Month: September 2004
EU court takes firm line on water pollution
The European court of justice has insisted on a broad EU definition of eutrophication in a ruling condemning France for breaching the EU urban wastewater treatment directive. The French government had disputed the definition in an attempt to justify designating relatively few "sensitive areas" under the 1991 law.
International business briefs: Bad monsoon, Evolution breakthrough, Toxic water, Clean air waiver, Russian Kyoto, Hurricane help fund
Indian weather officials this week stated that this year's monsoon is expected to measure 12-14% below normal for the June and September period, mainly due to an El Nino-like weather condition. Monsoon rains had been down by 13% between 1 June and 15 September, and officials said a significant downpour was now unlikely. Around 60% of India's population depend on the farm sector to earn a living and a bad monsoon is bad news for the agricultural industry, which accounts for 22% of the country's GDP.
European business briefs: Spanish oil, Irish recycling, French sewage, Gas deal, Environmental award, Water guidelines
International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato stated this week that he sees no immediate reduction in oil prices, due to continued strong demand and a lack of investment in oil infrastructure. A lack of investment, along with this year's bad weather, is one of the drivers of the current high oil prices. Environmental regulations have made it harder and more expensive to get permits to build new refineries. Finding big oil reserves is also more difficult, making development of new finds less cost-effective.
UK business briefs: Recycling buggy upgrade, Clean power deal, New recycling farm, Green home competition, Waste contract, Earth songs, Recycling success
Electric carts providing valuable door-to-door recycling collections across Wales are to receive a £30,000 upgrade thanks to the Welsh Assembly Government. The vehicles, known as Pedestrian Controlled Vehicles, are particularly useful for collecting household recycling in small, remote communities in Wales, where it would be uneconomical to provide a conventional collection service. The Community Recycling Network in Wales, will receive the funding to upgrade existing vehicles so they are better able to negotiate steep hills and carry a bigger load.
AMP 4 – From Directive to Delivery
AMP 4 is a key milestone in the water industry, defining the huge investment requirements for the industry over the next 5 years. With directives forming a key driver for this investment, the process of going from Directive to Delivery of solutions is complex and has major consequences for all stakeholders. Now the final determination is upon us, are all the issues understood? This is an opportune time to consider the practical implications of key directives.
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