05 April 2010

Reducing trucking emissions, cleantech investment performance, and other company, supply chain and related news

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New Vehicle Emissions Rules to Save Corporate Fleets Billions.reliability high.
"The nation's first federal rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles stand to save the country's corporate fleets billions of dollars from improved fuel economy.'As companies typically turn over their passenger vehicle stock every three to four years,' Mathers said, 'corporate fleets will be among the first to adopt these new, cleaner cars.' " See GreenBiz.

US, Canada working on heavy truck emissions rules.reliability high.
"The United States and Canada are working together on proposed emissions standards for heavy trucks, which should be released in the next few months, Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice said on Thursday." From Reuters.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

By Slashing Saturday Service, USPS Would Save 500K MT of GHGs.reliability high.
"In addition to saving money, by cutting out Saturday delivery, the U.S. Postal Service would trim its annual emissions by up to a half million metric tons. The USPS estimates that mail volume will drop to about 150 billion pieces in 2010, down nearly 30 percent from the 213 billion pieces delivered in 2007. ... This amount represents 3-5 percent of USPS’s 2007 emissions from facilities, owned vehicles and contract transportation, which totaled 11.2 million metric tons. Nearly all the GHG reductions will come from fuel saved by reducing the miles driven." See story at Environmental Leader.

CN offers online tool to calculate carbon emissions, rate at same time.reliability high.
"CN announced that shippers now can use an online tool to simultaneously secure a rate and calculate carbon emissions by switching shipments from truck to rail. ... The online application calculates carbon emission reductions based on the average shipment lading weight for a single rail car or container, while CN's 'Get Carload Price' and 'Get Intermodal Price' public pricing tools provide an estimated rate." From Progressive Railroading.

The Bayer Group and Exxon Mobil Top Toxic 100 Air Polluters Index.reliability medium.
"Based on the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) from industrial facilities across the United States, the Toxic 100 Air Polluters  index takes into account not only the quantity of chemical releases, but also the toxicity of chemicals, transport factors such as prevailing winds and height of smokestacks, and the number of people exposed. It provides access to this information on all firms operating in the United States, regardless of size. ... PERI researchers found that the top five air polluters among large corporations are: Bayer Group,  ExxonMobil, Sunoco, DuPont, and Arcelor Mittal." From 2Sustain. Access report here.

French firms pull the plug on palm oil.reliability high.
"French firms have stepped up restrictions on the use of palm oil, decried for being linked to deforestation in Asia, in a move that may boost demand for local oils but some warned it could raise new food and land problems. .. "By removing palm oil from our products in favor of rapeseed oil, we act in a responsible way both in terms of environment and public health," Findus, France's largest frozen food maker, said in a statement on Monday. Using the same arguments retailer Casino said last week that more than 200 food products would be guaranteed to be palm oil-free by the end of the year and another 370 would follow. Palm oil would be replaced by rapeseed or sunflower oil." Reuters story.

Clean technology underperforms market by 15 per cent in 2010, bank says.reliability high.
"Since the start of the year, clean technology has been under performing the market by about 15 per cent, according to analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. ... 'Clean technology stocks performed very well in 2007 and 2008 when there was a lot of issuance in the wind space. But in 2009, our index was down 60 per cent versus the market,' he said, on a conference call. 'It has been a very difficult year with clean technology underperforming the market by 15 per cent.'" See NewNet.

Record Number of Clean Technology Venture Deals in 1Q 2010 Finds Cleantech Group and Deloitte.reliability high.
"Cleantech venture investment was up 29% from the previous quarter and up 83% from the same period a year ago. The number of deals recorded in 1Q 2010 represents a new record total, edging ahead of the previous high set in 4Q09 (165 deals). 'The bounce back in venture investment from lows in early 2009 has continued, with the first three months of 2010 representing the strongest start to a year we have ever recorded,' said Sheeraz Haji, President of Cleantech Group. 'Key to the growth has been increasing interest in a broader range of cleantech themes, such as smart mobility and resource efficiency, which are now taking over from the historically dominant renewable energy sector.'" Highlights of report. From Cleantech Group.

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