Oil Obit: Creating Climate Wealth Summit 2010

06 Apr

Received an invite to the Summit 2010 “Creating Climate Wealth” from the event coordinators – thought I’d share:

How can you use your business know-how to make a difference in the fight against climate change?

Join representatives from GE, CODA Automotive, and many of today’s fastest growing climate wealth creators at the Creating Climate Wealth Summit at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on April 20–22, 2010. Collaborate with business executives, government leaders, finance experts and successful entrepreneurs to find solutions to the challenges facing our climate and our economy.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host the Summit. Registrants will participate in active, facilitated discussions within six different industries tracks, through which this inaugural summit targets to reduce at least six gigatons of carbon emissions by 2020. In addition, keynote speeches include:

  • Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, The Virgin Group
  • Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room
  • Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
  • Jose Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and CEO of the World Economic Forum
  • Craig Cogut, Founder and Co-Manager of Pegasus Capital Advisors
  • Sunil Paul, Founder of Spring Ventures and Gigaton Throwdown
  • Wesley Clark, Chairman, US Investment Bank Rodman & Renshaw

There will also be plenary sessions and facilitated industry working groups – focusing on eight market segments from Biofuels to Sustainable Agriculture. This program is more than just a convening of industry leadership, it’s a group that’s committed to a specific goal – to create a time bound road map on emission reduction and job creation with measureable objectives and by market segment.

Creating Climate Wealth’s speaker and attendee list continue to draw influential market movers from across industries. Enjoy all the benefits of summit registration (visit Creating Climate Wealth website here for more details).

China Spelling Out Greenhouse Gas Goals

28 Feb

China claims it is serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions and on Sunday moved to spell out greenhouse gas emission goals with a five year plan according to Reuters. Here’s an excerpt and link to the story:

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Sunday it will spell out greenhouse gas emissions goals and monitoring rules for regions and sectors in its next five-year plan, with monitoring to show it is serious about curbing emissions.
The Chinese government said in November it would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from human activity, emitted to make each unit of national income by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Full story at Reuters.

Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion – $10 a Barrel

23 Sep

image Is reducing the price per barrel of oil a step in the right direction? If so, Envion Inc. claims they are leading the charge towards a green future with the introduction of a plastic-to-oil conversion technology. According to the manufacturer, the Envion Oil Generator is a first-of-its-kind technology that converts plastic waste into synthetic light medium oil for less than $10 per barrel.

GreenCar Magazine has a story (press release) here: Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion Process Produces Oil for Less than $10 barrel.

The Company’s principal activities focus on production, as well as ongoing R&D dedicated to advancing the efficiency and range of applications of the Envion technology. More information can be found at www.envion.com.

Marketing: Green Now Mainstream

24 Jul

Given the opportunities and consumer awareness, many companies have long since jumped on the "Green Marketing" bandwagon. And, green marketing is now mainstream.

Jacquelyn Ottman provides her views and trends based on years of experience. Her article, published on the Harvard Business blog, is a good read. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full story:

At the Sustainable Brands ’09 conference in Monterey earlier this month, I couldn’t help noticing how far green marketing has come since I started my consulting business in 1989. Back then, we didn’t call what we did "sustainable branding" — we practiced "environmental" or simply "green" marketing. And we didn’t have a conference to go to in Monterey!

The shift reflects the fact that the target demographic for green marketing is not the "educated women, 30-49, with children" of yesteryear, but one of many possible segments of a dynamic consumer base that now embraces 66% of all U.S. adults. Full story: Green Marketing Really Has Gone Mainstream

Definition of “Green Marketing” at wikipedia.org:

The term Green Marketing came into prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The American Marketing Association (AMA) held the first workshop on "Ecological Marketing" in 1975. The proceedings of this workshop resulted in one of the first books on green marketing entitled "Ecological Marketing."

The first wave of Green Marketing occurred in the 1980s. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reports started with the ice cream seller Ben & Jerry’s where the financial report was supplemented by a greater view on the company’s environmental impact. In 1987 a document prepared by the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need”, this became known as the Brundtland Report and was another step towards widespread thinking on sustainability in everyday activity. Two tangible milestones for wave 1 of green marketing came in the form of published books, both of which were called Green Marketing. They were by Ken Peattie (1992) in the United Kingdom and by Jacquelyn Ottman (1993) in the United States of America. Read full definition of Green Marketing at wikipedia.org here.

