16 March 2010

Green procurement news, and other company, supply chain, industry and technical information

Top Stories

Americans Could Reduce Emissions 15% Through Simple Actions.reliability high.
"Two new studies highlight the disparity between what the public can do, and wants to do, to address energy issues and carbon emissions resulting from lifestyles. An analysis released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that Americans can reduce U.S. carbon pollution by 15%--or one billion tons of global warming pollution--through collective personal actions that require little to no cost. Suggested behavioral changes in the study include: reducing unwanted catalog subscriptions, decreasing vehicle idling, using a programmable thermostat, replacing seven lightbulbs with CFLs, setting computers to hibernate mode, shutting off unused lights, and eating poultry in place of red meat two days per week. All of the recommendations offered in the study are available to be adopted immediately, at little or no cost, and will reduce not only emissions, but home energy, transportation and food costs as well." More about consumer attitudes toward energy conservation. Story at Sustainable Business News. Summary of Garrison Institute program here.

Green procurement set to become the norm.reliability high.
"Suppliers to the public and private sector will see their competitiveness diminish over the next few years if they fail to provide customers with information on their carbon footprint and evidence that they are improving their environmental sustainability. That is the stark warning from a group of procurement experts speaking at a roundtable event hosted yesterday by the Carbon Trust Standard, who predicted that the number of organisations adopting demanding sustainable procurement criteria will only increase. The trend is particularly apparent within the public sector, where the launch 18 months ago of a Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement within the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has led to an overhaul of government procurement policies." From BusinessGreen.

Green Procurement Can Deliver Significant Business Benefits.reliability medium.
"Results of studies presented by SMI and BrainNet showed that green procurement is not only a driver for a sustainable transformation of processes in many companies, but a factor with a direct and positive impact on the success of a company. ... One study  by SMI analyzed procurement managers' 'willingness to pay' to avoid corruption and ensure social and ecological sustainability. The results revealed that one of the most important drivers of sustainability in procurement is not training, but a functioning system of sanctions where sustainable procurement is rewarded and non-sustainable procurement is penalized." More highlights of the studies and of conference. See 2Sustain. PDF of summary.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Chevron To Build 3.7-MW Solar Project.reliability high.
"Chevron Energy Solutions and East Side Union High School District in San José, California have announced the start of construction on a 3.7-megawatt (MW) solar project that is expected to provide more than US $1.5 million in budget relief to the district's general fund in the first year and $7.6 million over five years. It is anticipated that the project will reduce the district's electric utility costs by 30 percent and deliver $36 million in savings over the life of the project. Chevron Energy Solutions will design, build, operate, maintain, measure and guarantee the solar energy system’s performance for the district." Story at Renewable Energy World. [Flat roof = make money.]

P&G Launches U.S. Campaign to Highlight 'Future Friendly' Products.reliability high.
"Future Friendly, which has been in place in the United Kingdom and Canada since 2007, is a multi-brand and multi-platform effort to raise awareness about greener products and greener practices. In addition to featuring the Future Friendly logo on the packages, P&G is also working to educate its customers on how best to reduce the impact of their daily lives." "Research has found that the vast majority of the resources used by consumer products happens not in manufacturing, shipping or at their end of life, but in how they're used at home." "Procter & Gambel also today released the results of a survey conducted with Ipsos Public Affairs documenting the state of the green marketplace. Among the findings of the study: Nearly three in four (74 percent) report they would switch to another brand if it helped them conserve resources without having to pay more and a similar amount (69 percent) report they would recommend the product to others." Other highlights. See story at GreenBiz.

Mislabeled Plastic Bottles Vex PET Recyclers.reliability high.
"A preponderance of bottles falsely labeled as PET or PET-compatible is causing problems for recycling companies, reports PlasticsNews. David Cornell, technical director for APR, said it becomes problematic when too many copolymers, which increase melt strength and enhance processability, are added to the mix. In that case, the 'resulting polyester no longer behaves like PET bottle polymer and may not process well together,' he told Plastics News." From Environmental Leader. [And you thought your supply chain was tough to manage. Recyclers have the toughest supply chains of all?]

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