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Webinar International Climate Policy

The following event will be organised by the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB):'On the way to Lima and Paris: the EU’s role in international climate policy' - IES Webinar – Monday 22 September 2014, 12.00-13.00h (CEST). Introduction to the webinar: In December 2015, a new global agreement to fight climate change is to be adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. Negotiations on this Paris…See More
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In Focus at RSM Returns - Sign up by 1 October!

In Focus at RSM is the mindfulness course created specifically for staff and faculty of Rotterdam School of Management. Don't miss the chance to participate in this energising 8-week course, which begins week of 4 October.After a successful pilot last spring, In Focus at RSM returns!  RSM employees are invited to an optional…See More
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Icebreaker: Interview with ICE-ARC's Dmitry Yumashev

Dr. Dmitry Yumashev is focused on quantifying the 'monster hidden in the Arctic'Sustainable RSM had an opportunity to catch up with Dr. Dmitry Yumashev recently. Dmitry has just (in June 2014) taken on the position of R&D for…See More
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SRSM Welcomes Incoming Chair and Vice-Chair Student Committee

SRSM Welcomes 2014/2015 Student Committee Chair and Vice-Chair!It’s a new Academic Year, and we’re pleased to announce the new Chair and Vice-Chair of the Sustainable RSM Student Committee: Lorene Juillet and Emeline Kieboom respectively, both second-year BSc IBA students at RSM.   “I am looking forward to exploring organisational leadership strategies with these two women during their volunteer lead roles with the Student Committee this academic year,”  says Joey Johannsen, SRSM Sustainability…See More
Sep 2

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Bio fuel even worse for the climate than petroleum


The German independent environmetal research institute Umweltinstitut München e.V. has just published a new series of flyers called false friends, criticizing the replacement of fossile fuels by nuclear power, CO2 capture and storage, and so-called agro (or bio) fuels.


The European Union (EU) has set a target that intends to have 20% of their oil consumption replaced by “bio”-diesel by 2020. To achieve this goal the EU has and will continue to pay
farmers 45 euros per hectare for the cultivation of energy crops. But by burning agro fuels more greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere than by burning the same amount of fossile fuels: A more intense agriculture produces additional CO2 emissions because it destroys rain forests, moors and meadows. Even if in the EU itself these sensitive areas are protected, the demand for fuels within the EU will lever out climate protection efforts in developing countries by using a simple trick: Oil palms for the bio fuels will be raised on former soy plantations, and for new soy plantations more rain forest will be cleared.


The Umweltinstitut München has a lot of useful information (some of it also in English) about bio fuels on their website. The flyer false friends which comes in three parts can be viewed here in English:


Part I: nuclear power

Part II: CO2 capture and storage

Part III: agro fuels


The flyers can also be ordered as paper versions here.



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