Mercedes-Benz Promotes Emission-Free Mobility

22 Jul

As the consumer’s awareness of environmental responsibility grows, so does the PR pumped out by the marketing arm of Mercedes-Benz. And, marketers at Mercedes-Benz want to make sure you know about their growing fleet of efficient and environmentally compatible production vehicles, which now includes 58 fuel-efficient BlueEFFICIENCY models. Here’s one of several environment related press releases hitting the presses now:

AMG Market News/Source: Mercedes-Benz/Stuttgart/July 21, 2009:

BlueEFFICIENCY, Mercedes-Benz line up of 58 fuel-efficient vehicles

As the inventor of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz also accepts responsibility for its future. The Stuttgart premium car maker is underscoring this conviction with its “Road to emission-free Mobility”, which is intentionally structured to pursue a number of avenues. The three core aspects of development work are the optimization of vehicles with state-of-the-art internal combustion engines, further efficiency improvements with tailor-made hybridization and local emission-free driving with fuel cell and battery-powered vehicles. This strategy has been implemented consistently since its introduction at IAA 2007 – under the heading “Road to the Future”. Based on the concrete results of their research and experience gathered from highly successful major projects testing alternative vehicle and drive concepts, Mercedes engineers have established the pre-requisites for local emission-free driving tomorrow and the day after. Furthermore, with a large and continuously growing fleet of efficient and environmentally compatible series production vehicles – including 58 extremely fuel-efficient and clean BlueEFFICIENCY models – the three-pointed star offers a broad-ranging selection of premium vehicles that combine economy and environmental responsibility with safety, comfort and refined driving pleasure. (Continue Reading >>)

Car Allowance Rebate System – smart fortwo $99 Per Month

06 Jul

imageOil Obit/PR News/smart fortwo/Bloomfield Hills, MI: – smart USA applauds President Obama’s signing of the Car  Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Bill, also known as “Cash for Clunkers”. In fact, smart is the “Number 1” U.S. brand in fuel efficiency and is the only car company that already exceeds the new fuel efficiency requirement, recently set by the Obama administration, which mandates an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

The Bill is intended to replace older, less fuel efficient vehicles with those that are more environmentally responsible. The smart fortwo is the vehicle that truly meets the intent of the CARS program. It is the most fuel efficient non-hybrid vehicle offered in the United States delivering 41 MPG on the highway. The smart fortwo is also certified as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) by the California Air Resources Board, and is an Environmental Protection Agency “SmartWay” vehicle which recognizes its low greenhouse gas and air pollutant scores.

Under the CARS program guidelines, the smart fortwo will qualify for the highest voucher level of $4,500 upon the trade in of an eligible vehicle. When this voucher amount is applied to the purchase of a new smart fortwo, smart USA will be offering payments as low as $99 per month for qualified customers*. The program is expected to launch later this summer when the Federal government officially begins allowing consumers to take advantage of the trade-in voucher. However, interested consumers can learn more about the smart USA $99 per month offer by visiting www.smartusa.com. smart USA has set aside a limited number of vehicles for immediate delivery with the official launch of the CARS program.

“The smart fortwo is the ideal vehicle for the environmental benefits that the “Cash For Clunkers” program was originally designed to support. As a society, now is the time to live smart by consuming less and conserving more, and that’s exactly what buyers of the smart fortwo will achieve for a very low monthly payment and very low cost of ownership. As the Number 1 brand in fuel efficiency we are excited to add to the growing number of satisfied fortwo owners throughout the United States. Although only on sale for just over a year in the U.S., there are already 32,000 smart fortwo’s on the roads of America joining over 1 million smart fortwo owners throughout the rest of world who are proving everyday that conserving can also be a whole lot of fun”, said Dave Schembri, President of smart USA.

Additional smart fortwo Info

The smart fortwo is one of the most economical cars on the world’s roads today. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 Fuel Economy Guide, the 2009 smart fortwo is the most fuel efficient, non-hybrid vehicle in the United States, ranking fifth overall in fuel efficiency behind four hybrid models. It is also the most fuel efficient two-seater in the United States. A state-of-the-art, compact, three-cylinder gasoline engine sits at the rear of the new smart fortwo. The engine capacity is 61 cubic inches, the output is 70 hp (52 kW).

The 2009 smart fortwo achieves an average of 41 miles per gallon on the highway according to 2009 EPA regulations.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Designations

The 2008 smart fortwo has been classified as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) for its extremely low exhaust emissions. The vehicle’s catalytic converter is positioned close to its engine for a quick response. An electric pump blows fresh air into the exhaust port when the engine is cold to almost completely oxidize the carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC) and render them harmless. A ULEV is a vehicle that has been verified by the California Air Resources Board as emitting up to 50 percent less polluting emissions than the average for new cars released in that same model year.

In addition, the EPA, through an automatic internal process, has listed the 2008 smart fortwo on its Green Vehicle Guide Web site as a “Smartway” vehicle. Smartway vehicles are good environmental performers and considered the “greenest” vehicles on the market.

The Smartway designation is given to vehicles that score a six or better on each of the Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores and achieve a combined score of at least thirteen.

The smart fortwo received an EPA Greenhouse Gas score of nine and an Air Pollutant score of seven (out of a possible ten). The fortwo’s combined score of sixteen well exceeds the minimum requirement of thirteen to qualify for Smartway, and the high Greenhouse Gas score puts the smart fortwo just short of hybrid status.

Low emissions, low consumption

To ensure adherence to the low emission and consumption values, even with different fuel qualities, the U.S. versions have a lower compression ratio (10.0:1 instead of 11.4:1). This measure enables the engine to run closer to optimum combustion under a high load, resulting in low emissions and low consumption coupled with maximum driving fun.

