Day: 11 February 2005
Commission sets out basics for post-2012 climate change strategy
The European Commission has adopted a communication setting out future policies for climate change post-2012 when the first commitment period under the Kyoto protocol ends. It suggests including aviation and maritime transport as sectors in the post-2012 regime.
UK business briefs: Recycling support, Trash fashion, Scrapstore success, Green photo competition, Business report, Business award shortlist
Elliot Morley has renewed Defra's offer of specialist consultancy support for local authorities to help them meet waste recycling and composting targets for 2005/6 and cut waste going to landfill sites. Latest figures show that England looks certain to meet its national recycling and composting target of 17%, the first time such a target has been met. To build on this momentum and provide local authorities with further assistance to meet the ambitious national target of recycling and composting 25% of total household waste by 2005/6, Defra, through the Waste Implementation Programme, Local Authority Support Unit, has made further funding available for Direct Consultancy Support for 2005/6. The Environment Minister is urging those authorities that have yet to take advantage to apply as soon as possible.
European Business Briefs: Wind turbines for cement, bottled water profit drop, bilateral North Sea deal, demand for water chemicals likely to grow in new Europe, State Aid investigation for nuclear power.
French cement company Lafarge is building 12 wind turbines to power its cement works in northern Morocco. The turbines should provide 40% of the energy needed at the plant when it runs at full capacity.
International business briefs: Clean air comments, Japanese pollution charge, Flash floods in Pakistan, WR Grace asbestos disgrace, Coal mining MOU
As part of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to improve emissions monitoring and ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act, EPA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that requests public input on the monitoring requirements of the Operating Permits Programme under Title V of the Clean Air Act. The notice seeks public comments on the best approaches to improve monitoring - such as by amending the monitoring requirements in existing emission standards and rules. The results of this action will lead to improved compliance with air emissions control requirements and should be less burdensome for states, tribes and industry. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking is a preliminary step in the regulatory process that allows EPA to solicit comments as it weighs future improvements to monitoring requirements.
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