Resource Sustainability in China

This week,  we kicked off the Beyond Business as Usual luncheon series of the year by hosting a discussion focused on resources, and the need for firms to look across their industry's value chain, align it to the China context, and create sustainable mindsets for how they will plan for, and use, resources as they deliver their products and services going forward. To help bring tangibility t…

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Should We Even Worry About Externalities

Last week while debating the NEED for government action in the US on car efficiency as part of their energy policy, a good friend of mine wrote the following: You are worried about externalities? The consequences of using fossils fuels is an almost unimaginable improvement in the quality life for the average person. The average American today lives a better than the richest Midevil Kings of Europe…

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Responsible Firms Act Before Governments Do

building off the presentations and research I have given recently on "Beyond Business As Usual", one of the common themes of discussion is why and how firms will act when it comes to living up to their responsibility to more than just the bottom line. That, with the cost of externalities of the current business as usual model rising, a new dynamic is beginning to take shape where firms who do not…

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Driving Sustainable Consumerism

With a rising level of awareness about the role of consumers in the overall environmental picture rising, it would make sense that we would not only begin seeing studies about how consumers felt about green, and whether or not they are willing to buy "green", but begin to see companies take steps to understand what that means for themselves as well. In a recent report, Redesigning Business Valu…

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US Vs. China Energy Intensity Chart.

Once you start looking at charts, you just cannot stop, and following my post last week of , I cam across this interesting chart in the post China Adapts to the Climate Change Fashion Show which plots energy intensities for the US and China. Besides the typically WOW factor of look how much China has improved this figure, it also left me to guess why intensities from 2002 (roughly) to 2004 poppe…

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Training for Green Lawyers and Judges in China

Last year when attending a meeting of legal aid groups, I was exposed to  a side of lawyers that I had not seen (or had not been aware of).  That, behind the scenes of China's developing civil society, its lawyers were beginning to develop means that would ultimately support those affected by lax environmental compliance and enforcement. IT was one of those "ah-ha" moments that lead to a new ap…

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China’s Proposed Energy Law

Over the last few years as China's power producers unable to keep up with the surging demand have been knocking up 2 coal fire plants a week, large cities have choked from SOX/ NOX being spewed out from these facilities, and the government has begun to announce a flurry of programs, investments, incentives, and targets to address the problem. Needless to say, through this process, China required…

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Ma Jun on Defending Water Security

In the recent China Dialogue Article Defending Water Security, Ma Jun writes a very compelling piece on what can happen when weak environmental protection is allowed to continue. Following the recent events in Yancheng, the article shows the time line leading up to the spill possessed not only multiple opportunities to prevent the accident, but that local officials were fully aware that it was on…

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Shanghai Subsidy to Invest in Energy Saving Equipment Installation

For those who have researched solar usage, perhaps the worst irony of the fact that China is a leader in manufacturing panels is that 98% of the panel are exported.  Primarily becuase meters cannot put energy back on the grid, and there is some debate about who should pay for the investment. In China, making sure that the right equipment is being installed is going to be critical going forward in…

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