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International Update Volume 48, Issue 32

ILE-DE-FRANCE PLANS TO LAUNCH WORLD'S LARGEST FLEET OF ELECTRIC BICYCLES

France

The Ile-de-France region has plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme that is aimed at encouraging bicycle commuting to reduce congestion and pollution. Under the scheme, a regional transport agency will provide up to 10,000 electric bicycles for long-term rental in the region with the hope of expanding the fleet to 20,000 bicycles. The bicycles will remain with the users, who can rent them for 40 euros a month, half of which can be subsidized by their employers.

GERMANY'S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER ANNOUNCES DRAFT CLIMATE PROTECTION LAW

Germany

On November 7, Germany's Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, announced she would soon present a draft climate protection law that would assign all sectors specific targets for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. Under the new law, fossil fuel use would become more expensive for transport or buildings while electricity would become cheaper. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-germany-environment/germany-to-give-al....

BRAZILIAN COURT UPHOLDS PARTIAL SHUTDOWN OF ALUMINA REFINERY

Brazil

On November 6, a federal court in Brazil upheld a decision by a state court that forced the world's largest alumina refinery to run at half capacity. Norsk Hydro, the owner of the refinery, was ordered to slash output by half after admitting to making unlicensed emissions of untreated water during heavy rains in February. The court also upheld a ban on the company's use of a second waste deposit area near the plant. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-hydro/brazil-court-upholds-part....