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Hinkley nuclear power plant approved

19 March 2013

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has given the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.

Eight member states breach EU air quality rules

18 March 2013

Fewer European countries could face fines for breaching air pollution limits after recession slowed industrial activity.

Bill Gates brings Grand Challenges summit to close

14 March 2013

Yesterday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates closed a two-day summit aimed at overcoming the world’s most pressing challenges.

Ukraine receives €600m nuclear safety upgrade loan

13 March 2013

Ukraine will receive a €600m loan from two European bodies to upgrade its nuclear power plants.

Future Cities Catapult centre to be launched in London

12 March 2013

A new Catapult centre for smart cities will be hosted in London, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

Thought leaders meet to discuss Grand Challenges

12 March 2013

Business, research and policy leaders come together today to discuss how to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

Production resumes on Elgin platform

11 March 2013

Production has resumed on a North Sea platform almost a year after it was evacuated due to a major gas leak.

China could struggle with shale plans

11 March 2013

China's plans to unlock what could be the world's biggest shale gas reserves risk running further off track.

Brazil orders 1,000 JCB backhoe loaders

11 March 2013

Construction giant JCB has secured a £40m order from the Brazilian government for more than 1,000 backhoe loaders.

Solar batteries could threaten energy companies

08 March 2013

Solar batteries could make home-generated power much easier to use and cut customers' dependence on energy companies.

UK's largest coal mine to close after fire

07 March 2013

One of the UK's last remaining coal mines is to shut with the loss of up to 650 jobs.

Panasonic to showcase new dual-axis solar tracker

05 March 2013

Panasonic will showcase a solar panel system that tracks the sun all day in a new 50MW project in California.

Shell may shut Nigeria oil pipeline due to thefts

04 March 2013

Shell may be forced to shut down its 150,000 barrel per day Nembe Creek oil pipeline in Nigeria due to persistent thefts.

Areva plans nuclear fuel shipment to Japan

04 March 2013

French energy group Areva said it was preparing to send nuclear fuel to Japan for the first time since the Fukushima disaster.

Shell stops Alaska offshore drilling for 2013

28 February 2013

Royal Dutch Shell will not drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic seas this year, the company said this week.

EU project aims to 'eliminate industrial waste'

20 February 2013

An international project is aiming to develop new approaches to eliminate waste and reduce the environmental impact of industry.

National centre heralds bright future for UK solar

18 February 2013

A new National Solar Centre will begin operation In April in St Austell, Cornwall, managed by BRE.

Mariner oil field development given green light

15 February 2013

The government has given Statoil consent to drill one of the biggest developments ever in the North Sea.

Stumbling blocks emerge for UK’s nuclear new build

14 February 2013

January will be remembered as a harrowing month for Britain’s nuclear sector.

Hitachi trials smart grid technology in UK

13 February 2013

Hitachi Europe is expanding trials of its smart grid technology in South West England and South Wales.

Port Talbot steel production restarts

13 February 2013

Production at a steel blast furnace has re-started after a £185 million rebuilding project.

UK support for nuclear plants falls

12 February 2013

Public support for building new nuclear power plants has slipped amid uncertainty over the future of the power source in the UK.

Office blocks rennovated to be 'energy positive'

12 February 2013

A radical refit will mean two office blocks by the Oslo fjord will generate more power than they use from 2014.

German minister wants to limit shale gas fracking

11 February 2013

A German minister has said he does not want to make it easy for companies to use controversial gas drilling methods, or fracking.

Urenco urges Europe to develop nuclear micro reactors

08 February 2013

Europe should develop a new generation of "plug and play" micro nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel firm Urenco said.

England's fourth largest wind farm approved

08 February 2013

Plans for England's fourth largest onshore wind farm have been given government go-ahead.

MP urges no subsidy for nuclear power

07 February 2013

The government should stick to its promise that new nuclear power should receive no public subsidy, a Lib Dem MP has said.

Centrica pulls out of UK nuclear projects

04 February 2013

Centrica has decided to pull out of the UK's nuclear new build programme.

CCS technology 'not as efficient' as previously thought

29 January 2013

A report has warned that carbon capture technology may not cut greenhouse gas emissions as effectively as previously thought.

Glasgow wins £24m 'smart city' investment

25 January 2013

Glasgow is to benefit from an additional £24m in government funding to boost science and technology.

Schools will not publish apprenticeship figures

25 January 2013

Calls for schools to publish information about how many students gain apprenticeships have been rejected by the Government.

The great German bird massacre – is it a myth?

24 January 2013

How many birds are killed every year by wind turbines?

Storms close Australia iron ore ports

22 January 2013

A tropical storm off Australia's northwest coast has brought nearly half the world's iron ore trade to a halt.

Link between Red Sea and Dead Sea 'feasible'

17 January 2013

It is possible to use the Red Sea to replenish the shrinking Dead Sea, the World Bank has determined.

Two dead in helicopter crash in Vauxhall

16 January 2013

Two people died and nine people were injured today when a helicopter crashed into a crane in central London.

UK starts approval process for Hitachi-GE reactor

15 January 2013

The UK's energy minister recommended that a Hitachi-GE reactor design enter an assessment process towards regulatory approval.

Iceland plans world's longest subsea power cable

09 January 2013

Iceland is considering building the world's longest subsea power cable by around 2020 to supply the UK with green power.

Platform-free oil in Arctic waters within striking distance

07 January 2013

A thousand-tonne gas compressor in western Norway could be the key to a revolutionary change in oil and gas production.

Transocean to pay $1.4bn for role in BP oil spill

04 January 2013

Transocean agreed to pay $1.4bn to settle US government charges over BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.

Rosneft leads Russian oil output to new high

02 January 2013

More crude from top producer Rosneft kept Russian oil output the highest in the world last year, ahead of Saudi Arabia.

Energy consortium buys 32 wind farms in France

02 January 2013

A consortium including EDF Energies Nouvelles is buying 32 operating wind farms in France from Iberdrola.

Snowflakes under smart control

19 December 2012

Christmas lights in London’s Westminster are being controlled this year by an innovative wireless monitoring and control system.

Energy Bill must include power pollution targets

18 December 2012

Government energy legislation has come under pressure from a politician who wants it to include targets to slash power emissions.

Coal to rival oil as dominant energy source by 2017

18 December 2012

Coal will nearly overtake oil as the dominant energy source by 2017, the International Energy Agency said.

China Gas to buy Fortune Oil's natural gas business

17 December 2012

Fortune Oil said it would sell its natural gas business to China Gas for $400m.

Fukushima operator admits lack of safety caused disaster

14 December 2012

The operator of a Japanese nuclear power plant that blew up last year admitted its lack of safety was behind the disaster

Fracking for shale gas given green light

13 December 2012

The government has given the green light for "fracking" for shale gas to resume in the UK.

Regulators approve nuclear reactor design

13 December 2012

Regulators have approved the design for nuclear reactors put forward by EDF and Areva as suitable to be built in Somerset.

London 2012 emissions 28 per cent lower than forecast

12 December 2012

The London Olympic Games generated 28 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than was forecast as energy use at venues was cut.

JCB celebrates 500,000th digger

11 December 2012

Construction giant JCB has celebrated the production of its half-millionth backhoe loader.

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