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etc Bulletin 29

Send date: 2010-09-10 10:03:53
October SICP Advanced Training Courses
Coming Up Next at VIU
After the VIU mission in September to the Shanghai Expo 2010, another visit to China is planned in October. On this occasion a training course on Sustainable Development will be held from October 18 to 22, in Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) and a one day Symposium will be organized at Tianjin with the Tianjin Science and Technology Committee (TSTC).
October is also a month rich of trainings held in Italy. Delegations selected by the Tianjin Science and Technology Committee (TSTC), by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (MEP), and by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) will attend the Advanced Training Program.
Learning about sustainability from a Primary School.
The first primary school where its energy consumption is less than its energy production has been created in Paris, some kilometers from the city center.
There are solar panels and solar pipes and a special illumination system have been incorporated in the desks so as to take advantage from the external light reflection.
Travelling by car increases global temperatures more than travelling by plane (but only in the long term).
According to the results of the QUANTIFY (Quantifying the climate impact of global and European transport systems) project, car travel emits more carbon dioxide than air travel per passenger mile.
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Shaoxing reduces its textile production!
The Shaoxing (Zhejiang Province in Eastern China) textile production accounts for one third of the total Chinese annual production, but this industry has a great impact on the environment. The local government decided to reduce its total production by 5% (710 million meters of textile) by September 15, with the aim to reduce emissions, pollution and save energy.
The Spread of Electricity Need Not Harm Climate, says IEA-UN Report on Energy.
According to the “World Energy Outlook 2010” report, the study released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Development Programme (UNDP) and the Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), over 20% of the global population does not have access to electricity.
Champions of the Earth: it’s time for nominations!
The 2011 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ flagship environmental award, is now open and will close October 31.
Last year the six winners came from all over the world, from China to South America passing through the Maldives and Afghanistan.
4th International Fair on Energy and Sustainable Mobility.
The Fair will be held in Rimini, Italy, from November 3 to 6. Production and distribution, traditional and alternative energy sources, energy efficiency and rational consumption as an opportunity for industries, carbon economy and emission trading are amongst the topics promoted by the Fair this year.
12th Renewable Energy Finance Forum - London
20 -21 September 2010
Energy is a key issue for all EU countries and policies, with renewables being considered with growing interest, so the platform of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum is an excellent meeting point: during the last edition the attendees were made up of high level policy makers and involved people from 250 companies and 31 countries.


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