- Eco-commons, a project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development now has over 100 public domain green patents available online. See Sharing Green Patents: Eco-Patent Commons & Green Xchange. for some details. Business significance: U1/C2
- Speaking of patents: Chinese banks are underwriting a US$1.5 billion dollar wind farm in West Texas, built using…you guessed it…turbines made in China. You won’t believe the cost analysis. See “Chinese” Wind Farm in Texas: Green Jobs FAIL? for details. Business significance: U5/C5
- Walmart, in it’s remarkable drive for becoming a more sustainable and green retail leader, has tread of late into risk management territory formerly controlled solely by government. The serious public policy questions arising from Walmart As Government: Screening Chemical Product Formulations To Protect Public Health deserve wider debate. Small businesses and other NGO’s, not invited to the party, might be tempted to push back. Business significance: U4/C4
- American Chemistry Council argues that US Plastic [will be] More Expensive To Make, Will Have Higher Carbon Footprint Under Cap & Trade, and thus opposes Cap & Trade provisions in current climate legislation. Business significance: U5/C2
- The difficulty of keeping genetically modified seeds under control has been aptly demonstrated in the past. Seed leakage from experimental genetic modification projects, even seed experiments long abandoned, have been shown to have serious, and unexpected, adverse economic impacts on people with no skin in the original GM game. See Renegade Genetically Modified Flax Seed is Crippling Canadian Market for details. Business significance: U3/C4
- And finally, professionally offered green labels or “marks” have been around for decades; although with little lasting market or design impact. Self declaring green-ness with an icon, patting one’s own corporate back so to speak, is replacing the way too-expensive government sponsored green label, though consumer recognition and trust of the self issued label are not high. Enter the need for a trusted third party verification. LG Corporation is working on a new method of proving their green cred worthy of attention. See LG First Electronics Manufacturer to Get Thumbs Up From UL Environment for an example. Business significance: U4/C4
Following the example of our first, and introductory, weekly roundup from TreeHugger, Business Not As Usual: Chinese Environmental Activists Riot, And More, business “criticality” (C) and “urgency” (U) are each ranked above, subjectively, on a scale of 1 through 5, with 5 being the highest, and 1 the lowest. See that intro post for instructions on how to put the rankings to use.