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close this bookSustainable Energy News - No. 05 - Europe - June 1994 (INFORSE, 1994)
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View the documentHow Can YOU Help the WALK for a Nuclear-Free World ????
View the documentEuropean Bank for Radiation and Destruction EBRD
View the documentThe Sustainable Energy Handbook for NGOs and Local Groups
View the documentStop a Nuke - Have Lots of Fun
View the documentLithuanian Energy Saving TV Competition

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Newsletter for the international Network for Sustainable Energy INforSE - Europe

Editors:
A Vikkelso, G Olesen & J Szoleczky

How Can YOU Help the WALK for a Nuclear-Free World ????

· Organise information events all along the route. We will carry a slide-show and have brochures on the issues we are walking for. Invite local speakers to these events.

· Arrange for a parking space and permit for our mobile renewable energy exhibition in every village and town we will visit.

A truck will travel along with the walkers. Not just an ordinary truck, but one that can park on any market-square, and can become an exhibition on renewable energy. The truck was used by the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark, and travelled along the Baltic coast, and in Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

In 1995, the truck will come through your area with the walkers and inform the public on energy savings and renewable energy.

· Announce the publication of two NEW booklets in newsletters and papers. For Mother Earth invited two organizations to write comprehensive booklets in view of its 1995 Walk across Europe. LAKA from the Netherlands is writing a comprehensive booklet on the nuclear situation in Europe, both military and civilian. OVE will publish a booklet on energy savings and renewable energy, overview of the situation in Europe.

· Organise official receptions at city halls and parliamentary buildings for when the walkers arrive. Ask them for an official proclamation.

· Invite the local community to walk with us through their town/village/country ... or all the way across Europe

Ask your friends, family, other groups, schools, etc... to join us as we walk through their area. Ask them to make banners, signs, ... and whatever to carry with them. Send a representative of your group or region to join the walk for the whole period.

· Organise non-violent actions or a demonstration. Help the walkers to organise powerful non-violent actions at symbolic places (nuclear power plants, nuclear missile sites, ...) or organise a demonstration in major towns along the route.

· Invite the media to all those events.

· Spread our petition through your network.

With YOUR help it should be easy to collect over ONE MILLION SIGNATURES by the end of the walk.

For Mother Earth, Zilverhof 19, 9000 Gent, Belgium. Ph: +32-9-2333268, Fax: +32-9-2334924. E-mail: motherearth@gn.apc.org. Financial contribution: postal account: 000-1618561-19 Get more information on renewable energy activities through the walk: Support Network on Renewable Energy, Rijksstraatweg 37-46, 6574 AC Ubbergen - Netherlands. Ph: +31-80603917. E-mail: snore@antenna.nl.

European Bank for Radiation and Destruction EBRD

gives money to Ignalina NPP, averting its shutdown. The French nuclear lobby is ready to help.

Vitautas Bieliauskas, head of the nuclear energy division of the Lithuanian Energy Ministry, said that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development allocated 33 million ECU to upgrade safety at Ignalina. As the nuclear reactors are similar to those used at Chernobyl, they have caused concern about safety in Europe. A French delegation, including nuclear experts, visited the power plant recently and said that companies in France are ready to take an active part in the Lithuanian power plant's modernization. An agreement was even signed under which the French Nuclear Energy Agency plans to supply Ignalina with technical equipment and training, and to help to establish a supervision and service program for the power plant.

Nevertheless, the French experts said that nuclear plants of this kind should be shut down. But, as they said, they were aware of Lithuania's economic predicament and of the few possibilities for alternative sources of energy. They did not mention, but they were well aware. that 33 million ECU given by EBRD can be harvested by the French nuclear indutry instead of being used to develop alternative solutions in Lithuania like energy effciency, renewable energy, price regulation etc. See article SEN no. 4 March 1994. Source: &odefense

The Sustainable Energy Handbook for NGOs and Local Groups

Finally it is here !

