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Buzek: `Energy union can help to boost economic growth and jobs`

by European Parliament  (Feb. 25, 2015)

Energy issues have dominated the EU's political agenda for a long time. When Jean-Claude Juncker took over as president of the European Commission, one of his priorities was creating an energy union. Today this union will be debated with Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič. Ahead of the debate we spoke to former EP ...

BS4142 Noise Impact Guidelines Are Beefed Up

by Cirrus Environmental  (Feb. 13, 2015)

There has been an interesting update come across my desk this week relating to the BS4142 noise impact guidelines. Now, that may not sound the most exciting update in the world but for anyone who works in environmental noise, planning or development they need to sit up and take note. The British Standard (BS) 4142 guidelines currently ...

Climate Change and Wealth Creation

by GLOBE Foundation  (Feb. 3, 2015)

Sir Richard Branson, Chair of the Virgin Group of companies, was once quoted as saying “Climate Change is the biggest wealth creating opportunity of our generation”. He is probably right. Every environmental problem, challenge or risk factor carries with it the potential for solutions, and those solutions often have the makings ...

Are our Water Systems at Risk?

by British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA)  (Feb. 1, 2015)

Assessing the Financial Sustainability of BC’s Municipal Water and Sewer Systems Reliable water, sewer, and storm water systems are essential to public health, a clean environment, and a strong economy. But British Columbia’s systems may be at risk – aging infrastructure, growth, strengthened regulations, seismic risk, and ...

Public literacy on sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 16, 2015)

Public literacy on sustainability, knowledge about sustainability and competence to act sustainably, is assessed with a 20–question questionnaire as a function of participants' gender, age, education and annual income by surveying 353 randomly selected typical, non–expert citizens. Exploratory factor analysis reduced the number of independent ...

An applied research analysis of telework programmes as an environmentally friendly policy and a viable sustainability development leadership practice

by Inderscience Publishers  (Feb. 23, 2015)

This article discusses telework as an environmentally friendly policy and its role as a convenient way for governments and businesses to encourage sustainable development leadership practices as effective employee retention and recruiting tools. Telework is a technological advancement, which allows employees to work in approximation to their home ...

Reframing economic policy towards sustainability

by Inderscience Publishers  (Mar. 2, 2015)

Over the last quarter century, since the Brundtland Commission proposed their definition of 'sustainable development', the dialogue about sustainability has failed to reduce the threat that human activities pose to the global ecosystem. The time has come to question deep–rooted assumptions, including the role of economics. In this paper, ...

Environmental valuation and environmetrics for sustainability in Malaysia

by Inderscience Publishers  (Mar. 2, 2015)

Environmental valuation is used to monetise non–priced green goods and services. This paper argues that this pricing exercise is a useful tool to reflect such relative values to inform and facilitate sustainable policies and green economies. The application could be used in valuing solid waste management, climate change, food security, green ...

Sustainability in the trans–border regions? The case of Andalusia - Algarve

by Inderscience Publishers  (Feb. 16, 2015)

The goal of this work is to detect the basic characteristics of the development of the southern border between Spain and Portugal. This trans–border area is described and analysed comparing the region of Algarve, in Portugal and the region of the County, in Huelva, Spain. The method used 15 quantitative indicators, desegregated at municipal level, ...

Comparison of sustainability indices applied to the electrical sector in Brazil

by Inderscience Publishers  (Feb. 23, 2015)

This article draws a research on the combination of indicators of efficiency in the management of sustainability by enterprises. The concept of sustainability and the identification of the dimensions of this concept are also object of examination. Analyses performed employing two different tools, data envelopment analysis (DEA) and composition of ...

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