UN & IOC examine golf

March 26, 2009

Golf’s green credentials, and especially those of The 2010 Ryder Cup, will be a focal point for discussion at the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment (WCSE) in Vancouver, Canada next week. The WCSE is organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Golf […]

EU soil policy change?

March 25, 2009

The German government has suggested a new approach by the EU on soil policy. In 2006, the European Commission issued a proposed Soil Framework Directive.  Since then, national governments have failed to agree that an EU Directive was appropriate on soil. At this week’s meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers, the German government suggested the EU […]

Biocides review extension

March 25, 2009

The EU’s evaluation of active substances used in biocidal products (insecticides, preservatives, disinfectants, etc) is taking longer than originally foreseen.  The original 1998 Biocides Directive set a deadline of 14 May 2010 for completion of biocides evaluation. The European Commission has proposed a transitional period from May 2010 up to 14 May 2013, during which […]

New EU study on sport funding

March 23, 2009

The latest open call for tender from the European Commission’s Sports Unit is for a “Study on Internal Market Barriers to Sport Funding”. The study will look into public and private sources of sport funding and into financial streams within particular sports.  It will also address possible cross-border obstacles that could affect the financing of […]

New EU law on pesticide application machinery

March 20, 2009

New EU legislation on pesticide application machinery looks set to be agreed.  Last week a European Parliament Committee agreed its Opinion on a European Commission 2008 proposal for a new Directive on pesticide application machinery. The Parliament broadly supports the Commission’s proposal and is forecast to adopt formally its Opinion in the EP plenary session […]

New EU water report examines golf

March 19, 2009

A major, new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that, in many parts of Europe, water use is unsustainable.  The report also provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources. The report contains numerous references to golf, which are highlighted below. The EEA Press Release accompanying the report starts “From golf […]

Golf & healthy-living grants

March 18, 2009

British golf clubs in coalfields areas should look at the current call for applications from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. £10,000 grants are available now for projects that encourage healthier life styles, such as taking-up active leisure pursuits.  Some Councils, e.g. Wigan, already work in partnership with their local health authority & golf clubs.  Doctors in […]

Pesticide review programme completed

March 17, 2009

The European Commission has completed the review of existing pesticides that were on the market before 1993. This programme concerned about 1,000 substances, of which about 250 have passed the harmonised EU safety assessment. All reviewed pesticides have undergone a detailed risk evaluation with respect to their effects on humans and on the environment. This […]

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