18 May 2010

Battled water, carbon accounting, limits to airport growth, and other supply chain, company and technology news

Top Stories

Concord's daring bottled water ban sparks legal threat.reliability high.
"The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is threatening legal action against the town of Concord, Massachusetts, after the municipality banned the sale of bottled water late last month. ... The IBWA may have little to worry about if the state of Massachusetts fails to approve the ban, as the measure may require approval from a higher level of government. However, there are also fears within the industry that the move could set a precedent for other towns and cities to follow." See BusinessGreen. [Concord is known for stubborn resistance against great odds, with revolutionary outcome. Bundanoon, not so much.]

Wipro Teams with SAP to Develop and Deliver Sustainability Solutions.reliability high.
"Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro, today announced that it has entered into a co-innovation agreement with SAP AG to develop and deliver sustainability performance management and energy management solutions to enterprise customers globally. The goal is to empower customers to drive a greener footprint while enhancing their bottom line. Wipro and SAP will work together to implement SAP® solutions for sustainability – including the SAP Carbon Impact on-demand solution and the SAP BusinessObjects™ Sustainability Performance Management and SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management (SAP EHS Management) applications – with 'green' IT services from Wipro." See press release at WATPR.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Organic cotton leads India’s export charge.reliability high.
"India is targeting US$1 billion worth of organic product exports in the next five years, driven primarily by a greater demand for non-food products such as organic cotton. Speaking at the 10th anniversary of India’s implementation of the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP), commerce secretary Rahul Kullar said that India‘s organic product exports had jumped to US$125 million from US$12 million over the last eight years and that with the growing potential of organic cotton, India could achieve its target by 2015." From EcoTextile News.

Smart Lighting Technology May Offer A Brighter Idea.reliability high.
Given the slow rate of new construction, technologies to improve the efficiency of existing lighting hold greater short-term promise for savings and carbon reductions, according to article. Discusses lighting controls companies and products. See CNBC News.

Reva promoters look for an exit: Report.reliability high.
"Bangalore-based Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), one of the world's most recognised electric car manufacturing companies, may see a change of ownership, with its current promoters holding talks with an international automotive investor for a sell-out. According to VCCircle, a financial news portal, the Maini Group, AEV LLC of California and US-based investors Global Environment Fund and Draper Fisher Jurvetson are nearing a strategic sale of their stake in the company, whose valuation is believed to be around $100 million (Rs 457 crore)." From Business Standard.

GM Links With Google’s Android to Manage the Chevy Volt.reliability medium.
"Google and General Motors plan to connect the automaker’s in-vehicle communications system, OnStar, with phones running on Google’s Android operating system, GM announced  early Tuesday. It all starts with a beefed-up mobile app for the Chevy Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle scheduled to roll out later this year." See earth2tech. Press release here.

Government and Regulation

Heathrow runway plans scrapped by new government.reliability high.
"The decision to cancel the plans came in a joint Conservative-Liberal Democrat policy agreement. The new government said it would also refuse any additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted airports." Comments on the decision from various parties. See BBC News.

Science, Technology and Economics

Airplane design could use 70 percent less fuel.reliability medium.
"As part of a $2.1 million NASA grant, the MIT-led team said that its designs for a so-called "N+3" airplane--meaning three generations beyond today's airplanes--could leverage new technologies like advanced airframe configurations and propulsion systems and could deliver the 70 percent fuel savings by around 2035." From CNET News blog.

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