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January 2008

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American Business Worlds Worst Addiction- Paper

January 31, 2008

  Today, it’s entirely possible to keep a business document electronic throughout its entire life cycle. But if this is true, why then, are the average U.S workers printing more than a tree's worth per year?   The answer, as Renee Thomas, Director of Field Marketing, Esker, states in this TMCnet article, is an addiction to paper.   Just like a smoker who's addicted to cigarettes, Thomas explains, office workers seem to be addicted to hitting the print button.   And just as smoking has harmful effects on the smoker and those around them, this paper addiction is harming the environment for all. Damages extend from deforestation concerns, to green house emissions, waste, energy and water concerns.     Check out, "Four Steps (and 20+ Tips!) to Beating Paper Addiction" for steps to overcoming the addiction and help with putting your organization on the road to recovery.  

Intel Pledges Green For Green's Sake

January 30, 2008

TMCnet’s Stefania Viscusi has the latest on Intel’s purchase of over 1.3 billion kilowatt hours a year of renewable energy certificates as part of a multi-faceted approach to reduce its impact on the environment.   This commitment makes Intel the single-largest corporate purchaser of green power in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   The plan calls for Intel to purchase renewable energy certificates, which will comprise a variety of sources including wind, solar, small hydro-electric and biomass.   Intel has also successfully implemented energy saving strategies at their own facilities, and over the last 7 years, the company has invested in more than 250 energy conservation projects with resulting savings in excess of 500 million kilowatt hours.

WSJ: US Seeks to Lower Green Trade Barriers

January 30, 2008

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that diplomats representing several of the world's biggest economies will gather in Hawaii for discussions regarding a new international agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.   According to the story, “The meeting isn't expected to produce any major breakthrough.”   However, the meeting is set against a backdrop where the U.S. and other industrialized nations are trying to convince up and comers, such as China and India to lower trade barriers and eliminate tarrifs.   According to the Journal:   Deploying existing clean-energy technologies more broadly throughout the developing world is widely seen as important to slowing the growth in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. But getting developing countries to drop the tariffs won't be easy. China and India have their own fast-growing companies selling clean technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels around the world.

Space Junk: The Green Problem No One Ever Talks About

January 27, 2008

Space debris is a green issue that few people ever discuss -- or even think about. There is a ring around our Earth of space junk – more than 9,000 man-made items, total, ranging from nuts and bolts to large, now-defunct communications satellites weighing thousands of pounds. Most of these objects will just orbit peacefully for decades and then begin to fall and disintegrate completely before touchdown. But sometimes when the larger satellites lose power prematurely and descend from their orbits, pieces of them can touchdown in populated areas.

California Rakes in the Green Tech Dough

January 23, 2008

It’s no secret in the business world that the climate is now ripe for investments in products or services deemed “green”—that is, environmentally friendly—to bear significant fruit. As noted in this previous post, Greentech Group reported significant business investments in green technology during 2007.   According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the group also noted that, in the U.S., California received the largest amount of investment for a single state: $1.79 billion. That represents 45 percent of all green investments in North America.   “Silicon Valley has moved much more rapidly than any other place on the planet,” John Balbach, managing partner of the Cleantech Group, was quoted as saying in the San Francisco Chronicle report, explaining why the state got so much green tech dough.

Investments in Green Tech Exceed $5 Billion for 2007

January 23, 2008

The business world took “being green” seriously during 2007, not only by espousing environmentally friendly practices, but also by putting their money where there mouths are. Reuters reported that investments in green technology by businesses increased 44 percent (the same percentage increase as in 2006), to more than $5 billion, last year.   That number comes from Cleantech Group LLC, an organization whose members include venture capital firms, investment banks and other investors, Reuters said. The group also noted that venture investments in alternative energy during 2007 (for both North America and Europe) was $5.18 billion, up from $3.6 billion the year before.   Reuters listed – green market segments in order according to how much investment each received: energy generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, recycling & waste.

Land Rover Unveils Green Concept

January 14, 2008

Green is a major theme of this year’s North American International Auto Show and Land Rover is bringing something to the party. The automaker unveiled the LRX hybrid concept, a three-door Rover, showcasing compact size, lighter weight and sustainability-focused technologies.   “The LRX concept delivers the powerful message that we are as serious about sustainability as we are confident about the continuing relevance and desirability of our vehicles,” says Phil Popham, Land Rover’s managing director. “LRX is in every respect a Land Rover, but it’s a very different Land Rover.   LRX is designed to be a highly fuel-efficient, turbodiesel hybrid, capable of running on bio-diesel. In combination with other Land Rover technologies, this powertrain could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent compared with other SUVs of comparable size, and reduce emissions as well.   Click for more details.

