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In Order To Mark World Environment Day 2009, Barclaycard Challenged Its Colleagues To ‘Cut A Kilo’ By Changing The Way That They Work

The campaign was part of Barclaycard’s commitment towards carbon neutrality and was aimed at helping colleagues understand how they can reduce their energy and water usage, and cut travel and unnecessary waste.

On the day itself, a team from Barclaycard was out and about litter picking near Barclaycard’s Brackmills HQ to help improve the local environment. Barclaycard also hosted guests from the local enterprise group Workbridge, the Energy Saving Trust and Monkey World.

Other initiatives taking place included a scheme to promote car sharing and promote the use of teleconferencing to reduce the need for long distance travel.

In 2008 Barclaycard colleagues saved over 500 tonnes of CO2, helping to make Barclaycard carbon neutral for its UK operations. In 2009, the aim is to become carbon neutral for the entire Barclaycard Global operation which has large operations in the US, Germany and South Africa amongst others.

Ben Brakes, Barclaycard’s Environmental Manager commented, “Barclaycard’s work to help colleagues reduce their impact on the environment paid great dividends in 2008 and we want to go one step further in 2009. By marking World Environment day we’re helping remind colleagues that this is a problem that affects everyone and we’re all in this together”.

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard, part of Barclays Global and Retail Commercial Banking division, is a leading global payment business which helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and accept credit card payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit when needed. The company is one of the pioneers of new forms of payments and is at the forefront of developing viable contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting edge forms of payment for the future. It also issues credit cards and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit. In addition to the UK, Barclaycard operates in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East.

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Europcar, Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company, Is Once Again Pioneering In The Area Of Environmental Awareness And Protection

The company now provides information about the CO2 emitted by the vehicle on its rental invoices. The calculation is based on the vehicle type and model and the distance travelled.

A first in the car rental industry, this initiative is in keeping with Europcar’s ‘Environmental Charter’ commitment of raising awareness about the importance of taking the environment into account.

It also caters to an increasing trend among corporate customers – which have made their own commitments in the area of corporate social responsibility – to set specific environmental criteria for accrediting their suppliers.

Commenting on this latest initiative, Rafael Girona, Chief Operating Officer of Europcar Group, said: “By providing this information on rental invoices, we want to raise awareness among our customers and employees about the environmental impact of their actions and help them to be ‘ecological citizens’. After the certification of our Environmental Charter by Bureau Veritas in June 2008 and the creation of our carbon-offset program, this latest measure further demonstrates Europcar’s commitment to sustainable development.”

Europcar currently offers invoicing with the precise CO2 emissions data per rental in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It will also soon be available in Australia.

Even before booking, customers can go online to assess the average Europcar fleet CO2 emissions for each rental car.

They can also offset car rental emissions thanks to Europcar’s partnership with leading global carbon offset provider ClimateCare.

Through these various initiatives, Europcar formalizes its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. In reflection of its pioneering role in the environmental field, Europcar was elected ‘The World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company’, at the World Travel Awards in December 2008.

About Europcar
Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and an average fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world.

About ClimateCare
UK-based ClimateCare is a leading global carbon offset provider, with experts in London, Ankara, Mauritius, Nairobi, New York, Oxford, Santiago and Sydney. ClimateCare has over 50 projects across the developing world, funding low carbon technologies with social and environmental benefits.

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A survey of British businesses has revealed strong concern that Government regulation to reduce carbon emissions will make the country uncompetitive

A survey of British businesses, conducted by npower business has revealed strong concern that Government regulation to reduce carbon emissions will make the country uncompetitive and add more costs than benefits

The fifth npower Business Energy Index (nBEI 5) canvassed 200 senior managers and energy buyers at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large industrial firms on attitudes to energy use, costs and C02 emissions, revealing unease within the business community about the existing CO2 reduction framework of regulation.

When questioned about the new Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) – a new carbon reduction scheme aimed at large businesses, announced in the 2007 Energy White Paper* – 71% of intensive energy users said they believed that the scheme would make the UK uncompetitive. When asked about the implementation of such regulation, 63% of respondents said they thought the costs would outweigh the benefits. Only 48% believed that the CRC would achieve its target of removing 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year by 2020.

Demonstrating further concern, 75% of intensive energy users surveyed said they thought the combined pressures of the Climate Change Levy, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the new CRC will place an undue burden on business.

The Government has shown a desire to involve businesses in meeting the UK’s CO2 reduction targets and introduced a framework of regulation to incentivise and reward emission reduction, but npower business’s findings indicates companies need further convincing that this is the best method. Comments from the report suggest that British businesses feel penalised as other European and global businesses do not have to conform to the same administrative and financial requirements imposed by UK regulation.

“Businesses have faced a raft of new legislation in recent years, with more now promised in the form of the CRC, so it is understandable that they may feel the responsibility to reduce CO2 is being placed at their door. However, with the UK’s CO2 emission targets becoming legally binding this year, we cannot escape the fact that all businesses will be called on to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Paul Coffey, managing director of npower business.

“While the need to actively reduce CO2 has become a business requirement in the last few years, it will increasingly become a priority as low carbon outputs become evermore linked with strong financial performance. Those that identify the advantages of low carbon operations now, and work within the existing legislative framework, will be the ones that benefit in the future,” he added.

