04 February 2010

Suppliers must manage carbon, supermarkets green efforts, and other company, government and industry news

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Survey: 56% of CDP Members May Cut Out Suppliers Who Don't Manage Carbon.reliability high.
"More than half (56 percent) of Carbon Disclosure Project members surveyed said that in the future they would cease doing business with suppliers that do not manage their carbon, according to the 'Supply Chain Report 2010' from the Carbon Disclosure Project." Some other highlights of report. From Environmental Leader. PDF of report here.

China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy.reliability high.
China has become the leading maker of wind turbines and solar panels, and could do the same in nuclear reactors and state-of-the-art coal plants. "These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China." See The New York Times.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Shell to do deal with Brazilian biofuel producer Cosan to secure future.reliability high.
"The Anglo-Dutch company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the most powerful Brazil bioethanol producer, Cosan, in a joint venture said to be worth $12bn (£8.19bn). The move, if finalised, will cement Brazil's position as the world's alternative energy superpower with the potential to ship huge quantities of fuel to the United States and Europe. Shell will now lobby the US administration to reduce its tariffs on biofuel imports in a move that could transform profitability." From The Guardian.

Albany Grocery Powered by a Fuel Cell.reliability medium.
"The Price Chopper store in Albany, owned by the Golub Corporation, is using a 400-kilowatt PureCell fuel cell made by U.T.C. Power, a division of United Technologies. The fuel cell provides most of the electricity for the 69,000-square-foot supermarket, and in the event of a blackout it can operate off the grid to keep the lights on. . . . 'we decided to go with a fuel cell since a combined heat and power system is more efficient and had a positive cash flow.'" An $800,000 subsidy was a key consideration. See New York Times Green Inc. blog.

New Whole Foods Market in San Jose to Generate Clean Power On-Site with UTC Power Fuel Cell.reliability high.
"The new Whole Foods Market, located at the south corner of Blossom Hill Road and Almaden Expressway in South San Jose, is now under construction and will cover approximately 50,000 square feet.  The UTC Power fuel cell system will generate 90 percent of the store's electricity needs and its byproduct thermal energy will be used for store heating, cooling and refrigeration for an overall efficiency of approximately 60 percent, nearly twice the efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid." From PR Newswire.

Tesco opens its first zero carbon store.reliability high.
"Supermarket group Tesco, which pumps out some four million tonnes of carbon a year, today opened its first zero carbon store as part of its bid to be a carbon ­neutral company by 2050." See The Guardian. [Zero carbon, but what about refrigerant emissions--see next item.]

Supermarket fridges as polluting as their plastic bags, study claims.reliability high.
"Chemicals released by fridges account for 30% of supermarkets' direct emissions, yet only 0.5% of stores have been fitted with greener equipment, according to the report, called Chilling Facts. . . . 'Fridges are not sexy,' said Fionnuala Walravens. 'The environmental impact of supermarket refrigeration is a big issue but little understood … it is a hell of a lot bigger than free plastic bags.'". From The Guardian

Government and Regulation

Obama budget seeks to end oil, gas subsidies.reliability high.
"The Obama administration on Monday asked Congress for a second time to end some $36.5 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies, saying it would help fight global warming." From Reuters.

Pentagon to rank global warming as destabilizing force.reliability high.
Summary of recent actions taken by U.S. defense agencies regarding global climate change. Among other comments: "'Our dependence on fuel adds significant cost and puts US soldiers and contractors at risk,' said Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defence for the environment. 'Energy can be a matter of life and death and we have seen dramatically in Iraq and Afghanistan the cost of heavy reliance on fossil fuels.'" And, "'The leadership of the Pentagon has very strongly indicated that they do consider climate change to be a national security issue,' said Christine Parthemore, an analyst at the Centre for a New American Security, who has been studying the Pentagon's evolving views on climate change. 'They are considering climate change on a par with the political and economic factors as the key drivers that are shaping the world.'" See The Guardian.

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