10 June 2010

Greenest countries, greenest brands, latest polls and other green news for business

Top Stories

India leads, USA lags in eco-friendly behavior, according to 2010 Greendex.reliability high.
Results of latest Greendex analysis by National Geographic. "American consumer behavior continues since 2008 to rank as the least sustainable of all countries surveyed - due partially to a car-dependent lifestyle and high energy use in the home - followed by Canada and France, while top-scoring consumers continue to be in India, Brazil, China, and Mexico. The biggest 2010 improvements were seen India, Russia, and the US, while Germany, Spain, Sweden, and France showed slight decreases." Story at The Independent. Access report here.

Global consumer attitudes toward green brands.reliability high.
"A global study on consumer perceptions of green brands and corporate environmental behavior reveals global differences about their top environmental concerns. A key finding shows that while climate change is important across most countries, 30 percent of Brazilians and 26 percent of Indians cite deforestation as the top issue, and in Australia, 68 percent of consumers say it’s important that companies manage water efficiently." More highlights of survey results. Top "green" brands listed. See Environmental Leader. Access survey results here.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Investors step up climate change demands.reliability high.
"The proportion of institutional investors who consider firms' climate change policies when making investment decisions has more than doubled in the past two years, according to a new survey from the Institutional Investors Group in Climate Change (IIGCC). The IIGCC polled senior executives at the 26 leading financial firms within the group and found that 60 per cent of asset owners asked climate change-related questions when meeting potential investment managers in 2009, compared to just 30 per cent in 2007. ... Significantly, the survey found that interest in climate change policies is having a tangible impact on firms seeking to attract institutional investors, with 80 per cent of respondents claiming they had actively engaged with companies on issues related to climate change, including improvements in disclosure and integrating climate change into business operations and strategies." See BusinessGreen story. PDF of press release here. [Institutional investors care about firms' environmental actions and exposure. Just think of all the fund managers anxiously awaiting BP's decision on whether to pay its normal dividend given the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. There is outcry that pensioners (whose plans invest in BP) will suffer if the dividend isn't paid. They should have thought of that before they put their money in an oil company.]

Cereplast Expects 400% Growth for Bioplastics in 2010.reliability high.
"Cereplast, a manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, expects to ship approximately 16 million pounds of bio-plastic resins to customers in 2010, increasing shipments by 400 percent and revenue by 190 percent compared to 2009. Cereplast recently entered into new global distribution agreements with several companies, including Ashland Distribution and Bunge Alimentaris, which has contributed to the company’s rise in shipment estimates. 'Distributors are increasingly utilizing bio-plastics as an alternative to petroleum-sourced materials in order to meet growing consumer and industrial demand for economically and ecologically sound, "green" products,' said Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, Inc." See Environmental Leader.

Poll: Voters Want Energy Reform, More Regulation In Wake Of Gulf Coast Spill.reliability high.
"The Gulf Coast oil disaster is intensifying the public's desire for clean energy investments and increased regulation of corporate polluters, according to a new poll commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters. ... 'This poll makes crystal clear that the Gulf Coast disaster is the final straw for voters when it comes to allowing corporate polluters to dictate our energy policies,' said LCV President Gene Karpinski in a statement." From Huffington Post. PDF of poll results here.

Government and Regulation

Top scientist says politicians have 'heads in the sand' over oil.reliability high.
"Britain's former chief scientist has attacked politicians and industry experts who have their 'heads in the sand' over dwindling oil supplies. Sir David King said governments, including the UK's, were too eager to believe the optimistic predictions of economists who tell them that 'oil will be squeezed out of the ground pretty much forever'. ... 'I can't overemphasise the importance of persuading governments to focus attention on what's going to be a very significant issue as we move into the next decade.'" See The Guardian article. [Since when have politicians cared about what will happen in the next decade? Nice try, Sir David.]

[Crossposted from HaraBara.com courtesy of HaraBara, Inc. Copyright © 2010 HaraBara, Inc.]