Day: 19 July 2002
Business Briefs: water management training, socially responsible investment, and energy conservation
In this week’s international Business Briefs, a new energy management service, water distribution and sewer design courses in Mexico, a new version of a stormwater management computer modelling package, and the publication of a new guide on socially responsible investment.
Pay-as-you-drive motor insurance could cut vehicle mileage
Renewed calls for pay-as-you-drive motor insurance have come from the UK policy think-tank, ippr, and the Victoria Transport Policy Institute in Canada. In a paper presented to the ippr, Todd Litman, Director of the Canadian Institute, called for insurance companies to set premiums based on mileage rather than the current flat-rate fee.
Keen on climate change solutions but no to Kyoto, says Australian Environment Minister
Australia has pledged AU$1 billion (US$0.55 billion) to greenhouse gas reduction, but the Government remains intransigent on the issue of signing the Kyoto Protocol. This was the message received from Dr David Kemp, the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage in a speech made in London this week.
UK leading the way to Johannesburg
The UK has been one of the most active countries in the world in the run-up to the world’s largest-ever environmental conference, and is one of only two nations to have conducted consultations with society as part of its preparations. However, the issues surrounding the summit need more media attention, say organisers.
Commission calls for businesses to self-regulate on environmental issues
A Communication adopted by the European Commission will enable businesses to reach agreements on environmental regulation through self- or co-regulatory mechanisms. The Communication aims to help companies develop environmental solutions more quickly and effectively.
Government pushes for increased transparency and information on environmental issues
Leading companies will now be required to show more transparency and to consider environmental issues in their reporting. The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a Modernising Company Law White Paper in which they announce that in future, the most economically important companies – both private and public - will have to prepare and publish an Operating and Financial Review (OFR).
DEFRA funding to increase to £2.9 billion in next three years, and an extra £38 million for renewables
In order to pay for the implementation of the Curry Report to promote sustainable farming, to improve Britain’s flood defences and to manage waste appropriately, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is awarding the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) an additional 2.7% rise per year after inflation to reach £2.9 billion by 2005/06. The Chancellor has also announced that renewable energy is to receive an additional £38 million.
World’s first continuous dioxin & furan sampling system
bm becker messtechnik of Germany have launched an officially approved measuring system for continuously monitoring concentrations of dioxins and furans in releases to atmosphere. The Adsorption Method for Sampling of dioxins and Furans (AMESA) is capable of continuous sampling over periods of between 6 hours to 30 days.
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