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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, December 10, 2006

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 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.
Eight percent of Fortune 500 taking EPA challenge to double green energy use; Victoria's Secret reaches agreement with environmentalists for printing catalogs; Collections result in record recycling of steel packaging; Chinese government to start buying green; U.S. companies lead list of tech pioneers; Column: Profits from idle cars?; SAP Ecosystem Comes Together to Drive Collaboration and Innovation Across Mill Products Industry; UPM Mill Announces Investment in Renewable Energy Power Plant


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December 10, 2006


Eight percent of Fortune 500 taking EPA challenge to double green energy use
Fortune 500 companies are installing renewable energy generation on-site as well as purchasing green power directly or through renewable energy certificates.
From SocialFunds.com: The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) launched its Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge that asks companies to double their use of renewable energy over the next year. Currently, 40 Fortune 500 companies--including top five Wells Fargo (ticker: WFC ), Whole Foods Markets ( WFMI ), Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ), Starbucks ( SBUX ), and DuPont ( DD )--purchase 2.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar, wind, geothermal, and other types of green power.

The goal is to exceed 5 billion kilowatt hours of corporate green power use, which could power more than 400,000 average American homes or avoid the equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of over 680,000 cars each year.

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Victoria's Secret reaches agreement with environmentalists for printing catalogs
From PlanetArk:
The publisher of the Victoria's Secret catalog recently agreed not to buy paper produced from habitat of threatened Canadian caribou, a move environmentalists hailed as a victory in efforts to limit logging in Canada's boreal forests.

US retailer Limited Brands also agreed to increase the amount of recycled paper used in its catalogs, and to increase the environmental standards it requires from paper makers using the forests, which stretch across northern Canada.

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Collections result in record recycling of steel packaging
From Food Production Daily:
Door-to-door collections helped EU countries recycle a record 2.3 million tonnes of steel in 2005, a packaging association claims.

Figures collected by the association of European producers of steel for packaging (APEAL) revealed an average recycling rate of 63 per cent, an increase of six per cent in recycled tonnage compared to 2004. The association is highlighting the increasing avenues open to steel recycling throughout the EU in an attempt to roll back the trend in the food and drink industry towards using plastic and other materials for product packaging.

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Chinese government to start buying green
From GreenBiz:
China's Ministry of Finance and the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) have announced that starting in 2007, the nation's central and provincial governments will prioritize their purchasing of environmentally friendly products and services.

The government's new "green procurement" policy will be implemented at all levels of jurisdiction starting in 2008.

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U.S. companies lead list of tech pioneers
The World Economic Forum names companies that are developing technology that has potential for long-term impact on business and society
From InformationWeek:
The World Economic Forum has announced 47 venture capital and technology leaders involved in developing technology that demonstrates leadership, innovation, commitment to research and development, potential for growth and sustainability, and proven applications.

The companies' products include microscopic pill cameras, biosensors for landmine detection, implantable medical devices for treating brain tumors, mobile television services, blog search engines, open-source Web browsers, video headsets, paper batteries for musical greeting cards, and solar-powered appliances.

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Column: Profits from idle cars?
Alan Durning, founder and executive director of Sightline Institute , has an idea what to do with all those cars that sit idle most of the day. Could they become the basis of a profit-making green business?
From GreenBiz: More than 12 million motor vehicles idle 23 hours a day—that's a mind-boggling stock of underutilized capital.

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Press Releases
SAP Ecosystem Comes Together to Drive Collaboration and Innovation Across Mill Products Industry
Building on its long-standing experience developing and driving technology solutions for the mill products industry, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP - News ) today announced the formation of its next industry-focused collaboration effort, designed to bring together customers, partners and SAP to address the unique challenges of the forest and paper industry.

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UPM Mill Announces Investment in Renewable Energy Power Plant
The UPM-Kymmene Corporation (UPM) has announced a £59 million investment in a new biomass combined heat and power plant (CHP).

The investment will generate over half of the mill's current electricity needs and all of its heat requirements from renewable sources, and will also make a significant contribution towards the target of generating 18 per cent of Scotland's renewable sources by 2010.  

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