19 April 2010

UPS, Intuit let small businesses show how green they are; Coke, Nissan, Wal-Mart Waste Management and other company, industry and related news

Top Stories

The View from the C-Suite: Waste Management CEO David Steiner.reliability medium.
Interview: "Our larger industrial customers have been driving the change. They are motivated for environmental and for business reasons. Walmart was one of the first. They put out 450,000 pounds of trash a day. They are looking for innovative ways to reduce costs and recognized the potential value in their waste. ... So we said, 'The interest in getting value from waste is not going be isolated to Walmart; it's going to spread to all of our large customers and beyond. It's going to be big and we need to figure out how we can make money on it.' We are doing just that." More on WM's strategy. From GreenBiz blog.

UPS' Latest Eco Gambit Involves Right-sizing Packaging.reliability high.
"UPS is launching another service that involves using the right size of package, without overusing packing materials. The Eco Responsible Packaging Program will look at shipments in three areas: damage prevention, right-sizing packaging and using more sustainable packing materials, according to a press release. Customers who participate in the program will be able to market their shipments as environmentally responsible by virtue of being able to display the UPS Eco Responsible logo." Story at Environmental Leader.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Walmart Canada Pledges to Sell Only Sustainably-Sourced Fish by 2013.reliability medium.
"Walmart Canada has announced a new Sustainable Seafood Policy which will ensure that by 2013, only sustainably-sourced fish will be sold in its stores. The new policy is comprehensive and will cover all frozen, wild and farmed fish." Gives specific actions. See 2Sustain.

Paper company loses green certification after rainforest destruction in Indonesia.reliability high.
"The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global certifier of sustainably managed forest, has dropped another Indonesian company for the destruction of rainforests. Asia Paper Resources International Limited (APRIL), has had its certification suspended due to evidence of conversion of rainforests for acacia plantations, the destruction of 'High Conservation Value Forest', draining peatlands, as well as continuing conflicts with local communities. The decision was made by the Rainforest Alliances Smartwood, an accreditation program with the FSC." Story in Mongabay.

Bio-succinic invades Asia.reliability medium.
"Bioamber's bio-based succinic acid products are already being spread out in Asia with the help of DNP's acquisition of Sinoven Biopolymers last February. Sinoven will manufacture modified polybutylene succinate (mPBS) in China using Bioamber's bio-succinic acid. ... This morning, Bioamber announced  that it has chosen Japanese chemical trading firm Mitsui & Co. to further distribute their bio-succinic acid throughout Asia." From ICIS Green Chemicals blog.

Intuit Spreads the Sustainability Love for Small Businesses.reliability high.
"Intuit launched a small business sustainability assessment this month, hoping to shine a spotlight on the unsung good deeds performed by local companies throughout the U.S. The company, famous for its TurboTax, Quicken and QuickBooks software, teamed up with nonprofit B Lab to create the Local Hero Challenge, a 10-question assessment covering five key areas: accountability, community, consumers, employees, and environment." It gives businesses a way to promote their greenness with customers. See GreenBiz.

Nissan Energy Efficiency Upgrades at TN Factory Save $10M.reliability high.
"Nissan has reduced energy use by $10 million a year at its Smyrna, Tenn., factory," by taking such steps as "- Installation of variable-frequency drives - Reduction in the number of air compressors - Lowering of air pressure - Chiller upgrades and replacement - Lighting fixture and controls upgrades By shutting down production line robots when not in use over the weekend, the factory is saving 22,000 kilowatt hours." Story in Environmental Leader.

Coca-Cola – influencing global emissions.reliability high.
"Coca-Cola Europe’s director of public affairs, Salvatore Gabola, talks about how the company is influencing global emissions." Coca-Cola calculates that refrigeration makes up 38% of its lifecycle emissions. "Just 5% is due to direct emissions of greenhouse gases, namely the Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) used in foam insulation and as a refrigerant gas. ... In Europe, 70% of all our new chillers will be HFC-free as of this year, and today we can say that 100% will be HFC-free by 2015." The other 95% is from electricity consumption. "By installing software that detects motion in opening patterns, the cooler goes into standby mode when a shop isn't being used. The chill cabinet uses internal and external sensors to calculate the time to reach optimal temperature for when the shop opens in the morning and similarly drops temperature at the end of the day. ... This saves approximately 35% on emissions, which of course varies from model to model, but is generally the case for a single door cooler." Other actions. See FoodBev.

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