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    1. Carbon labelling expands internationally

      Carbon labelling expands internationally
      The world’s first carbon label for consumer products is set to go global with the announcement today that Australia is to join the UK in using the Carbon Trust’s system. The Carbon Trust, an organisation backed by the UK Government, has signed an agreement with Planet Ark, a leading Australian environmental organisation, to establish its Carbon Reduction Label in Australia. The first products bearing the label are expected to hit Australian supermarket shelves in 2010. The Carbon Trust’s scheme was launched in the UK in 2007 and in less than two years has won the support of over 60 product manufacturers. The label now appears on more than 2,500 UK consumer products, from potato crisps to fruit juice, paving stones to bank accounts. Brands that have taken on the system include the leading UK supermarket chain Tesco, Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill bread and PepsiCo’s Walkers, Quakers ...
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    2. How green are you? Ecobot knows...

      How green are you? Ecobot knows...
      The Wall Street Journal recently opined that "the inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of CO2," causing a greater number of scientists to question the science behind global warming. Whatever your opinion in the matter, it's certainly true that the world would be better off if we wasted less energy, which is what makes open-source Ecobot so useful. Ecobot tracks your carbon footprint (Credit: Taxi) While programs like Amee help businesses measure their carbon footprints, Ecobot offers a personal "carbon trainer" for Mac users. Designed by Taxi, a Canadian corporation, Ecobot is derived from Taxi's participation in the "Green for Green" competition. The program "calculates your carbon footprint by measuring the fuel, power, and paper you use," and, importantly, does a lot of this data aggregation automatically. ("Automatically" is good - heck, if we weren't so lazy, we probably ...
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    3. Wto, Unep Connect the Dots between Trade and Climate Change

      Wto, Unep Connect the Dots between Trade and Climate Change
      Although freer trade could lead to increased CO2 emissions as a result of raising economic activity, it can also help ease climate change, for example, by increasing the use of mitigation technologies, according to a new WTO/UNEP report. The report indicates that there is evidence that more open trade together with actions to combat climate change can drive global innovation including new products and processes that can stimulate new clean tech businesses. The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade and Climate Change” examines the interaction between trade and climate change from four perspectives: the science of climate change; economics; multilateral efforts to tackle climate change; and national climate change policies and their effect on trade.
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    4. Wall Street Eagerly Waiting for Carbon Credit Trading

      Wall Street Eagerly Waiting for Carbon Credit Trading
      NEW YORK - The opposition by the Republicans to the idea of carbon trading is a bit baffling, given that it is a classic Wall Street-driven solution for dealing with a serious problem. Sure, carbon trading, which is the centerpiece of the Obama administration-backed American Clean Energy and Security Act, would carry a cost for consumers and companies that emit too much in greenhouse gases. But the economic impact of the bill's so-called cap-and-trade scheme would be modest -- costing the average household $175 a year in added expenses, according to the Congressional Budget Office. What's actually more baffling is President Obama's infatuation with this trading scheme, which will benefit the global environment, but will also fatten the wallets of Wall Street traders. A simple tax on polluters and carbon producers would get the job done without the kind of wealth transfer to the gilded class that Republicans generally ...
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    5. Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?

      Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?
      While organizations remain uncertain about the specific effects and requirements of future greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation and regulation, one outcome is certain: any law that puts a price on carbon will increase energy costs. To reduce vulnerability to energy cost increases, organizations must prepare now, and a comprehensive evaluation of energy use in facilities and real estate offers one of the best preparatory measures. Before carbon regulations hit, organizations need to accurately evaluate their real estate portfolios in order to understand their risk profiles and determine the best opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. In one of my earlier articles, I introduced the notion that existing buildings, not just new buildings, are critical to a low-carbon economy, and that technology strategies drive building efficiency.
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    6. Verizon Expands Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Reduces GHG Emissions

      Verizon Expands Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Reduces GHG Emissions
      Verizon’s latest corporate responsibility report includes environmental initiatives that have increased the telecommunications company’s energy efficiency and recycling efforts as well as reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 intensity. By applying energy-efficiency measures in its buildings, Verizon has reduced its energy usage by 16.5 million kilowatts. The New York-based company’s total energy reduction measures in [...]
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    7. Why the Tech Industry Needs Real Climate Leadership

      Why the Tech Industry Needs Real Climate Leadership
      In this response to editor Preston Gralla's post from earlier this month, the coordinator of Greenpeace's Cool IT Challenge explains how the campaign is trying to push companies on the policy front to influence the global climate debate for the better. Last week GreenerComputing.com's executive editor Preston Gralla called the Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge "well-intentioned" but "simplistic and misguided." The article then demonstrated a complete misunderstanding of the campaign by stating: Look at the scorecard itself. A full 35 points out of the 100 total are devoted to speeches and political advocacy done by the companies. But speeches and advocacy aren't the key to what these companies need to be doing. Actually, it is.
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    8. Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming

      Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming
      The U.S. House of Representatives may be on the verge of passing the most significant environmental measure since 1990. The bill, named for its sponsors, representatives Howard A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), would for the first time impose caps on carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. It also would allow companies to buy credits from each other, permitting them to exceed their greenhouse gas limits. While the so-called cap-and-trade mechanism (or some kind of carbon pricing) is needed, it isn't enough. To really avert climate change, the government needs to adopt an explicitly green innovation policy. Unfortunately, green innovation is getting short shrift in this bill and in Washington generally.
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    9. Is smart grid the next green-tech bubble?

