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Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The Role of City Development Companies in English Cities and City-Regions – Summary of Responses to

1. On 12 December 2006, Communities and Local Government published its consultation paper on city development companies (CDCs). Rather than seek comments on a specifi c set of proposals, the consultation sought opinions on the rationale and the key principles for CDCs, as well as views on the form, function and location of such bodies.

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The Thames Gateway Interim Plan: Policy Framework

The Thames Gateway is a great place to invest, live and work.It is a fantastic location, close to the capital and the gateway to Europe. It has thriving and diverse local communities, brownfield land for new jobs and homes, and beautiful green spaces with the Thames estuary at its heart. It is a place of

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Ireland Records 8.1% Improvement in Energy Efficiency Levels

The Government of Ireland, in the White Paper on Energy2, set a target for a 20% reduction in energy usage across the whole economy by 2020. This moves energy efficiency to the centre of Government energy policy. The scale of the task ahead is highlighted by the fact that between 1990 and 2005 final energy

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Petro Canada: 2006 Report to the International Community

The International and Offshore business includes our International operations and interests off the East Coast of Canada. Outside of Canada, we have operations in the North Sea, North Africa/Near East and Northern Latin America. This business is growing by optimizing existing assets, implementing a balanced exploration program and pursuing business development opportunities. In the North

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

2006 European Environment Policy Review

In 2006, the EU’s long term environment policy framework was consolidated with adoption of its revised Sustainable Development Strategy and the REACH regulation. It has solid popular support with 72 %1 of citizens in favour of more decision-making at EU level on environmental protection. Four main sets of issues broadly de ned the year. •

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Forest Condition Report 2006 for Germany

The results of the 2006 national forest condition survey show little change when compared with those of the previous year. The crown condition of forest trees has been recorded annually since 1984. Crown condition assessment is part of a harmonised European system of environmental forestry monitoring which is the only one of its like in

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Perspectives for Germany – Our Strategy for Sustainable Development

The German Federal Government has recognised sustainability as a cross-sectional task and has made it a fundamental principle of its policy. The most im-portant reform projects of this parliamentary term are oriented towards sustainabil-ity. The basis is formed by the consolation of the national budget: with the aim of reducing new borrowing to nil by

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Standards and Guidelines for Sustainable Sites

The Preliminary Report on the Standards and Guidelines for Sustainable Sites is the result of more than a year of work by a diverse group of experts in development, design, construction and maintenance of landscapes.  It is based on a thorough and comprehensive review of the current science as well as best practices in the

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

UK 2007 Survey of Attitudes and Behaviour in relation to the Environment

A full report of the results from the 2007 Survey of Attitudes and Behaviours in relation to the Environment is released today.  It gives a representative picture of what people in England think, and how they behave, across a range of issues relevant to the environment, including transport and recycling. The results presented here follow

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Urban Sprawl and Green Urban Areas

In the European Union, about 80% of the population lives in cities and towns. In the next 15 years the population living in urban agglomerations is expected to increase by more than 4%. (EEA, 1999). As a consequence urban settlements are continuing to sprawl, causing land use stress and social inequities.

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