Construction Delays Make New Nuclear Power Plants Costlier than Ever

The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20 per cent higher than expected due to delays, a new analysis has found. A new analysis of the history of nuclear power plant projects shows since 2010 delays have contributed 18 per cent the costs. These delays – which …

Scotland Draft Climate Change Bill Sets 90%-by-2050 Emission Reduction Target

New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday …

Iceland first UK supermarket to trial deposit return scheme

Iceland has become the first supermarket in the UK to trial the plastic bottle deposit return scheme. It has installed a reverse vending machine at its store in Fulham, London, as part of a six-month programme. It follows the government’s recently announced intention to introduce such a scheme in the …

World’s Largest Battery and Rapid-Charge Network Launches to Accelerate EV Adoption

London-based Pivot Power unveiled plans to build the world’s first national network of grid-scale batteries and rapid-charge stations across the UK to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption and to usher in low-carbon transport. The ambitious £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) initiative consists of 50-megawatt batteries constructed at 45 sites around the …

Illegal Online Sales of Endangered Wildlife Rife in Europe

The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife is rife across Europe, a new investigation has revealed, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans and bears to ivory, polar bear skins and many live reptiles and birds. Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on …

New Labelling Helps UK Shoppers Avoid Plastic Packaging

A new plastic-free “trust mark” is being introduced today, allowing shoppers to see at a glance whether products use plastic in their packaging. The label will be prominently displayed on food and drink products, making it easier for consumers to choose greener alternatives. UK supermarket Iceland and Dutch supermarket chain …