Final result of The BET
As referee, the European Environment Agency declared today that 88 schools and universities in 13 European countries had won a bet with the European Commissioner for the Environment Margot Wallström that they could reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 8 % in at most 8 months.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Remerschen, Luxembourg (7 September) on to mark the end of the BET.
The Agency congratulates the campaigners on winning the BET, demonstrating clearly that where there is a will, there is also a way to combat climate change. The sheer size of the initiative was remarkable, mobilising tens of thousands of students and hundreds of schools across the whole of Europe.
While achieving a substantial cut in CO2 emissions, the Agency has determined that the campaigners fell short of meeting the second part of their target of saving 8,000,000 kg of CO2 in the same period.
More information on the campaign: www.thebet.org Commission press release: http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.getmex=gc&date;=20010907
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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