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Air & Climate

Why did GHG emissions decrease in the EU between 1990 and 2012?

Why did GHG emissions decrease in the EU between 1990 and 2012?

Total GHG emissions (excluding LULUCF) in the EU decreased substantially since 1990, reaching their lowest level in 2012. The EU emitted 4,544 million tonnes of CO2 eq. in 2012, accounting for less than 10% of global GHG emissions1. Figure ...


Energy & Renewables

How to Avert the Most Serious Impacts of Climate Change

How to Avert the Most Serious Impacts of Climate Change

The transition to a sustainable energy future will require, on average, $550 billion investment in renewable energy per year until 2030, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF ...


Environmental Management

Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates ...


Health & Safety

Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

Despite knowing full well the dangers of mercury, millions of small-scale gold miners across the globe continue to use the metal to separate gold from ore - usually because they have little other choice. The mercury is mixed into ore and ...


Monitoring & Testing

Nutrient analysis system keeps wastewater plant in control case study

Nutrient analysis system keeps wastewater plant in control case study

Problem The Denver, Colo., Metro Wastewater Reclamation District wanted near real-time nutrient analysis for a very challenging headworks wastewater aeration process, consisting of a combination of centrate and RAS. The centrate and RAS ...


Soil & Groundwater

SEB Surfactant Enhanced Bioremediation Process Improves F3 & F4 Bioremediation to CCME Guidelines -case study

SEB Surfactant Enhanced Bioremediation Process Improves F3 & F4 Bioremediation to CCME Guidelines -case study

SEB Surfactant Enhanced Bioremediation process successfully cleans >4,000 Tons of F3 and F4 hydrocarbon contaminated soils at a remote site in Alberta. The SEB process was employed when the subject soils would not respond well to a ...


Waste & Recycling

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so ...


Water & Wastewater

Roadmap for Sustainable Water Resources in Southwestern North America

Roadmap for Sustainable Water Resources in Southwestern North America

The management of water resources in arid and semiarid areas has long been a challenge, from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern southwestern United States. As our understanding of the hydrological and climatological cycles has improved, and ...


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