Day: 16 December 2004
UK business briefs: Vehicle depollution guide, REEEP gets millions, Mining and metals sustainable library, Surrey gets WRAP opportunity, Cheshire underground waste storage, Pesticide appointments
Defra has launched a new guide for vehicle breakers on how to depollute vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, including buses and coaches, so that they comply with the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003. End-of-life Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) have many pollutants associated with them and are classified as hazardous waste. Legislation requires that end-of-life HGVs are depolluted to remove their hazardous components and fluids. The new guide will not only help vehicle breakers meet the new regulations but will help to ensure that breakers can cash in on the considerable resale market for parts, both in the UK and abroad. The guide is available at Defra's website.
International business briefs: Automakers must clean up act, EPA director, Everest litter climb, Coral symposium, EPA air pollution report, Mapping Madagascar
Global Exchange and Rainforest Action Network today denounced Ford Motor Company and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers for filing a Federal lawsuit to overturn California's widely popular new vehicle emissions standards. California's new regulations are the nation's first-ever rules to reduce emissions linked to global warming and the most advanced automotive greenhouse gas reduction targets in the world. The announcement came on the same day as the release of "Automaker Rankings 2004," a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists that ranks Ford as having "the absolute worst heat-trapping gas emissions performance of all the Big Six automakers." The US EPA has ranked Ford with the worst overall fuel efficiency of all major automakers for 20 or the last 30 years, including every year since 2000. "Instead of hiring lawyers and lobbyists to fight against reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Ford and other automakers should be hiring engineers to comply with this eminently reasonable law," said Jason Mark, clean car campaigner at the human rights group Global Exchange. "Rather than resist progress, Ford and other automakers need to start driving progress forward."
European business briefs: Global warming continues, Chemical issues, Substance is safe, Maathai defends title, Irish affordable housing
Global warming is on course to continue and is sure to bring an increase in extreme weather occurrences such as hurricanes and droughts, according to warnings from scientists at the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) this week in Geneva. The year 2004 is predicted to have been the fourth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1861, fitting a pattern that has placed nine of the past ten years among the warmest ever, the WMO's annual global climate report concluded.
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