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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.

Poland assurance

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The European Court of Justice has confirmed that Poland has agreed not to do any more work on the controversial Augustow by-pass through the Rospuda wetlands until the current legal dispute with the Commission is settled. The Polish government has agreed to look at alternative routes for the by-pass, which was one of the main objections of protesters.

Charge for health

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The London city congestion charge celebrated its fifth birthday last month with the news that it had made a minor contribution to improving human health. Scientists at two London institutes calculate that since February 2003 1888 extra years of life have been saved among the seven million population of London. Inside the charge zone, an extra 183 years of life have been saved for every 100 000 residents.

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