Top news: Bio fuels are not as environmental friendly as it seems; 55 countries agreed on reducing carbon emissions from shipping; Italian trade union offended by live mannequins dressed in beachwear.
#Bio fuels: Yesterday, Greenpeace launched a report showing bio fuels can actually cause more greenhouse gases than traditional fossil fuels due to impacts on land use change. The EU labels bio fuels as a renewable energy source however, Greenpeace argues that bio fuels offer little or no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. Therefore, they should not count towards renewable energy targets or qualify for incentives. Read the full report here.
#Oceans: Maritime countries have agreed to reduce carbon emissions from shipping. The global agreement outlines a reduction of energy use in newly built vessels from 2013 onwards. The agreement seems to be a step in the right direction, however environmental NGOs acknowledge that the full effect of this decision will take a long time to have any major impact. UN’s international maritime organization force all ships over 400 tons built after 2013 to improve their efficiency by 10%, rising to 20% between 2020 and 2024 and 30% for ships delivered after 2024. The first ever regulation of emissions in shipping is expected to lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions of 45-50m tons a year by 2020. Read Greenpeace’s blueprint for energy efficiency.
#Mannequins: In Italy, real mannequins appeared in the shop window of a department store modeling in shorts and bikinis. Italian trade unions took offence saying they found this type of marketing degrading. ‘We want to defend the decency of workers and the intelligence of customers’ the Filcams CGIL union said in a statement. The next day, the models were back behind the windows, holding a sign reading ‘Modeling is also a job’.