Monday, October 31, 2011

Manz AG has reduced its forecast as the demand of solar equipments is falling


Manz AG has reduced its forecast. The demand of solar equipments is falling. Previously it had forecasted a revenue of 250 million euros. It is now forecasting a revenue of 220 million euros to 230 million euros. The company expects to just breakeven operating profit or see slightly positive numbers.

China Datang Corporation Renewable Power Co. has posted profits according to the information released to Hong Kong stock exchange


China Datang Corporation Renewable Power Co. has posted profits. For the nine months that ended on Sept. 30 the company earned about 376.6 million yuan . The company released the information to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

U.S. stocks declined over European concerns. Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. dropped more than 4.6%


U.S. stocks declined over European concerns. Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. dropped more than 4.6% .This wiped off the biggest monthly gain since 1987. There was a growing concern that the European Leaders will find it difficult to raise money to contain the region’s sovereign debt crisis.

More than 2 million people and business in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are without power even after two days of snowstorm in U.S.


More than 2 million people and business in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are without power even after two days of snowstorm in U.S. This is the biggest October snowstorm in U.S. in the last few decades. 

Federation of Korean Industries and Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry have requested the parliament to delay the carbon-dioxide emissions trading systems


Fifteen South Korean industry groups have requested the parliament to delay the carbon-dioxide emissions trading systems. Federation of Korean Industries and Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry to delay it as it will add to cost and will result in loss of market share. They claim that companies from other countries will stand to gain. Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry has 120,000 company members. 

California attorney general’s office is suing ENSO Plastics, Aquamantra and Balance Water over false claims over biodegradable bottles


California attorney general’s office is suing ENSO Plastics, Aquamantra and Balance Water. ENSO Plastics is a bottle manufacturer. Aquamantra and Balance Water are drinks companies. ENSO has been falsely claiming that the bottles they manufacture are biodegradable and would biodegrade in less than five years without leaving any harmful residues. Aquamantra and Balance Water use ENSO bottles and have been also named in the suit.

Randers Denmark based Vestas Wind Systems A/S has cut its forecast as expansion is delayed in the plant in Travemuende, Germany


Vestas Wind Systems A/S makes wind turbines. It is the largest maker of wind turbines in the world. It is based in Randers Denmark. The company has reduced its forecast for margins and revenues. The company will have a revenue of 6.4 billion euros ($9 billion) in 2011 which would be less than the 7 billion euros it had forecasted earlier. This is due to the delay in expanding the production at its new plant in Travemuende, Germany.

Ignacio Sanchez Galan, Chairman of Iberdrola SA has halted the building of solar power plants in Spain


Ignacio Sanchez Galan is the Chairman of Iberdrola SA. He has stopped the building of solar thermal plants in Spain. He says that consumers cannot afford to pay the higher price of renewable energy. Solar power plants use solar energy to heat water and produce steam for running turbines. This is inefficient. According to Galan Spain is building about 40 solar power plants by the year 2013. This will add about 100 euros ($142) to the energy bills of consumers every year. 

European Union environment ministers approved the sale for carbon permits worth about 3.1 billion euros ($4.4 billion)


European Union has approved the sale of carbon permits which are worth about 3.1 billion euros ($4.4 billion). The proposal was approved by the experts in June. However it took three months for the European Parliament to scrutinize and approve the same. It was also supported by the environment ministers at their Oct. 10 meeting in Luxembourg. 

General Electric Co. ( GE )’s GE Energy Financial Services and German fund KGAL will invest in solar plant in Torre de Miguel Sesmero Badajoz, Spain


General Electric Co. ( GE )’s GE Energy Financial Services has joined hands with the German fund KGAL. Together they will invest about 111.1 million euros. They will invest the money in a solar thermal plant. The solar power plant will have a capacity of 50-megawatt. The plant will use parabolic trough mirrors and molten salt. It will be located in Torre de Miguel Sesmero Badajoz, Spain.

Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s (MACS) Worldwide’s 2012 Convention and Trade Show

Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s (MACS) Worldwide’s 2012 Convention and Trade Show. The MACS Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 (Wednesday thru Friday) at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Learn More/Register @www.macsw.org

Why I Don’t Care How Much My Electric Bill is Right Now


Scrooge-like is the usual manner in which which I handle the power in my little palace, but sometimes that approach doesn’t quite work. There are certain special situations in which even a penurious Scotsman  might open up the wallet as well as the heart. This cavalier attitude toward a fast-spinning electric meter wouldn’t be an everyday occurrence, but it could happen. Some of the situations, like just being cold, would have to be pretty extreme, and the missus might have to threaten physical violence, but other potential instances, like the arrival Of Mick Jagger & Co., would be no-brainers. Here are a few of the possible candidates to render the electric bill meaningless.
Brrr! – When the thermometer is broken, or at least it seems that way, and the temperature reading is a constant 10 degrees below zero (inside), it is time to break the piggy bank and crank up an Amish heater in every room in the house.
I’m Melting – The same thermometer, turned upside down, could convince me that 110 degrees is uncomfortable enough to turn on the AC, and I might even be swayed to set the thermostat below 85.
Work, Work, Work – If my boss doesn’t care how much power I use to get a job done, then that’s the time I don’t get to care, either.
Alaskan Fish – After shelling out a gazillion dollars for a professionally guided Alaskan fishing trip, and after spending six days freezing on some forsaken back-bays, I plan on buying a cold storage container and freezing the half-pound flounder (the guides all swore it was near-record-size) for at least six months before eating it. I know all my friends will want to visit and take pictures of the lunker.
Meter Runs Backwards – When my solar panels start sending power back to the grid I will have risen above caring about anything else the electric company might want to do.
Who Foots Bill – If I’m not the one who actually pays the electric bill, I might not care so much about the size of the bill.
Super Bowl, World Series (you pick) – If an important game (any event in which score is kept) is on, and the guys are all coming over to watch it on your home-stadium-Jumbo-Tron-megamillion-inch flat-screen, then the meter is banished from the mind.
Rolling Stones Coming – (to my house!) – When that drawing I signed-up for at the local street fair last summer turns out to be real, and not just a gimmick so someone can get my information to sell me vinyl siding, and the Rolling Stones will be coming to my  house to play a free four-hour concert. All that is required of me is to give Keith Richards a place to plug in.
Planning to Skip Town – If I were, perhaps, a career bank-robber who was planning to head for ol’ Mexico after my next caper, then I might not care about the damage I could do to my credit rating if I didn’t pay my bill.
I’m sure there are more likely scenarios, but having the Stones over would probably trump them all.

Contributed by Katherine Tworsey ( compareelectricityrates.com )

Munich, Germany based Wacker Chemie AG which makes solar-grade silicon has cut its revenue forecast


Wacker Chemie AG makes solar-grade silicon. It is the second largest producer. It is based out of Munich, Germany. The shares of the company dropped in Frankfurt trading. It has announced the drop in demand and hence it has cut the forecast for the year. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rob Gillette, has resigned as the chief executive officer ( CEO ) of First Solar Inc. ( the biggest thin film solar panel firm )


Rob Gillette, has resigned as the chief executive officer ( CEO ) of First Solar Inc. He will get about $29.9 million for the 15 months he was with the organization. He will also get another $8.9 million severance package. First Solar Inc. is the biggest thin-film solar panel firm. 

ArcelorMittal Orbit for the 2012 London Olympics is nearing completion. Built by recycling scrap steel.


ArcelorMittal Orbit is nearing completion. This is a monument being designed for the 2012 London Olympics. It is a giant steel structure designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor. The cost of building the structure was about £22.7million. The height of the structure will be 376ft. About 65% of the structure is being built by recycling the waste steel scrap laying the various plants of ArcelorMittal.

Ken Salazar the Interior Secretary of U plans to merge the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement into larger Bureau of Land Management


Ken Salazar is the Interior Secretary of U.S. He has announced the plans to merge the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement into the larger Bureau of Land Management. 

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announces plans of energy zones in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced a plan to establish solar energy zones. The zones will be established in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Under the plan financial incentives will be provided to companies. However the area under plan has been reduced from 677,000 to 285,000 acres.

Carbon Trust is a nonprofit organization which has been funded by the U.K. government, helps companies to reduce energy cost by installing efficient and green technology


Carbon Trust is a nonprofit organization which has been funded by the U.K. government. It has launched a business which has been helping companies. They help companies to reduce energy cost by installing efficient and green technology. The organization helps companies by providing objective and independent evaluation of products and technologies. 

