Archive | March, 2008

Battle of the wind

Soaring demand for alternative energy would probably see more intellectual property (IP) suit such as this one from General Electric (GE) against Japan’s biggest wind power turbine maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. According to this Reuters report, GE filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) last month stating Mitsubishi Heavy Industries infringed […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Starting this month, I’m initiating a weekly Green News Roundup and hopefully it’ll stick unless my boss starts yelling at me to get back to my real job. A wind of BP’s Texas green plan Big oil BP is at its full speed in the construction of its second wind farm in Texas. The first […]

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Sustainability: Cost versus price

I found this insightful article from the site SustainableIsGood talking about why consumers should not pay extra price for buying green products. “Consumer, beware! Don’t pay a premium for any product simply because it or its packaging is sustainable. Examine the numbers and insist that the manufacturers pass the sustainable savings on to you.” The […]

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Chinese new green year

Several news I came across regarding green investments in China. This red country has been getting a lot of black publicity lately about pollution and quality control so it’s good to get some green news for a change. This week, DSM says it is investing $20m in Tianjin Green Bio-Science (TGBS) Co. Ltd for the […]

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Where did the elephants go?

Environmental group WWF is blaming the pulp & paper and palm oil industries for the disappearance of elephants and tigers in Central Sumatra’s Riau Province in Indonesia. The group released a study stating Riau has the fastest deforestation rates in Indonesia over the last 25 years mostly attributing to the operations of two global paper […]

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Eco-terrorists on the loose

Several supposedly green model homes in Seattle were set on fire this week and a shadowy environmental activists called Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) claimed responsibility, according to New York Times. A message left by E.L.F. on the burnt properties stated: Built Green? Nope Black. McMansions in rural areas are not green! Over the past several […]

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Lanxess’ Singapore promise

Lanxess said in its press announcement last week that the company will be a good neighbor in Singapore by installing the latest environmental safety technology in its new butyl rubber plant in Jurong Island. The company expects to spend up to $70 million, about 10-15% of its total investment in the project, to incorporate several […]

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A glimpse of Singapore

The rumors about Singapore’s cleanliness and discipline are all true! I am back from a week-long Singapore business trip – compliments of specialty chemical company Lanxess, and found interesting green (or lack thereof) tidbits about this tiny 270 sq. mile city-island with exploding population of 4.68 million. Small plastic shopping bags abound…and yet nothing can […]

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It’s raining green dough

Despite US recession fears and volatile stock markets, investments seem to continue pouring in for new technologies related to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and oil consumption. Several US institutional investors pledged at a U.N. summit a total of $10bn over two years to reduce GHG and pressure companies to divulge their inner carbon emission secrets, […]

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