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AMEDIA Opened The First CO2-emmisionsfreies Hotel In Hamburg


‘Green IP-Hotel’ relies exclusively on renewable energies in combination with Intelligent IP technology Hamburg, 07 July 2009 with the opening of the world’s first green IP-hotels in Hamburg-Ohlsdorf AMEDIA presents its new generation of hotels. Industry wide novelty: the hotel is operated exclusively with environmental energy (photovoltaics, geo thermal heat) that produce no CO2 emissions. The connection between modern technology and ecology is this concept in the foreground and the basis for an optimized service and high comfort. Environmentally conscious overnight is not unlike comfort and digital living, which demonstrate the AMEDIA hotels. They offer first class service, coupled with modern communication and entertainment at no additional cost. The youngest member of the family is the AMEDIA Hotel Hamburg-Ohlsdorf. All guests receive free access to high speed Internet access (Wi-Fi) and video-on-demand in the room and can make calls free in over 48 countries.

Another highlight is the in-house HD-TV Studio for worldwide HD video conferencing, which is also available free of charge at the disposal. Also two sample rooms with innovative intuitive initially operated room touch controller \”provided. Room or technical services, air conditioning and heating control and more business processes are controlled via the touch screen. The AMEDIA Hotel Hamburg-Ohlsdorf became the first international Green-all-IP real estate, smart IT technology with its 165 rooms and combines an ecological energy concept. Udo Chistee, President of the AHC International Consulting AG, explains: no matter whether business, cultural and event travelers, students, gamers and families with children. We all are becoming increasingly mobile and would benefit as possible at any given time phone, Voice over IP, E-Mail, Internet and multimedia applications. At the same time, but also our ecological awareness is growing. With AMEDIA, there is an answer to this challenge now in the hotel sector. Here we elaborate consisting of within the IP-immo Consortium, Closely together. partners of the high-tech, research / development, as well as the economic area\” Members in this group are the IVISTAR AG, power economizer GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute as well as digitalStrom and the AHC International Consulting AG.

Federal Ministry


The air is sucked out with valve gates in rooms where moisture and odours arise such as sanitary facilities and kitchen. A leading source for info: Robert Iger . Major drawback of such exhaust systems: the heat remains unused. Therefore, ventilation equipment are only the second-best solution from an energetic perspective. The trend is now clear to plants with heat recovery. These require a sophisticated management system, because the supply air through channels in the rooms. However, this effort is rewarded with a considerable energy saving. Read additional details here: John Stankey.

The benefits of a ventilation plant opposite the window ventilation is clearly obvious: The ventilation automatically, without, that you must think about to unravel again. The air is consistently good. Odors and moisture are extracted immediately at source kitchen, bathroom and WC. With built-in pollen filters, Heuschnupfengeplagte experience a considerable relief. The system is complemented by a ground heat exchanger, reaching a pleasant room temperature throughout the year. Because of the Ground heat exchanger is heated air in winter, cooled in the summer, however. With an outside air temperature in summer plus 30 degrees Celsius, for example, is the intake temperature on lowered plus 19 degrees Celsius. With the Windows closed, the ventilation system is used then for space cooling.

Heat recovery boosts savings a ventilation system costs depending on the apartment or House size approximately 3,000 euros. A plant with heat recovery requires an investment of 5,000 to 8,000 euros. However, savings in heating costs facing these expenses. The amount of savings depends on the type, plant type and the nature of the real estate and planning. The maintenance costs for all year round usage for the operating current are an apartment size of 150 square meters and a current price of 20 cents per kilowatt hour in the case of an exhaust air system at about 50 euros and in the case of a system with heat recovery for 100 euro. The ventilation systems are operated only during the heating season, cut in half are these operating costs. Against the expenses are at plants with heat recovery heating energy savings of 3,000 – 4,000 kilowatt hours. This corresponds to a heat price of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, a saving of around 350 euros. More information for housing units builders at the consumers Central Rhineland,, or and the European test Centre. Press contact: Uwe Berndt main view – Agency for public relations Tel.: 0 69 / 40 56 29 54 technical questions: consumers Central Rhineland-Palatinate e.V. – project “Energy consulting” CY-Gluckert passage 10 55116 Mainz gives free energy advice tips consumers Central Rhineland-Palatinate e.V. (www.verbraucherzentrale-rlp.de) in more than 50 locations in Rhineland-a free, vendor-independent energy consulting offers, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and labour. Under the phone number 01805 / 60 75 60 20 (14 cent / minute from German fixed network) you can find out the nearest Beratungsort.

