Recession slashes power consumption

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By William GreenPower consumption plunged this year amid an industry downturn because of the recession, the Association of Austrian Electricity Enterprises (VEÖ) said today (Tues).VEÖ said the fall reached its lowest point in April, when consumption was down by 10.3 per cent year on year.Declines of 6.1 per cent and 7.1 per cent occurred year […]

Insurance firm wants more ‘green’ car repair

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By David RogersThe Vienna insurance firm Allianz has called for more environmentally-friendly car repair.Firm board member Johann Oswald said today (Thurs) that a study by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Germany had shown that smaller repairs instead of the installation of new spare parts resulted in significantly lower emissions of greenhouse gases.Oswald said such […]

Greenpeace backing CO2 seals for foodstuffs

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By Lisa ChapmanGreenpeace Austria has said it is in talks with supermarket chains over the placement of CO2 seals on food products.The environmental group announced today (Thurs) it was talking to retail bosses about the seals – small labels stating how much CO2 was consumed in production of a good – which it claimed consumers […]

WWF warning over hydroelectric plants

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By Lisa ChapmanThe WWF has warned against the construction of more hydroelectric plants in Austria as it says the country’s rivers are in a “dramatic” state.Christoph Walder, the head of the international environmental group’s campaign “Rivers Full of Life” said today (Tues): “As long as there is no good analysis of Austria’s water-power potential, it […]

Austrian shares experiences living in the Canadian outback

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By Thomas HochwarterWinters with temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees centigrade. Not a soul within 20 kilometres. And the occasional brown bear ogling through the kitchen window.A situation which might be regarded as a perfect nightmare – or the perfect plot for an adventure movie – by most. But for Austrian Manuela Zeitlhofer, it […]

Alliance blames industrialised nations for climate change

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By William GreenAustrian environmental groups have launched a fresh attack on industrialised nations ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference next month.The Austrian Alliance for Climate Justice – which includes 50 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the environmental, development-assistance, social and humanitarian sector claimed yesterday (Weds) that industrialised countries were primarily responsible for climate change.The […]

Green Heart of Austria Goes to China

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By Austrian Independent special correspondent John Morris Austrian companies from Styria, the Green Heart of Austria, travelled on a trade mission to China the last two weeks visiting Hong Zhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing to stimulate the region’s economy following the deepest recession since the 1930s. Raiffeisen Zentral Bank general manager for China, Andreas Werner, […]

Lower speed limit reduces fine-dust pollution

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By William GreenLowering motorway speed limits will cut pollution, a new study has claimed.A speed limit of 100 kilometres an hour on motorways significantly reduces fine-dust pollution, a study by Graz Technical University has concluded.The newspapers Kleine Zeitung and Kronen Zeitung reported today (Thurs) that the study had shown that periods of lower speed limits […]