Video: Michael Pollan ( author ), Jack Sinclair (executive vice president of grocery merchandise at Walmart) and Jib Ellison ( CEO of Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting) talk on “Edible Education: Corporations and the Food Movement.”


Jack Sinclair is the executive vice president of grocery merchandise at Walmart. Jib Ellison is the CEO of Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting. In this video they talk to author Michael Pollan on “Edible Education: Corporations and the Food Movement.”

Intel, Dell, Mozilla, Rackspace and Netflix have joined the Facebook’s has started an Open Compute Project to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of data centers


Facebook has started an Open Compute Project. The project aims to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of data centers. Intel, Dell, Mozilla, Rackspace and Netflix have joined the project. The initiave which was launched in April wants to encourage collaboration on hardware development and implementation which will help to speed up innovation.

Best Buy is planning to implement a new energy management system


Best Buy is planning to implement a new energy management system. The system will be rolled out to 1105 stores in U.S. that the company has. This is expected to reduce the energy consumption by 15% in the next three years. The new energy management system will be implemented in 300 stores by January 31 2012. 

Green Task Force ( GTF ) Newsletter from Rohan Vasantha Apartment Bangalore India


GTF Newsletter 


Our campus was one of the pioneers, in all of Bangalore, who started segregation initiatives. However, today many more communities and apartments have taken up these initiatives and are doing beautiful work in segregation and wet waste composting and we have not only not moved ahead, but have, in fact, fallen back.

·         In Sep 2009, when we had our “RV Wasting Enough” contest, as per our rough estimates, 60% households were segregating their wet and dry garbage. Today, with 85% of households leaving their garbage in the corridor, it’s difficult to even estimate what percentage is segregating!

·         We had monthly dry garbage sales of up to 7k in Feb ‘10. This is an indirect indicator of how well we are segregating. Our sales have been on a downward spiral off late, stagnating at 3-4k at present.

·         When an external agency came to collect our wet waste for further processing, they found that around 15% of our wet waste is actually soiled dry waste and 60% is rejects and only 25% is actual wet waste.

If our segregation levels scale up significantly, we will be able to move further on our garbage management efforts. The more we segregate, the more we can recycle and compost, the less trash we add to landfills and the less we pollute our environment and harm poorer communities living near those landfills. Let’s take responsibility of our trash and start segregating diligently from today!

Segregating waste to make zero waste community


Many communities like Rohan Vasantha in Bangalore, India  are implementing the following steps to make an effective zero waste community
Segregating garbage at home
1) Refuse Reduce Reuse Recycle
This is the fundamental principle of an effective zero waste community, a community that generates zero waste. This means - Refuse to buy or bring in things that we don’t need. Reduce what we need. Reuse what we’ve. Recycle what we cannot reuse.
2) Segregate waste into at 4 categories
Biodegradable (or wet waste)
Non-biodegradable (or dry waste)
Rejects (soiled diapers, napkins etc)
E-waste (CDs, electronic items, tube lights, CFLs etc)
3) Clean soiled plastic covers and plastic boxes/carriers by rinsing and drying them before adding them to dry garbage pile.
4) Drain off any liquid/gravy into the sink before adding leftover food to the wet waste pile; otherwise the wet waste will leak. Please see FAQs for more details.
5) Do not mix wet waste (kitchen waste) with paper/plastic or other non-decomposable items
6) Do not mix Rejects with wet-waste. Make a separate paper wrapping of Rejects

Disposing garbage
1) Leave out garbage bins during designated collection times.
2) Keep the garbage bins in designated place.
3) Do not use the electrical ducts or any other openings for dumping garbage
5) Line wet waste bins with newspaper. This is highly preferable over disposing wet waste in plastic covers.
6) Keep Rejects as a separate package, tightly wrapped in paper. It will help those who handle the waste downstream to identify the rejects and handle it appropriately.
7) Store e-waste at home and drop them in the E-waste bins
If there are any comments, suggestions, concerns, do get back to us.

