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Science|Business | January 28, 2016

Environmental pressure groups criticise 9 member states in central and eastern Europe for using EU regional funding to prop up existing fossil fuel systems, rather than to tackle climate change

Less than 10 per cent of the EU regional funding money earmarked for decarbonisation projects in nine Central and Eastern European countries will be invested into renewables, energy efficiency and smart grids, according to a new report.

Journal de le'nvironnement | January 27, 2016

Abondés par les financements de l’Union européenne, les pays d’Europe de l’est et d’Europe centrale ne les emploient que rarement à des solutions de transition énergétique, dénonce l’association Les Amis de la Terre Europe dans un rapport publié mardi 26 janvier.

Selon l’association, seuls 7% des 178 milliards affectés à ces neuf pays [1], aussi bien par le Fonds européen de développement régional (Feder) et le Fonds de cohésion pour la période 2014-20 [2], sont orientés vers les énergies renouvelables, l’efficacité énergétique et les «smart grids».

Дневник | January 27, 2016

Милиарди евро от Европейския съюз, предназначени за трансформиране на неефективните им енергийни системи, отделящи високи въглеродни емисии, в Централна и Източна Европа се харчат неправомерно. Това констатира нов доклад на CEE Bankwatch Network и Friends of the Earth за Европа, публикуван във вторник.

Klimaretter.info | January 26, 2016

Neun EU-Mitgliedsstaaten torpedieren den Klimaschutz in der EU: Estland, Kroatien, Lettland, Litauen, Polen, Rumänien, die Slowakei, Tschechien und Ungarn würden fossilen Brennstoffen den Vorzug vor klimafreundlicheren Lösungen geben, selbst wenn sie EU-Gelder für den Klimaschutz erhalten würden. Das ist Ergebnis einer Analyse, die osteuropäische Umweltschützer der Organisationen CEE Bankwatch und Friends of the Earth am Dienstag in Brüssel vorgestellt haben.

Agrepres | January 26, 2016

Nouă state membre UE din Europa Centrală și de Est, printre care se numără și România, țin pe loc progresele realizate de blocul comunitar în combaterea încălzirii globale prin faptul că nu reușesc să investească fondurile oferite de Bruxelles pentru dezvoltarea energiilor regenerabile, arată un studiu publicat marți, informează DPA.

Politico | January 26, 2016

Central and Eastern European countries “misspent” billions worth of EU public funds on fossil fuels instead of on renewables and energy efficiency, NGOs CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe said in a report released Tuesday.

Examining the spending plans for current 2014-2020 EU budget cycle for Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, the two NGOs found that of the €178 billion in regional development and cohesion funds aimed at CEE countries, only 7 percent will be spent on greener forms of energy.

Tages Anzeiger | January 26, 2016

Mehrere mittel- und osteuropäische Länder ziehen fossile Brennstoffe klimafreundlicheren Lösungen vor. Und laut Umweltschützern drücke die EU beide Augen zu.

Neun mittel- und osteuropäische Länder vernachlässigen nach Angaben von Umweltschützern Investitionen in den Klimaschutz. Diese Länder geben demnach fossilen Brennstoffen den Vorzug vor klimafreundlicheren Lösungen.

Namibian Sun | January 19, 2016

Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) says the international environment watchdog CEE Bankwatch is making false and misleading claims about exposure to arsenic as alleged by the town’s people.
DPM argues that Bankwatch’s claims are not supported by the regular health surveys conducted in Tsumeb under the supervision of the Namibian government and independent medical specialists.
Bankwatch said in a statement issued on December 22, 2015 that information available to it “shows that arsenic levels have been way above safe limits defined by health institutions.”

Asian Power | January 12, 2016

China is awfully torn between coal power reduction and further growing its exports.

When the OECD agreed to restrict subsidies for coal-fired power plants’ exports, both investors and the press had a field day. It was a big step in curbing the growth of global coal-fired power generation and it could have been a phenomenal day for the power industry--except that China, the biggest elephant in the room, was missing when the coal power reduction pact was made.

Oslobođenje | January 8, 2016

Međunarodne razvojne banke finansiraju veliki broj hidroelektrana u nacionalnim parkovima, mjestima koja pripadaju svjetskoj baštini i zaštićenim zonama širom Balkana.

Prema izvještaju organizacije Bankwatch, od 1.640 planiranih i tekućih projekata u BiH, Makedoniji i Albaniji, pola će biti izgrađeno u nacionalnim parkovima, mjestima koja pripadaju svjetskoj baštini i koja je Evropska unija zaštitila u okviru projekta Natura 2000.