The Energy and Climate Change Journal

Discover insight into energy markets, energy competition and climate change trends


Ethanol Market Intelligence

Our Research on Ethanol

Ethanol is a clean burning, high-octave motor fuel that is produced from renewable sources. Normally ethanol is used as a blend with gasoline eg: E 10 - 10% ethanol & 90 % gasoline which are commonly used in the US. However there are higher blends eg: E85- 85% ethanol & 15% gasoline which is used in flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV) which has also been introduced in the US by automakers.

This could make a big difference to Ethanol business. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is leading efforts to using higher ethanol blends - 20%, 30%, 40%, etc in standard automobiles which could mean dramatically higher amount of renewable fuel.

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Wal-Mart's Green Movements

The consumer Goods sector is being driven to cost efficiencies by Wal-Mart through the company’s recent greener moves. Wal-Mart will be soon forcing all its suppliers to monitor and manage carbon emissions. The company will sell only concentrated laundry detergents in all its stores by May 2008, thus saving 400 million gallons of water, 95 million pounds of plastic resin and 125 million pounds of cardboard. Wal-Mart had experimented this with Unilever first. Unilever has been estimated to save about 5 million pounds of plastic, 26.3 million square feet of cardboard and 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel through the introduction of Small & Mighty in the past 2 years. Developing markets are showing greater preference for anti-ageing, moisturizing, and whitening creams.

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Green IT

Our research shows that Information Technology contributes a small but still significant share to global energy consumption as well as global warming, accountable for roughly 2% of global carbon emissions. Green IT is a movement to minimize carbon emissions that result from the usage or manufacture of IT. Beyond this, companies can take part in Green IT by increasing computer productivity and IT efficiency by getting rid of many old computers and replacing them with fewer efficient computers that contribute to lower energy and overhead costs in the longrun.

Computer manufacturers can learn from this concept and can attract potential customers in emerging markets and developed markets with the prospect of longterm gains from Green IT.

SIS International.  IT Market Research.  2008


EU Green Industry New Certification Standards

The European Commission is planning to act on a new anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) bypassing both the WIPO and the WTO. The European Union (EU)’s goal is to protect IPR rights of European companies beyond what is currently offered by WIPO and WTO. EU, the US, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand are currently in this new trade agreement block.

Carbon Footprint: Retailers and brand manufacturers, faced with EU regulations, are putting in efforts to measure the amount of carbon-dioxide in their products. Netherlands has passed a carbon tax on packaging, which will be effective beginning in January 2008.

The EU has set up a new database under the European ecolabel certification program to certify companies supplying raw materials per the EU standards of green manufacturing. Initially, the scheme covers shampoos, soaps, and packaging, but will eventually be spread to all sectors of the industry.

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