A short EU Update (2012-10-02)

A short EU Update (2012-10-02)

Includes the following topics (read as PDF)

Be Prepared
has been the official Scout motto since 1907; a new tool will help city planners do just this in preparing cities to face changing weather patterns, and in creating more sustainable cities. The instrument in question is a web-based planning, prediction and training tool, which can be used to support decisions in long-term urban planning.
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Energy efficiency in historical city centre
SPIN-Energy efficiency & urban development planning project has recently started its activities in Ukraine. The pilot actions are intended to help local actors remove technical and administrative obstacles, improve competences while learning innovative and advanced solutions, and reinforce partnerships among local and regional authorities, experts and companies.
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Green cars,  or brown?
It is projected that by 2015, a fully-electrified Nissan Leaf would emit 20 grams of CO2 (g/km) if driven in nuclear energy-reliant France, but 114 g/km in the decidedly less green fields of the UK. Charged in coal-dependent Poland or Luxembourg at approximately 130 g/km – the same as the EU standard for cars in 2015. If we want to have a European market for electric vehicles then for environmental consistency, we have to have a progressive decarbonisation of the grid across Europe.
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Energy Efficiency Directive
”It’s no secret that member states bullied the Commission into watering down the directive before and during the negotiations. ” Riley said that member states have already organised themselves in two, almost secretive, working group – one technical, the ’Concerted Action Energy Services Directive’, and one political, the ’Energy Demand Management Committee’.
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