09 March 2010

'Organic' wine cheaper, EV preorders, and other supply chain, company, industry and science news

Top Stories

Nissan ready for electric vehicle offensive.reliability high.
Carlos Ghosn, the head of the Nissan-Renault alliance, comments on EV plans. "Ghosn said he already has 56,000 orders for the Leaf in the United States, and they will begin taking orders soon in Japan and Europe. On top of that, he expects fleet orders for taxi companies, post offices and municipalities. Ghosn said the French government wants 100,000 of government vehicles to be electric. ... Nissan believes that 10 percent of global auto market will be fully electric in 10 years." Story from AP at BusinessWeek.

For California vintners, it's not easy being green.reliability high.
"'Green' labels do not pack the same wallop for California wines that they do for low-energy appliances, organically grown produce and other environmentally friendly products, but it's not because there's anything wrong with the wine, a new UCLA-led study has found. In fact, wines made with organically grown grapes actually rate higher on a widely accepted ranking, said Magali Delmas, a UCLA environmental economist and the study's lead author. And these wines tend to command a higher price than their conventionally produced counterparts, so long as wineries don't use the word 'organic' on their labels. But when wineries do use eco-labels, prices plummet. ... 'Wine made with organic grapes — especially if it has an eco-label — is a really good deal,' Grant said. 'For the price of conventional wine, you get a significantly better quality wine.' " See more at EurekAlert. [Growing organically has to be its own reward, at least in this market.]

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Daimler’s Tata Cash Offsets Losses From EADS Holding.reliability high.
"Daimler, the world’s largest truckmaker and the No. 2 manufacturer of luxury cars, sold its 25.6 million Tata Motors shares ... . ... 'Daimler appears to be moving away from partnering with traditional players and shifting towards CO2-friendly cooperation,' said Arndt Ellinghorst, a Credit Suisse analyst in London at with an 'outperform' rating on the Stuttgart- based company. 'Cutting ties with Tata may help clear the slate for an eventual deal with Renault on small cars.'". See BusinessWeek.

Ecomove awarded best startup.reliability medium.
Mumbai-based bicycle-sharing startup Ecomove Solutions has "won two awards at the 3rd Indira India International Innovation Summit held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai on 11th February 2010. Best Innovative Business Idea - Presented to V Ramesh; Best Innovative Startup of the Year - Presented to Ecomove Solutions Pvt Ltd." Source: email from Ecomove.

100% Bio-Plastic Water Bottles Trickle Into Marketplace.reliability high.
"A new trend emerging in the bottled water market is bio-plastic bottles made 100 percent from plants, as opposed to the mixed composition bottles that came out in recent years. The latest eco-bottles come from Green Planet Bottling and Keystone Water Company. Green Planet launched a new water brand in a 100-percent plant-based bottle that is toxin-free and carbon neutral, compared to popular plastic bottles containing petroleum and BPA, according to a press release. They are also reusable, recyclable and compostable in 80 days." Story at Environmental Leader.

Fruition Sciences takes Imagine H2O top honors.reliability high.
"More than 50 companies around the world specializing in water efficient technologies competed in the inaugural business plan competition. The first place winner of the Imagine H2O Prize goes to California- and France-based Fruition Sciences, which has developed a special way to give the vineyard farmer real-time status of key variables for growing wine grapes, including when they need water." The method saves farmers significantly on irrigation. From Cleantech group.

Science and Economics

Counting 'Outsourced' Greenhouse Gas Emissions.reliability high.
"two scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University have published a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (subscription required) that aims to quantify how much of each nation’s carbon dioxide consumption is produced locally and how much is “embedded” in imported goods. In the United States, about 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide are consumed per person each year but are produced somewhere else, the co-authors, Ken Caldeira and Steven Davis of the Carnegie Institution, found." See New York Times Green Inc. blog. Abstract here.

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