Connect with us

ENGLISH

World Bank Calls for Europe and Central Asia to move from ‘Brown’ to ‘Green’ Growth

Published

on

world-bank-logoThe economic costs and social impacts of climate change threaten the prosperity of the Europe and Central Asia region.  But well-designed climate action can bring numerous benefits, while also being cost-effective. A set of three World Bank reports launched today in Brussels with the European Commission focus on the ‘here and now’ of policies to fight climate change.

In 2010, a heat wave in Russia may have contributed to more than 50,000 deaths. In 2012, droughts destroyed over 50 percent of crops in Kazakhstan, 25 percent in Russia, and 20 percent in Ukraine.  These weather events have been linked to climate change and are expected to occur more frequently in the future.

In recent years, some countries in the Europe and Central Asia region have been slow to respond to this challenge.  The region remains the most energy-intensive in the world – using 50 percent more energy per unit of output than the global average.  Fossil fuels comprise 88 percent of the energy supply in Europe and Central Asia.  In fact, coal is the leading fuel for power generation even in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Poland, countries bound by the EU’s 2020 target to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels.

The region has an opportunity to use this decade to move from ‘brown’ to ‘green’ growth, make production and consumption more sustainable, improve quality of life, and reduce impacts on the climate,” stressed Uwe Deichmann, World Bank Senior Environmental Specialist, and co-author of the Growing Green: the Economic Benefits of Climate Action report.

The three new reports identify the local and immediate benefits of climate action.  They identify what countries in Europe and Central Asia should be doing, and how they can best do it:

  • Growing Green: the Economic Benefits of Climate Action identifies energy efficiency, cleaner energy, and natural resource management as the main components of a growth-friendly climate action strategy, and shows that the biggest gains will come from improving energy efficiency.
  • Energy Efficiency: Lessons Learned from Success Stories analyzes the policies of countries in the European Union that have improved energy efficiency the most – Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Sweden in the west, and Lithuania, Poland, and Romania in Central Europe.  The report shows that the quickest gains are in industry, while residential energy efficiency improvements tend to be more difficult. 
  • Balancing Act: Cutting Energy Subsidies While Protecting Affordability proposes that with well-designed energy tariffs and social protection policies, the fiscal and environmental benefits of eliminating energy subsidies do not have to come at the expense of increased poverty and hardship. It shows that reducing consumption subsidies is possible and the welfare gains can be sizeable.

“Climate change is already happening in the region, as seen in frequent floods, droughts, heat waves, and extensive forest fires in the Balkans, Central Asia, and Russia,” saidLaszlo Lovei, Director for Sustainable Development in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region. “Climate action is a priority for the World Bank’s work in Europe and Central Asia.  Countries’ climate policies – including those that moderate the costs of climate action for the poor and vulnerable – should prioritize actions that will strengthen competitiveness and promote growth.  By prioritizing climate action, countries in the region can ‘grow green’.” 

Climate action – an essential pillar of an effective development strategy 

Climate action interacts with three important development objectives – economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.  By focusing on three areas, Growing Green: the Economic Benefits of Climate Action shows that smart climate action can bring numerous benefits and its costs can be contained by:

  • Using energy more efficiently.
  • Using cleaner energy.
  • Managing farms and forests better.


Energy efficiency – a development priority in Europe and Central Asia

Since 1990, the energy intensity of economies has dropped by almost 33 percent, but the progress has not been uniform. EU12 countries have narrowed the efficiency gap with the EU15 by 70 percent, while Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asian countries remain among the worst performers in energy efficiency in the world.  Analyzing the policies of the most successful countries in Europe, such as Ireland and Denmark, Energy Efficiency: Lessons Learned from Success Stories provides the “how-to” of energy efficiency policies:

  • Getting the prices right.
  • Coordinating policies, learn, and adjust.
  • The quickest wins are in manufacturing.


“Investing in energy efficiency appears to help sustain economic growth in higher income countries – we have seen an interesting relationship between countries that have implemented energy efficiency policy measures well and economic growth, Germany and Sweden being particularly good examples,” 
said Gary Stuggins, Lead Energy Economist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region, and author of the Energy Efficiency report.  “With this in mind, we are looking at the possibility of a new development paradigm in which the efficient use of energy is used to fuel economic growth by improving competitiveness.  The new development paradigm could be one in which leaner, efficient enterprises gain increased market share in a more competitive global economic market by keeping their costs down.”

Cutting energy subsidies – essential, but involves a difficult balancing act

A big rise in residential energy tariffs can hurt the poor and provoke protest, as in Bulgaria and the Kyrgyz Republic.  The third report, Balancing Act: Cutting Energy Subsidies While Protecting Affordability, shows that without adequate social protection programs and better housing and energy sector policies, reductions in energy subsidies could increase poverty by 4 percentage points in the former Soviet Union – close to 6 percentage points in some countries – and over 2 percentage points in the EU member states and accession countries.

