03 June 2010

New life for Tetra Pak fiber, China's "Iron" resolve, and more company and government green news

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Speech Highlights: Obama Hits Republicans, Pledges to Find Votes for Energy.reliability high.
Quoting from President Obama's speech at Carnegie Mellon University: "But the only way the transition to clean energy will ultimately succeed is if the private sector is fully invested in this future -- if capital comes off the sidelines and the ingenuity of our entrepreneurs is unleashed.  And the only way to do that is by finally putting a price on carbon pollution. ... And, Pittsburgh, I want you to know, the votes may not be there right now, but I intend to find them in the coming months.  (Applause.)  I will continue to make the case for a clean energy future wherever and whenever I can.  (Applause.)  I will work with anyone to get this done -- and we will get it done." From The Atlantic. [Is Deepwater Horizon empowering Obama to make climate bill a higher priority? His political calculations must suggest that his chances of passing the bill have increased as the Gulf disaster expands.]

Reversal of Energy Intensity Trend Elicits 'Iron' Resolve in China.reliability medium.
"In a nationally televised videoconference, Premier Wen used very strong language, saying that energy conservation is a 'fundamental national policy' that concerns the 'survival and development of the Chinese people.'  Government communications have gone on to attribute Premier Wen as using the vivid metaphor of needing to use an 'iron hand' ('采取铁的手腕' [Chinese characters]) to eliminate backward heavy industrial production capacity." From Green Leap Forward.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Daman Ganga Mills Board to roll out recycled abrasive, decor paper products.reliability high.
Daman Ganga Mills Board of Vapi, India, is planning to produce and market innovative products like abrasive paper and decor paper using fibre recycled from Tetra Pak cartons. From Sify Finance.

DOE Connects High-Efficiency Window Suppliers with Buyers.reliability high.
"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Highly-Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program, as part of a multi-year integrated strategy to help drive the use of high-efficiency windows. ... The initiative will pair manufacturers with buyers looking to purchase large volumes of high-efficiency windows. It also will set performance standards for two new types of energy-efficient windows." See Environmental Leader story.

Anti-Idling Tech Saves Ottawa Police 465 Gallons of Fuel Annually per Car.reliability high.
"In separate moves to reduce carbon emissions in Canada, the Ottawa Police Service is installing anti-idling technology on its vehicles while Toronto’s Board of Health votes to limit the maximum time motorists can idle their motors to one minute. By installing anti-idling technology on its vehicles, the Ottawa Police Service expects to save 1,764 liters (465 gallons) of fuel a year per car, which is enough to drive across Canada four times, reports Ottawa Citizen. ... A report  (PDF) from Toronto’s medical officer of health finds that idling wastes 90 million liters (23,775,484 gallons) of fuel per year and emits 215 million tons of carbon dioxide, almost half of it in Toronto. The emissions also contribute to 1,700 hospitalizations in Toronto each year and 440 deaths." Story at Environmental Leader. PDF of health report here.

Government and Regulation

Indonesia says won't revoke existing forestry licenses.reliability high.
"Indonesia won't revoke existing forestry licenses for palm oil firms as part of a deal with Norway to preserve rain forests, a government minister and industry official said on Wednesday. Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told reporters that the government had no intention of limiting the expansion of the $15-billion Indonesian palm oil industry, although it was committed to slowing deforestation. ... A government official had previously said Indonesia could revoke licenses, and would provide compensation and degraded land in exchange, prompting planters to say that such a move would put their investments in jeopardy." From Reuters. [A reversal from yesterday.]

Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores.reliability high.
"It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the store under what would be the nation's first statewide plastic bag ban. The California Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation prohibiting pharmacies and grocery, liquor and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags. The bill also calls for customers to be charged for using store-issued paper bags. ... The measure has the support of the California Grocers Association, which decided to the back the bill after Brownley agreed to subject all stores that sell groceries to the ban. It also gives grocery stores one set of rules to follow rather than a patchwork of local ordinances, said Dave Heylen, spokesman for the association." Story at MSNBC from AP.

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