      WASHINGTON--Here at a conference on the utility of the future, the starring players are Google, IBM, Cisco Systems, Intel, and smart grid start-ups. The reason? Data. Modernizing the grid isn't just about installing more transmissions lines and smart meters. It's a giant information challenge as well, said attendees of consulting firm Kema's Utility of the Future conference here on Thursday. The heavyweight IT companies are seeking to capitalize on initiatives around the world to upgrade the power infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to soon announce how billions of dollars in stimulus money for smart grid will be allocated. Smart grid has also become one of clean-tech venture capitalists' favorite areas, spawning dozens of start-ups with ways to make the grid run more efficiently and integrate more solar and wind power. Altogether, it's a combination that could end up creating a bubble, said ...
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    10. Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade

      Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade
      With oil prices holding steady around $70 I sat down with Conoco Phillips CEO James Mulva to discuss commodities and what needs to be included in any cap-and-trade legislation. Mulva says the increase in crude prices are based on expectations of the economy stabilizing soon.”There are some indications, not only in our own country, but in the world that we are starting to work toward and that’s good, that gives confidence.” The company had to cut workers and put projects on hold in the face of the downturn, but he said they are in a long-term business and are prepared to get through economic cycles. “We continue to invest in the long-term, but it doesn’t really change our long term strategy.” We also hit on the proposed cap-and-trade legislation and the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Mulva said the Waxman bill favors some industries over ...
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    11. House may vote on climate change bill next week

      House may vote on climate change bill next week
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to drastically reduce carbon dioxide pollution blamed for global warming could be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives as early as next week, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday, as the Senate focused on the plan's tax implications for companies. Hoyer, speaking to reporters, said he expects the House to wrap up action on the climate change bill, which is a high priority of the Obama administration, either next week or the week of July 6, following a holiday recess. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill in May and Hoyer said committee chairman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was ready to get it moving again.
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    12. What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?

      What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?
      Start-up Planet Metrics is developing software that could give consumers a better read on the embedded energy of everyday products. The San Francisco-based company on Tuesday released the beta test version of its hosted application, which it calls Rapid Carbon Modeling. It also said Method, which makes eco-friendly home-cleaning products, is a customer. There are a number of companies writing software for calculating how much energy is linked to a business' operations and managing carbon emissions. Planet Metrics' software is geared at manufacturers and makers of consumer packaged goods. Using Planet Metrics' software, a person could, for example, see how much energy consumption is associated with procuring the components that make up a cell phone. With that information, a company can then look for ways to cut energy consumption, such as reducing waste or finding another supplier. The carbon footprint picture is built by combining a company's internal data ...
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    13. Nation's power grid is aging, ITC Holdings Corp. CEO says

      Nation's power grid is aging, ITC Holdings Corp. CEO says
      The nation’s power grid is in serious trouble and innovation must be encouraged to foster the development of clean technology. That was the message at two of the afternoon sessions at the Detroit Economic Club’s National Summit, which began Monday at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. The power grid is aging, said Joseph Welch, CEO and president of Novi-based ITC Holdings Corp. “This is not a system we can go forward into the 21st century with,” he said. The current electrical system has a waste margin of about 9 percent, Welch said. “Think of all the emissions we produce, all the generation we do just to feed our own inefficiencies,” he said. The U.S. Congress is considering two models of controlling power usage, said John Rowe, chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the form known as “cap and trade” or a carbon tax.
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    14. Data Centers In The Desert

      Data Centers In The Desert
      Why some of the largest companies in North America have chosen Arizona for their data centers. Building a data center in the Arizona desert sounds counterintuitive. In summer months, temperatures can soar to more than 120 degrees, which means huge cooling bills during the most expensive part of the day. And there are no cool winds blowing through as there are in the Columbia River Gorge in the Northwest, where Google is building a state-of-the-art facility. But that hasn't stopped most of the major banks and some of the other large corporations in America from situating data centers in the Phoenix area. Forbes caught up with Anthony Wanger, president of i/o Data Centers, to discuss the reasons. Forbes: Why build data centers in the desert? Anthony Wanger: The outside temperature has very little to do with the heat inside the data center. About 99.9% of the heat ...
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    15. Where's My Carbon Credit, Dude?

