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    E2B caught up with Alan O’Brien, CEO, Sabien, to learn more about how his company is working to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings through eliminating boiler dry-cycling.

    E2B: What inspired you to start up Sabien?

    AB: It was as good a time as any really. I had been working in the utility industry for nearly twelve years, the majority of which was spent with companies in a flux of either consolidation or integration so I never felt I was making a real or noticeable difference. Setting up Sabien has been the most rewarding ten years of my career so far. My team’s sheer persistence and dogma are the two themes that have got the company to where it is today.

    E2B: What advice would you give to businesses looking to cut their energy use?

    AB: Well, first and foremost they have to understand what they’re actually consuming and spending. You would be surprised by companies who either don’t have the capacity to measure gas consumption or are still on estimated billing. They may even have automatic meter reading (AMR) that hasn’t been commissioned properly, so the first thing to do is to establish a baseline. For example, a lot of our clients spend up to 30-40 per cent of their gas consumption on heating space and water. There’s a big opportunity in cooling, in reducing [energy use] through [more efficient] lighting, but the first thing is to measure what you’re spending, what you’re actually consuming.

    E2B: What’s next for Sabien then, produ...

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    For roughly five hundred years, Indigenous peoples have been struggling against the dominant institutions of society, against imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, impoverishment, segregation, racism, and genocide. The struggle continues today under the present world social order and against the dominant institutions of ‘neoliberalism’ and globalization: the state, corporations, financial institutions and international organizations. Indigenous communities continue to struggle to preserve their cultural identities, languages, histories, and the continuing theft and exploitation of their land. Indigenous resistance against environmental degradation and resource extraction represents the most direct source of resistance against a global environmental crisis which threatens to lead the species to extinction. It is here that many in the scientific community have also taken up the cause of resistance against the destruction of the global environment. While Indigenous and scientific activism share similar objectives in relation to environmental issues, there is a serious lack of convergence between the two groups in terms of sharing knowledge, organizing, and activism.

    Indigenous groups are often on the front lines of the global environmental crisis – at the point of interaction (or extraction) – they resist against the immediate process of resource extraction and the environmental devastation is causes to their communities and society as a whole. The continued repression, e...

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    Protesters congregated in Istanbul's Taksim Square. (Photo by Anna Beth Keim)

    Ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey began as a way to protect a rare green patch in the nation's largest city. Though they later swelled to object to the government's treatment of their demonstrations, the movement's environmental roots could lead to greater awareness of increasing endangerment of the country's natural resources. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to turn Gezi city park, one of the few patches of green in the heart of Istanbul, into a commercial development has provoked ongoing anti-government protests from the Turkish people, as well as a debate about the country's identity. The government’s plans for redeveloping the area included building a shopping mall on the park, which would mean destroying a few hundred Sycamore trees. Choosing economic gains over environmental concerns is indicative of the direction Erdogan's government has taken, says Sulmaan Khan, a freelance journalist based in Turkey. The government has environmentally dubious projects in development in many arenas, Khan said, including coastal development in the Mediterranean, a massive increase in fishing, and a bridge project that will wipe out a large section of forest. "For this government, development clearly does trump environmental concerns," Khan said. "And that has been one of its keys to success." Erdogan has been relatively popular among the Turkish people, who have cheer...

  • Jakarta Globe reported. An Indonesian lawmaker announced on Friday that a Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) allegedly implicated six companies in tax fraud totaling Rp 1.7 trillion ($187 million). Companies were identified as follows, Permata Hijau Sawit, Asian Agri Group, Wilmar Nabati Indonesia, Alfa Kurnia, INJ International and EMA Majokerto Hospital by a Markus Melkias Mekeng. Markus Melkias Mekeng, House of Representatives Commission XI which overseas financial affairs member said that the companies were identified following a Supreme Audit Agency (BKP) report. Mekeng, longtime critic of the tax authority, said the commission would urge the House to form a special committee to investigate the case and demand law enforcement officials thoroughly investigate the case, which likely involves officials from the Directorate General of Taxation. He encourages the house to investigate further to prosecute the officials from the Directorate General of Taxation who were allegedly involved in the fraud scheme. “We all know that over the last three years the tax office has been unable to fulfill its collection target, and one of the main causes is that their officials may be misusing their authority for personal interests,” said the lawmaker, Markus. It was not Markus’ first time fight against these tax violators, he started standing his grounds against them long ago before these new issues became known, in May 2010, he called the dismissal of two senior tax officials, including director ...

Jakarta Globe reported. An Indonesian lawmaker announced on Friday that a Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) allegedly implicated six companies in tax fraud

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