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Energy 23-08-2017

Carbon capture and storage: Norway still top of the class

Norway’s energy giant Statoil is developing a project to store imported industrial CO2 emissions under the sea. Companies in the UK would like to benefit from the technology. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement Reports.

Agrifood 22-08-2017

British hepatitis outbreak linked to imported sausages

Thousands of shoppers may have caught the hepatitis E virus from pork products sold by a British supermarket, an investigation by Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.

Brexit 22-08-2017

UK wants goods, services treated together in Brexit talks

Britain urged the European Union on Monday (21 August) not to separate goods from their services in Brexit talks, further outlining its negotiating stance to try to nudge discussions forward to a second phase on future relations.

Brexit 21-08-2017

‘Traditionalist’ MPs in public mourning for Big Ben’s bongs

A small group of British MPs will join tourists outside London’s Westminster Palace at midday on Monday (21 August) to witness the last bongs of London’s iconic Big Ben, marking the start of four years of silence for the 157-year-old bell.

Energy 21-08-2017

British MPs attack May for scrapping energy price cap promise

British lawmakers from across the political spectrum have called on UK Prime Minister Theresa May to fulfil an election pledge that would cap energy bills for 17 million people, after her government last month confirmed only 2.6 million would actually benefit.

Agrifood 21-08-2017

How the post-Brexit trade deal will affect British farmers

The UK’s Brexit deal could be a make or break scenario for Britain’s farmers, according to a study published by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) on Wednesday (16 August).

Energy 18-08-2017

Environmentalists worried as UK sells off Green Investment Bank

Britain’s green credentials were called into question on Friday (18 August) after the government announced it had completed the sale of the publically-owned Green Investment Bank (GIB) to Australian investors Macquarie Group Limited.

Brexit 18-08-2017

Frankfurt and Dublin make bankers feel wanted in battle for Brexit jobs

"I'm here to send you the regards of the Federal Chancellor. I am entitled to tell you we want you in Germany." This private message from Angela Merkel, delivered by a regional politician to Wall Street bankers last year, is having the desired effect.

Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn’t violate rights

Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday (17 August), in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.

Economy & Jobs 16-08-2017

UK links trade to post-Brexit Irish border plans

The UK will set out its proposals for the Irish border after Brexit today (16 August), seeking to use the issue to pressure the European Union into starting early trade negotiations.

Brexit 15-08-2017

UK floats post-Brexit interim customs deal idea

The United Kingdom has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals - a possible sticking point in the talks.

Brexit 15-08-2017

Big Ben’s Brexit bong in doubt

London's famous 'Big Ben' bell will cease its regular bongs on 21 August, falling silent for most of the next four years for renovation works. It will ring for important events like New Year's Eve but perhaps not the exact moment the UK leaves the EU.

Electricity 14-08-2017

Cutting consumption is key to cutting energy bills

Westminster’s latest attempt to manage energy bills looks increasingly like an attempt to manage headlines about energy bills. Much more must be done to cut consumption, writes Tom Burke.

Air Pollution 07-08-2017

UK government adviser warns electric cars are not total air pollution solution

Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles, according to the UK government’s top adviser. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Brexit 04-08-2017

EU fishing boats can operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove

The UK's environment minister has told the Danish fishing industry that boats from EU countries will still be able to operate in British waters after Brexit, as the UK does not have enough capacity to catch and process all its fish alone. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Brexit 03-08-2017

UK’s pursuit of post-Brexit US trade prompts Scottish whisky worries

Scotland’s economic minister has written to the UK government urging Westminster to duplicate EU legislation that protects its world-renowned Scotch whisky, after Brexit. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Economy & Jobs 03-08-2017

France remains king of tourist destinations

France retained its position as the world's favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said on Wednesday (2 August), defying concerns over terror attacks. UK tourism decreased after the pound fell in value after the Brexit vote.

Air Pollution 03-08-2017

UK roads could be covered with ‘tunnels’ to fight air pollution

Major roads in the United Kingdom could be turned into tunnels covered with pollution-absorbing material in an effort to cut emission fumes and improve air quality. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Brexit 02-08-2017

UK unveils plans for post-Brexit sanctioning

The British government published plans on Wednesday (2 August) for a bill that would give it the legal power to impose sanctions after it leaves the European Union, including making it easier to cut off terrorism funding and freeze assets.

Electricity 01-08-2017

Undersea power cable soldiers on despite WWII bombs

A large-scale energy interconnector project linking the United Kingdom to mainland Europe is pressing on, despite the discovery of wartime bombs and mines in the cable’s path.

Energy 28-07-2017

Europe’s wind capacity grows but concerns persist

The first half of 2017 saw 6.1 gigawatts of extra wind power capacity installed in Europe. But a lack of long-term political commitment has hit investment and market concentration remains problematic.

Brexit 28-07-2017

UK finance minister claims Brexit transition could last until 2022

Britain will try to keep as many aspects of its EU membership in place as possible during a transition period of up to three years after Brexit, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday (28 July).

China 28-07-2017

UK plans to send warship to S. China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday (27 July), a move likely to anger Beijing.

Electricity 26-07-2017

UK to reward green consumers, ban dirty vehicles

British consumers could enjoy savings worth billions of pounds as a result of major changes to electricity generation, usage and storage, under new plans by the UK government. Westminster also intends to ban sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040.