ONGC gets carbon credits for wind power project

Source: Thehindubusinessline ONGC has received 121,207 carbon credits for its 51 MW wind power project at Bhuj in Gujarat, the company said in a statement. These credit points have been given by the United Nations body on climate change — United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.“This is the first issuance of credits from this project and second overall from the oil major’s cache of six registered environment-improvement projects,” the company said. The project, was registered in March 2010 for 21 years, with an annual accruable certified emission reductions (CER) of 85,762. This is the maiden issuance for the monitoring period from March 2010 to June 2011. ONGC has a cache of six such environment-improvement projects. “We are positioning sustainable development with a key focus on environment management in our recently declared long-term perspective plan 2030,” said Mr Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman and Managing Director, ONGC. Continue Reading…

Business leaders need systemic thinking for sustainability

Source: Guardian The economy is in the tank and thousands of people are out of work. At the same time, the planet is dangerously heating up and ecological systems are declining. What are we to make of these troubles? Are they merely the result of poor policies? Or is something more fundamental at play? The roots of our difficulties are simple, yet for many business and political leaders completely hidden from view. The activities of most firms, and the goals and structure of the economy as a whole, have been shaped by fundamental misjudgments about how the planet functions and what it means to live a good life. To resolve today’s challenges, our leaders must overcome the erroneous perspectives that created the predicament. At the most fundamental level, this requires moving from a “linear” way of thinking – where we focus on quickly fixing the most visibly broken parts of what isn’t working – to a “systems” perspective that brings thought and behaviour into line with the natural laws of …

The Business Scorecard from Rio+20

Source: Greenbiz As 130 heads of state began their closing remarks in Rio last Friday, the blame game had already begun, and with it a knee-jerk dismissal of the Rio+20 outcomes as inadequate and not ambitious enough. Trade unions were “bitterly disappointed,” while the environmental community called Rio+20 “a failure,” “a hoax” and “a squandered opportunity.” All this drama ignores the extraordinary effort demonstrated by Brazil to lead the conference to a resolution despite the economic downturn and political headwinds – indeed, it’s rather amazing that the conference took place at all. The knee-jerk overstatements also ignore the vast participation, pledges and funding brought to Rio by non-governmental and public-sector players. The UN reckons those pledges amount to half a trillion dollars. Given the scale of global challenges, more might be needed, but this is a significant starting point. For those who have taken part in previous UN sustainability events — including the original Rio earth summit in 1992 and the Johannesburg summit ten years ago — this is déjà …

Four Concepts For The Future That Could Create A More Sustainable World

Source: Fast Co-Exist Earlier this year, Sony teamed up with the Forum of the Future to brainstorm four scenarios of what life will be like in 2025. Among them: a treadmill of “hyperinnovation” and declining carbon emissions; a scenario of damaging climate change and reactive technologies (like solar paint); a scenario where sustainability and strong community ties are emphasized; and a world where the sharing economy has taken off on a global scale. Now Sony and a handful of partners have come up with four concepts–a platform, a product, a place, and a philosophy–that could exist within and take advantage of these visions of the future 15 years from now. THE INTERNET OF THINGS ACADEMY In the future, it’s possible that nearly everything will have an IP address–your clothes, your plants, and your refrigerator will all freely send and receive data. The proposed Internet of Things Academy will teach people to use the hardware and software behind this connected world, allowing them to do everything from creating experimental economic models to public health …

Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt Among 23 Hotels Launching Carbon Measurement Standard

Source: Environmental Leader Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental and 19 other international hotel companies have agreed on a standard to calculate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings. The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) formed the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative Working Group in early 2011 to create a unified methodology of measuring and reporting carbon emissions. Current approaches vary widely, according to the working group. This can lead to confusion among consumers, particularly corporate clients, looking to understand their own carbon footprint and meet their own targets in this area. In addition, the number of methodologies and tools in use make transparency of reporting within the hotel industry difficult to achieve. The methodology, named HCMI 1.0, was first developed in 2011 and is informed by the GHG Protocol Standards. Diverse properties around the world, from boutique hotels to resorts, casinos and major conference hotels, tested HCMI 1.0 over the past year, and received input from consultants KPMG before launching the standards. The World Resources Institute also …