Honeywell and Sinochem Announce Formation of Joint Venture in China

Meets growing demand in Asia for energy efficient and environmentally friendlier materials
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. and SHANGHAI, CHINA, -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Sinochem Group announced today they have signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture to produce and sell blowing agents for energy efficient foam insulation in China to meet growing demand in the Asia region for more energy efficient and environmentally friendlier materials. The formation of the joint venture is subject to Chinese government approval. The joint venture, to be located in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, will produce HFC-245fa, a non-ozone-depleting rigid foam blowing agent used in insulation for appliances, construction, transportation and other applications where maximum energy efficiency is required. The venture is expected to begin production in late 2013. Honeywell’s newly launched next generation HFO lower-global-warming-potential blowing agent – Solstice™ Liquid Blowing Agent -- may also be produced by the joint venture.
This joint venture with Sinochem, one of the strongest companies in China, will help meet growing demand for this material as Asian customers rapidly adopt more energy efficient and environmentally compliant materials,” said Andreas Kramvis, president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials. “Having Asian supply close to local customers is important to ensure global supply of this material in the future.”
Honeywell is a globally-renowned multinational company with diversified, leading technologies, products and services,” said Yinping Wang, vice president of Sinochem Group.
The formation of the joint venture enhances our product portfolios and service capabilities in energy efficient and environmentally friendly materials, which aligns with both companies’ business development strategies, and reinforces the foundation for cooperation in depth. The joint venture depicts an exciting prospect.”
China and other Asian nations are rapidly adopting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) materials, including blowing agents and refrigerants, to comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. China's Ministry of Environmental Protection requires phasing out the use of ozone-depleting blowing agent R-141b in small household appliances by 2015. At the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009, the Chinese government committed to a 40 to 45 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 compared to the 2005 emissions level. Based on this, demand for blowing agents and the next generation of lower-global-warming-potential blowing agents in China is expected to grow significantly in coming years.
Honeywell HFC-245fa is a non-ozone-depleting HFC liquid blowing agent that provides the foam’s superior insulating properties compared to other forms of insulation. Honeywell HFC-245fa blowing agent is used extensively by appliance manufacturers to insulate refrigeration equipment to meet increasing global energy efficiency requirements. It is also used in construction and transportation applications.
The new joint venture will have exclusive rights to sell HFC-245fa in the Asia region. Honeywell, which currently manufactures the blowing agent at its Geismar, La. facility, will continue to sell HFC-245fa in all other areas under its Enovate brand name.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader,
serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit
www.honeywellnow.com.
Sinochem (www.sinochem.com), established in 1950, is one of the key state-owned enterprises under the supervision of SASAC (State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission) and one of the largest companies in China. It has been in Fortune Global 500 list twenty-one times and ranks 168th in the 2011 list. Sinochem has five business segments including agriculture, energy, chemical, real estate and finance. It is China’s biggest integrated agricultural company with fertilizer, pesticide and seed products, as well as China’s fourth largest oil company and leading chemical service provider. It has extensive influence in China’s high-end commercial real estate and non-banking financial businesses. For more news and information on Sinochem, please visit www.sinochem.com
This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements”
within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements.
SOURCE: Honeywell

Germany’s EON AG and Italy’s Enel SpA are a member of Brussels based Eurelectric which says Power hedging by utilities may be exempted under the European Union’s plan to regulate the energy and commodity derivatives


Power hedging by utilities may be exempted under the European Union’s plan to regulate the energy and commodity derivatives. This was disclosed by Eurelectric, which is the electricity lobby group. The group is based out of Brussels and companies like Germany’s EON AG and Italy’s Enel SpA are a member of it. However if they want to make money out of trading they will need to have a Mifid license.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Photowatt France unit of Cambridge Ontario based ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. makes solar modules. It will limit the workdays for staff


Photowatt France is the unit of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. It is based out of Cambridge, Ontario. The company makes solar modules and systems. Due to drop in demand the company is operating at a third of the capacity. The company has plans to reduce the workdays for the employees. 

World Bank approves loan for Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s Sere wind power plant and Upington concentrating solar plant project


Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is based out of South Africa. The company has planned for a Sere wind power plant and Upington concentrating solar plant project. The World Bank has approved $250 million loan for the company. 

U.S. based Tesla Motors Inc. has sold out new Model S sedan electric car according to Chief Executive Officer ( CEO ) Elon Musk


Tesla Motors Inc. is based out of U.S. It makes electric cars. The company has already sold out it new Model S sedan. According to the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO ) Elon Musk the company should earn profits in the year 2013. The company has orders for about 6500 units of Model S. which will be built next year. The electric car sedan has been priced at about $50,000 which is about half the price of the current Roadster sports car. 

Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received orders to wind turbines for offshore projects in Sweden and the U.K.


Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received orders to wind turbines. The order is unconditional and the total capacity of the wind turbines will be 267 megawatts. The wind turbines will be supplied to offshore projects in Sweden and the U.K.

Sao Paulo, Brazil based ERB Energias Renovaveis do Brasil Ltda. will develop biomass energy plant to export to U.K., the Netherlands and Germany


ERB Energias Renovaveis do Brasil Ltda. is based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It develops biomass energy projects. It plans to build a demonstration plant next year which will turn wood into charcoal like pellets. These pellets will be sold to European utility companies. The company will talk to various power generation companies in U.K., the Netherlands and Germany.

Tidal Generation Ltd., which is owned by Rolls-Royce, is also testing the 500-kilowatt machine at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney


Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. is based out of London.  It is the world’s second largest aircraft engine maker. It is talking to developers and utilities firm to install the tidal energy turbines in Scottish and Irish waters. Tidal Generation Ltd., which is owned by Rolls-Royce, is also testing the 500-kilowatt machine at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacates the study by Federal Aviation Administration on the Cape Wind Offshore power project off the Nantucket coast


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Federal Aviation Administration has not adequately considered the effect that the wind turbines of the Cape Wind Offshore power project will have air traffic in the area. The project is situated off the Nantucket coast. In a recent study the agency had concluded that the project poses no threat to aero planes. The wind turbines can reach a height of 440 feet. 

Rainwater Harvesting(RWH) at Rohan Vasantha Apartment Bangalore to comply with BBMP guidelines


The approach taken for Rainwater Harvesting(RWH) at Rohan Vasantha Apartment Bangalore has been discussed below. However the same can be taken by any other apartment.

RR Team has planned the next phase of RWH in the children's park area. To be compliant with the mandatory guidelines  from BBMP, we need to harvest rainwater from open area and walkways. This harvested water will be used for recharging the ground and indirect recharging of four bore-wells in this area.

Plan:
Huge amount of rainwater is available in Children's park.
Plan is to construct three trenches of 8 inch width (excavated channels around the children’s play area and fill the channel with a filter medium and granite aggregate). Slotted PVC pipes will be buried under the filter medium which will collect water and lead to recharge two pits near bore-well. Excess water from recharge pit can be considered for recharging bore-well.
The channels (only 8 inch width) will be filled with pebbles and plants will be planted around it.

Recharge pit:
Recharge pit will be closed and provided with strong concrete slab which will not be visible.

Advantages:
This ground water recharging is done near the cluster of four bore-wells. These bore-wells were flushed and are yielding water and may be benefitted further.
All these bore-wells major source of water is from a shallow level. So recharging ground will be beneficial.

Green Cooling for Warming World (Bangladesh)


