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  1. Makes sense to impose tough norms for new buildings. They need to be more specific for old dwellings (EA has more on this)

  2. OK. Actually enforcing existing speed limits has had an even bigger impact. That needs to be continued.

  3. This is a complex topic. Eliminating free parking space is the single most effective known way to cut traffic in cities. Linking money for public transport to parking money is possibly not too smart. Let's increase financing for public trnasport and bike paths, full stop.

  4. See my comment above on the EA approach, which is to give incentives to purchases of fuel efficient cars, and penalties for purchase of less efficient vehicles (and moving the bar up along the way). France has actually introduced (it comes into force tomorrow) a tax on high-carbon emissions vehicles: at 2EUR/g aboe 200g/km, it's still pretty low, but it's a first step.

  5. Yes. Or simply force the information to be made availabe. That has worked wonders for those appliances that were subject simply to information rules.

  6. Maybe we should start with enforcing existing rules on farmers, as they are openyl flouted. I'll believe laws that put constriants on farmers when I see that enforcement...

  7. Yes. Make the info visible. Regulation on ads would be smart and might work in Europe.

  8. Absolutely. and train children to be energy-aware at school, and train all of us to be.

  9. That one I am a lot more ambivalent about. Without World Bank financings, the projects will still happen, but with a much worse environmental and social impact. The WB does have an influence there, which it does put to good use nowadays. It should massively increase its lending to renewable energy projects, but the two issues need not be linked.

  10. Yes, but politically hard to implement, as we know. But taxes on carbon and gas would be the simplest, most effective measures - and they would help fund investment in renewable energy, and pay to help the poorest that suffer from the higher energy prices.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 30th, 2006 at 06:11:25 AM EST

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