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etc Bulletin 34

Send date: 2011-03-01 12:10:12
March SICP Advanced Training Courses
Coming Up Next at VIU
The March 2011 schedule of the Advanced Training Program foresees the participation of two Chinese delegations.
The first is represented by participants selected by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The 42 participants will be in Italy from March 5 to 19, 2011 to attend the second training course organized in 2011 by VIU and the CASS, focused on “Water Pollution Prevention Control”.
The second delegation, coming from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), will be in Italy from March 12 to 26 attending a course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
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Parma “Zero Emissions City” in 5 Years
Zero Emission City is a pilot project carried out by the city of Parma (in the Emilia-Romagna Region).Parma is becoming the reference point for the electric vehicles in Italy and it will host the “Electric Vehicle Show” on March 24-26.
The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea supports the project and the purchase of an electric vehicle.
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Guangzhou Won the Sustainable Transport Award.
Guangzhou has a winning transportation system: a bike-sharing program, wide bicycle lanes lined with trees and a large rapid bus system: that's why won the Sustainable Transport Award.
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Chinese Consumers Are Willing to Pay More for Green Products.
A survey on the attitude of Chinese consumers and business managers towards green and certified products was carried out in November and December 2010 by TÜV SÜD, an international service organization. The “Green Gauge 2010” showed that a large part of the consumers, around 84%, are willing to pay 27% more to buy products and services that are certified as green, while at the same time 74% stated they are already buying them.
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10 Million Car Parking Spots for Electric Vehicles by 2020 in China
Recently, it has been said that in 2009 China overtook the United States as the world's biggest auto market and by 2012 Beijing alone will have 7 million vehicles on the road.
After the incentives on electric vehicles the Chinese government is said to be looking to prepare at least 10 million car parking spots for electric vehicles by 2020.
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Solar Chimney Plant Starts Operation in China
On December 10, 2010, a solar chimney plant started operations in Jinshawan, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
The advantages of building this type of plant in a desert means that the energy stored in the sand, heated by the sunshine during the day, would also discharge heat at night and continue to run the turbine. Moreover, the system does not need any water in order to function.
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Is it Possible to Reprocess Nuclear Fuel? China Says Yes
The Chinese state television Cctv announced that Chinese scientists have mastered the technology for reprocessing fuel from nuclear power plants. If this technology is to be put into practice, China could cover its energetic demand for at least 3000 years, instead of the 50 or 70 years forecast without this technology.
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The EU Seeks Your Opinion on Making Public Procurement Rules Better.
On the 27th January the European Commission launched a broad-based consultation method for the modernization of the rules, tools and methods for public procurement. This method was chosen to ensure that the EU policy revision will be based on the experience of all stakeholders, and that future rules provide the best possible solutions to the actual needs of contracting authorities, economic operators and society as a whole.
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2010 on Record as World’s Warmest Year
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2010 ranked as the warmest year on record, together with 2005 and 1998.
2010 was also characterized by a high number of extreme weather events, including a heat wave in Russia and the disastrous monsoonal floods in Pakistan.

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The US Senate Approved the Renewable Energy Tax Incentives.
An important step towards renewable energies comes from the American Senate: the Renewable Energy Tax Incentives was approved in December 2010 resulting in 858 billion dollars of tax cuts and credits. If the law is also approved by parliament and then by President Barack Obama, the consequences will be most significant: there will be major extensions of ethanol tax credits for renewable energy industry.
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