21 January 2010

Supply chain moves, and other company, industry and government information

Top Stories

Sixty Corporations Begin Measuring Emissions from Products and Supply Chains.reliability high.
"Sixty corporations today begin measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of their products and supply chains by road testing a new global framework that is part of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative. Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the two new GHG Protocol standards – the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and the Scope 3 (Corporate Value Chain) Accounting and Reporting Standard – provide methods to account for emissions associated with individual products across their life-cycles and of corporations across their value chains." Quotes from Levi's and Airbus, and list of companies participating in the "road test". See World Resources Institute site, which also has links to pdfs of standards.

Amazon adds greener electronics ranking.reliability high.
"Amazon has added a green category to its electronics page, using both EnergyStar and the broader EPEAT certification to rank products, the Green Electronics Council said on Wednesday. There are now more than 800 electronics products listed on Amazon that meet the EPEAT certification, which ranks computing equipment on 51 environmental factors. Products get a bronze, silver, or gold label based on how many of the performance criteria they meet." From CNET News.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Toyota locks down lithium for hybrid batteries with new mining deal.reliability high.
In a strategic move to secure its supply chain to a crucial industrial raw material, Toyota Group member Toyota Tsusho has agreed to invest in Australian mining company Orocobre, a supplier of lithium which operates in Argentina, to lock in the Li it needs for battery production. It will own 25% of Orocobre. From GreenBeat.

Energy Intelligence Results in 15% Efficiency Boost for Manufacturers.reliability high.
A study "based on data from more than 200 manufacturers, finds that those that deployed this [use of real-time energy data] approach achieved a 15 percent reduction in their energy use, more than double the industry average, while achieving substantially higher operating margins." "The report also shows how best-in-class companies have leveraged this information to implement energy and carbon reduction actions, while optimizing their operations and reducing costs." See Environmental Leader. Access the report here (registration required).

How to Find the Greenest E-Waste Recycler.reliability medium.
"A recent seminar from the EPA offered a primer for small business and local governments on how to avoid the pitfalls of e-waste recycling, but the lessons offered apply to any organization that's sitting on old electronics." Highlights of recommendations. See GreenBiz blog. PDF of whole seminar presentation here.

Arad Technologies and Actaris to install up to 1.2 million smart water meters in Mumbai.reliability high.
"The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has ordered 150,000 smart water meters from Israeli water meter developer Arad Technologies and French water meter makers Actaris Metering Systems, which it intends to install in the city of Mumbai according to reports. Reports suggest that the order is part of a larger smart water meter contract for the purchase of up to 1.2 million meters for up to $128m, and that the order of 150,000 meters is half of a $32m order split between the two companies." From NewNet. [Meter water use in Mumbai? What a concept. Expect riots.]

Dow Building Insulation Products Achieve Cradle To Cradle® Certification.reliability high.
"Dow Building Solutions has completed a rigorous, external assessment of its building insulation products conducted by MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC), a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm. STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation, STYROFOAM SIS™ Brand Structural Insulated Sheathing, THERMAX™ (ci) Exterior Insulation, STYROFOAM™ Brand Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation, and SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation have all achieved Cradle to Cradle® Certification, a process that assesses products for their ingredients' human health, environmental health and recyclability profiles." From CSRwire.

Government and Regulation

Roadshow: Tears from hybrid owners with carpool stickers.reliability high.
California's HOV-Lane access perk for owners of three hybrids: the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Honda Insight . . . [is] set to expire on December 31 of this year. Originally passed in 2005, the law opened California's high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, restricted to carpools, to a limited number of very low-emission vehicles even if there was just a single person in the car. Sticker owners are whining. From San José Mercury News. [The flip side of incentives: how do you ever take them away? Germany is going through this as they try to rein in lush solar feed-in incentives.]

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