The year 2010 was a momentous one in the history for international collaborative efforts in environmental governance. Under the landmark agreement of the Montreal Protocol countries around the world, in collaboration with industry, have individually and collectively succeeded in eliminating the production and consumption of the most severely damaging ozone depleting substances (ODSs), viz, CFCs, CTC and Halons. As many of these ODSs are powerful green house gases (GHGs) this achievement has also had a substantial contribution in mitigating climate change.
Implementing the second phase of the Montreal Protocol, i.e., the phase-out of Hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which are nearly 2000 times more potent GHGs than CO2, bear the potential for even more significant climate benefits. In addition to emissions reduction from the phase-out of HCFCs, these are potential opportunities to leap-frog to energy efficient alternatives with low or zero global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. Accelerating the transition to alternative cooling technologies gases used as refrigerants for common applications like air-conditioning, refrigeration, etc, should seek to meet the dual goal of phasing out HCFCs and reducing climate impacts.
The Asia Pacific region is the largest producer and consumer of HCFCs accounting for 90% of global production and consumption. The rising demand for equipment using refrigerants, particularly in developing countries in the backdrop of the phase-out of HCFCs, will inevitably lead to a massive lock-in of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the absence of an urgent action to prevent it. This will require coordinated incremental investments by the public and private sector as well as effective partnerships in the areas of technology development, transfer and information exchange on the availability and capacity building in alternative technologies to support developing countries.
In this ongoing global climate debate, in the aftermath of the Cancun Agreement, business as usual growth scenarios will seriously impair the global consensus on taking all necessary steps to limit the global mean temperature rise to 2°C by 2050. The IEA predicts that such unconstrained rise in global fossil fuel use will drive up energy related CO2 emission, putting the world on a path to an average temperature increase of upto 6°C.
Growing economic growth linked to energy growth, will need to be balanced with climate constraints. Growing energy demand will be propelled largely by use of energy appreciative equipment, in particular air-conditioning, refrigeration, and lighting appliances in commercial as well household sectors. Accelerated phase-out of HCFCs provides an opportunity to adopt energy efficiency and also to integrate refrigerant standards in a manner that the HCFC phase-out does not result in automatic lock-in to HFCs, which will be counterproductive to the overall GHG emission goals, given that their Global Warming Potential (GWP) is thousand times more that that of CO2.
The IPCC and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panels (TEAP) in 2005 reported that preventing emissions from ODS banks around the world for the next two decades would be equal to approximately 3-4% of the total radiative forcing from all anthropogenic GHG emissions over the same period. Without immediate action, reachable banks will emit approximately 6 billion tons of CO2 equivalents by 2015 -- offsetting and surpassing the 5
Gt CO2 eq reductions sought during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. The 2009 TEAP task force also points out the urgency of the action as the timing is a critical factor in this matter.
Technological options HCFC production and consumption is increasing at a rapid pace in developing countries. The rate of growth is 20% in some countries. HCFC-22 represents more than 80% of total HCFC consumption in developing countries. Actual consumption of HCFCs in MT has already exceeded the peak of consumption by 200% and HCFC baseline could be nearly four times higher than the CFC consumption base line because HCFC-22 operated equipment continue to increase number. Other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b consumption is also increasing in foam sector. Other reason of HCFC consumption increase is also low price of HCFCs than the alternatives, available now.
Alternatives should be : -Zero ODP (Ozone Depleting Potential); -Low GWP: -Enhanced energy efficiency of appliance using low GWP alternatives.
Alternative cooling substances: There are five zero ODP, low GWP and energy efficient natural alternatives which can be chosen during selection of HCFC alternatives, these are :
-Hydrocarbons, viz, R-600a, R-290, Cyclopentane -NH3 -H2O
R-600a can be chosen for refrigerator, R-290 for domestic A.C, and cyclopentane for production of insulation foam. NH3 can be used for large refrigeration system. H2O for large A.C system.
We would require collaborative efforts from industry, governments, implementing agencies and developing partners to adopt strategies of achieving the goal of replacing HCFCs with low GWP and non ODS alternatives.
SOURCE: The Daily Star, By: Dr. S.k. Purkayastha, Senior Officer, Ozone Cell, Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

Bombardier has reduced its energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions: Connecting the Dots ( 2011 CSR overview )


Bombardier has reduced its energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In the year 2011 it has dropped by 3%. This was disclosed in the Connecting the Dots ( 2011 CSR overview) . The energy consumption has dropped from 5 million to 4.86 million gigajoules. GHG emissions fell from 361,000 to 349,000 tons of CO2e. Water consumption fell from 2.30 million to 2.28 million cubic meters in the year 2011.

Green Label is the eco-label from Singapore Environment Council gets accreditation from the Global Ecolabelling Network


The Green Label is the eco-label from Singapore Environment Council. It has received accreditation from the Global Ecolabelling Network. This was announced on 27th Oct 2011.

ANSI has announced on Wednesday the new standard, NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 Greener Chemicals and Processes Information Standard developed by NSF and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute


ANSI has announced on Wednesday the new standard, NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 Greener Chemicals and Processes Information Standard. This establishes criteria for comparing chemicals and processes. It was developed by NSF and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute. This will help organizations to make green and environment friendly supply chain.

Friday, October 28, 2011

NVIDIA buys Hara and is ranked tenth on Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, top three positions taken by IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Nextel


NVIDIA is a visual computing firm. It has been ranked tenth on Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings of the 500 biggest companies in America. The top three positions have been taken by IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Nextel. It has bought energy management software, Hara. This software will help the company to track, monitor and manage energy usage and various emissions. It will use to software to reduce power consumptions are data centers and also to reduce emission from its non-data center space. 

Capital-E has published a report titled “Energy Efficiency Financing: Models and Strategies.”


