Month: January 2002
UK fridge fiasco to be probed as new equipment trials begin
Britain’s prime minister, Tony Blair, this week ordered an investigation into what is being described as a multi-million pound fiasco caused by ministers failing to prepare the country to comply with new EC regulations on the disposal of domestic fridges.
Sustainability and development must be inextricably linked at Rio+10 conference
The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) must not be seen purely as an environmental conference, but should offer the prospect of development – combined with sustainability - to the Third World, according to delegates at a conference on 22 January, which included speakers such as Jonathon Porritt and Environment Minister Michael Meacher.
Bench-marking of environmental performance across Europe reveals Denmark at the top, UK at the bottom
National environmental quality appears to be partly linked to the amount spent on environmental protection, according to the first benchmarking analysis of five environmental agencies across Europe, commissioned by the Swiss environment agency, Buwal.
Parliament and OECD decide to ‘green’ public procurement
The European Parliament has voted in two new public procurement directives intended to simplify current legislation, including an amendment requiring better inclusion of social and environmental criteria in the awarding procedures. OECD countries have also decided to lead the way in environmentally-friendly purchasing.
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