02 November 2009

How bad is meat? Carmakers rated on sustainability, and other company, industry and government information

Top Stories

Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases.reliability high.
"In a paper published by a respected US thinktank, the Worldwatch Institute, two World Bank environmental advisers claim that instead of 18 per cent of global emissions being caused by meat, the true figure is 51 per cent." Highlights. From The Independent. PDF of report here. [This should drive commentators and agricultural interests into a tizzy. Report makes some good points, though.]

Sins of Emission - The ethanol boondoggle is also an environmental catastrophe.reliability medium.
Opinion piece notes Searchinger et alia's Science article and the resistance of legislators like Waxman of California to face up to the lack of environmental benefits from crop ethanol. See The Wall Street Journal. [Will ADM cancel its WSJ subscription?]

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing.reliability high.
Study "assesses the sustainability performance of 17 major automobile manufacturers worldwide using the Sustainable Value approach over the period of 1999 to 2007." U.S. firms trail, Asians lead. See Sustainable Value site. PDF of report here via GreenBiz. [This item has been widely picked up, with most articles noting the poor showing of U.S. and some European firms.]

How much is green worth? PG&E's carbon-offset program struggling.reliability high.
"A 2-year-old PG&E program to help customers offset the size of their carbon footprint has drawn little interest and consumer advocates are arguing it should be allowed to expire at the end of the year. Only 30,000 households and businesses have enrolled in 'ClimateSmart,' which allows residential and commercial customers of the San Francisco-based utility to add a tax-deductible 'donation' to their monthly bill that allows PG&E to buy carbon offsets." From San José Mercury News.

Green Home Builder ZETA Readies Energy Management System to Achieve Net Zero.reliability high.
"ZETA Communities, a San Francisco-based green prefab builder, has been quietly developing an energy management system that it says will be ready to be installed in all the startup’s projects starting next year. The system, called zTherm, automatically opens vents, draws heat from thermal mass, and takes other low-cost measures to cool or heat a house without cranking up the air conditioner or furnace." See earth2tech.

Dole Facility Cuts Lighting Energy Use 95%.reliability high.
"Switching to solid-state LED high-bay lighting has helped Dole Fresh Produce Co. save about 95 percent on lighting energy at a particular cold storage warehouse." From Environmental Leader.

Kraft Foods Launches First Mainstream Sustainable Chocolate Brand.reliability high.
"Kraft Foods is extending its commitment to sustainable cocoa farming by launching the first European mainstream chocolate brand to carry the Rainforest Alliance Certified(TM) seal. By the end of 2012, the company has committed to use only cocoa beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified(TM) farms across its entire Cote d'Or and Marabou ranges, equal to some 30,000 tons of beans." See Sustainable Business.

Nissan CEO targets 500,000 electric batteries a year.reliability high.
"Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Thursday that his Franco-Japanese alliance is ready to produce a half million electric car batteries annually, but market conditions would determine when." From Reuters.

Government and Regulation

Tempers Flare in U.S. Over Chinese Involvement in Wind Farm Planned for Texas.reliability medium.
Reaction to the announcement of a big wind farm in Texas financed by Chinese banks and using Chinese turbines. Partly because U.S. turbine-building capacity is so small, lots of the government stimulus spending on wind farms so far has gone to buy turbines made abroad. See New York Times Green Inc. column.

[Crossposted from HaraBara.com courtesy of HaraBara, Inc. Copyright © 2009 HaraBara, Inc.]