelligence report published in November. Nowhere is energy efficiency […]

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Powering Smart Grid Resilience With Batteries on Wheels 

LONDON, UK, January 25, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – Trials started this week for Inflexion, a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging program built by a UK energy software company to secure a stronger electricity grid. Inflexion allows charged electric vehicles to send power to consumers’ homes or offices in off-peak hours, when costs and carbon levels are low and sell the clean energy back into the grid during peak use when costs and carbon emissions are higher.

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Greener EU Buildings Open Low-Carbon Pathways to 2050

PARIS, France, January 14, 2023 ( Sustainability News) – Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in European buildings and construction have ballooned to an all-time high from lower levels during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, this economic sector accounted for over 34 percent of energy demand and 37 percent of energy and process-related CO2 emissions – now the European Union is urgently activating a new strategy.

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Making municipalities more energy efficient

Maximpact blog energy efficient municipalities

It is estimated that 60% of all energy used is wasted due to inefficient systems. Municipal buildings and services have a huge energy savings potential, which can reduce their overall energy consumption and energy costs. Artificial intelligence (AI) can help municipalities solve a multitude of problems by identifying where energy is wasted and thereby making them more efficient and helping them convert into smart cities.

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UN Climate Action Summit 2019

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the time to act is now if there is any chance of combatting and reversing its effects. The 2019 Climate Action Summit will unite global key players to meet the climate challenge and put the Paris Agreement into action.

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How Artificial Intelligence Creates Smarter Buildings


“Artificial intelligence or AI involves a computer’s ability to adapt to a situation and create a unique solution that was not directly programmed. The energy industry has been tapping into the innovative world of AI to learn how to improve processes, ensure energy resiliency and to enhance the customer experience, among other pertinent goals,” Chris Buzby writes on the Constellation Energy Resources blog.

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EU Companies Must Meet Year-End Energy Audit Deadline


Under the European Union’s primary law to boost energy efficiency – and meet the EU target of cutting energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – all companies with more than 250 employees must conduct an energy audit within a common framework once every four years. The next deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019.

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