Just a day after the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) enlisted the support of some the world’s top soccer players to promote its agenda at next month’s World Cup in Germany, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) scored another goal today with the adoption of environmental messages contained in a short film to be presented on giant screens before each and every match of the month-long tournament. “Environmental considerations will take centre stage in this competition for the very first time, with clear and measurable objectives, and we hope that it will leave a lasting legacy,” UNEP Division of Communications and Public Information Director Eric Falt said. The film, adopted by Green Goal, set up by the German Organizing Committee with UNEP and the German Oeko Institute, ends with the slogan ‘World Champion for the Environment – We are working on it.”Green Goal, whose stars include German football legend Franz Beckenbauer and former UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, also put the final touches to the Climate Neutral scheme, which will offset all 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide generated within Germany by transportation, construction and maintenance of the stadia, and the presence of 3.2 million expected spectators.As part of an environmentally sound transport plan, fans purchasing tickets for the matches in the 12 World Cup venues will be able to use them for free access to local public transportation in a scheme that will cost the World Cup 2006 Organizing Committee some €2 million (euros) but should save large amounts of greenhouse gases by reducing private car use.Other energy savings schemes centre on the venues themselves. For example, the latest high-tech energy management systems have been installed in the Munich Arena and should realize a 20 per cent reduction in electricity consumption on both and match and non-match days.With the issue of waste avoidance foremost on their minds, organizers have also introduced the reusable “Cup of the Cup.” Fans will pay a deposit of €1 for the cup which will be the only one sold and used for drinks at the grounds.“Environmental considerations and impacts, including those that add to climate change, are increasingly being factored into important sporting events,” Mr. Falt said.Yesterday UNICEF and world’s governing soccer body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), kicked off a campaign that includes a public service announcement featuring some of world’s top players, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, to promote the values of peace and tolerance. read more

first_imgThe Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) is hosting a second event at the CIM 2013 convention in Toronto, a forum on Ventilation On Demand (VOD). Please send your RSVP to Courtney Folz [email protected] CEMI is hosting an information and discussion forum on VOD. This no cost session is open to ventilation practitioners interested in advancing the adoption of VOD at their mines. It will be held Monday May 6, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Room 201C, 2:00 – 5:00 PM and will include a presentation of findings, an introduction of VOD performance metrics and a round table discussion to determine industry priorities for faster and more effective adoption of VOD.The information and discussion forum will present the summary findings from CEMI’s 18 month CAF-VOD study sponsored by Vale, Xstrata Nickel,  CANMET and Industry Canada.  The study investigated two VOD system installations with the objective of quantifying the business case for VOD while collecting scientifically valid field data to assess the effects of VOD on the workplace.  A significant CAF-VOD finding identified the potential for increased productive capacity that VOD provides in existing mines, improving the payback that can be realized from energy savings alone.CEMI is developing a collaborative program to pursue the next phase of VOD investigative work. The program will be focusing on determining and further quantifying the benefits that VOD can provide to improve ventilation effectiveness, energy intensity, design best practices and improved production capacity.  VOD provides a potential paradigm shift affecting design and operation of our future mines.last_img read more

← Previous Story MKB Veszprem close to sign Carlos Ruesga! Next Story → Hapoel Rishon Lezion is the new Israeli handball Champion! Ferenc Ilyeshandball transfersPick Szeged Hungarian vice-champion Pick Szeged will make some changes as the biggest rival Veszprém a year before. The new coach, Juan Carlos Pastor brings García Parrondo, Niko Mindegía and Vladimir Vranjes from Spain. Club officialy announced signing of former Veszprem’s left back Ferenc Ilyés from Polish Wisla Plock. Wisla’s line player, Muhamed Toromanovic is also close to sign deal with Hungarian team.VIRAG FARKAS / D.P