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Greenlight

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Greenlight

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Issue 63 - Helping you to help the environment

Welcome to this edition of 'greenlight'! Once again there is a selection of environmental and sustainability items, ranging from supermarkets to textiles and information about recent environmental awards.

Chain food stores and the environment

It's never easy to work out quite how supermarket and fast food chains really relate to improving their environmental performance, but there is growing evidence that things are changing for the better in this controversial area. Certainly many of the initiatives recently announced have a benefit for the organisation - commercial opportunity, money saving, good publicity, legal compliance and so on, but this need not detract from the fact that these innovations can have a real, positive environmental effect. Recent examples include:

Sainsburys

The company has installed free recharging points for electric cars at 11 London stores.

Asda

Winner of 2009 Environmental Leadership Awards run by Business Commitment to the Environment.

Tesco

Opening of what is claimed to be the first timber-framed 'carbon zero' store in Romsey, UK.

McDonald's

The company has initiated a three year project looking at ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cows.

Other organisations have different approaches; it will be interesting to see what happens next!

European Green Capital Award

From 2010, one European city each year, chosen from seventeen cities in eleven Member States (and Iceland), will be designated European Green Capital. The accolade will be awarded the city with the best record in the following categories:

* A consistent record of achieving high environmental standards;

* A commitment to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development;

* The ability act as a role model to all other European cities.

Further information is available from the EC website: www.europeangreencapital.eu

World wide fade out of incandescent bulbs

From Humphry Davy, probably best known for inventing the miner's safety lamp, is credited with demonstrating in 1802 the world's first incandescent lamp by passing an electric current through a thin platinum wire. Today, more than 200 years later, this principle governs much of the way the world lights the interior of buildings, particularly our homes. …

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