Readers' end of year quiz

24th November 2014

Pit your wits against colleagues on important environmental developments in 2014.

1. What will the European commission withhold to drive up their price?

2. Which country, along with Luxembourg, tops the league for being the most resource productive in the EU?

3. Which UK power station is set to become the country’s largest single renewable electricity generator in 2016 and why?

4. According to a survey, 81% of the world’s largest 250 companies now report the environment and social risks facing their operations, but what vital piece of accompanying information do they usually omit?

5. What was introduced in 2014 that will significantly increase the cost of breaching environmental laws?

6. Which disappearing online information source has created a storm among environment practitioners and many businesses?

7. Air quality experts identified a street in the UK in the summer as the most polluted in the world. Which street achieved that unwanted accolade?

8. What was adopted by EU leaders in 2014 but will not come into force at national level until spring 2017?

9. A UK company sought the first substance authorisation under the EU REACH Regulation in 2014. Which company and what was the substance?

10. What information went electronic from January 2014?

11. Which country became the latest to introduce a charge for single-use carrier bags?

12. What is being reduced by more than 80% to help businesses?

13. Which countries top the global league tables for ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certifications?

14. What should have cost £30 by 2020 but will now cost just £18 after the chancellor changed his plans?

15. Which European city restricted cars entering its boundaries in March to tackle high levels of air pollution?

16. Which 10 football teams participating in the 2014 World Cup finals played in kits made from recycled plastic bottles?

17. Which three cities were ranked as the world’s smartest in 2014 for their long-term sustainability by academics at the IESE Business School in Spain?

18. A UK company reported this year that it had saved £25 million in 2013/14 by reducing its operational carbon emissions. Can you name the firm?

19. Which football stadium is installing 380,000 LEDs to to provide coloured lighting patterns and animations?

20. Which UK food retailer reported in 2014 that 95% of its fresh produce was at risk from climate change?

21. Eight of these have been used to cross the capital. What are they?

22. How many of the 43 air quality zones in the UK are on course to meet the 2015 deadline for EU limits on nitrogen dioxide?

23. Better use of what could save European businesses a cumulative €630 billion a year and reduce annual greenhouse-gas emissions across the EU by up to 4%?

24. What are expected to contribute 0.6% of global warming by 2050?

25. What is the department of communities and local government proposing to raise from 0.5 hectares to 5 hectares?

26. Which investment fund, built on oil money, has taken the decision to divest from fossil fuels?

27. Which UK company has placed a $40 price tag on 1 tonne of carbon?

28. What can deliver economic, social and environmental benefits worth, on average, $664?

29. What could trigger £33 billion worth of investment and create 64,500 skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the UK?

30. Name the new EU commissioners for energy and climate, and environment, maritime affairs and fisheries?

31. The onshore wind industry received €10.1 billion in subsidies across the EU in 2012, according to the European commission. What other energy source received the same amount?

32. What percentage of respondents to a survey by EEF reported that their senior management had little or no involvement in their environment management system (EMS)?

33. Which three environmental issues in particular did the Environmental Audit Committee find that the government was failing on?

34. 500 million hectares of which type of land use need to be restored by 2030, according to the Global Commission on Economy and Climate?

35. Which UK politician said this, and to whom was he speaking? “I remain open-minded to the possibility that climate change may one day turn dangerous.”

The answers can be found here.

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