The Sustainable Energy Handbook is based on more than 10 years of experience of the 'Danish Energy and Environment Offices. The 'offices' are run by local NGO groups. They promote renewable energy by lobbying politicians, through information campaigns, and by giving advise and help to citizen groups, individuals, etc., who want to start up a windmill cooperative, are interested in getting a solar collector, want ideas on energy and water saving, etc.

The book gives an introduction to energy planning and analysing of energy systems. Further it describes the state of the art of different energy saving and renewable energy technlogies - solar energy (active, passive, photovoltaics), windpower, wave power, and biomass. There are also many examples of how to implement the technologies. Finally the book goes through the roles of the Danish Energy and Environment Offices in this process, and how the offices are organised.

The book has been translated into English, Russian, Czech, Estonian, Polish, and Hungarian. The English and Danish version of the book costs 108 DKK, and is sold by:

OVE, Skovvangsvej 191,8200 Aarhus N, Denmark Ph: +45-8610 6411, Fax: +45-861 6188

For other Langauges contact:

Czech:

Eko Watt, Bubenska 6,170 00 Praha 7, At. Jiri Beranovsky, Ph: +42-2802910, Fax: +42-2-802906

· Estonian:

Energy Center TAASEN, 23A Akademia Road, Tallinn 0026, Att. Tonu Lausmaa, Ph: +372-2-527555, Fax: +372-2-523624, E-mail: Tonu.Lausmaa@win.goodwin.ee

· Hungarian:

Reflex, Bartok B. u.7, 9024 Gyor, Att. Kovacs Karoly, Ph/fax: +36-96-10988

· Polish:

Information Center for Air Protection ICAP, Pl. Grunwaldzki 8-10, 40-950 Katowice, An. Katharina Klich, Ph: +48-32-594315, Fax: +48-32-580679

· Russian:

Ecoville Foundation, P.O.Box 644, St. Petersburg, An. Vladimir Shestakov, Ph: +7-812-2710467, Fax: +7-8121135896, E-mail: vshestak@sovamsu.sovusa.com

Energy Charter negotiations update

Since the non-binding (European) Energy Charter was signed in December 1991, there have been negotiations for binding protocols on free trade and investment, environment, and other issues. The negotiations have focussed on a basic protocol, the Charter Treaty, that will create a free energy market throughout all industrialized countries, including the OECD as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

While there is agreement on a weak text for the environmental chapter of the Charter Treaty, there are several unsolved questions still to be negotiated:

· Russia has asked for exceptions for its industry to avoid foreign takeover of the Russian industry during privatization and to allow vital subsidies for its domestic industries. While other countries will allow this to a certain extent, large and long-lasting exceptions will weaken the Treaty too much for some countries;

· Russia has asked for a fixed market share in the EU for uranium fuel for nuclear power plants. This has been opposed by France and other countries that fear for their domestic nuclear fuel production;

· Russia and the USA will not commit themselves to a standstill concerning levies on imports and exports (duties and similar);

· The European Union has asked for exemptions for Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REID) to be able to keep the preferential treatment agreed in the EU and the Europe agreements with Eastern Europe.

Negotiations are taking place in June. If no breakthrough is reached during this negotiation session, most observers believe that the Charter Treaty will be postponed and that negotiations will continue on a lower level. Source: EC Energy Monthly/Financial Times, Danish Ministry of Energy and others.

TACIS Priorities

The TACIS Program, Technical Assistance for the Commonwealth of Independent States, has been underway since 1991. Initially the program worked on a one-year basis, but a recent decision set up a three-year Indicative Program for 1993-95. The energy got high priority in six of the former Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

(Source: Energy in Demand)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

The EBRD recently signed energy loans and grants in Belarus, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Lithuania.

In Belarus, a $45.3 million loan is given to build a 62 MW combined-cycle heat and power plant. In Macedonia, a $27.12 million loan is provided for Macedonia's Energy Conservation Program, and grants will be available to industrial enterprises for restructuring and privatization. In Lithuania, EBRD will administer a grant of $37.3 million given by the Nuclear Safety Account (NSA) for safety upgrades at the Ignalina nuclear power plant. NSA includes funding from 12 countries and the European Union.