Capital-E has published a report titled “Energy Efficiency Financing: Models and Strategies.” According to the report the energy efficiency financing could jump to $150 billion over the next ten years. Today it is about $20 billion. This will help the U.S. businesses and households to save about $200 billion every year. It would also create 1 million jobs in the next ten decade. 

Video : Coca- Cola discusses sponsorship of London 2012 Olympics and sustainable business


In this video Coca-Cola discusses its involvement as a sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics. The games are also helping the company to focus on to become a more sustainable business. 

General Electric ( GE ) working on two SunShot projects and GE will build the largest solar factory in Aurora, Colorado

General Electric’s ( GE ) scientists and engineers are working on two SunShot projects. They are a part of the GE’s technology development arm. The projects are aimed to reduce the cost of rooftop installations for home and commercial building owners by half. The projects have a capital support of $3 million. GE is also building the largest solar factory in Aurora, Colorado, which will produce high-efficiency thin film solar panels. 

Department of Energy ( DoE ) has announced investments under SunShot Initiative to research on CSP technologies


Department of Energy ( DoE ) has announced a $60 million investment. It will be spread over three years and will be used for research to advance CSP technologies. It will try to increase the efficiency of the technology.  This will reduce cost. This is a part of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative. 

NextEra Energy Resources has opened a 5 MW Hatch Solar Center in Hatch, New Mexico and sell power to El Paso Electric


NextEra Energy Resources has opened a 5 MW Hatch Solar Center in Hatch, New Mexico. It is the largest CSP plant in North America. The solar system consists of 84 Amonix 60-kilowatt units. It uses dual-axis tracking to maximize energy production. NextEra Energy Resources has a 25 year power purchase agreement with El Paso Electric. NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the plant. 

Torresol Energy has started the operations of the Gemasolar concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near Seville, Spain


Torresol Energy has started the operations of the Gemasolar concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. This plant uses molten salt to transfer heat and is the first commercial plant to do so. The solar array is near Seville, Spain. The plant can generate electricity 24 hours a day. This is because salt can store energy.

Mark Z. Jacobson and John E. Ten Hoeve, researchers from Stanford University have published “Effects of Urban Surfaces and White Roofs on Global and Regional Climate”


Mark Z. Jacobson and John E. Ten Hoeve are researchers from Stanford University. They have conducted a study and have found that worldwide conversion to white roofs may actually warm the earth by about 0.07 C (0.13 F).  The study titled Effects of Urban Surfaces and White Roofs on Global and Regional Climate, has been published in the Journal of Climate.

Matt Damon gets $8 mn for safe water facility in India

PepsiCo has contributed $8mn to Matt Damon's not-for-profit organization, Water.org, to improve access to safe water and sanitation in India.It is estimated that this would give access to safe water to approximately 800,000 people by March 2016.

Matt Damon, in his speech, said that visionary partners such as PepsiCo Foundation are an asset and such activities, though small in measure, will definitely make a difference to the people it touches.

In 2008, PepsiCo Foundation contributed $4.1 mn to Water.org resulting more than 250,000 people to access improved water and sanitation through initiatives funded by microfinance loans.

Owner of brands like Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat the Chrysler Group has about $35 million to reduce reducing facility emissions and enhancing resource conservation


Owner of brands like Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat the Chrysler Group has about $35 million to reduce reducing facility emissions and enhancing resource conservation last year (2010). The company uses electricity and natural gas to power its facilities. The company has replaces coal fired powerhouses. The group also has a solar power plant in its Saltillo South engine plant in Mexico.

Spanish firm Iberdrola SA’s profits are more than analyst’s expectations


Iberdrola SA’s profits have risen. The company is based out of Spain and is the country’s biggest power company. It also produces renewable power. The profits rose by 3.5 % which is more than the analyst’s expectations. The financing costs reduced. This helped to offset the reduction in power generation in one of the company’s biggest markets. The organization reported a net income of 2.14 billion euros ($3 billion). Last year it was 2.07 billion euros.

International Paper has set targets for energy and greenhouse gas ( GHG ) reduction


International Paper has set for itself a target of 15 percent less energy use and also reduce its greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions by 20 percent by 2020 as against 2010 as the baseline year. The company has plans to manage this by increasing manufacturing efficiency. They would also try to explore new technologies and improve employee engagements. 

