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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, October 29, 2006

by webadmin last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:52 AM This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
EPAT Now Part of the Market for Environmentally Preferable Paper; Home Depot to Offset Carbon Emissions at Atlanta Headquarters; The Hidden Life of Paper and Its Impact on the Environment; Morgan Stanley Plans Green Investments; Integrating Sustainability into Business Practice: Novo Nordisk; See the forest and its trees; ANALYSIS - Can Biofuels Become the Next Petroleum?; New Blog Answers Consumers' Questions About Green Products; Amazon deforestation lowest since 1991; Can the Free Market Slow Deforestation?; Crackdown drives illegal logging to neighboring nations; The Nature Conservancy and Xerox Launch Partnership to Enhance, AdvanceForest Conservation; Wachovia Announces Comprehensive Strategy Addressing Environmental Protection; Forest Integrity Network E-Workshop on combating corruption in the forest sector

 
This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.

Metafore - In Focus

EPAT Now Part of the Market for Environmentally Preferable Paper

Metafore announced the release of the Environmental Paper Assessment Tool version 1.0 (EPAT v1.0) on October 30, 2006. Buyers and sellers of paper can access this new tool at http://www.epat.org.

"The EPAT represents a new and thorough way to evaluate the environmental characteristics of paper. It provides a systematic approach so buyers can better understand the linkages between sustainable development and their paper purchasing decisions,” said David Refkin, Director of Sustainable Development, Time Inc.

In releasing the EPAT, David Ford, Metafore’s CEO said, “The EPAT, a unique state-of-the-art web-based tool, is designed to improve the quality and depth of communication between buyers and sellers of paper. The EPAT also merges the decision making needs of paper buyers with the needs of paper suppliers looking to standardize their responses to the growing number of requests for environmental performance information.”

The EPAT was conceived by the Paper Working Group, a collaboration of 11 leading companies (Bank of America, Starbucks Coffee Company, McDonald's, Staples, Inc., Nike, Inc., Time Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Services, Norm Thompson Outfitters and Cenveo) and Metafore with the shared goal of making environmentally preferable paper products more widely available and affordable.

In the coming weeks, Metafore will be announcing demonstrations of the EPAT via web casts and establishing advisory and users groups to help shape and strengthen the tool over time. Learn more about the EPAT and the PWG at http://www.epat.org.

World News

Home Depot to Offset Carbon Emissions at Atlanta Headquarters

From GreenBiz.com: The Home Depot has entered into an agreement with Conservation Fund to offset all carbon emissions created this year by the company's Atlanta headquarters and a portion of emissions created by associates commuting to work and traveling on business.

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The Hidden Life of Paper and Its Impact on the Environment

From New York Times: Media companies have published numerous articles on global warming and greenhouse emissions in recent years. Now, a couple of large publishers are starting to think about their own impact on the environment.

Time Inc. participated in a study published this year by the Heinz Center that calculated the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced over the entire process of publishing Time and In Style. Other magazine companies, including the Hearst Corporation, and the News Corporation are looking into the carbon footprint from publishing activities.

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Morgan Stanley Plans Green Investments

From the Houston Chronicle: Global financial services firm Morgan Stanley said Thursday that over the next five years, it plans to invest in about $3 billion of carbon/emissions credits, projects and other initiatives aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Most of this investment will represent increased commitments to purchase carbon credits from projects as the company's commodities trading department expands its existing carbon and emissions platform.

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Integrating Sustainability into Business Practice: Novo Nordisk

From WBCSD: How can managers adopt appropriate management control systems to communicate to employees and other stakeholders what behavior is desired, and to ensure that their corporate sustainability claims are implemented at the operational level? That is, how can organizations demonstrate that their sustainability declarations are not just “good looks”?

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See the forest and its trees

From WBCSD: In an important step forward for international collaboration on the sustainable management of the world's natural resources, the High Conservation Value (HCV) Resource Network launched its Network Charter and is seeking Network participants

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ANALYSIS - Can Biofuels Become the Next Petroleum?

From Planetark.org: From Rio de Janeiro to Amsterdam, biofuels are all the rage but can "green fuel" take on oil to become a long-term viable alternative to fossil fuels?

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New Blog Answers Consumers' Questions About Green Products

FromENN.com: With so much interest today in green products, how does a consumer know which to buy? The new "Green Living Q&A" blog (www.dld123.com/q&a) is hosted by internationally-acclaimed green consumer advocate Debra Lynn Dadd, hailed "The Queen of Green" by the New York Times. It helps consumers understand and choose the best green products from among the thousands that are now available.

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Amazon deforestation lowest since 1991

From Yahoo.com: The Amazon rain forest has declined to its lowest level since 1991 due to strict enforcement of environmental regulations, according to the Brazilian government..

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Can the Free Market Slow Deforestation?

From WBCSD: Tropical forests' ability to store carbon dioxide and mitigate climate change makes them more valuable than alternative uses like pasture or lumber, and rich countries ought to pay tropical countries to preserve their forests, the World Bank says.

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Crackdown drives illegal logging to neighboring nations

From International Herald Tribune: In 1998, China promptly enacted an aggressive package of measures aimed at protecting its existing forest growth, rehabilitating distressed areas and reclaiming forests that had been converted to farmland.

One central measure the government took was a stern, and by most accounts effective, crackdown on illegal logging across China. But in another significant development, the logging ban was followed by tariff cuts on imported timber, demanded by the World Trade Organization in China's entry negotiations. Now, China's demand for wood products is soaring, causing environmentalists to worry that its efforts to protect its own forest are coming at the expense of its neighbors.

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Press Releases

The Nature Conservancy and Xerox Launch Partnership to Enhance, AdvanceForest Conservation

Xerox Corporation has invested $1 million in an innovative partnership with The Nature Conservancy to strengthen and advance practices used to conserve the world’s forests. The grant, along with the support of Xerox people and its industry partners, will be used to enhance a forest data center for Canada’s boreal forest, the largest block of contiguous intact forest left in the world; to strengthen third-party forest certification standards that Xerox relies on to ensure that its paper is derived from responsibly managed forests; to identify best forest biodiversity management practices; and to communicate them broadly with forest managers, paper suppliers and others.

Read the release…

Wachovia Announces Comprehensive Strategy Addressing Environmental Protection

Wachovia Corp. today announced a significant environmental strategy including comprehensive commitments in the areas of forest protection and climate change.

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Forest Integrity Network E-Workshop on combating corruption in the forest sector

The Forest Integrity Network is inviting interested parties to participate in an electronic discussion on devising solutions to foster responsible forest products trade practices. The workshop is occurring from November 1 through November 8. The results will be presented at the 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference.

Read the invitation...

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