Federal Association


Selection for private consumers has tripled in the last year / change of the gas provider saves on average 169 euro Berlin, December 10, 2009 since 2006 consumers in Germany have the opportunity to switch their gas supplier. The contest to the end customer has but only significantly on business page this year ride. So toptarif.de has tripled according to current surveys of the independent consumer portals over the choice for private end customers in the last 12 months. End of 2008 gas customers in Germany able to vote in the average between 6 gas companies\”, explains by toptarif.de energy expert Thorsten Bohg. Currently the number of available competitors has increased to about 19.\” The density of competition in Hamburg and Baden-Wurttemberg, where more than 30 vendors to attract of the customers advertise is the highest. Much less competition, however, in large parts of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, where in many places less than 12 service providers on the market.

Especially for the price, consumers can by the benefit, increasing competition on the gas market\”clearly Bohg. Although gas prices basic utilities nationwide are gone back this year by more than 20 percent, there is much greater savings for consumers as a year ago.\” So a sample budget can expect an annual consumption of 20,000 kWh gas when changing providers, with an average savings of 169 euro in relation to the most modest of local public utilities. According to the Federal Association of energy and water, but nearly 80 percent of all households with gas supply are located in the expensive prices of basic services. These tariffs are even 265 euros more expensive than the cheapest deals of competitors on average. 2008 there was, however, no cheaper alternatives to the regional distributors in many regions\”, so Bohg. The gas market compared with the intensity of competition in the electricity market is still in its infancy\”, continues Bohg.

Federal Association


So, roughly 40 percent of all household customers located according to the Federal Association of energy and water management (BDEW) in the expensive prices of basic services. The basic supply tariffs are local utilities in the nationwide average even once 6 per cent more expensive”Bohg makes clear. Cheap provider be even 192 EUR under the regional reference prices here in the middle.” Not only families will benefit from the increased competition of the electricity supplier. Also singles and small consumers can save with a change of power supply in many places over 100 euros. To gain market share, many providers give high discounts, which are independent of consumption”, explains Bohg. Exchange bonuses are not uncommon between 80 and 120 euros per customer in the this year’s Wechselsaison.

Last year the level was much lower between 30 and 60 euros.” Through consumer portals such as toptarif.de (www.toptarif.de/ power) or free service hotline 0800-10 30-499 consumers can be quickly and easily inform about alternatives in their region and free to switch to cheaper providers. The press release we hire appropriate evidence on request available. toptarif.de is the independent consumer portal of the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, for all common tariffs in Germany. It currently includes the categories of electricity, gas, DSL, investments, and insurance for legal protection, furniture, residential, private liability, car, keepers liability and is constantly being added and updated. The consumer can thereby with minimal free checking, whether there are cheaper rates for him, and, where appropriate, immediately change. The complete service of change of is completely free of charge for the consumer and the customer receives the original conditions of the provider, in some cases over toptarif.de in any case even additional, not available from the provider themselves bonuses and discounts. Media contact: Christina Salinas Tel.: + 49.30.2576205.28 Email:

Significantly Reduce European CO2 Emissions


Flexible working conditions can substantially reduce European CO2 emissions Berlin – Aastra recently followed the example of the car-free day called by the European Commission as part of the European mobility week. So the Berlin lives ICT manufacturers, how companies can reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide by enabling their employees partly to participate in relevant initiatives and to work in your home office. If 20 million workers, or 10 percent of employees within the EU only 1-2 working days per week from home, according to research by about 22 million tons per anno CO2 emissions could be reduced. Due to high prices for fuel and public transport, the advantages of working at home more and more gaining interest what applies in particular with regard to the reconciliation of family and professional life, as well as the positive impact on the environment. Learn more about this with Time Warner. So companies that rely on convergent technologies can create flexible working conditions and at the same time higher Benefit productivity.

