Europe’s plan to introduce a carbon import tax is forcing Russia to go green

Anastasia Bogdanova | March 9, 2020
img0 Europe wants to be carbon neutral by 2050, and is about to introduce a carbon import duty that is already forcing Russia’s biggest companies to speed up their efforts to go green. As part of the EU’s Green Deal launched last year, the European Commission (EC) published its European Climate Law on March 4 that includes a “Carbon Border ...

SkyNews: Government ‘failing to show leadership’ over plans for new coal mines

Anastasia Bogdanova | February 24, 2020
img0 Some residents in Northumberland are against plans to open a new site near Druridge Bay, which has a rich history of coal mining. Environmentalists and scientists have told Sky News that the government is failing to show leadership over the opening of new coal mines. Coal is one of the most carbon intensive fossil fuels ...

MineEco competition is set determine the best environmental and social projects in the mining industry in Kazakhstan 

Andrey | February 14, 2020
img0 The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is actively reforming its environmental policy and introducing changes to state, industry and regional environmental programs in accordance with the “Kazakhstan-2050” strategy and the concept of “transition to a green economy”. The draft new Environmental Code, discussed in the Mazhilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, proposes the implementation of the principle “a pollutant is the one ...

Romania wants to place Rosia Montana under UNESCO protection and block gold mining project at this site

Anastasia Bogdanova | February 12, 2020
img0 The final deadline for submitting the application for UNESCO Heritage List is February 1, 2021. Culture minister Bogdan Gheorghiu announced that Romania will resume the procedure for listing the Rosia Montana site in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. “Following the analysis and consultations, we decided that the procedure of listing the Roşia Montană site ...

Fossil Fuel Giants Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Slowly Going Green

Anastasia Bogdanova | February 10, 2020
img0 Long beholden to fossil fuels for all of their energy, the two most populous countries in Central Asia seem to finally be tapping into their abundant renewable resources. Kazakhstan boasted early this year about some impressive renewable energy figures, while its southern neighbor, Uzbekistan, is planning to construct several projects as it moves to increase ...

Serbia to launch Resavica mines shutdown programme shortly – govt official

Anastasia Bogdanova | February 10, 2020
img0 BELGRADE (Serbia), February 7 (SeeNews) – Serbia’s government plans to shortly launch a procedure for the closure of the mines of state-owned coal mining company Resavica, a government official said. “The government will soon begin a process for the shutdown of the Resavica mines under a special programme,” state secretary at the economy ministry, Dragan ...

Despite slower emissions growth, carbon dioxide levels remain high

Anastasia Bogdanova | February 4, 2020
img0 Despite commitments to cut CO2 emissions and limit global warming between 1.5-2 °C under the Paris Agreement, fossil fuel emissions show little sign of abating. According to new estimates from a group of scientists in 2019, global emissions will grow 0.6 percent year-on-year and reach 36.8 billion t of CO2, or 36.8 Gt carbon. “Fossil CO2 emissions ...

Maximising water recovery in a copper smelter with the RED_SCOPE project

Anastasia Bogdanova | January 31, 2020
img0 Recovery of Effluent Discharge for Sustainable Copper Processing in Europe EIT RawMaterials supported innovation project RED_SCOPE (Recovery of Effluent Discharge for Sustainable Copper Processing in Europe), led by Atlantic Copper, has developed a new process maximising water recovery in a copper smelter. The preliminary results of the innovation project were presented with the pilot prototypes performance installed in the ...

Mining companies operating in Russia improve environmental transparency – WWF

Anastasia Bogdanova | January 15, 2020
img0 The 2019 Environmental Transparency Rating of Mining and Metals Companies Operating in Russia, released by the local chapter of WWF, revealed that miners working in the largest country on Earth are doing a better job at reporting their efforts to mitigate environmental impacts and protect their natural surroundings. According to WWF, this year’s rating included ...