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June 26, 2006

London considering law change to promote 'green' power

AFP has reported that Planning laws in Britain could be changed to allow the installation of so-called micro-generation technologies -- the use of small-scale power generation sources like photovoltaics and wind micro-turbines --, a government minister reportedly said.

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June 20, 2006

Toyota to double hybrid models

Toyota Motor announced that, as the company's mid-term project to enhance its environmental technologies and boost environmentally friendly vehicles, it hoped to increase the sales of hybrid cars four times from the current level by doubling the number of gasoline-electric hybrid models by the early 2010s.

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June 15, 2006

UK Government Announces The National Action Plan: ‘Procuring The Future’

British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced a detailed plan to overhaul the way the UK government spends £150 million a year on goods and services to ensure it meets certain standards on environmental sustainability. The standards covers energy efficiency, green house gas emissions, the efficient use of natural resources and raw materials, transport, measures to avoid pollution and ways of ensuring environmentally sensitive goods such as timber.

The plan, complied by The Sustainable Procurement Task Force and titled ‘Procuring The Future’, includes a host of other environmental targets for official buildings, such as making all government offices carbon neutral in 6 years, and recycling 75% of waste, cutting overall waste generated by 25%, reducing water consumption by 25% and increasing energy efficiency per square meter by 30%, all by the end of the next decade.

For detailed information on The National Action Plan: ‘Procuring The Future’
http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/publications/procurement-action-plan/index.htm

For detailed information on Sustainable Task Force
http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/government/task-forces/procurement/index.htm

Detailed overview can be downloaded from here.

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June 12, 2006

Bank of America Pilot Program Pays Employees to Buy Hybrids

Bank of America has introduced a pilot program that will reimburse $3,000 to bank associates purchasing a new hybrid vehicle.

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June 7, 2006

Ford Launches Customer Carbon Offset Program

Ford Motor Company and TerraPass have announced "Greener Miles, a program offering Ford vehicle owners the opportunity to offset the climate impact of their driving through the support of projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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June 7, 2006

Coca-Cola Turns to HFC-Free Insulation for Refrigeration Units

The Coca-Cola Company has completed the transition to HFC-free insulation for 98% of all new purchases of refrigerated sales and marketing equipment.

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June 5, 2006

The European Business Awards for the Environment 2006

The European Commission announced the European Business Awards for the Environment 2006 on 1 June. The award, conducted as a part of Green Week 2006, recognises outstanding corporate contributions to sustainable development. The German car maker Volkswagen and five companies won the awards this year.
Information about the winners is available here.

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