12 May 2010

New open source supplier scorecard, India's soaring emissions, less milk packaging, skimpy garments reduce waste and other news

Top Stories

P&G Launches Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard.reliability high.
"The Procter & Gamble Company today announced the launch of the Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard and rating process to measure and improve the environmental performance of its key suppliers. The new scorecard will assess P&G suppliers' environmental footprint and encourage continued improvement by measuring energy use, water use, waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions on a year-to-year basis. It is hoped that this breakthrough work will lay the foundation for an industry standard and the scorecard will be "open code" for use by any organization to help promote a working discussion and determine common supply chain evaluation processes across all industries." From CSRwire. Access scorecard here.

Greenhouse gas emissions rise in India.reliability high.
"India is the world's fifth-biggest polluter, a new study confirmed Tuesday, with its greenhouse gas emissions growing by more than 3 percent annually between 1994-2007. The Asian giant also is suffering from the effects of global warming such as rising temperatures and sea levels along its coasts. The study represents the first update to an assessment of India's air emissions that was done 16 years ago. More than 80 scientists from 17 institutions across India were involved in the study, said Jairam Ramesh, India's environment minister." Story at CNBC from AP. PDF executive summary here. PDF of full report here. Another story covering this report at Reuters.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

IEA sees great potential for solar, providing up to a quarter of world electricity by 2050.reliability high.
"Solar electricity could represent up to 20% to 25% of global electricity production by 2050. This important finding emerges from two new analyses by the International Energy Agency (IEA): the solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) roadmaps ... PV mostly for on-grid distributed generation in many regions and CSP largely providing dispatchable electricity at utility scale from regions with brightest sun and clearest skies. PV also helps provide energy access off grid in rural areas." See IEA site. PDF of CSP roadmap here. PDF of PV roadmap here.

Ford to Invest $36M to Build Hybrid, Plug-in Cars in Spain.reliability medium.
"Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of Ford Motor’s five-seater C-MAX model will start rolling off production lines at a Valencia, Spain plant and onto the European market in 2013, the automaker announced this morning. As part of a total $410 million investment planned for the Valencia C-MAX program over the next three years, Ford expects to invest up to $36 million for the hybrid and plug-in portion of the project — with an as yet undetermined amount of aid from the national and regional governments." Story at earth2tech.

Sainsbury's bucks trend with new milk containers.reliability high.
"Sainsbury's ... is predicting switching to milk bags could save up to 1.4M kilograms of packaging every year. And to support the drive 500 of the chain's stores across the UK will be giving away JUGIT containers on Saturday (May 15). The reusable containers are used to hold a milk bag and contain a spike that pierces the bag, forms a no-leak seal, and delivers milk through the spout. ... the milk bags costs 6p less than a standard bottle of milk." Story at edie.net. [Costs less . . . and less (land) filling . . . will consumers accept it?]

American Apparel launches 'Reuse' collection.reliability high.
"American Apparel has launched Creative Reuse, an intimate apparel and swimwear collection made entirely from repurposed and excess fabrics. The idea behind the scheme is that the template used to cut fabric for garments always leaves some material left over. Instead of discarding these pieces, designers at American Apparel create other styles which can be made out of the remaining fabric, at the same time as the originally intended garment is being manufactured." From EcoTextile News. See the collection here. [Warning: Small scraps=skimpy garments.]

Walmart's Sustainability Report Reveals Successes, Shortcomings.reliability high.
Wal-Mart's latest report lists significant achievements but "the company's absolute carbon footprint has continued to grow, despite it improving facility performance and reducing its carbon intensity over the last two years. In response, the company set the 2015 goal of avoiding 20 million metric tons, which is about 1.5 times the projected cumulative growth of its emissions over the next five years. 'Because the Walmart supply system is many times larger than the company's direct footprint, in many cases the biggest, fastest and most economical GHG reductions are not at the retail-level, but rather up or down the value-chain of consumer products, in raw material extraction, product manufacturing, transportation, customer use, or product end-of-life,' Walmart said in its 2010 Global Sustainability Report." See GreenBiz.

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