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Dieser Bericht ueber die Ueberwindung von politischen Hindernissen bei der Einführung der Leistungsabhängigen Schwerverkehrsabgabe in der Schweiz wurde erstellt von Ueli Balmer vom schweizer Bundesamt fuer Raumenentwicklung.
This document, prepared by Ueli Balmer, assesses the political economy of the implementation of the distance-related fee for heavy goods vehicles in Switzerland. Due to the new fee, and a higher weight limit, heavy goods transport on the road has become much more efficient.
This document, prepared by Prof. Oene Oenema and Paul B.M. Berentsen, assesses the political economy of the implementation of the ‘minerals accounting system’ MINAS in the Netherlands. While the system contributed to some environmental improvements, the costs of its implementation were rather high.
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Opinion article published in The Japan Times deals with ways to continue the complex and painstakingly slow process of negociating international commitments to reduce greenhouse emissions and actively mainstreaming climate change and its impact into sectoral policies, development projects and international aid portfolios.
In November 2004, the OECD member countries agreed on the principles for validating (quantitative) structure-activity relationship [(Q)SAR] models for their use in regulatory assessment of chemical safety.
(Q)SARs are methods for estimating the toxicity and other properties of a chemical from its molecular structure.
The loss of biodiversity affects us in many ways. For some of us, its loss is felt in the same way that we regret the destruction of a great work of art- it may not affect us directly, but the indirect impact is strong......
Automotive refinishing operations consist of surface preparation and repainting of motor vehicles subsequent to their initial manufacture. These operations occur in auto-body repair/paint shops, new car dealer repair/paint shops, fleet operator repair/paint shops, production auto-body paint shops, and custom-made car fabrication facilities. Following structural preparation of the automobile, paint and/or coating mixtures are sprayed
This document provides information on the use and potential release to the environment of substances used in lubricants. Such information can be used in the risk assessment of new and existing substances in situations where specific information on a substance or process is not available. The document is based on a report produced for the UK Environment Agency entitled ‘Use Category Document - Lubricants and Lubricant Additives’ and
The document is based on a report produced by the Building Research Establishment for the UK Environment Agency entitled ‘Use Category Document – Metal Finishing’. The original purpose of the document was to provide information to be used in risk assessments for new and existing substances in the EU. Information for the original report was largely provided by practitioners in the industry with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience.
The countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia are at an environmental crossroads, according to a new OECD assessment. At present, the situation is grim, threatening human health and natural resources.