These technologies include integrated mobility, fixed mobile convergence and other unified communications solutions. “Daily commuting to work and back affects negatively depending on the finances and the stress level of the persons concerned. If many commuters in Germany with appropriate technologies were equipped, they could work just as good – if not better – from home. Here arises the question, why don’t more companies introduce flexible working conditions”, so Andreas Lady, CEO Germany with the Aastra-DeTeWe group. Several times, companies benefit from home-working and flexible working conditions, because they can reduce their real estate and energy costs and at the same time strengthen the employee retention”latzel’s adds.

“With great confidence requires efficient home work and flexible working conditions. Here management must create the necessary conditions and stringent guidelines to ensure data safety and abuse to prevent”, explains the CEO. With the use of appropriate technical equipment, such as for example VoIP phones (voice over Internet Protocol) for a cheaper and more effective communications and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for secure access to the corporate network, a special importance must be attached to. Emissions as other causes for elevated CO2 – Are business meetings and trips. So, according to investigation by more 22 million tons of CO2 emissions can be reduced – 20% business travel would be replaced by video conferences. And companies with several sites up to 2 million tonnes could reduce their share of carbon dioxide emissions if they would hold only a meeting a year via phone conference. About Aastra Aastra DeTeWe GmbH is the German subsidiary of the Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX: “AAH”), a leading company in the field of corporate communications. Aastra in Concord, Ontario, Canada has its headquarters. Aastra develops and markets innovative Communication solutions for companies of any size. Aastra is represented worldwide with more than 50 million installed ports and a direct as well as indirect presence in more than 100 countries. The wide range of offers feature-rich CallManager for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as highly scalable CallManager for large companies. Integrated mobility solutions, call center solutions, and a wide range of devices round off the portfolio. With a strong focus on open standards and customer-specific solutions, Aastra enables enterprises a more efficient communication and collaboration.

Global Warming


The consequences of climate change come the world population dearly climatologists Potsdam Institute for climate impact research (PIK) fear that the climate target of two degrees is no longer. Instead of to cut greenhouse gases, the global hunger for energy produces more CO2. The world’s climate is faced with limited these quantities. Worldwide it had agreed before a couple of years to halve CO2 emissions by 2050. According to the PIK study 1000 billion tons in the atmosphere are likely to arrive until then. Just as it is conceivable that changed the climate only around two degrees. But in the last twelve years the world’s population has produced a third of the amount of respect to.

Therefore controls to plus currently on five degrees. That would radically change the human living conditions, because global warming is no longer manageable. Significant impacts of climate change are already noticing first warnings: currently ice researchers report a record melt of Arctic sea ice this summer. The more ice melts, the faster the climate will heat up. The consequences of climate change meet everyone and hence Germany. First events suggest how it might look in the future: in 2003, they recorded the hottest summer in the 500th history of Europe. While tens of thousands people died. A year ago joined the Elbe in Saxony on the shore.

