03 May 2010

India's growth crisis, being visibly green, and other company, industry and government news and information

Top Stories

New climate change report rates political and regulatory environments as top concerns by corporate risk managers.reliability high.
According to a recently released survey, "Thirty percent of risk managers surveyed said climate change regulation was one of the top five risks facing their company." "The survey, analyzed and reported by the Boston-based investor and environmental sustainability network Ceres and administered jointly with the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), sheds light on how 200 risk managers view climate change and its potential impact on their industries." See Ceres site. PDF of report here. [Sounds like corporate risk managers are just starting to think about climate change issues.]

Making the Cities of India More Sustainable.reliability medium.
"India will add an additional 26 cities of one million or more by 2030 to its 42 one million+ cities today. The population in cities of 340 million in 2008 will soar to 590 million by 2030. The need for much improved urban housing and health services, let alone better planning, governance and carbon management, threatens the nation's and thus the world's economic stability: India's population by 2030 is forecast to overtake China's. A report released this month by the McKinsey Global Institute, "India's Urban Awakening," provides a rich and thorough analysis of the challenges faced by Indian cities, while also providing a clear agenda for future improvements." See Worldchanging post. Access report here.

CFL bulb scheme will be world's biggest carbon credit project.reliability high.
Latest on Bachat Lamp Yojna. "India has bagged the world's largest carbon credit project that will help replace 400 million incandescent light bulbs with energy saving CFL bulbs at dirt-cheap prices in a year while preventing 40 million tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere annually. The project, which will allow the government, investors, discoms and CFL manufacturers to sell CFLs at Rs 15 each, instead of the Rs 100 they currently cost on average, has been approved by the UN under the global carbon credit scheme called Clean Development Mechanism." See Times of India.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Carting Away the Oceans: April 2010.reliability high.
"This report from Greenpeace ranks and rates 20 supermarket chains on their sustainability practices for purchasing seafood and communicating about sustainable seafood to shoppers." See GreenBiz. PDF of report here.

Sam's Club Installs On-Site Wind Power.reliability high.
"Sam's Club claims to be the first U.S. retailer to install 'a significant number' of on-site micro wind turbines. The retailer installed 17 wind turbines mounted on parking lot light poles at its Palmdale, California location that will supply about three to five percent of the store's total energy use." Story in Environmental Leader. [Parking lot turbines are much more visible to customers than rooftop solar panels, thus providing double benefit. Will they make store look stupid if there are days when they are not turning?]

Ten Ways to Make Your Business Bike-Friendly.reliability medium.
Post lists benefits to business from being more bike-friendly, and gives several specific suggestions. "Bicycle-friendly practices and policies can be cheap, while still leading to big results." From GreenBiz blog.

Government and Regulation

New EPA Website Simplifies Searches for Clean Water Act Violations.reliability high.
"The EPA’s new portal for viewing Clean Water Act violations from its Annual Non-Compliance Report (ANCR) will make it more important than ever for businesses to steer clear of serious infractions. ... The website provides a map of the country, allowing users to view violations by state and company." See Environmental Leader. Access EPA site. [You can run (your effluent into the river) but you can’t hide. EPA is leveraging information technology to pressure violators and potential violators. Maybe the Mine Safety and Health Administration could take a lesson from this approach.]

Preparing for an Ice-Free Arctic: Part 1 - China's Growing Interest in the Thawing North.reliability medium.
"China is paying increasing attention to the melting of the ice in the Arctic Ocean as a result of climate change. The prospect of the Arctic being navigable during summer months, leading to both shorter shipping routes and access to untapped energy resources, has impelled the government to allocate more resources to Arctic research. Chinese officials have also started to think about what kind of policies would help the country to benefit from an ice-free Arctic environment. ... To date, China has adopted a wait-and-see approach to Arctic developments, wary that active overtures would cause alarm in other countries due to its size and status as a rising global power." See chinadialogue. [Should be interesting to those who have competitors or suppliers in China.]

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