Cattle burp emissions from India lower than estimated

Source: Down to Earth COWS are well-entrenched in the global climate change debate. Cud-chewing animals release methane, a greenhouse gas, when the fibrous matter breaks down and undergoes fermentation in their stomach. Though methane emissions are lower than CO2 ones, they are much more harmful—a kg of the gas has 21 times the effect of a kg of CO2. Since dependence on livestock in poor countries is high, emissions from animal farming has been a convenient stick for developed countries to beat developing nations with. A study by Indian scientists, however, has estimated that methane emissions in the country from ruminants is lower than estimated. The study has pegged these emissions through enteric fermentation at 9.10 million tonnes per year (based on livestock data of 2003) which is lower than the previous estimate of 10.65 million tonnes, arrived at in 2009 by the Space Application Research Centre in Ahmedabad. Calculating methane emissions from livestock has till now involved great uncertainty owing to difference in livestock species, their feed and feeding …

5 rules for carbon-efficient shipping

Source: GreenBiz.com Making sustainability central to logistics decisions is smart business but requires closer collaboration and creative thinking by shippers, suppliers, packagers and retailers. “Start by thinking about savings opportunities,” said Stephen Silva, senior vice president of global logistics for toymaker Hasbro, during the webcast,“Smart Moves: Supply-Chain Decisions that Save Fuel, Cut Costs and Reduce Emissions.”  ”They will go hand-in-hand with the environment and emissions. … You have to drive a culture where people are always looking for better ways to do things.” At the same time, attention to service must be at the center of any new logistics or transportation strategy. “The only way that we can get buy-in is to demonstrate this,” he said. “At the end of the day, customers are not going to accept slower deliveries or empty shelves.” Transportation and logistics activities typically account for 6 percent to 7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, or 2,800 megatons of emissions annually, said Edgar Blanco, research director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. Road freight accounts for …

Time For Outrage On Behalf of the Planet

Source: Common Dreams It’s Time to Fight the Status Quo by Bill McKibben My solution is: get outraged. Having written the first book about global warming 23 long years ago, I’ve watched the issue unfold across decades, continents, and ideologies. I’ve come to earth summits and conferences of the parties from Rio to Kyoto to Copenhagen, and many places in between. All along, two things have been clear. One, the scientists who warned us about climate change were absolutely correct—their only mistake, common among scientists, was in being too conservative. So far we’ve raised the temperature of the earth about one degree Celsius, and two decades ago it was hard to believe this would be enough to cause huge damage. But it was. We’ve clearly come out of the Holocene and into something else. Forty percent of the summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone; the ocean is 30 percent more acidic. There’s nothing theoretical about any of this any more. Since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the atmosphere …

Coke, Sony, Volvo and Other ‘Climate Savers’ Cut CO2 by 100 Million Tons

Source: Environmental Leader Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Sony, Volvo and other members of WWF’s Climate Savers program cut their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million tons over the period 1999 to 2011, according to an independent review of the program released today. The review, conducted by energy consultancy Ecofys, also found that by 2020, Climate Savers overall emissions savings since 1999 could exceed 350 million tons. Climate Savers companies sign an agreement with WWF, pledging to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The agreed target must be more ambitious than the company would have set on its own, and must also show that the company is leading its sector in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Continue Reading..

Carbon economics can change climate behaviour

Source: Ethical Corporation At the end of this year the first commitment period of the Kyoto protocol expires. Not because it has succeeded in tackling climate change. Far from it. While there were many positive effects resulting from the protocol, getting carbon reductions down to a safe level has not been one of them. The climate challenge looms larger than ever, and the governments of the world still don’t have a plan to address it. What should be done as Kyoto expires, and what will it take to make real progress? Recently, SustainAbility and GlobeScan surveyed more than 800 sustainability experts and practitioners located in more than 70 countries, this time to ask about their views on climate change policy. Tools ranked We asked our respondents to rank the effectiveness of various tools to address climate change. Notably, the tools garnering the most support – economic instruments, regulatory approaches and technology development – are those that will change the cost of emitting greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and consequently change the …

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