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etc Bulletin 33

Send date: 2011-02-10 10:07:11
February SICP Advanced Training Courses
Coming Up Next at VIU
The activities of the Advanced Training Program on Sustainable Development and Environmental Management will start on February 19, with the arrival of the first Chinese delegation in Italy, selected by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The 42 trainees will attend a two-week course focused on Waste Management.
The Advanced Training program’s activities in Italy will continue with a delegation, represented by participants selected by the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau from February 26 to March 12. The course will focus on Environmental Monitoring Management
The Port of Venice Cuts Its Electric Consumption By 70%!
The Port of Venice has cut its electric consumption by 70% using LEDs to illuminate the port area: the project is just one of the several actions implemented to reduce the port’s impact on the environment and on the city.
Venice: STOP Non Biodegradable Bags.
On November 23rd Venice Municipality decided to fight against polythene bags: the deliberation draws on the financial law of 2007 which planned an experimental program that was realized to enforce the prohibition of non biodegradable bags that was planned as from January the 1st 2010, but has now been extended until January the 1st 2011.
Renewable Energy: Ernst & Young Report
At the end of 2010 the quarterly basis report “Renewable energy country attractiveness indices”, an index that gives a numerical ranking to 30 global renewable energy markets by scoring renewable energy investment strategies and resource availability,  reveals that China has overtaken the US as the most attractive location in which to invest in renewable energy products.
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JRC Reference Report: Regulating Air Emission from Ships.
The JRC report describes technological solutions and proposes policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector and offers an overview for estimating air emissions from shipping. Currently, there are no international regulations for maritime transport emissions, although the International Maritime Organization (IMO) discussed it.
Welcome to the International Year of Forests!
After the International Year of Biodiversity, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness on the central role of people in sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
Solar Telescope!
The Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) has recently announced their contribution in financing a project to make large-scale solar electricity generation more cost-effective with a funding of one million dollars. This type of technology presents a lot of advantages: it is of a small dimension and has a low environmental impact.
A Tax to Drive in Beijing.
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. In order to control the traffic congestion and to improve the sustainable mobility and the environmental quality in the capital, drivers may have to pay a tax to drive their cars.
Country Lighting Assessment
A UNEP report
The “Country Lighting Assessment”, recently released by UNEP and developed in the framework of the en.lighten initiative, examine the savings that could be achieved by replacing all installed incandescent lamps (ILs) with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with equivalent light output.
The Fastest Solar Car in the World
The Solar Racer Sunswift IV, better known as IVy, is a solar car which has been designed and built entirely by a group of students of the University of New South Wales, Australia. Using four hundred silicon solar cells, Ivy is able to produce 1200 watt, the same amount of power needed to use a toaster.


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