The flood of the century 21 people in Germany cost lives and caused damage estimated at 8.6 billion euros. Also if the impacts of climate change do not stop, the worst effects are avoidable. That will only succeed if global measures against global warming are made. Because, according to the climatologists, the world population wears partly to blame on heat waves and strong storms of the last decade. Causes of climate change rising sea levels, global warming, desertification, climatic extremes and the extinction of species closely related to the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Berlin Electricity


“In Germany much is done to prevent cheap electricity prices” Berlin, December 29, 2010. Welcomes the initiative of the Federal Cartel Office, critical to check the electricity prices in Germany, even in the energy industry. Follow others, such as Robert A. Iger , and add to your knowledge base. Independent power providers criticize the structure on the German electricity market for years. The cartel guards examine possible manipulation in the wholesale power according to media reports. The results will be in January. On the German market much is done to prevent cheap electricity prices”, says Robert Mundt, Chief Executive Officer of the independent provider of FlexStrom. With more customers than 400,000 supplied a provider such as FlexStrom must rely on, to buy the power for the big corporations. More than 80 percent of electricity production in Germany, Vattenfall, RWE and E.ON energy Baden-Wurttemberg (EnBW) include the energy giant.

As a result this oligopoly structure, the wholesale electricity prices in Germany are significantly higher than in other European countries according to by Mundt. It is but not enabled us to introduce large quantities of electricity from abroad”, criticizes FlexStrom-chef Mundt. Reportedly, the network capacity that are not sufficient. However partially responsible electricity network operators include the energy giant, for example, to RWE or EnBW group. The monopolies Commission had noted in the past year, there is still no functioning competition”on the energy markets in Germany. A modicum of competition but considered important precondition for falling prices. More competition in energy markets is good for the consumers”, so FlexStrom Chairman Mundt. The majority of all households in Germany powered still by the respective basic utilities.

According to calculations by the Federal Network Agency several hundred euros savings by switching of the power provider in the year. At the turn of the year, 570 providers increase the price of electricity. Every change of electricity provider is a sign of consumers for more competition”, says Robert Mundt by FlexStrom.

Delegation Visit In The PRC Water By The 31.10.-6.11.2010


Focus on drinking – and wastewater disposal to allow small – and medium-sized enterprises, to meet decision makers and potential business partners and to inform yourself on-site about the conditions and opportunities in the Chinese market for water management the Shanghai – and Beijing Office of econet china together with the German Water Partnership in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Economics and technology hold a seven-day trip from 31 October to 6 November 2010 China is one of the most arid countries in the world. Not only the comparatively small reserves of water are responsible for the water shortage and the bottlenecks in the supply of drinking water: water pollution is one of the most serious environmental problems in China. So, a total of approximately 70% of lakes, rivers and reservoirs in threatening extent are dirty. Contact information is here: Walt Disney. One of the main reasons for this is that still a large part of the waste water untreated be discharged into waters. So, the sewage treatment rate by urban wastewater end 2006 at just under 56%. The Chinese Government’s goal is to increase it by 2010 this percentage to at least 70%.

Against this background, the Chinese Government is willing to pay for half of the investment needs in the water sector. As the world’s largest water diversion project is after the completion of the three Gorges Dam now, which is to adjust the slope of the water events between South and North China. Also, the areas drinking – and sanitation are regarded as the major profiteers of the 2008 adopted stimulus of around EUR 400 billion. Also the implementation of new standards for drinking water and increasing the effluent standards for industrial enterprises represent examples of the increased importance of the water sector in China and the related opportunities for German companies. To give small – and medium-sized companies the opportunity to meet with decision makers and potential business partners and locally about the framework conditions and to find opportunities in the Chinese market for water management, the Shanghai – and Beijing Office of econet china organize a seven-day trip from 31 October to 6 November 2010 together with the German Water Partnership in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Economics and technology. The participating companies have among others together with experts of the Chinese market for drinking – and wastewater sector-specific issues to discuss the possibility of workshops and roundtables, and to lead in the context of match making individual talks with potential partners and customers. Also, as a conditioning of Passavant Roediger and other relevant institutions and projects are visited.

The local partner is china, a service of the German Chambers of Commerce abroad (AHK) greater China this econet. Econet china aims to position supplier of German know-how in the area of sustainability even better on the Chinese market. Companies that are interested in the Chinese market, will receive about econet china Market information, and are supported on the market, finding partners, as well as market research. Magali Menant, econet china