23 November 2009

Who are green retailers? Green purchasing surge, car parts suppliers' jitters, other company, industry and government news

Top Stories

What Does It Mean When Procurement Goes Green?reliability medium.
John Davies says recent research by the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel shows "purchasing by companies is up in a down economy. Our recent October 2009 survey of more than 450 companies found that over the past 12 months there was a 63 percent increase in green purchasing" Highlights of report. See GreenBiz blog.

Russia offers more ambitious reduction target.reliability high.
"Russia indicated that it is ready to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 25 percent, if other countries do the same, the president of the European Union said." On COP-15 site from AP. [This modifies our League Table. Russia passes Germany in tons of emission reductions promised. Total promised (or nearly promised) reductions of rich nations are now a 12.5% cut from 1990 emissions.]

Shop green? Global survey lists top eco-friendly retailers.reliability high.
For a study by Ryerson University's Center for the Study of Commercial Activity researchers in Canada, Scotland, Japan, Spain and France interviewed 200 retailers to look at best environmental practices and help the industry in adopting sustainable practices that can also enhance their bottom line. Highlights of report. "The researchers narrowed the list down to 15, finding that Mountain Equipment Co-op, IKEA Canada, Walmart and Home Depot were among the list of the leading green businesses in Canada. They listed H-E-B in the United States, LUSH, Marks & Spencer, Alliance Boots, Monsoon and Tesco in Britain, Musgrave Group in Ireland, Monoprix and Carrefour in France, Aeon in Japan, and Woolworths in Australia." From Reuters. More here.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Electric Cars Push Japan Engine Parts Makers to Crisis Mode.reliability high.
"As Nissan and General Motors Co. prepare to introduce battery-powered cars next year, traditional auto suppliers like Osaka-based NTN are trying to adapt by creating new lines of business. Engine components account for as much as 40 percent of a typical car’s total parts, so some suppliers are scrambling to come up with new products" "'It’s a crisis-like situation,' said Toru Fujiwara, head of Tsubakimoto’s auto-parts division [a maker of timing chains]. 'With electric cars, there’s no way we can apply our current technology.'" More examples of how parts suppliers are adapting. From Bloomberg. [When the timing chain is the value chain.]

Metabolix, ADM to open new bioplastics factory.reliability high.
The new Clinton, Iowa-based plant is a joint venture with Decatur, Ill.-based Archer Daniels Midland . . . . The companies announced earlier this year that they developed a next-generation injection molding bioplastic that’s biodegradable" in soil or seawater. See Cleantech Group.

Food waste to provide green gas for carbon-conscious consumers.reliability high.
"From today, British householders will be able to register for Ecotricity's new tariff to buy green gas – commonly known as biogas – as a way of reducing their carbon footprint and cutting landfill waste. It will be a first for carbon-conscious consumers who have previously only been able to buy "green electricity" from suppliers." More discussion of biogas issues in Britain. From The Guardian. More at Ecotricity site. [Like RECs for gas. Why don't we all have this?]

Drive Clean Buying Guide.reliability high.
"Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, save money or just contribute less to that nasty smog, DriveClean.ca.gov is your buying guide to the cleanest, most efficient cars on the market. There are so many clean options to choose from, and it's easy to find them with the new Environmental Performance (EP) Label. Explore the web site and learn about the great benefits and incentives clean vehicles offer, look up incentives in your specific region, or search and compare vehicles by make / model, vehicle category, technologies & fuel types, Smog Score, Global Warming Score or engine family number. You can calculate your savings too by inputting information on your driving habits and regional fuel costs, find out how much the vehicle you are driving now pollutes, and even compare it to something new you might be considering." See CARB site. [Note links to incentives.]

EU Paper Industry Has Cut Carbon Pollution by 42% - Exceeded Kyoto Goals.reliability high.
"According to the Confederation of European Paper Industries’ 4th annual report; compared with their Kyoto base year of 1990, the European paper industry has reduced its CO2 emissions per ton of paper produced by 42%." This was achieved by widespread adoption of combined heat and power systems and increasing the rate of recycling, and also using natural gas and biomass more. From CleanTechnica.

Verizon expands Smart Grid play, launches consulting.reliability high.
"Verizon is already eying opportunities to provide wireless networks for Smart Grid communication systems, but today it’s expanding its presence in the space even more with the launch of a security consulting service for utilities rolling out smart meters and other advanced grid infrastructure." "Verizon is bringing cybersecurity expertise earned in the mobile space to its new utility clients." See GreenBeat.

Government and Regulation

Gap between India, U.S. emissions goals grows wider.reliability high.
"Rajendra Pachauri said the gap between the United States and India on how to battle climate change has grown over the last six months in the lead up to the U.N. climate meeting in Copenhagen in December. 'I doubt if there would be much of a productive dialogue on what the two countries will do at Copenhagen,' Pachauri told reporters in a teleconference. The gap has grown because Washington hasn't committed to emissions cuts, he said." From Reuters.

India to Spend $900 Million on Solar.reliability medium.
"The Indian cabinet approved a plan on Thursday that sets out to increase energy production from solar technology to 20 gigawatts by 2022, up from six megawatts today. The government will spend about 43 billion rupees ($922 million) in the first of three phases of the program. The total cost for all three phases could approach $20 billion." Some wonder how India can achieve this goal, since it cannot even ramp up electricity output using traditional technology such as coal combustion to meet its announced plans. See New York Times Green Inc. blog.

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