He also pointed to the fact that advice is available from energy providers and government organisations, which can assist businesses in reducing CO2 output. The nBEI clearly suggests businesses are in need of guidance: 56% agreed they would value help in reducing CO2 emissions and 50% said they would welcome guidance to improve energy efficiency.

While the findings suggest a lack of support for carbon reduction regulation in business, finding 88% of respondents stating they support the Government’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and 56% said they thought compliance with climate change agreements had resulted in energy savings or process improvements. Also, 36% said they believed there were commercial advantages to be had from a small carbon footprint.

Mr. Coffey pointed to the fact that, “Businesses will have to develop policies to manage the risks associated with corporate energy use including cost, environmental and societal risks. In this way, decisions on buying and investment in energy efficiency measures that can reduce CO2 outputs can be assessed on a more holistic basis, rather than just cost. This moves away from a quick win scenario in which energy efficiency measures are only made for financial gain to a more progressive strategy in which the approach to energy management and CO2 reduction is aligned with business goals”.

* The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a mandatory cap and trade scheme, which will apply to large non-energy intensive public and private sector organisations. The CRC was first detailed in a 2007 Energy White Paper.

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Reforesting Planet Earth for the sake of Human Survival

ACSA challenges causes of Global Warming, confronts Al Gore on consequences of his spreading misinformation.

Famed research foundation proposes the real threat is, due to the net loss of nearly 10 billion acres of trees since 1492 AD, that humans have damaged the Oxygen/Carbon cycle, which within 250 years could lead to human extinction. (http://10ba.org)

The ACSA 2005 Deforestation Report: a study submitted to the UN and World Bank. 10 Billion Acres Project is 100% supported by their ECO Assessment. More on 10ba.org

ACSA believes it has found the real cause of Global Warming: a little known era called “the Interglacial Period” that has been underway for nearly 18,000 years since the first half of a post Pleisticine Era Ice Age. Ice Ages are split into two halves, each equally frozen periods. In between, the Interglacial Period is a period of alternating Global Warming and Global Cooling cycles caused by changes in the Earth’s ocean levels, carbon cycles, ocean saline levels and the Earth’s angle of axis.

Earth has reached a Warming cycle that will end in the next 250 to 2000 years, but, it is still far, far colder than it was during the Pleisticine Era and precursors, which was the many millennium period on earth when Life emerged and expanded, after leaving the “snowball” like state it was in 340 million years ago.

It is actually NORMAL for the earth to be heating at this moment, with human activities contributing only a modest amount to that warming cycle, about 6/740th over all or 8 tenths of 1 percent in terms of the amount of CO2 contributed (6 billion versus 740 billion tons).

ACSA confronted Al Gore with the facts, publicly, but has not received a formal reply to the analytic information presented on its new website for the purpose of halting the Oxygen Depletion: “Ten Billion Acres” (http://10ba.org).

“Al Gore is, quite simply, wrong in blaming human activities as the cause for Global Warming. However, it is quite easy to get confused with a rise in CO2 in the atmosphere and what is really behind Global Warming. The earth is going through a natural glacial decline and arctic/antarctic ice cap meltdown. We needn’t worry about it recooling, as the space around us is enormously cold.” says Ed Englebart, PhD, a representative of the ACSA and chair of the 10BA project. “We have, however, found worse news in analyzing the misinformation and bad science found in ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, for which and other activities, Mr. Gore received one very inappropriate Nobel Prize I might add. Fact is, apparently unbeknownst to Gore, humanity is facing extinction from a different cause.”

“In 1492 our planet had Eighteen and a Half (18.5) billion acres of forests (and associated forest plant life, soils, insects and so on). Unfortunately, due to the expansion of civilization, we are today only left with Eight and a Half (8.5) billion acres: there has been a net loss of 10 Billion Acres of trees. During that time, 500 years about, other photosynthetic life has compensated for human existence and CO2 by the expansion of Algaes, which now deliver nearly 66% of all Oxygen to our Atmosphere through photosynthesis of sunlight and CO2. In 1492, Algae only delivered 33%, the trees did the rest. However, we are rapidly outgrowing the Algae’s ability to compensate the atmosphere.” commented the spokesperson.

“Within 50 years we will see significant decline in Oxygen to the point where, within 250 to 500 years, there won’t be enough to go around. We’ve worsened the picture by mining coal, it has left the earth without it’s ‘liver’, filtering that ordinarily removes toxins from runoff water. And our tendency to pollute the air does not help. Ground pollutants and agricultural runoff has damaged the rivers and oceans with pollutants normally not present, altering Algae’s ability to photosynthesize and creating microbes in the earth’s waters never before seen. This is accelerating forward the date after which we can no longer survive. We need to plant back those missing ten billion acres of trees, and put rock artesian filtration into the spaces formerly occupied by Coal. Or humanity will become extinct!” Englebart continued.

The ACSA has organized a plan to build huge tree arbors in properly situated locations around the Earth and is seeking help doing so.

For more information, contact the ACSA via web at http://10ba.org (the 10 Billion Acres website). ACSA is a 501(c)3 tax exempt private foundation with a public focus on advocacy and programs that contribute to the quality of life on earth. It is headquartered in Los Alamos, New Mexico with business offices in central New Jersey. Its main web is http://acsa.net.

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