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24-25/04/2008 - T&E conference: Towards implementation of truck charges in Catalonia and Spain, opportunities of the revised Eurovignette Directive

Barcelona, 24-25 April 2008

T&E, kindly supported by the Catalan Transit Service and the Department of territorial policy and public works of the Government of Catalonia, will host a conference to discuss the feasibility of application of road charging for lorries in Catalonia and Spain. The programme aims to foster debate amongst logistics professionals, transport operators, public administration and NGOs. See www.eurovineta.es for details and registration.

Sustainable tool

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An EU-funded project has come up with what it says is ‘a tool to support cities and regions to adopt sustainable management’. The toll is the result of the three-year Managing Urban Europe-25 project that forms part of the EC’s thematic strategy on the urban environment initiated in 2006.

Aviation unethical?

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The British financial company Standard Life says its ethical investment funds will no longer invest in airline stocks because its investors do not want it. Standard Life said its latest survey of those who want their money invested ethically showed 30% of respondents saying they would prefer a complete exclusion of airline stocks from the funds.

Bad air quality

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Air quality is getting worse in the EU, according to a report into concentrations of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, and local traffic is largely to blame. The report by the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change said legal limits were exceeded in a ‘considerably higher’ number of measured zones in 2005 than in 2001. PM was exceeded in 44% of the zones examined.

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