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High Court rejects BP’s distinctive green (Pantone 348C) as a trademark

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

The High Court rejected the petrol giant BP Green’s 16-year battle to register its distinctive green – known as Pantone 348C – as a trademark. Companies that have successfully registered a colour include;

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Santos assumes carbon credits and seeks $275 million freebie for CO2 dump, 60km north of Moomba

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

According to Nigel Wilson, reporting in The Australian, (19/9/2007 p. 40), the Coal21 conference in the Hunter Valley was told last week the first phase of the plan to store carbon dioxide in a depleted gas reservoir would require a total investment of $700 million.

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Vict Govt opts for PPP model to design, build and operate new desal plant by 2011

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

The Victorian Government opted for a public private partnership (PPP) model to design, build and operate the new desalination plant by 2011, reported The Australian (22/9/2007, p.41).

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Nuclear power the only form of electricity production that in itself poses a threat to international peace, domestic security and individual liberties

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

Nuclear power was the only form of electricity production that in itself posed a threat to international peace and domestic security, and consequence of its dangers and of the secrecy that inevitably surrounds it because of its connections with nuclear weapons, the only form of electricity production that in itself poses a threat to individual liberties argued the Oxford Research Group report: “Too Hot to Handle?; The Future of Civil Nuclear Power but Frank Barnaby and James Kemp, with a Foreword by David Howarth MP, UK Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy Spokesperson.

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Beginning of the ‘museum’ scenario for Snowy Scheme if privitisation avoided; internal note on the impact on Snowy Hydro of privatisation plan

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

According to Matthew Stevens, if Snowy Hydro was forced to sit out the retail resolution, it will lose key customers for its power, reported The Australian (19/9/2007, p.34).

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Hydrocarbon refrigerants as alternative to enviro-harmful HFCR134: easier, reliable and safer, says Westnet

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

Westnet representatives Neil Wiese and David Knight have added to the impetus of their education campaign by partnering with GreenFreeze Technology, a company that was committed to good environmental and commercially economically sustainable practices, according to a company statement (29/8/2007).

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ActewAGL – now buys renewables at 7c a kilowatt hour – to fight a plan to make it under the proposed ACT law, to pay homes, 52c a kilowatt hour

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

ActewAGL’s general manager of retail, Ivan Slavich, said the 52c a kilowatt hour tariff was not a wise use of money. “It sounds really good and it’s very popular, but it’s not very cost effective,” he said. He said “The tariff would artificially favour domestic solar power at the expense of more efficient renewable energy sources such as wind farms. Slavich said ActewAGL supported the use of renewable energy but not this plan. Producers of renewable power – like solar, biomass and wind – are paid 7c a kilowatt hour by ActewAGL, which is partially owned by the ACt Government. Under the proposed law, solar power producers would be paid 52c a kilowatt hour. “That’s a massive increase,” Slavich said.

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Firms explicitly state they have no clear-cut emissions trading strategy

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

Up to this point, findings give the impression that many firms are responding strategically by getting involved in emissions trading schemes, according to Pinkse, J. and Kolk, A. in the article ‘Multinational Corporations and Emissions Trading’ in European Management Journal (2007).

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Greens leader wants plebiscites to allow local input on all major infrastructure decisions: pulp mills, desal, nuclear power plants and Queensland council mergers

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

Amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 deserved support, said Greens leader Senator Bob Brown in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007.

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Adelaide’s Mt Lofty dam storage-capacity for only a year’s worth of water; SA Govt should stop dragging its heels on desal, says Turnbull

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

The Federal Government had set the example on water provision for the future, and the South Australian Government should get on with it, said Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in Federal Parliament (12/9/2007).

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