The sandwich tank made of multi-layer plastic (high density polyethylene) minimizes the fuel vapors escaping into the atmosphere. Emissions are below 0.5 grams of HC per day. The tank module has an active charcoal filter that returns fuel vapors to the tank.

The engine is mounted transversally in front of the rear axle, and is slanted at an angle of 45 degrees towards the rear. Gas exchange is controlled by four valves per combustion chamber. The variable spread angle of the camshafts is controlled electronically for better torque at low revolutions. The camshafts are driven via a maintenance-free chain.

ABOUT the smart fortwo and smart USA

smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. The smart fortwo is a brand of and is manufactured by Daimler AG. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 41 mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle, as certified by the State of California Air Resources Board. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in 36 other countries, and more than one million smart fortwos have been sold since 1998. The 2009 smart fortwo is available in five trim levels ranging in price from $11,990** to $20,990**. For more information visit the smart USA website – www.smartusa.com.

** For 2009 models. Excludes tax, title, registration, destination charge, options and other dealer fees.

smart is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.

ABOUT PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 311 retail automotive franchises, representing 40 different brands and 25 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 160 franchises in 19 states and Puerto Rico and 151 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive is also the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo through its wholly-owned subsidiary smart USA Distributor LLC. smart USA supports over 70 smart retail centers in the United States. Penske Automotive is a member of the Fortune 200 and Russell 1000 and has more than 14,000 employees. smart and fortwo are registered trademarks of Daimler AG.

*Financing for qualified buyers available through Daimler Financial Services at authorized smart center dealerships registered in the CARS program. Not all customers will qualify. Subject to credit approval by the lender. $99 monthly payment based on customer trade-in of an eligible vehicle qualifying for the CARS $4,500 voucher level and a 36-month balloon loan with $0 cash due at signing and a final balloon payment of $6,667 at the end of the loan term and a $13,335 MSRP which includes the destination charge and excludes tax, title and dealer fees. 5.9% APR financing for 36 months at $11.32 per month, per $1,000 financed. Restrictions apply for eligibility for the $4,500 voucher under the CARS program; please see www.cars.gov for details. Offer only applies to new and unused 2009 smart fortwo model vehicles. Visit your dealer for complete details on this and other finance offers.

V-Vehicle Fuel Efficient Game Changer?

19 Jun

I’ve barely heard of the new car company, but it appears we all may soon based on the players getting involved. Camille Ricketts published a good piece on the topic:

If you haven’t heard of the V-Vehicle Co. before, you’re in good company. The stealthy new car maker just unveiled plans to produce a fuel-efficient vehicle that could change the game for greener cars — before most of them even hit the market. The company already has a factory in the works in Louisiana, thanks to John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (a firm known for partner Al Gore and its green leanings) and modern-day oil baron T. Boone Pickens — an odd pairing to say the least. [READ Camille’s FULL STORY here.]

Solar: Federal Incentives Grow Local Businesses

12 Jun

Will Federal incentive programs help change the agriculture industry by encouraging more farms to install solar energy systems? Reports suggest they will for some firms in Virginia.

A federal incentive program could forever change the face of Virginia’s agriculture industry by encouraging more farms to install solar energy systems.

That’s the hope of Blue Crump, owner of Fan-based Cityspace Construction and Cityspace Solar. Crump recently started pitching solar installations to local farms using government grants and credits as a tasty carrot.

Cityspace’s first agricultural project is the new wine-tasting room at Cooper Vineyards in Louisa County. Fifty-five percent of the cost for the facility’s 5.8 kilowatt solar array will be covered by federal incentives.

That’s because the federal stimulus bill extended a renewable energy incentive program to businesses and provides a 30 percent grant or tax credit toward the cost of wind, solar or other systems. In addition, a grant offered by the USDA through the Rural Energy for America Program offers agriculture-based business a 25 percent credit.

“The idea of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture just go hand in hand,” Crump said, adding that the investment pays off in seven to 10 years. (Read Al Harris’ full article at Richmond Biz Sense here)

The U.S. Dept. of Energy is another resource for funds and the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy is seeking $15 million plus in stimulus funds for renewable energy grants and rebates for both households and businesses.

Worlds Largest Solar Power Station In Australia

20 May

Reuters is reporting that the world’s largest solar power station will be located in Australia. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full story:

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans to build the world’s largest solar power station with an output of 1000 megawatts in a A$1.4 billion (US$1.05 billion) investment, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday [May 17, 2009].

The plant would have three times the generating capacity of the current biggest solar-powered electricity plant, which is in California, Rudd said during a tour of a power station.

Tender details will be announced later in the year, and successful bidders will be named in the first half of 2010. Rudd said the project was aimed at exploiting the country’s ample sunshine, which he called “Australia’s biggest natural resource.” [FULL STORY HERE]

Electric Benz – Daimler 10 Percent Stake in Tesla Motors

19 May

Electric Benz - Daimler Takes 10 Percent Stake in Tesla MotorsDaimler’s interest in battery systems, electric drive systems and related vehicle projects leads to the automaker acquiring nearly 10 percent of one of the leading electric vehicle companies, Tesla Motors Inc. Read the full story and MB press release at AMG Market | Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts here.

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