“Addressing the adverse impacts of subsidy reform does not have to come at a cost to the country,” emphasized Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi, Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region, and author of the Balancing Act report“’Balancing Act’ shows that compensating poor households for higher energy prices while making small investments in energy efficiency can result in gains of over 1 percent of GDP for half of the countries in the region.”

The main steps:

  • Strengthen targeted social safety nets immediately.
  • Reduce untargeted energy subsidies more gradually, giving households time to adjust.
  • Support household energy efficiency improvements over the longer term.

 

Source: World Bank

ENGLISH

MEP Vasile Blaga: The crisis in Afghanistan, especially in its social dimension, must have a firm response from the EU

Published

on

© Vasile Blaga/Facebook

MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) argues that the current crisis in Afghanistan must be a priority on the agenda of the European institutions, which have resumed their work after the summer break.

In a statement for CaleaEuropeană, MEP Vasile Blaga said that the crisis in Afghanistan, especially in its social dimension, “must have a clear and firm response from the European Union.”

“The European Parliament has put the crisis in Afghanistan on its agenda this session. I expect that all the debates on the situation in Afghanistan will lead to solutions to the serious humanitarian situation that is about to unfold in Afghanistan. The EU, but also the Member States, owe a debt of gratitude to Afghan citizens who suddenly see their security and that of their families threatened”, added the EPP MEP.

The European Union this week began discussing the implications of recent events in Afghanistan for security and migration within the 27-nation Union.

The Foreign Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Afghanistan will hear from Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service, who will present an assessment of the latest developments in Afghanistan. European Commission representatives are also expected to address MEPs.

Afghanistan has been rocked by deadly violence and a brutal terror attack against Kabul airport over the past few days, in the midst of U.S. and international troops evacuating from the country by 31 August.

Continue Reading

ENGLISH

MEP Vasile Blaga: EU response to future health crises and progress of national recovery and resilience plans, important issues on EP agenda

Published

on

MEP Vasile Blaga  (EPP) argues that the September plenary session of the European Parliament should debate as a priority the EU’s instruments in the face of health and humanitarian crises, as well as the progress of National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

According to the MEP, the European Parliament is putting on the agenda extremely important issues for the future of the Union.

„I believe that an EU response to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic is vital. The future of the Union must find us prepared for potential health threats similar to the coronavirus pandemic. We can all see that a health emergency of the scale of the present one can only be managed by joint measures taken by all Member States. This unfortunate experience of the last two years has shown us the fragility of the EU in the face of external health threats. We need to learn from this so that the negative social and economic effects will not be repeated in the future”, said Vasile Blaga in a statement to CaleaEuropeană.

A second priority, says the EPP MEP, is linked to an accelerated recovery of the EU economies: “National recovery and resilience plans must be urgently adjusted and approved so that investment policies become engines of development in each Member State and, as a whole, kick-start the EU economy as a whole. The European Parliament must closely follow, also during this session, the progress of the national recovery plans and the way each Member State spends the money allocated by the NRRP to achieve the objectives listed in the Recovery and Resilience Facility”, added Vasile Blaga.

Continue Reading

ENGLISH

After working on infrastructure projects for NASA and the British Air Force F-35 aircraft, Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure will modernize Campia Turzii Air Base, together with the consortium represented by Leviatan Design

Published

on

©️ Forțele Aeriene Române

The British company Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, with extensive experience in the field of infrastructure and logistics projects of the British Royal Air Force and with collaborations at NASA level, will participate as a subcontractor in the infrastructure project in the operational area of the air base at Câmpia Turzii, according to the announcement on the public procurement platform SICAP.

The British company Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, with extensive experience in the field of infrastructure and logistics projects of the British Royal Air Force and with collaborations at NASA level, will participate as a subcontractor in the infrastructure project in the operational area of the air base at Câmpia Turzii, according to the announcement on the public procurement platform SICAP.

The tender for the first phase of the project, worth 514 million lei, on “Realization of infrastructure – operational area in barracks 1833 Câmpia Turzii” was won by the joint venture Telekom Romania Communications SA – Ubitech Construcții SRL – Petrodesign SA and Leviatan Design SRL, as leader of this partnership.

“Our consortium has the necessary experience, both from a national perspective, through similar specific projects it has carried out, and from an international perspective, through the partners we collaborate with”, said Cătălin Podaru, director of Leviatan Design, the company that participated in the pre-feasibility study for the multi-roller infrastructure at Câmpia Turzii.

Among the key international partners involved in the Câmpia Turzii project is Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, part of the Lagan Construction Group Ltd, established in 1962. The Brits build infrastructure to the highest safety standards for Romania’s most important strategic-military partners: Among the most recent major British-managed projects are aviation projects at Dublin Airport and RAF Marham, an important strategic base for the British Royal Air Force, for the operation of F35 multi-role aircraft. The contract to upgrade infrastructure and facilities at RAF Marham is worth £135 million.

Recently, the company has successfully delivered projects at Heathrow, London City Airport, RAF Akrotiri and RAF Gibraltar. In recent years, the company has also executed a £23 million runway resurfacing contract at RAF Northolt.

