Recession cuts transport emissions in EU
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Emissions of many pollutants from transport fell in 2009, but an economic upturn is likely to fuel a recovery in pollution levels warns the European Environment Agency (EEA)
The EEA report shows that some efficiency gains have been made, with new cars in 2010 approximately one-fifth more efficient than in 2000, for example.
However, accelerating demand often outpaced the relatively modest efficiency gains, even if the recession slowed activity in some areas, says the EEA.
New figures from the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that emissions from new vehicles continue to fall, with CO2 from new cars dropping a further 3.5% to 144.2g/km in 2010.
According the SMMT, in 2010 half of all new cars built in the UK had an emissions rating of below 140g/km and the number producing less than 100g/km doubled.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
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Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
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