Six finalists vie for title of European Green Capital 2012 and 2013
The competition for the 2012 and 2013 European Green Capital Awards has entered its final stages, with 17 candidate cities now shortlisted to six. The finalists are Barcelona and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, Malmö in Sweden, the French city of Nantes, Nuremberg in Germany and Reykjavík, the capital of EU candidate country Iceland. Cities are evaluated against a comprehensive checklist of environmental criteria which includes the local contribution to the fight against climate change, transport facilities, green urban areas, sustainable land use, nature and biodiversity. Applicant cities must now provide information on a variety of indicator areas relating to their present environmental status and results, what they are doing to improve the urban living conditions, their future initiatives and dissemination plans. The winners of the European Green Capital title for 2012 and 2013 will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm in late October 2010.
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Emissions trading: Commission accepts Polish national allocation plan for 2008-2012
The European Commission has taken a decision on the new national allocation plan (NAP) submitted by Poland for distributing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances for the 2008-2012 trading period of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The only change to the earlier NAP concerns some technical rules governing the reserve of allowances not allocated to companies. Therefore the Commission decided not to raise objections to the new NAP. The EU ETS ensures that greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and industry sectors it covers are cut in a cost-efficient manner, thus helping the EU and its Member States to meet their emission commitments.