Archive | April, 2009

Wanted: Engineers and scientists

As they always say, kids are our future and Shell definitely hopes that their Eco-marathon events will inspire participating students to eventually join the scientific and engineering fields and help them figure out how to source new energy, efficiently use traditional energy and at the same time solve the growing climate problems. Graeme Sweeney, vice […]

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Shell on wind, solar and hydrogen

Shell’s first love (when it comes to renewable energy investments that is) is definitely in biofuels these days but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning wind energy and solar as was hinted in news reports in the past several weeks. During Shell’s Eco-Marathon Americas event in Fontana, California, I was able to interview Shell […]

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Shell Eco-Marathon Day 1

A very busy day in Fontana, California, attending Shell’s Eco-marathon Americas. About 44 teams from 6 high schools and 29 universities across the Americas came today to challenge each other on whose fuel-efficient, low carbon emitting vehicle has the highest mileage. One team even came from India, where their car got stuck in LA customs. […]

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New eco-friendly products

I’m off to California today for Shell’s Eco-marathonand unfortunately, I think I just got bitten by a flu bug. Hopefully,I’ll be able to get my voice back in time for a very early morninginterview with Shell’s Future Fuels and CO2 vice president GrahamSweeney. Stay tune for this one. It will be interesting to hear Shell’sstrategies […]

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Green-slapped Gwyneth Paltrow

Now to the more serious side of green issues…Itseems that green protagonist celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow is getting redin the face from recent scaremongering accusation and green-washingsort of claim.In February, the Times Onlinereported that while championing green issues, Paltrow’s London house issaid to be wasting 1,020kWh of heat/year. The Times emphasized on itsreport that Paltrow backed […]

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Who is Pepsico’s plastic maker?

I am trying to guess whose plastic technology PepsiCo uses for its new Eco-Fina water bottle, which is said to be the lightest half-liter water bottle in the market. The new bottled water is now available in retail stores nationwide this month. Pepsico said it weighs 10.9 grams and is made with 50% less plastic […]

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Growing compostable plastic bag use

Confusion might still lingers on what bioplastics really mean but their use is definitely growing. In the compostable bag sector, SunChips maker Frito Lay announced that they are going to launch in 2010 the world’s first fully compostable chip bag of its kind, with the bag fully decomposing within 14 weeks – when placed in […]

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Wood or plastic?

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association put out a press release yesterday about the possible toxic hazards of plastic pallets because they contain the flame retardant deca-bromine. Non-fire retardant plastic pallets, meanwhile, can pose fire hazards according to the group. “We recognize that alternative materials each have their place, and competition breeds innovation and […]

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Check your taxes for green bucks!

Try to squeeze every last penny you can get from the government by checking out some of the tax incentives under federal and your own state laws. Here are some of the US federal tax incentives on green home improvements, eco-friendly cars and other energy efficiency projects by the Tax Incentive Assistance Project. Businesstaxrecovery.com also […]

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Global carbon market jumped 256%

Market research firm SBI said that the global carbon market achieved a 256% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past five years and recorded nearly $118 billion of global carbon emissions transactions in 2008. The industry is expected to decrease by 29% this year as a result of the decline in the prices of […]

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