27 May 2010

Pepsi water-neutral in India, Microsoft compares household electricity use, and other company, government and supply chain green news

Top Stories

World Bank adds $200m to Indonesian environmental efforts.reliability high.
"The World Bank has approved a $200m (£139m) loan to the government of Indonesia to support its climate change policies. The bank said in a statement that the Climate Change Development Policy Loan programme will help the Indonesian government to address the need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; enhance adaptation and resiliency to the effects of climate change; and strengthen government institutions in implementing and enforcing its climate change policy agenda." See BusinessGreen.

BP faces extra $60bn in legal costs as US loses patience with Gulf clean-up.reliability high.
"The oil disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico could present BP with much higher costs than previously thought as a result of US government penalties of up to $60bn (£40bn), according to City analysts. The penalties are in addition to BP's already huge bill for the clean-up mission, which stood at $760m yesterday, and potentially unlimited damages payable by the company to fishermen and other affected local communities. BP also faces billions of dollars of lost earnings as a result of its damaged reputation in the US, which could result in it being barred from bidding for future contracts." More on BP exposure. Story at The Guardian. [A bonanza for lawyers. Deepwater Horizon gusher could pump tens of billions of dollars into U.S. legal industry?]

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Microsoft Looks to Peer Pressure for Energy Tool Hohm.reliability medium.
"Microsoft added a 'score' functionality to its energy management tool Hohm, which gives a Hohm score to every address entered based on how energy efficient the building is. Users can use that score to compare it to their neighborhood, state and across the U.S. ... The Hohm score can be tweaked by users that want to add in more detailed information about their own home and users that are customers of utilities Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Xcel Energy can also link in real, billed, energy consumption data for an even more accurate score." From earth2tech. [The neighbors can see your car, but they can't see your electricity use. What if they could?]

Pepsi India touches eco watershed, first unit to achieve positive water balance.reliability high.
"The Indian arm of PepsiCo has become the first of its global units to put more water back into the environment than it consumes, the company said. The beverage giant has achieved ‘positive water balance’ by recharging 6 billion litres and using 5.17 billion litres during 2009 with a net saving of 836 million litres. PepsiCo, which has 45 beverage bottling and snacks plants in India, said the figures were verified by audit firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu." See Economic Times.

Large-Scale Solar Water Heating in North America.reliability high.
"This article combines a broad overview of the nearly untapped market of commercial and institutional customers in the U.S. and Canada with a profile of the new California program and asks: Will the new program trigger a significant uptick in the non-residential market? Which industry types are best suited to take advantage of the technology and new program provisions? What are some opportunities and challenges ahead for the solar water heating industry in North America?" From Renewable Energy World.

Haworth says 'no' to RECs, 'yes' to offsets.reliability high.
"The company decided to go with carbon credits instead of RECs because they offered assurance that its purchase would add renewable energy to the grid, according to Haworth's senior environmental engineer, Steve Kooy. The 4,100 metric tons of carbon credits, which were purchased from The CarbonNeutral Company and certified by Voluntary Carbon Standard, come from a run-of-river hydro project in China. The company chose to work with a Chinese project because it could not find a project in the United States that met its additionality requirements, says Kooy." Story at Sustainable Industries.

Government and Regulation

Lawsuit Filed Over Renewable Fuels Standard.reliability high.
"The legal challenge results from the EPA using "optimistic" projections about emissions from biofuel production in 2022, rather than current data regarding emissions from biofuel production, to finalize lifecycle greenhouse emissions assessments. Using this flawed method, the EPA determined that all biofuels meet 2007 emissions standards, despite a growing body of research that indicate some biofuels result in worse emissions than conventional gasoline, the environmental groups said." From SustainableBusiness.com. [If you are using biofuels are you exposed to some NGO revealing they are actually increasing GHG emissions compared to gasoline or diesel?]

Science and Economics

Deforestation Reductions Could Save US Farmers, Ranchers, & Foresters $220 Billion.reliability medium.
"A new report from the National Farmers Union and Avoided Deforestation Partners shows how much money could be saved in the US farming and forestry sectors from efforts to halt tropical deforestation ... .  It concludes that U.S. soybean, oilseed, beef and timber producers will see total revenue increases of $141 - $221 billion from 2012-2030--$7-9 billion per year—if the U.S. joins other developed nations in investing in stopping deforestation.  The report was launched at a press conference with representatives from the National Farmers Union, the American Forest & Paper Association, the United Steelworkers (representing forest products workers), and the Ohio Corn Growers Association". See NRDC blog. [Every sector in the U.S. is asking whether a potential energy/climate change bill will be of net benefit or cost to it.]

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