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“Cleaner air for all” at Green Week

2nd – 7th June 2013, Brussels

13.03.13 cleaner air for allThe 2013 Green Week Conference will take place in Brussels from the 2nd to the 7th of June 2013 under the theme “Cleaner air for all”. The annual event will be held in the Egg Conference Centre in Brussels and will focus on Air Quality.

Despite a step forward in the last decades, several pollution indicators remain at unacceptable level in the EU’s most urban areas. In fact, globally, 70% of greenhouse emissions are generated in these areas. Therefore, throughout 2013, which was declared as the “Year of Air” by the European Commission (EC), the current air policy will be reviewed with the goal of finding ways to improve air quality across the EU.

Brussels enhancement of the public transport: its use grew by 94% between 2000 and 2011. These measures have helped to significantly improve air quality over the past few years

Brussels enhancement of the public transport: its use grew by 94% between 2000 and 2011. These measures have helped to significantly improve air quality over the past few years

The Green Week sessions and workshops will bring together international members from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media. The event will feature high profile international keynote speakers who will offer global insight on the subject area and highlight examples of international best practices. The full agenda of the conference can be accessed here.

During the four days of the Green Week conference, there will be an exhibition running jointly with around 40 stands displaying green business solutions, NGO activities, local and regional authorities, European and international bodies, and so on.

The Commission is willing to add to the Green Week 2013 programme awareness-raising side-events. Therefore, any event taking place across Europe from 1st May 2013 to 30th June focused on the theme of air quality, such as open door days, guided tours, a conference/seminar, a youth event, art initiative or other events are welcome to apply to be promoted and provided a communications toolbox. Extended deadline for these applications is 15th March 2013. For more information have a look click here.

Brussels and the European Green Capital Award

The city of Brussels, Belgium, is aiming to become the 2015 European Green Capital. The city, which is willing to show other cities how to move towards sustainable urban living, presents these key statements on their website for the 12 environmental of indicators of the European Green Capital Award. These indicators include:

  • Climate change: the total amount of GHG emissions per inhabitant      was reduced by 18% between 2004 and 2010 and the plan is to reduce GHG emissions      by 40% per inhabitant by 2025
  • Local transport: The objective is to reduce traffic by 20% by 2018
  • Quality of local ambient air: Ambitious measures helped to significantly improve air quality over the past few years
  • Waste production and management: The amount of municipal waste collected has fallen by almost 20% since 2000.
  • Water consumption: 18% fall in water consumption per inhabitant since 2002

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html

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