The group also has a specialist US airport team based in Virginia, Washington DC, currently working at Ronald Reagan National Airport and the Wallops Flight Facility for NASA.

This company’s expertise in infrastructure projects for F-16 aircraft is important for defence projects at Câmpia Turzii, as the Romanian base hosts F-16 aircraft of the Romanian and allied air forces, as well as American MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The Campia Turzii Air Base is one of the key strategic points in Romania’s defence and security infrastructure, being treated as such even by allies. In May this year, the US Air Force announced that the United States will invest $152 million in 15 infrastructure upgrades at Romania’s Câmpia Turzii Air Base.

The first works have already started in May-August 2021. The US Air Force plans to spend $130 million this year on “mission optimisation” at the Romanian air base. This amount is reflected in the Department of Defense budget for this year and represents the largest US military investment in Europe for 2021.

Other new modernisation projects are due to start at the end of 2021.

Continue Reading

Facebook

Advertisement
U.E.8 hours ago

Opoziția din Ungaria organizează alegeri primare istorice în încercarea de a-l înlătura de la putere pe premierul Viktor Orban

U.E.8 hours ago

Grecia a inaugurat o nouă tabără pentru refugiați, ce poate găzdui 3.000 de persoane. Centrul a fost finanțat de Uniunea Europeană

INTERNAȚIONAL11 hours ago

Ministrul Bogdan Aurescu va participa la Adunarea Generală a ONU de la New York, precum și la o serie de reuniuni la nivel ministerial

SPECIAL12 hours ago

Astăzi în istorie – 75 de ani de la discursul lui Winston Churchill privind “Statele Unite ale Europei”: Dacă Europa ar fi unită, nu ar exista limită pentru fericire, prosperitate și glorie

U.E.12 hours ago

Ministrul german al apărării propune organizarea de misiuni militare mai rapide și independente, sub umbrela Uniunii Europene

INTERNAȚIONAL13 hours ago

Ministrul francez de externe a convenit cu omologul său indian să lucreze împreună la un program pentru a promova o „ordine internațională cu adevărat multilaterală”

Eugen Tomac13 hours ago

Eurodeputatul Eugen Tomac: Ca stat membru al NATO și al UE, România are în față multe oportunități oferite de Parteneriatul Strategic cu SUA

G2014 hours ago

Miniștrii agriculturii din țările G20 fac apel la suplimentarea eforturilor de combatere a foametei și pledează pentru mai multă inovație în agricultură

Alin Mituța1 day ago

Eurodeputatul Alin Mituța a lansat un Ghid al Fondurilor Europene pentru perioada 2021-2027, dedicat actorilor locali din mediul urban și rural din România

COMISIA EUROPEANA1 day ago

Uniunea Europeană și SUA anunță un acord global în vederea reducerii emisiilor de gaz metan. Inițiativa va fi lansată în cadrul COP26

INTERVIURI1 day ago

Comisarul European Adina Vălean, despre rolul tinerilor în Conferința pentru Viitorul Europei: Ideile lor reprezintă o valoare adăugată

INTERVIURI1 day ago

INTERVIU Comisarul european pentru transporturi Adina Vălean: Proiectele europene necesită o guvernanță stabilă

COMISIA EUROPEANA1 day ago

INTERVIU Comisarul european Adina Vălean: Românii vor prefera din nou mersul cu trenul, odată cu creșterea vitezei de deplasare

Marian-Jean Marinescu2 days ago

Marian-Jean Marinescu, îndemn către autoritățile din România pentru a moderniza sistemul feroviar: Avem nevoie de proiecte bine scrise pentru a conecta regiunile slab dezvoltate de Europa de Vest

COMISIA EUROPEANA2 days ago

Președinta Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der Leyen, vine în România după Congresul PNL pentru aprobarea PNRR

Dragoș Pîslaru4 days ago

Eurodeputatul Dragoș Pîslaru: Procesul tehnic de aprobare a PNRR-ului României este finalizat. 2 mld. de euro prefinanțare ar putea intra deja în țară în noiembrie

S&D4 days ago

Social-democrații din Parlamentul European se așteaptă ca Ursula von der Leyen să fie „îndrăzneață” pentru înfăptuirea Europei sociale, digitale și ecologice

COMISIA EUROPEANA4 days ago

Ursula von der Leyen pledează pentru apărarea “minunatelor valori europene” care au făcut Cortina de Fier să cadă: Ele sunt garantate de hotărârile CJUE, care trebuie respectate de fiecare stat membru

COMISIA EUROPEANA4 days ago

Ursula von der Leyen: Acoperirea deficitului de finanțare de către UE-SUA în domeniul climei va transmite un semnal puternic întregii lumi

COMISIA EUROPEANA4 days ago

Ursula von der Leyen anunță o nouă inițiativă a UE în domeniul semiconductorilor pentru a reduce dependența de Asia: Este o chestiune de suveranitate tehnologică. Să arătăm că suntem îndrăzneți

Team2Share

Trending