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Progress towards 2008–2012 Kyoto targets in Europe

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 28, 2014)

Latest data confirm that the EU is on track to over‑achieve its Kyoto Protocol target In October 2013, the EEA published its annual assessment of the progress of the European Union (EU) and European countries towards achieving their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008–2012, as Part A of the EEA report Trends and ...

Determinants of corporate carbon reduction targets

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 25, 2014)

This paper examines attributes affecting a corporation’s choice of an intensity-only (carbon emissions relative to sales, production, etc.) versus an absolute carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions goal. We investigate alternative hypotheses for this choice including: 1) a high growth hypothesis whereby high growth companies select an intensity goal, ...

Air quality in Europe - 2014 report

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Nov. 19, 2014)

Despite considerable improvements in the past decades, Europe is still far from achieving levels of air quality that do not pose unacceptable risks to humans and the environment. Air pollution is the top environmental risk factor of premature death in Europe; it increases the incidence of a wide range of diseases and has several environmental ...

The Sustainability Maturity Curve

by PE International AG  (Nov. 20, 2014)

For businesses, sustainability is not a destination, but a continuous journey. To help companies and managers to understand the topic and why they should be interested in it, PE International uses the concept of the sustainability maturity curve. It’s a concept that emerged through discussions at our Product Sustainability Round Table back ...

Monitoring CO2 emissions from passenger cars and vans in 2013

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 30, 2014)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) supports the European Commission in the monitoring of the CO2 performance of passenger cars, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 443/2009, and of light commercial vehicles in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 510/2011. The regulation for passenger cars sets a CO2 'specific emission' (1) target of 130 g CO2/km ...

Approximated EU GHG inventory: proxy GHG estimates for 2013

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 28, 2014)

Objective of the report This report provides estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU) and its Member States for the year 2013, covering the full GHG inventory (all sectors, except land use, land‑use change and forestry (LULUCF), and all gases). These estimates are also referred to as approximated ('proxy') ...

Dietary effect on GHG emissions is hard to swallow

by Climate News Network  (Sep. 13, 2014)

The news is enough to make climate campaigners choke on their high-fibre breakfast cereal: if Americans adopted the dietary guidelines suggested by their own Department of Agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) would actually go up by 12%. And even if Americans did what dietary ...

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 ...

Global economies must lower carbon emissions five times faster than today

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 9, 2014)

A new analysis of economic growth rates and greenhouse gas emissions data for G20 economies suggests that global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions faster – much faster. In order to limit global warming to 2°C, the limit scientists agree is needed to avoid serious risks of runaway climate change impacts, global ...

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 ...

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