Honda Stays on Green Message in Detroit

January 14, 2008

Yesterday, at the North American International Auto Show, Honda announced the debut of the company’s CR-Z, a lightweight hybrid concept car, and the FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle set to begin marketing by summer.   The FCX Clarity is classified as a ‘zero-emissions’ hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack.   Honda plans to lease the FCX Clarity to a limited number of retail consumers in Southern California by this summer. Early estimates call for a three-year lease term with a price of $600 per month.

GM, Coskata in Ethanol Deal

January 14, 2008

General Motors has entered into a partnership with Coskata in a bid to promote a unique process for turning biomass into ethanol.   The Coskata partnership also builds on GM’s longstanding leadership in automotive fuels development and testing that included research and development of unleaded fuels in conjunction with the development of the catalytic converter, and early formulations of ethanol.   According to Beth Lowery, GM vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy, “We believe ethanol used as a fuel, not just as a gasoline additive, is the best near-term alternative to the surging global demand for oil because ethanol is renewable and it significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to gasoline.”   GM has already enabled its U.S. fleet to operate on E10, a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol.   According to General Motors, the company has about 3.5 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Brazil. About 2.5 million are capable of operating on any percentage of gasoline and ethanol, up to 85 percent ethanol (E85).

GM Greens Up CES, Unveils New Caddy

January 9, 2008

In a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, General Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner promised that by 2012 half the car maker's U.S. production line will be devoted to vehicles powered by "Flexfuel," an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional petroleum-based gasoline.   Wagoner put the emphasis on his presentation by unveiling a prototype Cadillac Provoq sedan.   “The Cadillac Provoq is the latest example of GM’s E-Flex propulsion system combining our new fifth-generation fuel cell with a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum, and has no emission other than water,” he told the CES audience.   Wagner described some of the Provoq’s other intriguing features:
  • A solar panel integrated into the roof to help power onboard accessories, such as interior lights and a high-performance audio system.
  • An active front grille with louvers that close at highway speed to enhance aerodynamics and open at low speed to provide maximum cooling to the fuel cell stack.
  • Both brake-by-wire and shift-by-wire technology which minimize the concept’s need for mechanical systems reduce the vehicle’s overall weight and provide for greater interior storage space. 

Green Earth Gets Funding

January 9, 2008

  Green Earth Technologies Inc. has received about $2.4 million in investment funding from Founder's Technology and eight angel investors.   Green Earth Technologies, a consumer goods manufacturer, produces “G”-Branded green products made entirely from American Grown Base Oils based on cutting-edge nanotechnology.   The company’s products apply across several market segments, including automotive performance and appearance chemicals, marine performance and appearance chemicals, household cleaning solutions and lawn & garden chemicals.   The Menlo Park-based firm said the funds will be used to fund working capital requirements.  

InterCall Partners with Climate Action to Promote Green Technology

January 4, 2008

Global conferencing leader InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation, is doing all it can to get organizations of all types and sizes -- from SMBs to enterprises to government agencies to not-for-profits -- to jump on the “green” bandwagon. And why not, since the company’s high quality business conferencing services enable workers to communicate and collaborate “in person,” without having to travel in emissions-spewing vehicles?

In keeping with this mission, the company announced today that it is now a Platinum sponsor of Climate Action, a joint development of Sustainable Development International and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) which promotes environmentally-responsible business practices. Together, InterCall and Climate Action are working on a joint campaign to raise awareness about environmentally friendly best practices. The campaign will include a new book, Web site and marketing program designed to educate businesses, governments and non-profits on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and hence reduce their impact on climate change.

"InterCall is proud to support an organization that will be a powerful agent for change in the Green movement," said Carolyn Campbell, Senior Director of Marketing for InterCall, in a press release.



Electric Car Offers Savings to Londoners

January 3, 2008

Electric car pioneer ZAP says that owners of its ZAP Xebra electric city car commuting into London can save so much on parking, charging and tolls that it could help pay for the car within a year.   Those crazy Londoners always get all the fun stuff first don’t they?

IXYS Joins Climate Savers Computing Initiative

January 3, 2008

IXYS Corporation, a Silicon Valley power semiconductor company, today announced that it has joined the Climate Savers Computing Initiative at the Affiliate level.   “Power conversion efficiency has been our core focus since the company started in 1983. We began with power semiconductors that have been key in enabling products for saving energy. Today, we offer a wider range of products for power systems, transportation and wind and solar based electricity generation,” commented IXYS CEO Dr. Nathan Zommer.   For more check out this story on TMCnet.
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