Archive | May, 2008

Weekly News Roundup

The global green industry has been very busy this week from companies forming new green businesses to the introduction of the world’s first renewable gasoline. New slimy gasoline Sapphire Energy said it has produced 91 octane gasoline made from algae. The gasoline is said to meet ASTM standards and completely compatible with the existing petroleum […]

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Nigeria energized by dust

Wood waste and sawdust could refuel Nigeria’s sawmill industry. London-based Ravonergy is building a 14 megawatt biomass-based energy power plant that will utilize wood waste and sawdust generated from the country’s saw mill industry. The sawmill industry in Ondo State -Nigeria, currently suffers from chronic power shortage and frequent periods of blackout, according to the […]

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More sunny news

There are too many solar news this week to put them in my Weekly News Roundup. But first, according to a recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the US solar energy market last year saw photovoltaic manufacturing increased 74% led by thin-film production. Big-box retail stores led the PV installation boom including […]

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Pig farmers to the global rescue

Here’s a novel green thought: Pig farmers can fight global warming by using feed enzymes. It’s true and proven, according to enzyme producer Novozymes. The company said the pork industry can reduce about 4 million tons of carbon dioxide, plus save 2.5% on feed when using enzymes in pig feed. “2.5% does not sound like […]

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From trash to cash

Here’s a new report from IBISWorld listing the industries that are cashing in on American’s poor environmental habits. Revenue from the waste collection industry is said to have risen 4.5 percent to $39.87 billion, following several strong years in terms of increased demand for waste management services. Recycling facilities currently generate estimated revenues of $2,981 […]

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Constructing a booming market

Whether green buildings will be voluntary or mandated in New Jersey, the overall green construction trend is booming despite the US housing slump. Green home building has already gone mainstream and is expected to be worth $12 to $20 billion (6%-10% of the market) this year, according to a new report from McGraw-Hill. The report […]

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A greener Garden State?

Should New Jersey lawmakers require new buildings in the state to be green? According to an environmental attorney at the law firm LeClairRyan, they should think twice before mandating green buildings in New Jersey, where several bills are already working their way through the state’s legislature James A. Kosch, who is also director of the […]

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Europe launches green driving

A Europe-wide campaign promoting green driving tips was recently launched by the European Commission in association with the European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA). Under the “Save more than fuel” campaign, over 45,000 petrol stations across 29 European countries will distribute around 30 million leaflets containing 10 driving tips (seems more paper waste to me). The […]

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The real meaning of green packaging

The US glass industry wants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to tighten the guidelines for recycled packaging marketing claims under the agency’s new Green Guides rules. According to the Glass Packaging Institute, several marketers are inappropriately using the term recyclable such as in trash bags where it is unlikely to be used again once it […]

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EU steel under carbon fire

The German steel industry could buckle under the competitive pressure driven by Europe’s carbon emission trading. According to steel maker ThyssenKrupp, steel production outside Europe is not being impacted by costs for CO2 certificates leading to a divergence in competitive conditions. As a consequence, the industry could abandon Europe as a production location. “As a […]

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