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China Mart Los Angeles And Shanghai Environmental Energy Exchange Sign Exclusive California Emissions Trading Agreement

China Mart TM Los Angeles (CMLA), a business platform for Chinese Manufactures to Invest and grow in the U.S. located at Los Angeles International Airport has signed an exclusive emissions/equity trading agreement for California with the Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (SEEE), China’s newest and largest exchange for trading environmental technology companies shares, and emission credits for COD and SO2 pollutants.

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Stephen Perl, CEO of China Mart Los Angeles states, “China Mart TM serves as a useful bridge and partner/member of the SEEE’s exchange because our mission is to increase the U.S.-Sino business relations resulting in new investment and jobs in the U.S., and at the same time, this partnership allows China Mart TM to create new clean-tech jobs in the U.S. as well. China Mart TM has been granted exclusive broker privilege to handle all SEEE emissions trading for the State of California which will be a useful tool for all manufacturing businesses in California in order to stay compliant with environmental standards when Congressman Waxman’s AB 32 Bill becomes law.”

Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (www.cneeex.com), approved by Shanghai Municipal Government, is an international comprehensive market platform for the transactions between China and other countries in the fields of environment and energy. Based in Shanghai and serving the whole country and the world, SEEE is a specialized equity-capital market platform for the transactions of emission trading, asset rights, creditor’s rights, stock rights, IPR and etc focusing on environment and energy.

China Mart TM Los Angeles (www.ChinaMartUSA.com), founded by Stephen Perl (also CEO of 1st PMF Bancorp) is a U.S.-Sino business platform dedicated to bringing Chinese manufactures to invest in the U.S. market and to support their marketing, financing, and business operational needs as a “One-Stop Solution” in a safe environment. The China Mart TM Los Angeles location occupies a 3-acre campus at LAX and manages a 300,000 sq foot facility. It has offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and an experienced marketing and business team of seasoned professional.

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What do they do with platinum anyway? When it comes to cleaning up air pollution, the answer is plenty

The effect of escalating platinum prices on the cost of reducing air pollution. During February’s CBS broadcast of 60 Minutes, veteran commentator Andy Rooney asked what was all the fuss concerning the recent astronomical rise in platinum prices. Rooney ranted “I don’t really know what platinum is. What do they do with platinum anyway?” When it comes to cleaning up air pollution, the answer is plenty.

Surprisingly, manufacturers of air pollution control products are the top consumers of platinum – not the jewelry industry. Platinum is the catalyst used inside of most catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters to rid exhaust emissions of dangerous soot, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. With ever-more stringent air quality regulations being enforced in the United States and Europe, the demand for platinum has soared with the demand to control air pollution in cars, diesel trucks, construction vehicles, and emergency generators.

A recent shutdown of South African mines caused an increase of 41% in platinum prices since the beginning of the year. As South Africa supplies 78 percent of the world’s supply of this precious metal, even a stoppage of a few days has a worldwide effect on prices.

To put this dramatic rise in perspective:

– On February 21st, platinum reached an all-time high of $2,185 a troy ounce
– During the same month a year ago, platinum averaged $1,207 a troy ounce
– Five years ago, it averaged $684 a troy ounce during February of 2003

With an estimated worldwide shortage of 400,000 troy ounces predicted for 2008, prices may remain a volatile roller coaster.

What effect does escalating platinum prices have on the cost of reducing air pollution?

Manufacturers of air pollution control products are finding it increasingly more expensive to produce catalytic converters and particulate filters mandated by the EPA, the European Union and the California Air Resources Board. “We used to adjust our product prices twice per year according to the rise and fall of platinum prices,” said Technical Sales Engineer, Ralph Wintersberger of CleanAIR Systems, a manufacturer of diesel particulate filters and oxidation converters. “Now we have no choice but to keep a close eye on platinum fluctuations and make daily adjustments to our prices.”

