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“Past lessons, future challenges” is the overall title of this year’s Green Week organised from 12 to 15 June in Brussels and was also the topic of the first high-level opening session this morning. Commission President Barroso started the session with a remarkably optimistic evaluation of the recent G8-meeting and a positive picture of EU… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Tomorrow, 12 June, will see the start of the European Union’s yearly Green Week. The 2007 edition will look back at successes and failures of fifty years of environmental policies at European level and will look forward to some of the main challenges today: climate change, environment and health issue, natural resources depletion, waste policy… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Let’s not waste too much of this space to the Heiligendamm G-8 climate compromise. Of course, the outcome of the talks between the world leaders can be sold by host Angela Merkel as another diplomatic victory (she already saved the EU once before) but President Bush can also go home saying he did not accept… » read more

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OPEC has warned the West that efforts to kick off from oil addiction by promoting biofuels would lead to oil prices “going through the roof”. Opec Secretary General Abdalla El Badri also threatened that the oil producing countries might cut their investments in new oil production as a result of these alternative fuels policies. I… » read more

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EU Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen warned on 5 June that Europe’s manufacturing industries are facing increasing challenges in ensuring access to the raw materials for their production. Many metallic minerals have to be imported into the EU and with the accelerating industrialisation of China, India and other developing countries, a global battle (for now mostly… » read more

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Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Monday 4 June that the air industry needs to develop zero-carbon airplanes within the next fifty years (see Financial Times or read Mr Bisignani’s full speech in Vancouver). His call for a technological revolution in the air industry comes as aviation is… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Five stars for Eurostar as it announced its “Tread Lightly” campaign on Friday 1 June. The European train company will cut emissions from its operations by 25% by 2012. It also presented a 10-point green plan to accompany its energy savings initiative. Can Ryanair and Virgin Express do better? EU environment ministers had an informal… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

President’s Bush announced on Thursday 31 May that the US is willing to negotiate with other major greenhouse gas emitters about a “long-term global goal” for cutting climate changing emissions. The declaration (part of a speech on the US International Development agenda) was seen by some as a U-turn by the Bush administration just before… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer