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Cities and regions call for support for coal regions in transition

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 luglio 2019

The needs of Europe’s coal regions in the context of the EU’s energy transition were at the top of the agenda of the European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) commission for economic policy (ECON) on 9 July in Brussels. In an opinion drawn up by Mark Speich, Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia, ECON members called for adjusted state aid rules and additional funding for affected regions in the framework of cohesion policy 2021-2027.In 2018, the European Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the EU must to a large extend abandon fossil fuels and power generation from coal, in particular, must be significantly reduced. Coal is still mined in 41 NUTS-2 regions in 12 Member States, where it plays a profound role in the local economies.
Mark Speich (DE/EPP), Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia and rapporteur of the CoR opinion ‘socioeconomic transformation of coal regions in Europe’, said: “185,000 people are still employed in coal mines across Europe, and a further 52,000 work in coal-fired power plants. The coal industry is also indirectly linked to various economic sectors, such as production of inputs, equipment, services and consumer goods connected to a further 215,000 jobs. Transforming the economy and building up new industries will take time. Therefore, we need to make sure the affected workers and communities have the support, trainings and financial aid they need to rebuild their local economies. We need to give them a new prospect so that they know they will not be left behind.”In this context, the members of the ECON commission welcome the European Parliament’s call for a Fair Energy Transition Fund in the next EU long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework). However, they stressed that additional funding in the framework of cohesion policy 2021-2027 would be better placed to serve coal regions and their need for tailor-made support than a centralised fund. This is particularly relevant as these regions differ widely in terms of geographical location, economic development level and future demographic trajectory.Jerzy Buzek (PL/EPP), Chair of the European Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy, said: “I am glad that the CoR is another EU body supporting the establishment of the Just Energy Transition Fund for coal regions proposed by me in the EP ITRE Committee and supported with MEPs vast majority. Even if the synergies with cohesion funds will be important, the European Parliament expects additional financing and a separate budget line for the Fund in the new MFF. This will be crucial not only as a strong signal to the citizens of the coal regions, who must not be left behind; but also it is an important message that in the EU we are serious about the Paris agreement, our energy transition and ambitious climate goals”.ECON members also emphasised the added European value in supporting coal regions in this transition phase and recommended giving coal regions sufficient flexibility in applying EU state aid rules to enable them to phase out coal in a socially and economically viable way.

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J.Jill, Inc. Announces CFO Transition Plan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 novembre 2018

J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE:JILL) today announced that Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer Dave Biese will be leaving the company on April 30, 2019. Mr. Biese will work closely with management to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.
“I would like to thank Dave for his commitment to J.Jill over his long tenure with the company. He was a key member of our executive team and played a pivotal role in building J.Jill into a prominent omni-channel retailer while leading our finance and operations teams. We wish Dave all the best in his future endeavors,” said Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer.“I am very proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved at J.Jill over the past nine years including our initial public offering in March 2017. I believe there continues to be tremendous opportunity and growth ahead for J.Jill and I wish all our teams years of success. I am also committed to ensuring a smooth transition over the next several months,” said Mr. Biese.J.Jill’s Board of Directors has retained Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm, to assist in identifying a new Chief Financial Officer.

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Agilent Announces CFO Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 agosto 2018

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that Didier Hirsch, senior vice president and chief financial officer, has decided to retire on Oct 31, 2018. The company has appointed Robert W. McMahon, currently chief financial officer, Hologic, Inc., as his successor. McMahon will join Agilent on August 3, as senior vice president, and will become CFO on Sept. 1, 2018, when Hirsch will step down as CFO. Hirsch will continue as an active member of the executive staff until his retirement date at the end of the fiscal year, focused on working with McMahon to ensure a smooth transition.Hirsch has led Agilent’s global finance organization as CFO since 2010. Before that he had oversight of the corporate controllership and tax functions. He joined Agilent at its inception in 1999 as VP of treasury and investor relations. He held various international finance positions at HP, Agilent’s predecessor, from 1989 until joining Agilent.
“Didier has been a brilliant CFO. Under his financial stewardship, the valuation of the company has increased significantly, exceeding the growth rate of the S&P 500 over the same period,” said President and CEO, Mike McMullen. “I value his business insights and his leadership, and I deeply appreciate his unwavering integrity that is a hallmark of everything he does. We will miss him, but wish him the very best in his retirement.” “I am pleased to welcome Bob McMahon to Agilent. He brings significant experience in the diagnostics and healthcare industries, both areas of strategic growth for Agilent,” McMullen said. “I am impressed with Bob’s strategic view and innovative approach. He is joining us at an important time for the company, and I am excited about the role he will play in driving the next phase of Agilent’s journey.” “Among all of the interesting projects and accomplishments during my years at Agilent, I am most proud of the excellent Finance team we have created,” said Hirsch. “Their achievements have been extraordinary, particularly as we have grown, created new companies and completed a record number of acquisitions. The work of this team has been essential to the company’s success. Bob McMahon is a great choice to lead Finance for Agilent as the company further expands in the coming years. I am looking forward to working closely with him on a seamless transition.”

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Transition: the hitchhiker’s guide to the brexit galaxy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 marzo 2018

By Elvire Fabry, Marco De Toffol. Brexit will enter into force on 29 March 2019. Without an agreement on the terms of future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, the UK will revert to accessing the EU single market under WTO rules and reestablishing customs controls. This scenario is known as a “fall from the cliff-edge”, as tariff and non-tariff barriers will penalise companies significantly. This scenario of economic chaos cannot be ruled out as the UK government is stalling in making clear its priorities between recovering its sovereignty and losing its access to the single market.
This Policy paper by Elvire Fabry, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, and Marco de Toffol, research assistant at the Jacques Delors Institute, analyses the terms of this transition, the arrangements of this uncomfortable asymmetry which are still under debate (free movement of people, possible recourse mechanism for the UK to protect its interests, etc.) as well as the policy areas for which a post-Brexit agreement must be found now, without waiting for the transition to come to an end (civil aviation, ring-fencing of the UK contribution to the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, etc.). Added to this is the challenge of transitioning all free trade agreements signed by the EU with third countries. Negotiations are moving from bilateral to trilateral aspects. Lastly, a transition of limited duration would be relatively easy to negotiate if it mainly consists of maintaining the status quo ahead of the development of the future UK-EU relations into a steady state of operation. It will prove more delicate and could become a Brexit purgatory if a longer transition period has to be envisaged. The stakes at play during this transition can only be appreciated by considering the British dilemma and the complex choice they will have to now make to avoid a long transition. It is only when London decides on the level of regulatory convergence it wishes to maintain with the EU that negotiators will be able to begin to draft a post-Brexit agreement and prevent the no deal scenario which may still be possible at the end of the transition.

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Faire de la transition énergétique une réussite européenne/Making the Energy Transition a European Success

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 settembre 2017

europa comunitaria1S’il est aujourd’hui un projet qui est porteur d’une vision positive de la construction européenne, c’est bien celui de la transition énergétique. L’énergie est au fondement de la puissance de nos nations et est un élément essentiel à tous les actes de notre vie quotidienne. Si l’Europe des architectes prépare une Union de l’énergie démocratique, innovante, économiquement viable et socialement juste, elle aura su démontrer qu’elle contribue concrètement à la construction d’une Europe au service des citoyens et qu’elle montre la voie au reste du monde. Si nous échouons dans ce projet, les architectes devront laisser la place aux pompiers qui s’épuiseront à éteindre les incendies provoqués par nos erreurs passées : réfugiés climatiques, dépendance à la Russie et à l’Arabie Saoudite, aggravation de la pauvreté énergétique, faillite des fournisseurs d’énergie qui n’auront pas su adapter leur stratégie. L’Union de l’énergie, que nous appelons de nos vœux depuis 2010 et qui est aujourd’hui pleinement portée par le Président Juncker, est un projet ambitieux qui peut déjà s’appuyer sur les succès engrangés par l’Union européenne. Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris renforce d’autant plus le leadership européen et nous permet d’attirer en Europe les innovateurs et les investisseurs qui ont déjà compris l’opportunité que représente la transition énergétique. Ce Rapport, écrit par Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, chercheur, Sofia Fernandes et Eulalia Rubio, chercheures senior, et Jean-Arnold Vinois, conseiller, avec une préface de notre président fondateur Jacques Delors et de notre président Enrico Letta, identifie clairement quatre objectifs qui peuvent contribuer à faire de l’Union de l’énergie un succès qui aidera à restaurer la confiance entre l’Europe et les Européens.
– Premièrement, la démocratie doit être au cœur de la gouvernance de l’Union de l’énergie. Cela passe par des mécanismes permettant une participation plus directe des citoyens, des élus locaux et de la société civile aux grands choix qui structurent les stratégies énergétiques nationales et européenne.
– Deuxièmement, l’Europe doit mettre en place une véritable politique industrielle fondée sur l’innovation pour faire de nos entreprises les leaders mondiaux de l’énergie propre.
– Troisièmement, les arbitrages d’investissement public et privé doivent intégrer pleinement les objectifs de la transition énergétique.
– Quatrièmement, l’Union de l’énergie doit être au service d’une transition énergétique juste qui passe par un « Pacte Social pour la Transition Énergétique » qui veille à créer des emplois pour nos jeunes et éradiquer la pauvreté énergétique.
L’absence de progrès sur la voie d’une Union de l’énergie coûterait très cher aux citoyens et à notre idéal d’une Europe démocratique, prospère, sociale, et unie dans la diversité.
If there is one project today which carries a positive vision for Europe, it is definitely the energy transition. Energy is the foundation of our nations’ power and is a key element in our daily lives.
If Europe’s architects are preparing a democratic, innovative, economically viable and socially fair Energy Union, it will contribute to a Europe that serves its citizens and paves the way for the rest of the world. If we fail in this project, the architects will have to give way to the firefighters, who will exhaust themselves putting out the fires caused by our past mistakes: climate refugees, dependence on Russia and Saudi Arabia, worsened energy poverty, the bankruptcy of energy suppliers who failed to adapt their strategy.The Energy Union, which we have been championing since 2010 and which is currently fully supported by President Juncker, is an ambitious project which can already be bolstered by the successes achieved by the European Union. The USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement further strengthens European leadership and enables us to attract innovators and investors who understand the opportunity created by the energy transition.This Report, wrote by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow, Sofia Fernandes and Eulalia Rubio, senior research fellows, Jean-Arnold Vinois, adviser, and with a foreword of our founding President Jacques Delors and our President Enrico Letta, clearly sets out four objectives which could contribute to the success of the Energy Union, and in turn restore trust between Europe and Europeans.
– Firstly, democracy must be at the heart of the Energy Union’s governance. This involves mechanisms for more direct participation of citizens, local elected representatives and civil society in the major choices which shape national and European energy strategies.
– Secondly, Europe must implement a genuine innovation-driven industrial policy to make our companies the world leaders in clean energy.
– Thirdly, public and private investment arbitrations must fully integrate the energy transition’s objectives.
– Fourthly, the Energy Union must serve a just and fair energy transition via a “Social Pact for the Energy Transition” which strives to create jobs for our young people and stamp out energy poverty.
A lack of progress in achieving the Energy Union would cost citizens dearly and be detrimental to our ideal of a Europe which is democratic, prosperous, social and united in diversity.

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Making the Energy Transition a European Success/Faire de la transition énergétique une réussite européenne

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 giugno 2017

energiaParis. If there is one project today which carries a positive vision for Europe, it is definitely the energy transition. Energy is the foundation of our nations power and is a key element in our daily lives.
If Europes architects are preparing a democratic, innovative, economically viable and socially fair Energy Union, it will contribute to a Europe that serves its citizens and paves the way for the rest of the world. If we fail in this project, the architects will have to give way to the firefighters, who will exhaust themselves putting out the fires caused by our past mistakes: climate refugees, dependence on Russia and Saudi Arabia, worsened energy poverty, the bankruptcy of energy suppliers who failed to adapt their strategy.The Energy Union, which we have been championing since 2010 and which is currently fully supported by President Juncker, is an ambitious project which can already be bolstered by the successes achieved by the European Union. The USAs withdrawal from the Paris Agreement further strengthens European leadership and enables us to attract innovators and investors who understand the opportunity created by the energy transition. This Report, wrote by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow, Sofia Fernandes and Eulalia Rubio, senior research fellows, Jean-Arnold Vinois, adviser, and with a foreword of our founding President Jacques Delors and our President Enrico Letta, clearly sets out four objectives which could contribute to the success of the Energy Union, and in turn restore trust between Europe and Europeans.
– Firstly, democracy must be at the heart of the Energy Unions governance. This involves mechanisms for more direct participation of citizens, local elected representatives and civil society in the major choices which shape national and European energy strategies.
– Secondly, Europe must implement a genuine innovation-driven industrial policy to make our companies the world leaders in clean energy.
– Thirdly, public and private investment arbitrations must fully integrate the energy transitions objectives.
– Fourthly, the Energy Union must serve a just and fair energy transition via a Social Pact for the Energy Transition which strives to create jobs for our young people and stamp out energy poverty. A lack of progress in achieving the Energy Union would cost citizens dearly and be detrimental to our ideal of a Europe which is democratic, prosperous, social and united in diversity.
Sil est aujourdhui un projet qui est porteur dune vision positive de la construction européenne, cest bien celui de la transition énergétique. Lénergie est au fondement de la puissance de nos nations et est un élément essentiel à tous les actes de notre vie quotidienne. Si lEurope des architectes prépare une Union de lénergie démocratique, innovante, économiquement viable et socialement juste, elle aura su démontrer quelle contribue concrètement à la construction dune Europe au service des citoyens et quelle montre la voie au reste du monde. Si nous échouons dans ce projet, les architectes devront laisser la place aux pompiers qui sépuiseront à éteindre les incendies provoqués par nos erreurs passées : réfugiés climatiques, dépendance à la Russie et à lArabie Saoudite, aggravation de la pauvreté énergétique, faillite des fournisseurs dénergie qui nauront pas su adapter leur stratégie. LUnion de lénergie, que nous appelons de nos vux depuis 2010 et qui est aujourdhui pleinement portée par le Président Juncker, est un projet ambitieux qui peut déjà sappuyer sur les succès engrangés par lUnion européenne. Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris renforce dautant plus le leadership européen et nous permet dattirer en Europe les innovateurs et les investisseurs qui ont déjà compris lopportunité que représente la transition énergétique. Ce Rapport, écrit par Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, chercheur, Sofia Fernandes et Eulalia Rubio, chercheures senior, et Jean-Arnold Vinois, conseiller, avec une préface de notre président fondateur Jacques Delors et de notre président Enrico Letta, identifie clairement quatre objectifs qui peuvent contribuer à faire de lUnion de lénergie un succès qui aidera à restaurer la confiance entre lEurope et les Européens.
– Premièrement, la démocratie doit être au cur de la gouvernance de lUnion de lénergie. Cela passe par des mécanismes permettant une participation plus directe des citoyens, des élus locaux et de la société civile aux grands choix qui structurent les stratégies énergétiques nationales et européenne.
– Deuxièmement, lEurope doit mettre en place une véritable politique industrielle fondée sur linnovation pour faire de nos entreprises les leaders mondiaux de lénergie propre.
– Troisièmement, les arbitrages dinvestissement public et privé doivent intégrer pleinement les objectifs de la transition énergétique.
– Quatrièmement, lUnion de lénergie doit être au service dune transition énergétique juste qui passe par un « Pacte Social pour la Transition Énergétique » qui veille à créer des emplois pour nos jeunes et éradiquer la pauvreté énergétique. Labsence de progrès sur la voie dune Union de lénergie coûterait très cher aux citoyens et à notre idéal dune Europe démocratique, prospère, sociale, et unie dans la diversité.

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The energy transition through crowd-based innovation: a challenge for the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 settembre 2016

sourceWith its Energy Union Research Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy (EURICS), the EU can kill three birds with one innovative stone: to boost its competitiveness, Europe should become the global provider of low-carbon solutions, an objective best achieved democratically – with citizens at the centre and in the driving seat of Innovation.
To do this, this Tribune by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute and Pierre Serkine, End-User Architect at KIC InnoEnergy, argues that:
Europe needs a renewed approach to competitiveness and put innovation at its core.
Innovation policy is more legitimate when it is democratic. The EU should therefore create a citizen-based instrument to steer European energy innovation.
To the benefit of both competitiveness and democracy, the EU should propel a crowd-based digital platform where innovators and citizens can co-create innovations that are democratically selected, and crowd-financed by citizens, business angels, local communities and the EU. On this platform, EU budget allocation would be very simple: where an EU citizen invests one euro, the EU invests one euro. Supported projects can then become a start-up or an intrapreneurship project. (photo: source)

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La transition énergétique par l’innovation participative : un défi pour l’UE

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 settembre 2016

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgAvec sa Stratégie de Recherche, d’Innovation et de Compétitivité pour l’Union de l’Energie (EURICS), l’UE peut faire d’une pierre trois coups : promouvoir sa compétitivité en devenant le fournisseur mondial de solutions bas-carbone, un objectif qui peut être réalisé démocratiquement.
Pour cela, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, chercheur à l’Institut Jacques Delors et Pierre Serkine, analyste de l’appropriation sociétale de l’énergie à la KIC-InnoEnergy, proposent dans cette tribune :
L’Europe a besoin de considérer que l’innovation est au cœur de sa compétitivité.
La politique d’innovation est plus légitime lorsqu’elle est démocratique. L’UE doit donc tester des outils d’innovations permettant une participation active des citoyens aux décisions qui les concernent.
À des fins de compétitivité comme de démocratie, l’UE devrait créer une instrument fondé sur la participation des citoyens, une plateforme numérique où les innovateurs et les citoyens peuvent co-créer des innovations qui sont sélectionnées démocratiquement, puis financées de façon participative par des citoyens, des investisseurs providentiels, des collectivités locales et l’UE. Sur cette plateforme, le budget UE est alloué de façon simple : lorsqu’un citoyen européen investit un euro, l’UE investit un euro. Les projets financés deviennent ensuite des start-ups ou des projets d’intraprenariat. (photo: transition)

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UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 aprile 2014

amsterdamAmsterdam,  A team of Greenpeace climate change experts will be attending the meeting of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) being held in Berlin, Germany, from 7-11 April, and concluding with the release of the IPCC report on Monday 13 April.
The IPCC is the world’s leading body for the scientific assessment of climate change, established to inform governments in decision-making. The Berlin meeting focuses on the options for combating climate change. As official observers to the meeting, Greenpeace experts will be available to media to explain the implications of the IPCC’s findings. Greenpeace staff from China and Germany can also provide briefings on the latest developments with China’s new clean air policies and the German ‘Energiewende’ – the German Energy Transition. The Berlin meeting is the third phase in finalising the IPCC’s latest assessment of the science, impacts and response options for mitigating climate change – the latest compilation of international peer-reviewed knowledge since 2007. The science section, agreed in 2013, concluded with 95% confidence that humans are the main cause of current global warming. Conclusions about the impacts of climate change, agreed at a meeting held in Yokohama from 25-29 March 2014, outlined the increasingly dramatic consequences of climate change across all continents unless greenhouse gas emissions are urgently reduced. “Climate change is the greatest threat we all face,” said Li Shuo of Greenpeace China. “Clean and safe energy systems are advancing, and each new kilowatt hour of renewable energy means one less kilowatt hour from fossil fuels and nuclear energy that pose a threat to future generations.”

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Future Generation Art Prize 2012

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 febbraio 2012

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eSeL_future-generation-art-prize-3896 (Photo credit: eSeL.at)

 
 

On Monday, February 6, 2012, at 3:45 pm (GMT), the Victor Pinchuk Foundation will conduct a live streamed press conference to launch the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. The press-conference, bringing together three continents, will be live streamed at the Future Generation Art Prize official website http://www.futuregenerationartprize.org and the website of one of the leading British art editions http://www.theartnewspaper.com
The press conference will feature Victor Pinchuk, Chairman of the Board of the Future Generation Art Prize; Eckhard Schneider, General Director, PinchukArtCentre; Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate; Damien Hirst, Mentor Artist, Future Generation Art Prize; Jeff Koons, Mentor Artist, Future Generation Art Prize; Cinthia Marcelle, Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2010.Moderator of the discussion is Anna Somers Cocks, Founding Editor of The Art Newspaper.
Future Generation Art Prize – is a major new international competition for artists up to 35. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in December 2009 this unique biannual artist-focused prize aims to discover and provide long-term support for a generation of emerging artists, wherever they may live and work as well as to make a major contribution toward the production of new work by young artists. It is an important contribution to the participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.

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New World Bank report

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 febbraio 2011

Warsaw.  The report is part of the World Bank’s series of low-carbon growth studies. Poland’s greenhouse gas emissions are not large by global standards, constituting just one percent of the total. Moreover, its per capita emissions now stand similar to the EU average, at ten tons of emissions per capita, a reflection of the sharply reduced emission that accompanied the transition to a market economy in the 1990s. However, given its lower income levels, Poland’s economy remains today among the least emissions-efficient in the EU. Over the next few decades, Poland appears to face a particular difficult test: catching up to EU income levels while becoming less dependent on abundant domestic coal for energy needs. The international agreement on climate change that is expected to eventually supersede the Kyoto Protocol and, more immediately, compliance with EU energy and climate policies, pose policy challenges for Poland. The EU 20-20-20 package requires Poland’s energy-intensive sectors, covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to contribute to the EU-wide target of a 21 percent reduction (compared with 2005) while allowing Poland’s othersectors’ emissions to increase by only 14 percent until 2020. If Poland were to take no action (the “business-as-usual scenario”), the models developed in the Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy in Poland report suggest that overall greenhouse gas  emissions in 2020 will stand roughly 20 percent above 2005 levels, while 2030 levels will be 30 to 40 percent higher. report notes that:
• Costs to the economy will peak in 2020; but by 2030, the shift towards low emissions will augment growth. Overall, this abatement will lower GDP by an average one percent through 2030 from where it otherwise would have been.
• The economic cost in output and employment of Poland’s required abatement by 2020 under EU rules is higher than for the average EU country; and the restrictions on emissions trading between sectors aggravate that cost.• The energy sector currently generates near half of Poland’s emissions; but the transport sector — with precipitous growth and the need for behavioral change in addition to the adoption of new technologies — may end up posing the tougher policy challenge.
The combination of technologies chosen or new investments will depend not only on capital costs, operational savings, and emissions abatement potential, but also energy security, domestic sourcing, and a raft of other issues. With lower capital costs and earlier returns, energy efficiency measures hold out the promise of relatively low cost abatement that works directly to delink emissions from growth, the essence of a low-emissions economy.

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Health reform: a great day for America

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 marzo 2010

Letter to editor. Riccardo — I’m writing to you on a great day for America. This morning, I gathered with members of Congress, my administration, and hardworking volunteers from every part of the country to sign comprehensive health care reform into law. Thanks to the immeasurable efforts of so many, the dream of reform is now a reality. The bill I just signed puts Americans in charge of our own health care by enacting three key changes: It establishes the toughest patient protections in history. It guarantees all Americans affordable health insurance options, extending coverage to 32 million who are currently uninsured. And it reduces the cost of care — cutting over 1 trillion dollars from the federal deficit over the next two decades. To ensure a successful, stable transition, many of these changes will phase into full effect over the next several years. But for millions of Americans, many of the benefits of reform will begin this year — some even taking effect this afternoon. Here are just a few examples: Small businesses will receive significant tax cuts, this year, to help them afford health coverage for all their employees. Seniors will receive a rebate to reduce drug costs not yet covered under Medicare. Young people will be allowed coverage under their parents’ plan until the age of 26. Early retirees will receive help to reduce premium costs. Children will be protected against discrimination on the basis of medical history. Uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions can join a special high-risk pool to get the coverage they need, starting in just 90 days. Insured Americans will be protected from seeing their insurance revoked when they get sick, or facing restrictive annual limits on the care they receive. All Americans will benefit from significant new investments to train primary care doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, and the creation of state-level consumer assistance programs to help all patients understand and defend our new rights. As I’ve said many times, and as I know to be true, this astounding victory could not have been achieved without your tireless efforts. So as we celebrate this great day, I want to invite you to add your name where it belongs: alongside mine as a co-signer of this historic legislation. Organizing for America will record the names of co-signers as a permanent commemoration of those who came together to make this moment possible — all of you who refused to give up until the dream of many generations for affordable, quality care for all Americans was finally fulfilled. (Barack Obama) qui

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Lillian Birnbaum Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 giugno 2009

lillianNew York until 14/8/2009, 526 West 26th Street  Andrea Meislin Gallery Andrea Meislin Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Transition, Lillian Birnbaum’s first solo exhibition with the Gallery and in the United States. The exhibition will be accompanied by the monograph of the same name published by Hatje Cantz and including an essay by the art historian Doris von Drathen in conversation with Lillian Birnbaum. An opening reception for the artist will be held on June 18th from 6 – 8 pm. In creating the Transition body of work, Lillian Birnbaum spent a period of several years observing a group of young girls. She was able to photograph seven friends and their delicate, at times demanding, often joyful metamorphosis from childhood into early womanhood without ever imposing herself or her camera. In doing so, Birnbaum succeeded in erasing the notion of being “in front of” or “behind” the camera, working in a prolonged moment of self-abandonment and with the blind eye of the artist.  Birnbaum’s work seeks to depict moments at a threshold- between “no longer” and “not yet” in the life of a girl, just prior to the realization that her feminine seductiveness may one day actually curb her freedom as an independent individual. Soon, she will begin mirroring her womanhood in how others view her. As Birnbaum explains, “I was curious whether it is possible to use photography to catch a glimpse of this transition. The slow, almost imperceptible switch from one state of being to another; the metamorphosis that brings forth a completely new being.” Transition opens the gate to new worlds of images- girls behind windows, in front of mirrors, covered with thick layers of cream or wearing a wig, swimming in a lake in the summer, running through the woods, sprawling on meadows in bloom, climbing trees, emerging from the water, and pulling themselves up onto a jetty. Birnbaum specifically approached the project not from a documentary stance, but rather seeking to “show these girls in a kind of intermediate space- part fantasy, part reality.”
Lillian Birnbaum was born in New York City. She grew up in Vienna, Austria, and lives in Paris. She started her career as a photographer for magazines in Europe and the United States. Her work has been exhibited internationally for over fifteen years and her photographs are in private and public collections in Europe as well as in the United States. She has also worked in the film industry as an executive producer; most recently she co-directed the documentary film on legendary composer and conductor Andre’ Previn, A Bridge Between Two Worlds. (Lillian)

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