In the end, the ever-increasing cost of cleaning up air pollution is passed on to the consumer:

– As the price of platinum rises, the price tag on cars and trucks will also increase to cover the cost of catalytic converters made with high-priced platinum.

Hospitals, schools, and data centers will feel the brunt of escalating platinum prices when they install diesel particulate filters on their emergency backup generators to decrease toxic air pollution.

Diesel school buses are being retrofitted all over the country with converters to protect children from dangerous pollutants – a direct cause of asthma, bronchitis and other lung impairments. High platinum prices translates into fewer buses being retrofitted for the safety of riders.

Mining equipment and construction vehicles are equipped with air pollution control technology to decrease on-site emissions of particulate pollution. The increased cost of catalyzed filters is passed on to the public in the form of durable goods, new homes and taxes to cover building and transportation projects.

Yes, Andy Rooney – you may not know what platinum is used for, but you will eventually feel the pinch of unprecedented soaring platinum prices in your pocketbook.

About CleanAIR Systems:
CleanAIR Systems is a technology-based corporation manufacturing emissions control systems with worldwide distribution. Our products are designed to control air-pollution such as diesel particulate matter and NOx, for on- and off-road vehicles, as well as stationary machinery and power generation. Visit CleanAIR Systems online at www.cleanairsys.com.

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Totally Fitness announces that it is giving carbon dioxide a good work by offsetting its emissions to go Carbon Zero

The UK’s leading gym and fitness equipment retailer Totally Fitness has given carbon dioxide a good work out after announcing that it is to offset its emissions and go Carbon Zero.

Totally Fitness, whose clients include a host of celebrities, is working with co2balance.com to calculate their ‘carbon footprint’ (the amount of carbon the company produces), to take action to reduce their emissions, and then offset the remaining amount, in order to go Carbon Zero.

Announcing their move towards becoming Carbon Zero, Emma Peoples from Totally Fitness said it is vital that companies take steps to minimise their impact on the environment in order to create a sustainable future. “We all leave an impression on the environment, and it is up to companies to take action to make it a positive impression, rather than negative, and that is why Totally Fitness has taken this decision to go Carbon Zero”, said Emma.

As the leading supplier of exercise equipment, Totally Fitness provide fitness apparatus to a variety of clients, from stars such as Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage, to hotels and hospitals, and Peoples believes that clients are becoming more environmentally mindful in their purchases. “In addition to top quality fitness products, people want to buy equipment from companies that are proactive in looking after the environment, and so we are delighted to be able to offer this to our clients through our new Carbon Zero status”, commented Emma.

co2balance.com offers several ways to offset a company’s carbon footprints and help make them become ‘Carbon Zero’; through energy efficiency projects in Kenya, renewable energy projects in East Africa and through tree planting (as trees absorb carbon) in various locations throughout Europe.

Suzanne Longworth, from co2balance.com said: “The co2balance philosophy is based on minimisation of energy use and reduction of the Carbon Footprint before offsetting. All our projects are truly additional, in that they would not otherwise have occurred but for the investment of the funds from our offsetting clients like Totally Fitness. This ensures that their move in becoming Carbon Zero results in clear and direct action in reducing carbon dioxide”.

About Totally Fitness:
Totally Fitness began life in 1997 trading as Rent To Be Fit, a business specialising in the rental of fitness equipment to the consumer and hotel market. It soon established a reputation in the industry for providing a highly responsive and flexible service.

Totally Fitness now has an enviable portfolio of private and corporate clients. Stars such as Julia Roberts, Andre Agassi and Jim Carrey have been clients of Totally Fitness since the beginning and the list of celebrity clients continues to grow. Corporate clients range from the capitals most prominent property developers, hotels, schools and hospitals to the Metropolitan Police.

About co2balance Ltd:
co2balance’s aim is to provide a simple, practical and cost-effective way for individuals and businesses to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’ and then balance their unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions through investment in woodland planting and energy efficiency. After providing advice on carbon reduction, co2balance will arrange to offset the residual CO2 emissions.

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