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

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

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 that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products ...

5 out of 7 EU Carmakers on Track to Hit EU 2021 Fuel Efficiency Targets – Report

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (May 26, 2014)

Five out of seven European carmakers are on track to meet their CO2 targets by the 2021 deadline if they keep progressing as they have since the introduction of the law in 2008, T&E’s 2014 cars and CO2 report reveals. The report, in its 9th edition, ...

Interview on Tecam Group Performance during First Half of 2014

by Tecam Group  (Jul. 1, 2014)

Tecam Group is a specialist in environmental technology providing Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTO) systems for VOC emissions treatment for the Industry. We have interviewed Mr. Bernat Sala, Tecam Group’s Sales Director, to learn more about the company’s performance during the first half of the year 2014. Question (Q): ...

Why did GHG emissions decrease in the EU in 2012?

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Jun. 3, 2014)

Total GHG emissions (excluding LULUCF) in the EU decreased again in 2012, reaching its lowest level since 1990. This continued the trend of emission reductions, which started in 2004. In line with EEA predictions last year2 GHG emissions between 2011 and 2012 decreased by 1.3 % in the EU28 and by 0.8 % in the EU-15. Figure 1 shows total greenhouse ...

Valuing Plastic – The Case for Business Action

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 3, 2014)

Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year, according to two reports released last week at the first United Nations Environment Assembly. The eleventh edition of the United ...

Air quality issues drive vehicle alternatives

by Energy Institute (EI)  (Jun. 27, 2014)

Vehicle exhaust systems remain a major source of air pollution in cities, despite the progress being made to reduce emissions from new models. Energy World takes a look at efficiency improvements, and the alternative fuel alternatives to petrol and diesel. In early April, the south of Britain woke to a hazy blanket of smog. A few weeks earlier, ...

EU could cut emissions by 40 percent at moderate cost

by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)  (Jan. 16, 2014)

The costs of achieving a more ambitious EU climate target are estimated to be moderate. Upscaling greenhouse-gas emissions reduction from the current 20 percent by 2020 to 40 percent by 2030 would be likely to cost less than an additional 0.7 percent of economic activity. This is a key finding from an international multi-model analysis by the ...

Emissions Trading in China: First Reports from the Field

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Jan. 24, 2014)

When Tianjin launched its carbon emission trading scheme (ETS) on Dec 26th 2013, it became the fifth ETS operating in China, following Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong. Now that five of seven pilots have started trading and the rest are expected to start in 2014, the aggregate of all emissions regulated in China through the seven pilots ...

5 Ways Minnesota Can Reduce its Power Plant Emissions

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Jan. 9, 2014)

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with standards to reduce emissions from existing power plants—which are due to be finalized in June 2015—many states are wondering how they will comply. WRI’s fact sheet series, Power Sector Opportunities for Reducing Carbon Dioxide ...

Power Sector Opportunities For Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Minnesota

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Jan. 9, 2014)

President Obama announced the first-ever National Climate Plan for the United States in June 2013. Under the plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set carbon pollution standards for power plants. In September 2013, EPA introduced emissions standards for new power plants and is expected to announce standards for existing plants ...

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