The Royal Government of Bhutan has Unveiled a New Commitment to Phase Out Ozone-Depleting Substances


Thimphu (Bhutan),  - The Royal Government of Bhutan has unveiled a new commitment to phase out ozone-depleting substances. The initiative, which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched last week by Bhutan's Royal bride-to-be, Ashi Jetsun Pema, in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the nation. The HCFC Phase-out Management Plan commits Bhutan to phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are both ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases (GHGs), ten years ahead of the Montreal Protocol schedule. "We want to phase out HCFCs as soon as possible and maintain our country's status as a net sink for greenhouse gases," said Dr. Ugyen Tshewang, Secretary of the National Environment Council (NEC) of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
The OzonAction Programme of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has been supporting Bhutan to develop the Phase-out Management Plan through stakeholder consultations and a survey of consumption of HCFCs in the country.
HCFCs in Bhutan are primarily used in air-conditioning and refrigeration units in its large industrial establishments, hotels and resorts, corporate offices, governmental sectors, as well as domestic servicing sector.
To achieve the targets set in the Plan, Bhutan will follow a three-pronged approach for HCFC phase-out comprising the following elements: 1) Limiting the supply of HCFCs; 2) Reduction of the demand for HCFCs for servicing existing equipment; and 3) Limiting new demand of HCFCs.
This approach aims to reduce the dependence on HCFCs until the final phase-out in 2020.
SOURCE: UNEP News Centre,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

EPA’s Green Power Partnership: City of Austin Texas into the list of U.S.’s top ten green power purchasers


The City of Austin Texas has announced that the city powers all its facilities by renewable energy. This has propelled the municipality of city of Austin into the U.S.’s top ten green power purchasers. Austin purchases about 406 million kwh of renewable energy every year according to the data from EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S supplies 7 MW offshore wind turbines for testing to Dong Energy A/S


Vestas Wind Systems A/S is working on a gigantic 7 MW wind turbine primarily for the off shore projects.  The company has designed  V164.7.0 MW turbine and will be supplying them to Dong Energy A/S. The wind turbine will be installed in a demonstration site and will be primarily tested under harsh conditions. Dong energy will invest about 32 million euros in the test site. 

Greece has put in an ambitious solar power project known as Helios and can use the revenue from the project to cut the debt


Greece has put in an ambitious solar power project known as Helios. The project has been named after the ancient Greek god of the Sun. It is a 20 billion-euro project. By the year 2050 the project would have the capacity to produce 10 gigawatts of solar panels by 2050. Greece can use the revenue from the Helios’ project to cut the debt. According to some estimates the debt can be reduced by as much as 15 billion euros ($21 billion).

Germany will cut solar power subsidy by 15% on Jan 1


Governments are been trying to cut government spending to manage their finance. Germany plans to cut subsidies it gives to solar power. It plans to cut it by 15% by Jan 1. 2012. This was disclosed by the power grid regulator of Germany on its website. 

First Solar Inc. has reduced its forecast. It has removed its Chief Executive ( CEO ) Rob Gillette.


First Solar Inc. has reduced its forecast. It has removed its Chief Executive ( CEO ) Rob Gillette. Thereafter it has reduced the forecast for sales and profit for the year 2011. It is the largest manufacturer of thin-film solar cells. It now estimates that the sales would be in the tune of $3 billion and $3.3 billion which is about 14% less than what it had previously expected. 

Companies like Gap, Kraft, Sara Lee , Nestle, Toreador Resources and MillerCoors are facing challenges on various front like droughts, floods, regulation


Companies like Gap, Kraft, Sara Lee , Nestle, Toreador Resources and MillerCoors are facing challenges on various front. They are busy fighting the financial crisis and also various other issues like droughts, floods and other natural calamities.  Gap has reduced its forecast by 22% after the Texas drought has affected the cotton crop severely. Floods and drought have caused the commodity prices to rises steadily .The share prices of Toreador Resources dropped by 20 % after France banned fracking over concerns about water quality. 

Kuwait OPEC member has set ambitious target for renewable energy including solar energy


Kuwait as a nation can harness a lot of solar energy. However the country doesn’t have any solar power plants. On the other hand the demand for electricity has been growing by about 8% every year.  Kuwait if the fifth biggest oil producer and is a part of OPEC. The country has set a target to produce about 20% of the electricity that the country needs from renewable sources by 2020. 
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