04 March 2010

EPA relents somewhat, good-bye orange roughy, and other company, industry, supply chain and government items

Top Stories

Google opens PowerMeter API — and the field for energy efficiency apps.reliability high.
"Google announced today that it has released the application programming interface (the API) for Google PowerMeter, the tool it launched last year to tell users in real time how much energy they are using and, more importantly, what it is costing them. The decision gives what was a vaguely informative service the potential to spawn gadgetry and software that could change the way we use energy in our daily lives." See GreenBeat.

DSM to link managers’ pay with green credentials.reliability high.
"DSM, the Dutch life sciences group, will announce on Wednesday that half the bonuses for its management board will be tied to targets such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, the introduction of environmentally friendly products and improvements in workforce morale." Story in Financial Times (registration or subscription may be required).

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Non-sustainable fish pulled from Loblaw's shelves.reliability high.
"The parent company of Real Canadian Superstore and T&T Markets has pledged to stop selling non-sustainable fish and immediately removed four at-risk species from Loblaw's 1,000-plus stores across the country. Loblaw-controlled stores sell roughly one third of the seafood sold in Canada. Loblaw has already delisted orange roughy, Chilean sea bass, shark and skate, all of which are overfished. The four species make up about one per cent of Loblaw's seafood sales, "having already become difficult to procure," said Paul Uys, the Loblaw executive responsible for the sustainable fish initiative. ... Loblaw is formulating policy in consultation with the Marine Stewardship Council and the World Wildlife Fund." Read more in Vancouver Sun.

EU drafts reveal biofuel's 'environmental damage'.reliability high.
"Biodiesel and other "green" fuels that Europeans put in their cars can have unintended consequences for tropical forests and wetlands, European Union reports show -- the first evidence of EU misgivings. ... 'The simulated effects of EU biofuels policies imply a considerable shock to agricultural commodity markets,' warns one draft report produced to advise policymakers. 'Current and future support of biofuels...is likely to accelerate the expansion of land under crops, particularly in Latin America and Asia,' warns another, one of 116 documents released to Reuters under freedom of information laws. ... If just 2.4 percent of European biofuels came from palm oil grown on former peatlands, for example in Indonesia, the entire climate benefits of EU biodiesel would be wiped out, says a report by the Commission's own research center." Story at Reuters.

Government and Regulation

US EPA says to ease carbon rules on small business.reliability high.
"The Obama administration will give small businesses a break on coming carbon dioxide emissions rules but big emitters like coal-fired power plants will face a crack-down, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said on Wednesday." She said that "regulations would exempt factories emitting under 75,000 tons of carbon annually in 2011 and 2012. "If you're smaller than 75,000 tons, you will not need a permit for the next two years," Jackson told reporters after a Senate hearing. The 75,000-ton threshold would exempt sources like hospitals, big buildings, and schools, but not heavy industry like coal-burning power plants, which emit 1 million tons a year or more of carbon dioxide ... ." From Reuters.

China to ban sales of inefficient air conditioners.reliability high.
"China's top economic planner said Wednesday it would ban sales of energy-wasting air conditioners from June 1 by raising the market threshold based on their energy efficiency. New standards will evaluate each model according to their coefficient of performance (COP), the efficiency ratio of the amount of heating or cooling provided by a heating or cooling unit to the energy consumed by the system. The higher the COP, the more efficient the system. ... The standards vary in accordance with an air conditioner's rated power output. The statement said the average COP level would be raised by 23 percent with the advent of the new standards." See Xinhua story.

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