      Where's My Carbon Credit, Dude?
      We took a righteous stab this morning at explaining the basics of how a cap-and-trade program like the one being considered in congress might be used to limit global warming and carbon emissions. Or, say, limit the use of the word dude. Internally, there was much debate here about what movie clip to use. Our producer Jacob Ganz emailed : "Dude, you can totally tax a turtle." Our editor Uri Berliner remembered the Bud Light ads (video above, other ads here and here.) And let me point out, it's not just economists debating whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade approach would be better. I just got this press release from the dudes at the National Pork Producer's Council, titled "Cap And Trade Preferable To Carbon Tax." A quote: "We are already losing money today for every pig sold, and any additional costs will simply drive us deeper and ...
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    16. Q&A: Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy

      Q&A: Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy
      How's the debate on energy and climate policy going to shape the green energy sector? Randy Zwirn Randy Zwirn heads Siemens Energy Americas, part of a 19 billion euro revenue business that accounted for 25% of the German conglomerate's revenue in 2008. Siemens Energy's fortunes are intertwined with the development of the global green energy industry, and often hinge on government policy that would support the development of renewable energy. Siemens produces wind turbines, photovoltaics and has developed a new generation of efficient large natural gas-fired turbines, in addition to its coal-fired generation and nuclear businesses. Zwirn spoke with Forbes about the importance of energy and climate policy to the future of the green energy sector, and on what the most likely sources of new electricity generation will be as global environmental concerns grow. Forbes: How important is energy and climate (carbon cap and trade) legislation, currently ...
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    17. Chromasun to make solar air conditioner

      Chromasun to make solar air conditioner
      Fledgling company Chromasun plans to put the sun's heat to work cooling commercial buildings. Founder Peter Le Lievre established the company to apply concentrating solar power techniques used in utility-scale power plants on a small scale, he said on Wednesday. The potential of applying this technology in dry, sunny areas, such as the southwest U.S. or southern Europe, to cut peak electricity usage is vast, says Le Lievre. If used widely, solar-powered cooling could cut peak electricity usage by about 15 percent, he said. Le Lievre is scheduled to discuss the solar cooling device, now still in development, at Greentech Media's Green Building Summit on Thursday where he will disclose some initial performance data. Cooling accounts for a huge portion of the peak-time electrical load, representing about half of the peak electrical load in California. Le Lievre projects the Chromasun device can cut that consumption by a ...
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    18. Carbon software company claims broad patent

      Carbon software company claims broad patent
      Verisae, a small Minnesota-based company, has received a patent for a system to track and report greenhouse gas emissions with software, a business attracting a growing field of companies. The company on Wednesday said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Verisae for a method for calculating a corporation's emissions. The patent, filed in May of 2007, describes a business process for gathering corporate emissions data, generating reports, and managing carbon credits. Verisae is already offering hosted carbon accounting software focused primarily on retail companies, basing its tracking and reporting on the protocols established by the nonprofit Climate Registry, which sets guidelines for emissions reporting. "This is a shot across the bow to others building this stuff," said Verisae product manager Daniel Stouffer. "This is a big story for those venture capital companies which might be spending money with firms that might be building ...
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    19. A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

      A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
      On May 21, following months of work, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a 946-page piece of climate legislation. There have been mixed reactions from environmental and climate groups, but most groups are in agreement that it needs to be strengthened going forward. For some groups the problems they see with the bill have led to their public withdrawal of support. These groups include Greenpeace USA and Friends of the Earth. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network also does not support the bill in current form. Below is a summary analysis of the main features of the bill. -Cap and Trade System: The bill would establish a “cap-and-trade” system which sets mandatory and declining limits on greenhouse gas emissions over the next 40 years. By 2050 it projects reductions of 83% from 2005 levels for the United States. It does this ...
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    20. Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon

      Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon
      U.S. firms produce from $60 billion to $80 billion worth of carbon annually but don't pay for it. What the carbon market could mean to investors. It is light as air, yet it weighs tons. It is vital to life, but it is considered an accelerant in the world's ongoing environmental tragedy. It costs nothing to make, yet paying for it will equal tens of billions of dollars a year. What is it? It is carbon, and its potential expense could one day make us all nostalgic for the halcyon days of subprime loans. Estimated costs for carbon vary, but no matter who does the math they loom large. Anant Sundaram, professor at Dartmouth University's Tuck business school, teaches a course called "Business and Climate Change" and gives a ballpark figure for carbon's financial impact on the Standard & Poor's 500. With an average price ...
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    21. Hara: Software for a carbon-constrained economy

      Hara: Software for a carbon-constrained economy
      Start-up Hara Software is betting that businesses need to get smarter about managing natural resources and carbon emissions even before regulations force them into it. The Silicon Valley start-up on Monday is scheduled to come out of stealth mode after 18 months to announce the details of its software service which it designed for what its founder calls a "post-carbon economy era." The 25-person company received $6 million in venture capital from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where partner Al Gore played a role in getting Hara funded. It's the second software-focused investment after PC power management company Verdiem that KPCB has funded as part of a green tech push first launched in 2006.
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