Press release from | No. 10/08

Climate protection and resource efficiency

Goods and services in the IT and telecommunications industry (ICT) can do their bit to harmonise the goals of climate protection and economic growth. This is the conclusion reached at the annual conference on the challenges and opportunities posed by climate protection and resource efficiency (Jahreskonferenz Klimaschutz und Ressourceneffizienz - Herausforderungen und Marktchancen für die Informat... read more

Press release from | No. 9/08

Emissions trading: Allocation procedure for second trading period completed

During the allocation procedure for the second trading period of emissions trading (2008-2012) the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the Federal Environment Agency awarded certificates to 1,625 installations. In the first trading period, 2005-2007, there were still 1,849 installations participating in emissions trading. The number has gone down because installations have been combined... read more

Press release from | No. 08/2008

Industrial waste in my neighbourhood?

As of 2008 industrial facilities must report their releases of pollutants to air, water and land as well as their transfer of waste and waste water in a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). The PRTR replaces the European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER), and is to be established and operated following an international agreement drafted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Eur... read more

Press release from | No. 07/08

Soot particle filter: Federal Environment Ministry denies accusation it lied

According to a report by the ddp news agency, the Federal Environment Ministry lied to the German Bundestag’s environment committee and in answer to questions posed by the opposition about diesel soot particle filters, said a spokesperson at the Federal Environment Ministry. The federal ministry strongly denies the statement that it lied to the German Bundestag. The Federal Environment Ministry... read more

Press release from | No. 6/08

Dangerous legacy: Complete replacement of lead water pipes now

It has been known for years that lead is harmful to health, yet water pipes made of lead are still widespread in many older buildings.  The result can be increased lead concentrations in drinking water, in some cases above the limit value of 10 microgrammes lead/litre of drinking water (µg/L) in effect as of 2013.  There is evidence that roughly 3 percent of households with children aged 3-14 will... read more

Press release from | No. 5/08

Despite favourable atmospheric conditions: too much atmospheric particulate matter in 2007

The Federal Environment Agency’s preliminary evaluation of 415 measuring stations demonstrates that favourable atmospheric conditions in 2007 were a relevant factor that account for lower levels of particulate pollution than in previous years.  Yet there is absolutely no reason to sound the all-clear, for 2007 also had incidences of particulate matter concentrations above the established cap.  34... read more

Press release from | No. 04/2008

Waste water treatment facilities do their bit to protect climate

The more than 10,000 waste water treatment plants in Germany’s cities and municipalities consume a lot of energy, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the power consumption of all public utilities.  These facilities consume nearly 4,400 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, which corresponds to the generation capacity of a modern coal power plant, and they emit some 3 million tonnes of the greenh... read more

Press release from | No. 3/08

Exposure to traffic and aircraft noise are recipes for illness

Noise is not only a nuisance, it can also cause illness. People who are exposed to high levels of night-time aircraft noise often have higher blood pressure levels that those living in quieter residential areas.  Even an increase of the night-time noise level by 10 decibels [dB(A)] in noise level ranges between 30 and 60 [dB(A)] raises the risk of hypertension in men and women by about 14 percent.... read more

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