Agency calls Ofwat’s exclusion of Tideway project a missed opportunity
The Environment Agency has called Ofwat's decision to exclude the Thames Tideway project from its final determinations of water price limits for 2005-10 a "missed opportunity," and accused the regulator of failing to provide a long term solution to the problem of sewage pollution in the River Thames.
UK business briefs: Surrey urges ‘recycle over Christmas’, Sunderland starts first carton recycling centre, Welsh clean-up, FoE: say ‘yes’ to congestion charge, Prince Charles presents green award
Surrey County Council is urging all residents to reduce the amount of waste they create this Christmas through sustainable shopping and is encouraging the reuse and recycling of any waste that does arise over the festive season. DEFRA estimates that over three million tonnes of Christmas waste is created each year in the UK, including one billion cards, six million trees, 80,000 tonnes of old clothes and other textiles and 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper(enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey). Although not everything can be recycled, more rubbish could be put to better use, especially at Christmas. Marianne Cole, Waste Projects Officer, Surrey County Council said: "The waste produced in Surrey at Christmas significantly contributes to the 580,000 tonnes generated each year, and nearly 80% of that could be recycled. At Christmas, people tend to buy and waste more. By simply planning our meals and purchases we can all make a real difference to solving one of Surrey's biggest waste problems, whilst also saving ourselves money."
European business briefs: Spain’s main utility company threatened, Irish waste management, Germany lays down GM law, Ireland announces green schemes, EU snubs Japan over nuclear reactor
Spain has announced proposals to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants by 21% between 2005 to 2007 in a plan that market insiders have proclaimed damaging to the country's utility company, Endesa. Shares in Endesa, Spain's leading coal power producer, closed down 2.2% at €16.34, while the DJ Stoxx index of European utility stocks was flat. The government released its proposals for plant-by-plant emission limits under a wider plan to meet the European Union's commitments to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases. The proposals will be open for public comment for one week.
International business briefs: Ford fights emissions regulations, Kids air quality, Oil slick conviction, Great Lakes Declaration, World Bank gets a little greener
Global Exchange and Rainforest Action Network have 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 Environmental Protection Agency 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.
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