(Source: Energy in Demand)

Effects of Chernobyl in Forests

A joint United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) committee warned last December that 4 million hectares of forested areas in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine were heavily contaminated by the April 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl. The research shows that forest ecosystems have accumulated more radionuclides than non-forested areas and that the distribution depends on the type of forest and weather conditions. These forest areas can create a secondary contamination of neighbouring territories as well.

(Source: Energy in Demand)

Climate Change: The UK Programme

The UK plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 % by the year 2000. Some of the measures already announced include value-added tax on domestic heating fuel and increases in road fuel duties. The Energy Trust will help to finance energy conservation measures.

(Source: Energy in Demand)

Stop a Nuke - Have Lots of Fun

Imagine a science fiction movie: an evil Megacorporation from a distant land sells its expensive, dangerous, untested technique for "upgrading" a bad power plant design, on a small, poor planet. The planet's government shares profits from building the plant, so they make sure the media only show its "good side." Almost everyone believes them. But a few rebels spread the real truth...

The "planet" is the Czech Republic, the Megacorporation is the US firm Westinghouse, completing and "upgrading" the Temelin nuclear power plant. The rebels are Hnuti DUHA (the RAINBOW Movement) - us.

Our upcoming action is:

The July Action Camp at Temelin! You, too, are welcome there, anytime in July, as long or as short as you want. The camp has a serious side: spreading petitions and information, educating area residents about Temelin, and direct actions and "happenings." The more fun side includes workshops and education for the participants - the more foreigners we have, the more likely we'll have some workshops in English. Evenings will include films, slides, art workshops, rock and folk concerts, lectures and more.

There will also be a main action, a time for international participants to come. Ask for more details. It will surely increase the media impact of the action.

Come with instruments, art and cooking supplies, a tent and/or bicycle if you want and of course, a sleeping bag! Also bring 6 ECOs (not ECUs) a day for food. No tobacco or alcohol, please.

You can help in another way - if you're ready for a lime (not much) sweat: come for a least a week or ten days, and devote yourself to the "Clean Energy Brigades." With this project, we want to dispell the belief, widely held by Czechs, that energy efficiency and conservation are ineffective and worthless. We will directly show rural homeowners how they can save money through energy efficiency - to convince them it's a good idea - good enough to replace a nuke. Volunteers from the Action Camp will provide free labor, and DUHA will provide materials at half price, in order to insulate homes around Temelin. Eastern Europeans coming to work for the Brigades for at least ten days will get a 50% travel reimbursement. If you want to make a difference directly, and have a good time cheaply, join the Energy Brigades!

Erikk Piper, International Coordination, Jakubske nam 7, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic. Tel: +42-54221 0438, fax +42-5-221 0347.

Temelin Action Camp, Brno erikk@ecn.gn.apc.org

Lithuanian Energy Saving TV Competition

The Lithuanian INforSE member, Community Atgaja and the Lithuanian Television organized a competition on the best household energy saving designs, implemented in Lithuania. The competition was shown in a weekly programme from January 1 to April 25 in the Lithuanian Television.

Aim of the competition

The purpose of the competition was to increase public understanding on saving energy and on environmental protection problems in the everyday life in households. It was aimed at promotion of environmentally sound and energy-saving technologies to get the public involved and actively participate.

The competition was supported by Lithuanian ministries and by several companies in Lithuania.

Visit to Denmark

The last event of the competition is an educational trip of 25 Lithuanians in Denmark on June 10-17, 1994. The visit is organised by OVE, Danish Organization of Renewable Energy. The Lithuanian competition winners, experts and a TV crew will get acquainted with the Danish experience on the field of energy saving, renewable energy, house building and renovation.

More information: Linas Vainius, Saulius Piksrys ATGAJA, Uosto Krantas 3, 3000 Kaunas, Lithuania. Tel: + 3-707 208765, Fax: 3 707 209274.