10 December 2009

Lax water quality enforcement in U.S., access company carbon data on iPhone, and other company, market and government information

Top Stories

Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show.reliability high.
"More than 20 percent of the nation's water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data." "Regulators were informed of each of those violations as they occurred. But regulatory records show that fewer than 6 percent of the water systems that broke the law were ever fined or punished by state or federal officials" "The problem, say current and former government officials, is that enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act has not been a federal priority." From The New York Times.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

SAP/CDP Tap iPhone's Popularity to Market Emissions Data.reliability high.
A new iPhone application from SAP and the Carbon Disclosure Project illustrates an emerging way to access data and trends related to climate change. "The app shows a visualized breakdown of a variety of corporate emissions data." It's free at the app store.. See Environmental Leader. More here.

Retailers Share Best Practices for Managing Chemicals.reliability high.
"A new report looks at six companies' product chemical management systems, showing how they developed their systems, what challenges they've faced and what benefits they've encountered." From GreenBiz. Access report here.

AT&T Launches Council to Advance ICT's Role in the Climate Fight.reliability high.
"The Business Sustainability Advisory Council will build upon research from the Climate Group that found technology can reduce up to five times the greenhouse gas emissions that are produced by the ICT sector, or up to 15 percent of global annual emissions by 2020. AT&T has brought together a blend of public and private interests for the council, including the Carbon Disclosure Project, Cisco Systems, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Texas at Austin." See GreenBiz.

Water Futures partnership; SABMiller and WWF announce major global partnership on water risk.reliability high.
"SABMiller and WWF launched the Water Futures partnership, designed to tackle water scarcity in a number of its key operating countries. The partnership builds on existing best practice undertaken by SABMiller and WWF in Colombia, Honduras and El Salvador and will build a detailed understanding of the risks posed by the predicted water stress in Peru, Tanzania, South Africa and Ukraine. Methodologies will then be developed to help mitigate this risk." See SABMiller Company Website.

Report: Top 12 Potentially Disruptive Transport Technologies.reliability medium.
"A new analysis from Accenture, Betting on Science; Disruptive Technologies in Transport Fuels, identifies 12 technologies that have the potential to be gamechangers, disrupting fossil fuel demand and reversing course on the disastrous climate changing trajectory that we are on. And, the report says, they could do it within five years" From Green Options Media Gas 2.0. Access report summary here.

Government and Regulation

What Do China's Climate Pledges Really Amount To?.reliability medium.
"China's latest pledge is a very big deal, says William Chandler, Energy and Climate Program director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. At issue: Just what, exactly, is 'business as usual' for the Chinese economy? Folks skeptical of Chinese plans point to estimates by the International Energy Agency to argue that China is essentially promising to keep doing what it is doing already—so it shouldn't be seen as a game-changer ahead of Copenhagen. That is 'demonstrably false,' says Mr. Chandler. His argument: The Chinese economy got less energy intensive since 2000, as heavy industry and manufacturing caused a big jump in energy use. Only 'draconian' measures in recent years have turned that tendency around and put China on the path to a cleaner economy. So it's not fair to consider the recent crackdown on energy use 'business as usual'" From Wall Street Journal Environmental Capital blog.

Broadband will cut carbon by 5 per cent down under: PM.reliability high.
"Mr. Rudd said the reduction in travel costs made possible by the use of telepresence video conferencing technology and the facilitation of smart metering energy usage monitoring are two reasons why the country's National Broadband Network (NBN) will be successful in reducing the country's carbon emissions by an impressive five per cent." See TelecomTV.

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