14 April 2010

Recycling woes, renewable petroleum, and other company, industry and government selections

Top Stories

White House hints that it is gearing up for climate bill fight.reliability high.
"Speaking at a Washington energy conference, Larry Summers, head of the White House's National Economic Council, warned the long-term economic health of the US would be jeopardised if it failed to pass ambitious climate change legislation. Describing it as "imperative" for the US to tackle climate change and " address the consequences of excessive dependence on oil for our national security", Summers underlined the importance of the administration's plan to pass climate change legislation." More at The Guardian from BusinessGreen.

In culture shift, Berkeley seeks recycling fee.reliability high.
"Berkeley wants to start charging households and businesses a recycling fee, a move that would end an era in which the city, yearning to encourage recycling, charged only for garbage. With less trash going into the garbage can, people are shifting to smaller can sizes. That is putting less money in city coffers - even after a 20 percent garbage rate increase last year. But the recycling and composting services once billed as free continue to grow." More about economics of recycling for cities. Story in San Francisco Chronicle. [Cities who operate their own trash and/or recycling systems find it difficult to continue to subsidize recycling in tough economic times, as prices for recycled materials fall and budgets are cut.]

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

McDonald’s Board Opposes Cage-Free Eggs for U.S..reliability high.
"The board of directors of McDonald’s has recommended that the company’s shareholders vote against a proposal to require that 5 percent of the eggs purchased for the chain’s restaurants in the United States be the cage-free variety. The proposal was advanced by the Humane Society of the United States. Some major fast food companies, including Burger King, Subway and Wendy’s, and the retailers Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s, have already made some level of commitment to purchasing or selling cage-free eggs." See New York Times Green Inc. blog.

LS9 receives U.S. clearance to sell diesel replacement.reliability high.
"South San Francisco, Calif.-based LS9 said today its branded UltraClean Diesel has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration. The product, which can now be sold commercially in the United States, is a diesel replacement the company says offers an 85 percent carbon footprint reduction, compared to conventional petroleum diesel. ... The company has a one-step fermentation process of renewable raw materials to make the diesel replacement. LS9 uses genetic engineering of microorganisms to produce its fuels, with improved properties such as cetane, volatility, oxidative stability and cold-flow." From Cleantech Group.

H&M to launch sustainable collection.reliability high.
"At the end of March, Swedish retailer H&M will launch its first collection featuring 100% sustainable materials. The Garden Collection, which will be unveiled on 25 March, represents a major step towards H&M’s pledge to increase its use of organic products to 50% each year until 2013 and comes shortly after the company said it had no reason to believe that the organic cotton used for its garments was contaminated with genetically modified seeds." See EcoTextile News.

Coda's 'everyday electric car' coming to California.reliability high.
With video. "The sedan, due to start shipping in California in the fourth quarter, is designed to be simple and useful rather than flashy. But functionally, the car  will meet the needs of many people and be priced in the "low to mid 30s," or somewhere in the range of $35,000 after federal and state credits and rebates, according to Kevin Czinger, CEO of Coda Automotive." See CNET News.

Government and Regulation

China plans to curb foreign investment in polluting sectors.reliability high.
"The State Council, the nation's cabinet, said in guidelines on its website that it aimed to "seriously restrict (foreign investment) in high energy, highly polluting... projects". It added that foreign investment in "high-end manufacturing, high-technology and service industries, and new energy and energy-saving environmental sectors" should be encouraged." Story at Yahoo! from AFP.

[Crossposted from HaraBara.com courtesy of HaraBara, Inc. Copyright © 2010 HaraBara, Inc.]