Invasive alien species (IAS) cost the EU an estimated EUR 12 billion per year, prompting the European Commission to push for an EU-wide approach to tackle the issue. The phenomenon, which occurs when plants and animals are deliberately or unintentionally introduced by human action to a new environment where they establish, reproduce and proliferate, is causing serious problems for biodiversity. The dedicated legal instrument aims to tackle the problem through a new harmonised system and a shift from “cure” to “prevention”.
The EU remains committed to generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. On the occasion of the EU’s flagship event for sustainable energy, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (24-28 June 2013), new audiovisual material is now available. The eight minute Video News Release (VNR), and accompanying B-Roll, show three examples of projects that use renewable energy solutions to generate economic benefit for businesses, local communities and citizens. The footage is free of charge and free of copyright and is available in an English language version and a clean (international) version here on TV LINK. The script can be downloaded in EN and is also available in FR/ES/DE/PL/IT (upon request, see contact below).
FC Augsburg has developed the world’s first CO2-neutral stadium. Unlike most clubs, FC Augsburg pumps ground water through pipes below the playing surface to heat their pitch. As ground water has a temperature of around 8-12 degrees, it can be used for the majority of the season without the need for an external heating supply. This offers the club considerable savings as their previous system could use up to 10,000 litres of oil per match, just to heat the pitch.
‘Green Crowding’ is a crowdfunding website, which allows individuals or communities to discover and invest directly in ‘green’ projects near them. This gives people the chance to see practical results of their investments as well giving them a steady rate of interest throughout the course of the project. The innovative aspect for companies and organisations involved is that they can appeal directly to individuals and local communities for their funding, rather than relying solely on banks.
El Hierro, Spain
El Hierro, an island in the Canary Islands archipelago, has set the ambitious goal of being powered solely by renewable energy sources. Their plan aims to harness the island’s considerable renewable energy potential by using a combination of wind turbines and a hydroelectric plant to generate 80% of their energy needs. This will save the community millions of Euros currently spent on importing oil and will go a long way to achieving their overall ambition.
Note for editors
The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place from 24 to 28 June 2013. It will consist of a High Level Policy Conference which focuses on ‘Financing and Sustainable Energy’ and energy related events (Energy Days) which will be held all over Europe. To find an Energy Day taking place near you click here.
The week will kick off with the Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) Award Ceremony on 24 June. Details of the nominees can be found here.
For more media material on EUSEW visit the online press corner.