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One year after it presented its first climate/energy package, the European Commission published [press release] on Wednesday 23 January five further proposals dealing with the strengthening and extension of its greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme (ETS); the individual commitments of member states to reduce non-ETS-sector emissions by 2020; the support mechanisms to produce electricity from… » read more

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Our Friday discussion webinars are highly interactive events in small groups, during which expert participants discuss an issue related to sustainable energy. During the session, participants can test arguments and share electronic documents, such as powerpoint presentations, pdf’s, … The events take place in the context of Leonardo ENERGY’s knowledge management & intelligence programme. They… » read more

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One of the lessons I took back home after my week’s stay in California is that there is a lot happening in the USA on “sustainability entrepreneurship”. During an inspiring dinner meeting with some friends of the Global Footprint Network, we discussed about several exciting start-ups which have introduced “ecological constraints thinking” into their business… » read more

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The Social Platform announced its seven tests for the Slovenian Presidency, upon which it will assess the government in Ljubljana at the end of its mandate in June 2008. The forthcoming Spring Council will launch a a new three year cycle of the Lisbon Strategy. Today, the Slovenian Presidency will submit to […] Original post… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. I started in 2000 with a process of understanding, developing and discussing a complex conceptual framework I called “The Social Computer”. This could be seen as a thought experiment along the lines of – What can a society achieve if it was more “reprogrammable”, and what could a building achieve… » read more

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Wednesday January 23rd the EU package on renewable fuels and climate is advertised. The winning number 20 seems to be secured for the energy efficiency improvements, the fraction from renewables and the reductions of GHG. All should be 20% and achieved by the year 2020. But what about the number 10? Ten percent has been… » read more

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No buses on Sundays and all shops are closed. Limassol is the second biggest city of Cyprus, but most streets in city centre remain completely empty until noon. Only the beach boulevard is crowded and I think I will easily find people to tell me what is going on in Cyprus on Sundays. Wrong bet:… » read more

Cyprus news review

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Limassol, CY (View on map) Intending to write a story about news coverage in Cyprus, I am quite surprised to find the quote `Turks out of Cyprus!` on the front page of one of the country`s leading newspapers. Source of the quote: Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis, engaged in anti-Turkish chants with a group of… » read more

Comeback Continent?

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This is fairly similar to the way I see the opportunities of Europe during the so-called Asian century: The Comeback Continent – New York Times: “Today I’d like to talk about a much-derided contender making a surprising comeback, a comeback that calls into question much of the conventional wisdom of American politics. No, I’m not… » read more

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Our Friday discussion webinars are highly interactive events in small groups, during which expert participants discuss an issue related to sustainable energy. During the session, participants can test arguments and share electronic documents, such as powerpoint presentations, pdf’s, … The events take place in the context of Leonardo ENERGY’s knowledge management & intelligence programme. They… » read more

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From one island to the next.. I took off from Britain yesterday to fly another one of the countries that joined the European Union on 1 May 2004: Cyprus. Situated closer to Lebanon, Israel and Egypt than to Greece, Cyprus is the easternmost country of the European Union. Question of the day: What`s worth knowing… » read more

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Limassol, CY (View on map) 1 January 2002: Twelve countries physically exchange their local coins and banknotes into Euros. Slovenia follows suit in 2007, while Cyprus and Malta also adopt the Euro as their local currency on 1 Januray 2008. Within three weeks, all Cypriot Pounds seem to have disappeared off the face […] Original… » read more

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Well before one can say that mobility becomes a piece of cake for EU-25, there comes 2007 enlargement and things get even worse. While the newcomers of 2004 can celebrate that more and more countries lift the transitional arrangements, Romania and Bulgaria get a bumpy ride. Original post by ewelina_daniel

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