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Prince Charles Establishes Financial Sustainability Group of Top CFOs

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HRH The Prince of Wales has launched a new group, consisting Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) from high profile European companies who are committed to enhancing their organisations’ sustainability. Members of the ‘Accounting for Sustainability Project’ include BUPA, Burberry Group, British Land, The Crown Estate, Danone, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, South West Water, Unilever, United Utilities and Walmart EMEA. Prince Charles emphasised the vital role CFOs have in ensuring their businesses thrive, adding that “sustainable business equals good business”. The Group aims to support the CFO community in creating sustainable business models, sharing best practices, and developing new industry tools and methods.


Date and Source: 16 December 2013, Financial Director UK

Photosynthesis Bike Purifies the Air as You Cycle

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A Bangkok design company has developed a concept bicycle which purifies polluted air as you pedal down the streets. The bike, which is still in the early concept stages, will reportedly be able to generate oxygen through a ‘photosynthesis system’ -- the reaction between water and the electric power of a lithium-ion battery. A filter located between the handlebars will then remove particulate matter from polluted air, releasing clean air towards the rider. The bike is even able to continue cleaning the air while it is parked, using its battery power.


Date and Source: 11 December 2013,

A Greenhouse Gas 7,100 times more harmful than CO2

A manmade gas, Perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has recently been found by researchers in Toronto to be 7,100 times more powerful at trapping the Earth's warmth than carbon dioxide. This gas has been used by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century in the manufacture of transistors and capacitors. Although the concentration of PFTBA in the atmosphere is extremely low compared to carbon dioxide levels, the concern is that it stays in the air for about 500 years, unlike CO2 which is absorbed by forests and oceans.


Date and Source: 10 December 2013, The Guardian

Adapting to Climate Change in Malaysia through Eco-Savvy Agribusiness

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Currently, the agriculture sector contributes to 3% of the total green house gas emission (GHG) in Malaysia. As a result, the agriculture sector especially the rice cultivations are facing reduced yields and less income. Following this, Mardi’s research team lead by Dr. Zabawi is developing new strains of rice hybrids and testing new organic material applications to help mitigate the problem. The hybrids are designed to be drought and flood tolerant to withstand the climate change. Dr. Zabawi has also advised farmers to use fertiliser decisively or switch to biological fertilisation in their farms, implement effective rice straw management and develop efficient irrigation system to help reduce GHG emission from rice fields. 

Source and date: December 9, 2013, The Star Newspaper


New Hydrogen Production Methods May Boost Cleaner Fuel Growth

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Although hydrogen fuel is considered to be a non-polluting clean fuel, this fuel’s growth is impeded by its high production costs. As such, scientists in France have found a method to accelerate the process of hydrogen production. In nature, hydrogen is produced when water interacts with the olivine rock at high temperature and pressure. By adding aluminium oxide, the natural process is accelerated by 7 – 50 times using temperatures of only 200 – 300°C at a pressure equivalent to twice the depth of the deepest ocean. Under these conditions, the olivine rock would turn into serpentine mineral and water would split into hydrogen and oxygen gases. With this new method, it is hoped that the lower temperature would save energy, money and the environment.

Source and Date: December 8, 2013, Reuters


Research Leads to Discovery of Oceanic Carbon Storage Areas

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CO2 emissions can be captured and sequestrated into the earth’s crust to help reduce the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. Nevertheless, CO2 gases would need to be safely, stably and effectively stored in order to reach this goal in the long run. As a result, researchers from the University of Southampton are mapping the ocean floor to locate better and safer CO2 depositories. This is a result of their investigation on CO2 physical properties. Currently, five potential regions have already been identified offshore of Australia, Bermuda, Japan, Siberia and South Africa. The identified regions have the potential to store decades to hundreds of years of industrial CO2 emissions safely without releasing it to the oceans or the atmosphere.

Source and Date: December 5, 2013, Environmental News Network


DemandLogic System – A New Approach For Commercial Building Owners

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Commercial building owners can reduce their energy cost and demand cost with the DemandLogic System. This system is developed in collaboration with SolarCity and Tesla Motors. The system consists of a battery the size of a small refrigerator and software to regulate the building’s operation. The system would allow businesses to use the stored energy at peak periods to reduce the demand charges. 

Source and Date: December 4, 2013, New York Times


Malaysia’s Electricity Tariff to Increase from 1 January 2014

Beginning 1st January 2014, electricity tariffs will be increased for consumers in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan, who use more than 300kWh a month. The increase is an average of 14.89% in Peninsular Malaysia and approximately 17% for Sabah and Labuan. There will be no increases for Sarawak as its electricity is operated by a state-run company, Sarawak Energy. The rise in tariff rates will affect around 30% of household consumers. The tariff increases is in keeping with the Government’s efforts to reduce subsidies to industries. However, Special Industrial Tariff (SIT) consumers will continue to enjoy discounted tariff rates.


Date: 2 December 2013, The Star Online

Turning Volcano Emissions into Renewable Energy?

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Carbon Recycling International intends to capture CO2 emissions from volcanoes and convert it into Renewable Methanol (RM), a fuel which can be blended with gasoline to meet renewable energy directives. K-C Tran, CEO of Carbon Recycling International, says the new fuel type, which would be called Vulcanol, has enormous potential. The group has previously captured CO2 from urban pollution and Icelandic power plants, but are now focusing on volcano power. Although the technology sounds promising, for now it remains expensive and is not able to compete with fossil fuels prices.


Date and Source: 2 December 2013,

Wind Energy Company Fined $1 Million Over Bird Deaths

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In a landmark ruling, Duke Energy, a wind energy company, has faced the first ever criminal fines over the death of birds caused by its wind turbines in Wyoming. The company was charged with the death of 14 golden eagles and 149 hawks, blackbirds, larks, wrens and sparrows, all which have occurred since 2009. Under a plea agreement, Duke Energy will pay $1 million in fines, restitution and community service for violating the US Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Acts. Duke is now working to mitigate the risks posed by their farms by installing and testing new radar technology as well as limiting turbine operation during periods of high eagle activity.


Date and Source: 29 November 2013, The