Supply Chain

November 16, 2012
Airbus and its parent company, EDAS, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with Chinese biofuel producer ENN to jointly develop and test aviation fuel made from algae.
November 14, 2012
The Burmese government has moved to ban timber exports by 2014 in a bid to stop the destruction of the country's forests and their unique wildlife, much to the delight of pressure groups which have been working toward the decision.
Asian supply chain
November 14, 2012
The impact of the media coverage of Foxconn on Apple should act as a stark reminder to companies to carefully analyze both their supply chains and how they engage them. Incidents, challenges and tragedies can have a long-lasting impact on both corporate reputations and the resilience of the supply chain itself. Unfortunately, the last few years have seen a decline in creative approaches and investment in strong supply chain engagement programs.
EU aviation emissions
November 13, 2012
The European Union (EU) announced yesterday that it will apply a one-year moratorium on the controversial inclusion of civil aviation under its Emissions Trading System (ETS), which has mandated that all airlines flying to and from EU pay for their carbon emissions. The freeze follows threats of widespread international retaliation from such heavyweights as the US, China, Russia and India, and is said to allow for the EU rethink its approach. Flights by airlines within the EU will still have to pay for their carbon emissions.
November 13, 2012
A “greener” dual-fuel marine engine  has been developed by Hyundai Heavy Industries. In an effort to meet proposed stricter environmental regulations, the world's biggest shipbuilder the new engine allows marine engines to selectively use both LNG and diesel for fuel depending on the requirement.
November 12, 2012
A Malaysian court has given the go ahead to Australian company Lynas to start production at a controversial rare earths processing plant near the city of Kuantan.
November 01, 2012
The Sustainability Consortium, a US-based global organization that creates science-based knowledge about the sustainability of consumer products, has announced the establishment of an office in China.
October 30, 2012
A private equity company says it is looking at green investment in the Asia's shipping industry. Speaking at a recent  Eco-Dollars Business Breakfast organized by Asia Shipping Media in Singapore, Vigor Capital director Jotdeep Singh said: “As an investor the first thing we look at is green, but of course we have to check it has to be financially viable. We look for ships that consume less fuel. Fuel is the main thing we look for. We are going to focus on the energy use of ships to begin with.”
Walmart China supply chain
October 29, 2012
US-based global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has given its suppliers five years to comply with its environmental rules or risk being pushed off its shelves. The new requirements, announced in China where Wal-Mart has more than 20,000 suppliers, will compel them to improve on energy efficiency, waste reduction and other markers on the retailer’s checklist. Wal-Mart said the checklist, introduced in 2009, was voluntary. But if suppliers fall short, they could be cut off from the discount stores wholesale warehouses that the company operates in the United States.
Cabon tax
October 29, 2012
Recent studies have highlighted that sizable amounts of carbon emissions are transferred between world regions in the form of traded goods and services. That is, considerably more emissions are generated for the production of imports to countries, such as the EU and US than those associated with their exports. This observation has frequently been regarded as an indication that energy-intensive industries are being relocated from industrialized to developing and newly industrializing countries, especially to China.
Bangladesh toxic tanneries
October 22, 2012
A damning new study on the global luxury leather industry has been released by NGO Human Rights Watch which claims workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents. Released last week, the study says that the tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world, are also spewing pollutants into surrounding communities.
Comparison of South Korea's GDP and greenhouse gas emissions growth
October 19, 2012
South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has outlined its plan for the control of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from its major industries and may link an energy taxation system to emissions as part of efforts to reduce emissions. As announced Monday, estimated emissions from 480 companies that are being reined in during 2013 are 590 million tonnes of CO2 and the target is to cut that back to 572 million tonnes for a reduction of 3.02 percent.
October 18, 2012
Environmental and revenue concerns have postponed any new mining concessions in the Philippines until new legislation has been approved.
M&S supplier Zhejiang Qingmao Textile Printing and Dyeing Co
October 17, 2012
The Green Choice Alliance (GCA), a network of five Chinese environmental NGOs, has issued a new report on the environmental footprint of major clothing brands manufacturing in China. Sustainable Apparel's Critical Blind Spot is a follow-up on an April 2012 report from the Alliance which documented cases of large-scale pollution within the supply chains of well-known brands. Among 49 apparel brands covered in the new report, 47 were linked to suppliers with environmental contamination problems, said Wang Jingjing, deputy head of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. Only Esquel and Burberry were given a clean bill of health.
October 17, 2012
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection yesterday launched a nationwide survey to examine the country’s environmental protection industry according to a report in the China Daily.
October 17, 2012
Panasonic has opened an “eco ideas” Factory in Vietnam which is aimed at producing eco-friendly products with sustainable industry practices and raising the level of eco consciousness in the local community.
October 16, 2012
New talks between the Malaysian Government and Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank, are being touted in order to speed up the distribution of green loans to businesses.
South Korea pinpoint map
October 15, 2012
South Korea’s economy ministry said today that it wants companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent to 553.4 million tonnes next year, effectively doubling the reductions achieved in 2012, as it prepares for its new cap-and-trade scheme starting in 2015. The local industrial and power sectors are on track to record emission of 570.6 million tonnes this year which is a reduction of 8 million tonnes or 1.42 percent over 2011. The ministry said it wants to see further cuts of 17.2 million in 2013.
October 12, 2012
PepsiCo has developed a tool to calculate the carbon emissions of different materials and activities in a company’s supply chain and operations, and within minutes pinpoint which of these carries the largest carbon footprint.
October 05, 2012
A new report by South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research has highlighted the health threat from exposure to heavy metals in children’s products.