Contents - April 2012

From the
managing editor’s desk
Rice husks feeding Vietnam’s energy production needs
Finland helping to leverage the country’s solid biomass fuel resources on an industrial scale

Panasonic bullish about solar PV market
“The market is likely to continue to expand towards 2015 at an annual rate of 8%.”

Tetsuhiro Maeda Panasonic’s group vice-president in charge of solar business

Hefei, China vigorously develops its green sector
Hefei takes lead among 25 pilot cities across China, with 818 electric vehicles on the road



Corporations that have a vision of what business will be like in the future, who are in it for the long haul, have embraced sustainability and advocated green practices not only for themselves but also for their suppliers and customers. 
They are future-proofing themselves. Are you?


Making a business case of corporate sustainability
“It is only through the long-term lens that companies will have the foresight, commitment and the necessary means to make decision.”

Ramanathan Sathiamutty, IBM Malaysia MD

Sustainability megaforces that affect business

Six trends companies have to measure up to

AkzoNobel lets sustainability take care of profit
“It’s about creating value not just for our customers, but also for stakeholders, and not just those who are close to us.”

CW Goh, ICI Paints Malaysia MD

Investing in sustainability pays off for HSBC

Ricoh: Growing via total value chain solution  

IBM goes the distance with corporate sustainability

How companies measure their greenness

Seven habits for profitting with responsibility

Deyang Bolixun Battery invests US$970 million in lithium battery facility
Company uses battery technology and equipment sets from US-based company

Malaysia’s first geothermal plant takes off
Tawau Green Energy takes lead in Sabah

Delhi Metro is world’s first railway to receive UN carbon credits

Cypark Integrated Energy Park in Malaysia starts supplying solar power to grid from March 28

Panasonic’s Econation promises quality and affordable energy solutions for homes
“Taking on the role as consultant providing total energy solutions for households, we are committed to provide energy efficient solutions.”

Tan Chee Hon, Panasonic Malaysia marketing director

Ashok Khosla on climate change and poverty  
“I found it difficult to stand by and ignore this, the greatest blight on what we call our civilisation.”

Dr Ashok Khosla, president, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Siemens Malaysia’s Vind Sidhu discusses eco-city opportunities in Asia  
“A wide variety of technologies exists, which can assist cities in reaching their environmental goals.”

Vind Sidhu, senior vice-president, Siemens Malaysia

Eco-printer Thumbprints makes his mark in zero waste, zero corruption approach
“For the amount my company spends on treatment of scheduled wastes, I can buy one Honda Accord every year.”

Tam Wah Fiong, Thumbprints Utd MD
Green and cleantech development the keys to Asia’s resource revolution

One product, differentiated green benefits

Guizhou government invests big in new energy construction

What the mega-city of the future should look like
“The secret to transforming Korea is to create demand for green growth engines.”

Soogil Young, chairman, South Korea’s presidential committee on green growth

Upcoming revolution in wastewater treatment

News briefs

Clean Edge’s Clean Energy Trends report series provides a concise overview of the global clean energy economy over the past year