Day: 21 June 2002
Carrier bag tax brings mixed response from home improvement sector
News that the government is considering a levy on plastic carrier bags has brought a mixed reaction from the home improvement sector, according to an investigation by the magazine DIY Week. While the packaging industry has moved quickly to refute the benefits of such a tax, retailers seem to have little issue with the proposals.
Another plant eases fridge mountain but DEFRA criticised for handling of issue
A boost for fridge recycling has come in the form of an agreement between a UK waste management company and a European recycling company, who say their combined work can recycle over 150,000 redundant fridge and freezer units per year.
UK is one of the most resource-efficient countries in the EU
The UK has become one of the top five countries in the EU for resource use efficiency and has successfully decoupled economic growth from total use of materials, according to a report commissioned by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Business Briefs: waste and water services; mergers in Spain; Basque energy projects; and Latvian CHP
In this week’s European Business Briefs, re-organisation for waste and water services at Suez, Vivendi is to reduce its stake in its environmental branch, a Spanish wastewater company and an electric company are to merge, state aid for Basque energy projects, and a Latvian energy company is to receive a boost from a European bank.
Central and Eastern Europe – a rising market for water industry business
Central and Eastern European accession countries are providing good opportunities for water and wastewater treatment for companies faced with a maturing western European market, with Bulgaria, for example, required to spend €4.1 billion on replacing half of its water supply network.
Human gut bacteria causing disease in Caribbean coral
US researchers have revealed for the first time that a bacterial species associated with the human gut can cause disease in marine invertebrates, following the discovery that such a bacteria is responsible for white pox disease in Caribbean coral.
Tackling global warming would postpone prosperity only two years
By 2100 people around the world will be five times as rich as they are now. The US$1 trillion to US$8 trillion predicted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change would postpone this wealth by only two years, say two leading climate scientists.
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