Motorola Launches Its First Carbon Neutral Phone

Motorola recently launched what they claim to be first ever carbon neutral phone at the Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas. Additionally, the plastics used in the phone’s exterior are made from recycled water bottles.  The company signed up with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon produced during the manufacturing process of the handset. Distribution and operating activities are also offset. Motorola invests in the Carbonfund’s program of renewable energy and reforestation investments.

When you take a close look at the phone you will see that the Carbonfund investment is not a free ticket to environmental utopia because the press buttons and the robust exterior are entirely made of the kinds of metals that still will need recycling at the end of the phone’s life. But, having said that, knowing that the plastics are 100% made of recycled bottles is hopeful, especially when competitors like Nokia and Samsung are using bioplastics made from food crops. The Carbonfund also awarded Motorola with its CarbonFree® Product Certification after an extensive product life-cycle assessment. (more…)

January 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Battery Manufacturing Is Coming Back to the US

Battery production hasn’t been a major US industry for a long time. In recent years, US firms have become more and more involved with developing new technology to make batteries last longer. Now they’re ready to lure the actual production of batteries back to the US.

A group of automobile manufacturing companies has formed a coalition and raised $1 billion in government funds to set up domestic battery production facilities – primarily inspired by the anticipated demand for hybrid and all-electric vehicles.

The coalition, the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Battery Cell Manufacture, is backed by various established and start-up companies including Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions, 3M Co, ActaCell, All Cell Technologies, EnerSys, Envia Systems, MicroSun Technologies, and Townsend Advanced Energy. (more…)

January 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm Leave a comment

Future Building Will Change The Look And Feel Of Towns And Villages

What if zero carbon building became the standard? What would towns look like? Are carbon free homes only for the rich? These questions dominate the news headlines in Great Britain, which is preparing to have all new houses being built to be zero carbon by 2016. The UK government issued the strictest rules in the world on its building industry two years ago and the impact of the new regulations is drastic.

Whether the 2016 deadline is going to be achievable is doubted by both builders and regulators, but a lot of effort is made at making building green. The rest of the world looks on with eager anticipation at how it all unfolds. (more…)

January 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm Leave a comment

Company Bosses Eager To Avoid A Carbon Crunch

The looming global economic recession won’t stand in the way of company plans to adapt their strategies for the effects of global warming. Instead, 90% of the bosses of the FTSE-100 companies believe action in favor of the environment is an impetus for business.

A recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reveals that corporations are stepping up their efforts to measure and reduce carbon emissions in their supply chains. They also are getting more on target to elimininate carbon emissions linked with product use and disposal.

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December 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

The Confusion Surrounding Burning Wood As A Biomass Source And CO2 Emissions In Rainforests

It’s one of the biggest issues currently being addressed in Poznan; disappearing natural forests because poor people burn firewood to heat their food and housing. Yet there are also many reports indicating wood is increasingly popular as a biomass fuel. So what’s the deal? Can you burn wood and not impact the environment?

It’s a question that many people ask who are considering buying that place or vacationing at that spot which comes with a log fire. The quick answer is that so long as wood comes from a well managed forest, you’re absolutely in the clear.

And in case you are worried about the ecological impact of the smoke and the carbon dioxide emissions, this recent article The Telegraph newspaper points out that because wood is a biomass fuel there ain’t much of a problem. When you burn wood, it releases the exact amount of carbon dioxide that it absorbed when growing. It’s actually better to burn it because when wood decomposes, it slowly lets go of the carbon it soaked up, a process which in many cases goes by unaccounted for.
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December 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

Climate Negotiations – Halfway To Copenhagen

The climate conference which starts December 1st is the halfway mark in two year negotiations by 190 countries to eke out a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The new deal will be more ambitious than Kyoto which was signed by only 37 industrialized countries who committed to reducing carbon emissions to below 1990 levels by an average 5% by 2012.

China, which was hesitant about some of the issues on the table, made a u-turn in its approach last December, agreeing to commit to a target in emissions reductions —on condition that it wouldn´t be bound to the same limits as industrial countries, and only if the rich world assists the poor countries in transitioning to cleaner production methods.
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December 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm 4 comments

Why Clean Tech Is So Easy

Electronics giants have various options to produce devices that are less damaging for the environment. Among the easier options is to design products that are less energy consuming. But the companies are increasingly devoting their talent and know how to the creation of proprietary power generating systems for their own manufacturing plants to run on wind or solar energy.

Many of the larger electronics companies have announced intentions to this end. The latest manufacturer to reveal details to the public of plans to ‘green’ their internal energy consumption is Hewlett Packard. The computer producer which recently concluded its conversion to solar energy for its San Diego research center, said it will now get into wind energy for its Austin operations. (more…)

November 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm Leave a comment

Pepsi And Coke Close To Add Stevia

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo are reportedly readying their manufacturing units to replace artificial sweeteners in their beverages with an all natural sweetener called Stevia. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to give thumbs up this week to Stevia, a natural plant extract which has been in use for hundreds of years already in Latin America.

Cokes enriched with Stevia, also known as sweet leaf or sugar leaf, will have all the sweetness of sugar but none of the calories or carbohydrates, and a zero glycemic index. The plant, which already has holy grail status in the industry, will likely be adopted in many fizzy drinks and other beverages if it gets approved.

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November 11, 2008 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

How To Change A Green Lightbulb?

In recent days the news poured in from all corners of the earth; many, many countries are going to force their citizens to change their light bulbs. No joke – 27 countries in Europe, Australia, Canada, Cuba and the Philippines are all eliminating incandescent light bulbs as early as 2010 and replacing them by fluorescent bulbs. And the US 2008 energy bill phases out filament light bulbs for traditional use starting 2012 with an official ban effective in 2014.

It is common knowledge that energy saving Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) decrease lighting energy consumption by a minimum of 40 percent. A new report released last week reveals that the action translates into the elimination of 900 million tonnes of greenhouse gases annually in the US by 2030. The report, published by the Worldwatch Institute in Washington calculated that the US alone will gain carbon dioxide savings of 16.6 billion tonnes in that time frame. To put this into perspective; that’s more than twice the amount of carbon emitted in the United States in 2006. (more…)

October 25, 2008 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

The Next Bull Will Be ‘Green’

Admittedly, it’s a bit obscene to talk of a new bull market now that Wall Street is heavily sick and in need of a trillion dollar bailout. But perhaps it makes sense to do it anyway because it’s very likely that the next bull’s going to be colored brightly green.

Green investing is set to become easier as new markets are emerging and platforms dedicated to the general grey economy’s pollution problems begin to take off in earnest. “A whole new multibillion-dollar green economy will rise–and with it the kind of massive financial opportunity that could get not only America but also Wall Street back on its feet”, writes to Glenn Hurowitz in a report entitled “The Next Bull Market” in The Nation.

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September 27, 2008 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

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